Laura

I’m seriously struggling with agonising chronic pain at the moment after making so many trips by rail to London these past few weeks for specialist treatment. I can’t sit down t my desk to draw at all but I did manage to finish this drawing of Laura on my iPad Pro today. Hooray.

Tara

I love the inspiration photo (which can be found on the Museum by Sktchy app) for this portrait of Tara so much. I thought such a wonderful face deserved the Copic treatment so I spent some time in my Copic marker comfort zone, knowing that I’d probably get the best results there. And I’m so happy with the finished portrait.

Maju

I started this portrait of Maju on my iPad on the train on Tuesday and finally got around to finishing it today. I love the flexibility of iPad drawing – it’s so easy to start a drawing on one day, leave it part way through, pick it up again some days later and just carry on from where I left off. I don’t generally do this with sketchbook drawing but my iPad goes everywhere with me and so I often have a WIP (work in progress) on it.

J

I’ve lost my pencil case with my drawing ballpoint pens in it. This is a major disaster. It’s taken me several days to replace my 4 colour Bics (especially the one with turquoise & light green) and I can’t find another golden yellow ballpoint anywhere. Paperchase don’t make the one I had any more. Aargh! I don’t know what happened to my pencil case but very afraid someone (not saying who) accidentally knocked it into a bin bag when emptying the rubbish bin under my desk… So making do while I rebuild my ballpoint pen collection. Moral of the story is to treasure your precious drawing supplies and guard the hard to replace ones jealously.

This is J from the Museum by Sktchy app, drawn with the three Bic 4 colour ballpoint pens I’ve replaced.

Siobhan

I’m on three different hospital pathways for fairly serious treatments at the moment and it’s all getting a bit overwhelming. I needed to get “good” blood pressure readings today to send to one of the hospitals and my anxiety was so high the ones I was getting this morning really weren’t good, so I did some drawing – and after a couple of hours my BP had reduced from high to normal and I was feeling so much better. Thanks to Siobhan and the Museum by Sktchy app for the free therapy.

Jing-Tang

I spent half a day in hospital last week having a cardiac scan and picked up some vile virus (not Covid, I’ve had a PCR test and it’s negative) which has made me feel very unwell. I don’t have the energy to sit at a table and draw so digital drawing is the most I can manage. So glad to have actually managed to finish this portrait of Jing-Tang from the Museum app (which is what Sktchy has rebranded as) today.

David

This is David from Sktchy – or “Museum” as the app has rebranded itself today in honour of its muses. It will take a while to get used to the new name but I like that the folks at Sktchy are putting the focus on the muses.

I drew David on my iPad Pro using the Procreate app.

Luis

This is Luis from Sktchy drawn with Bic 4 colour ballpoint pens. I made a mess of his hair – a series of poor decisions about how I was going to tackle it… But I like how a lot of the face shading worked out. I’m getting better at representing the different planes of the face with just vertical lines and it worked well with this expression.

Tyan

This is Tyan from Sktchy. I loved drawing her portrait. It was one of those drawing sessions where I got kind of lost in the process- those really are the best kind of drawing days! I lose track of time and almost of what I’m doing and just lose myself in line and colour and texture, and somehow the portrait emerges.

I used Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils in my Midori cotton sketchbook.