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Michael

Today’s face: Michael, inspired by Sktchy.

Today’s suggested face for Day 20 of Sktchy’s 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge is Kieran, who I drew a few days ago, so I decided to draw Michael instead. Today’s drawing tip, from Jerel Cardona, was about remembering that hair is never just one colour, but many different tones, shades and highlights. Michael has great hair and I’ve certainly not done it justice here, but I’m happy that I captured some of its movement.

Drawn in a Midori Cotton sketchbook with a Micron 01 pen, Copic markers and Copic White.

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Kim

Today’s face: Kim, inspired by Sktchy.

Today was another long working day so this is a quick portrait for today’s Sktchy 30Faces 30 Days Challenge trying something new out on my iPad. This isn’t the suggested face, it’s one I chose, and I don’t know her name so I named her myself.

Drawn on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.


Veronik

Today’s face, Veronik, inspired by Sktchy.

I tried to use yesterday’s tip about using both hard & soft edges in a portrait with my beginners watercolour technique on today’s suggested face, Veronik, for the Sktchy January 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge for Day 18. I think it’s clear I still have a lot to learn, especially on the “less is more” front, but it was fun doing something that is much less controlled than my usual watercolour efforts.

Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Micron 005 pen and painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours.


Alanna

Today’s face: Alanna, inspired by Sktchy.

It’s been a very long working day today & chronic fatigue is seriously kicking in. It’s all I can do to get a portrait done so I’ve stayed in my Copics comfort zone. I really haven’t been able to pay any attention to today’s tip for the Sktchy 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge or even look who today’s suggested face is!

Drawn in a Midori Cotton sketchbook with a Micron 01 pen and Copic markers.


Mômette

Today’s face: Mômette, inspired by Sktchy.

I had an initial gasp of frustration on seeing another black and white photo as the suggested face for today’s Sktchy 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge portrait. But then I read today’s tip from artist Chantal Vincent, suggesting that a useful exercise was to draw from a high contrast B&W photo using our own ideas of colour on some of the shaded areas but leaving other areas uncoloured. But I couldn’t cope with the fuzziness of today’s suggested photo so I went with Mômette’s instead. I like how it turned out but I’m still not converted to the idea that drawing from B&W photos is fun!

Drawn in a Midori Cotton sketchbook using a Micron 005 pen and Copic markers.


Kieran

Today’s face: Kieran, inspired by Sktchy.

Today’s suggested face for Day 15 of the January Sktchy 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge is a black and white photograph. I’m not keen on drawing from black & white photos so I chose a photo of Kieran instead. I thought I’d try out a patterned background because this week’s mentor is artist Charlotte Hamilton, well known for her trademark colourful background patterns.

Drawn on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.


Scribblebug

Today’s face: Scribblebug, inspired by Sktchy.

I didn’t want to draw the suggested face for today, Day 14, of Sktchy’s January 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge. Instead I decided to draw Scribblebug. I love this photo of her. Today’s drawing tip, from Patrick Hochtenstenbach, is to use contrasting colours (e.g. warm with cold). I was initially a little sceptical that that was going to make much of an impact but, in fact, it really pepped my portrait up! I was very surprised at how much of a difference it made when I added that red background to this portrait! So that taught me a lesson and showed me the value of always following advice and testing it out. Thanks Patrick!

Drawn on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.