I decided to switch things up a little by putting my favourite Zecchi watercolours aside for a while and get some of my other watercolour sets out of the drawer. I have several different sets and most of them sit unused for most of the year, especially if I don’t travel at all, as has happened this year. So for this portrait of Daria from Sktchy I used my Sennelier paints.

Sennelier are my favourite of the mass market watercolours – like Zecchi they have a honey binder, and that seems to be what is distinctive about all the paints I like the most. As usual I painted this in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook.


This is Nacho from Sktchy, painted with Zecchi watercolours in a Moleskine watercolour sketchbook and finished with Prismacolor coloured pencils and a Uniball Signo white gel pen.


And breathe…. After yesterday’s struggles to find my drawing rhythm, today it was there waiting for me in my Copic comfort zone. This is Ale from Sktchy, drawn with Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils in my Midori cotton sketchbook.


I’m having some problems with my hands at the moment and I’m having to adapt my drawing style a little. My drawings are becoming looser as a result, especially today’s portrait of Eira from Sktchy. I really like how this one has turned out.

I drew this with a dark grey Unipin fineliner in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook, painted it with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished it with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Eli’s cow

I love cows. I love most animals, but farm animals hold a special place in my heart. My favourite toy as a child was a toy farm and when I was about 6 I was present at the birth of a calf. It was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen and that event has stayed with me my whole life. I love cows. I also love to draw them. And Sktchy muse Eli’s photo of this cow was irresistible.

I drew this in my Midori Cotton sketchbook using a Unipin fineliner, Copic markers, and Prismacolor coloured pencils.


This is Sktchy muse Charlene and the portrait is my entry for this week’s Old School Sktchy weekly challenge with the prompt “trees”.

I drew the portrait in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with a grey Unipin fineliner, painted it with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished off with Prismacolor coloured pencils.


Sktchy muse Tiffanie has the kind of face I love to draw. Perfect pale skin that reflects light beautifully. Straight hair – for so long hair was my nightmare to draw and I still find straight dark hair so soothing to draw because it’s so much more straightforward than any other kind. And well defined bone structure that’s easy for me to capture. I could happily draw her every day for the rest of my life.

I drew this portrait in my Midori Cotton sketchbook with a Unipin fineliner, Copic markers and Prismacolor coloured pencils.


At the moment my Copic markers are being very leaky. Every time I do a Copic portrait I seem to end up with a large pool of Copic ink on the page. Fortunately Midori sketchbook pages don’t feather ink very much, it just dries in a pool creating a watercolour-like effect which is accentuated by my recent switch from black to dark fineliner s for my linework. This is definitely the most watercolour like Copic portrait I’ve drawn so far. But it was all Copic markers in a Midori Cotton sketchbook with some coloured pencil over the top to finish it off.