Mellie

Sometimes I see an inspiration photo on Sktchy and it speaks to me, demanding to be drawn or painted, this was one of those photos. Everything about Mellie’s photo screamed “draw me” “paint me”, ” do my portrait”. It’s the turn of the head, the lift of the chin, the look in the eyes. I saw this photo just a few days ago and wanted desperately to paint her. I chose paint over other mediums because I thought it would do the best job of capturing the flush in her skin without making her look too red-faced and I think it was a great choice, though it was hard work getting the balance right.

I drew Mellie in my Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with a light grey Unipin fineliner, painted her with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished with Prismacolor coloured pencils.

Brit

I have two real Achilles heels (or areas I always struggle with) when it comes to drawing faces. One is drawing mouths, which I always draw too big initially, and the other is hair. It took me such a long time to gain any confidence in drawing hair but mostly these days I can manage it OK, except when I’m making a portrait with watercolour.

I still don’t know quite what to do with it or how to get it looking right. This portrait is a case in point. My anxiety comes through even at the initial drawing stage – I made a mess of the drawing here, and I’m sure I wouldn’t have done had this been the early drawing for a marker portrait. When it came to painting it again I didn’t really have a plan or a clear idea of what to do so I disguised the mess I created with some coloured pencil.

I know I’ll get there. I’ll develop the confidence eventually to draw and paint hair in watercolour confidently and well because I’ve been here before with marker drawing. In the meantime I just have to keep going. And to apologise to Brit, who has beautiful hair.

This was drawn in a Laloran sketchbook with a Unipin fineliner, painted with Zecchi watercolours and finished with coloured pencils.

Murhaf

Sometimes a face just begs to be drawn. Sktchy muse Murhaf’s is one of those faces. And his hair is so awesome I felt that I had to abandon my usual controlled (fear of drawing hair) approach and let rip a bit and it worked.

This was drawn in an A4 Moleskine sketchbook with a Unipin fineliner and Copic markers.