Emma

This is Emma from Sktchy. In the inspiration photo she has been crying and so I was trying to recreate her red tearful eyes and blotchy skin. I used watercolours and coloured pencils in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook.

Sam

Some days I want to draw a portrait that matches my mood and this portrait of Sam from Sktchy totally matched my mood this morning after 20 minutes of doomscrolling Twitter!

I drew Sam with a dark grey Unipin brush pen, painted her with Daniel Smith watercolours and finished the portrait with Prismacolor coloured pencils in an A4 Fabriano Venezia sketchbook.

Lil

This is Lil from Sktchy drawn in what is now becoming my signature Copic method of a basic Copic marker drawing followed by some more work in coloured pencil and then some cleaning up and finishing touches on my iPad.

Henry

I’m always very nervous when using brush pens to draw with but I do like the strength of the line drawing they produce. It is easy to mess up with them though, fortunately I didn’t with this portrait of Henry from Sktchy.

Heidi

This is Heidi, who is another Sktchy artist. Her photo, which was the inspiration for this portrait, is so joyful that I really felt the joy while I was painting this. It was fun to create!

I drew Heidi with a dark grey Unipin brush pen in a Moleskine watercolour sketchbook, painted her with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished the portrait with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Daniela

This is Daniela from Sktchy. I love to draw from inspiration photos where the image is framed in a mirror – this photo jumped out at me when I saw it and was just irresistible. I love the way mirrors contain and frame the face and I especially like the landscape aspect of this one, which I so rarely draw.

I was also using a new pen for the linework. I’ve just discovered the Unipin dark grey brush pen and I adore it. It can draw a very fine line but is pressure sensitive and very responsive. Expect to see me using it regularly. And for the colourwork I used Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils.