Today’s face 99/99  16/08/16

Vin, inspired by Sktchy and Sketchbook Skool! Drawn in a Moleskin sketchbook with a Unipin pen and Copic markers.

This is the 99th face in my #99faces project.  I began this project back in May while I was in the middle of taking the Sketchbook Skool Polishing kourse. In the third week of that course we had a klass with Vin Ganapathy on drawing portraits, during which Vin introduced us to Sktchy. I had already found the Sktchy app but couldn’t really understand why anyone would want to draw other people’s selfies!  However, I was totally inspired by Vin’s klass, and began to appreciate that there might be some value in this app after all. Suddenly I found myself wanting to draw portraits.

The following week in Polishing we had a klass with illustrator Nelleke Verhoeff, who encouraged us to draw more creative faces using letters, cut out pieces of paper and magazines, whatever struck our fancy really, as starting points, so I started drawing imaginary faces. Nelleke also encouraged us to take creative risks and to think about beginning a long term project as a way of both taking a risk and developing an audience and a style.  I was enjoying drawing faces so I decided to start a #99face project.

When I started this project I envisaged that it would be a collection of real and imagined portraits and for the first few weeks that what it was. But as time passed my Sktchy addiction grew and my interest in imaginary faces waned. My portraiture skills were developing and as they got better I just wanted to work with them more and more, both in my Moleskine and on my iPad Pro, and as I did I could see my style evolving. This whole process has just become more exciting as I have become more skilled and I would recommend it to anyone.

99 portraits ago I had no idea that it was possible to improve your drawing skills so quickly by focused effort. Now I know what can be achieved by simply sitting down and drawing for a couple of hours a day. I’m not going to stop drawing portraits. I’m definitely addicted.  For my 99th portrait I had to draw the man who showed me what a fine thing it is to draw people. I owe you a big debt of gratitude Vin Ganapathy. I owe you one too, Nelleke Verhoeff, for starting me off on this project. And, of course, I will always owe one to Sketchbook Skool for helping  me to draw every day.


P.S. I was planning a celebration this evening but I was burgled in the early hours of this morning and my car was stolen. I owe two other debts of gratitude, one to my hero hound Binx for chasing the thieves out of the house before they could steal more than my car keys, and another to Sussex Police for recovering my car within eight hours, although it’ll be a few days before I get it back. Having been up most of the night I’m far too tired now for celebration…

3 Comments on “Vin”

  1. Way to finish your 99 portraits! I’m thinking of doing something similar… I just have a hard time finishing such large projects!

    • hareinthemoon says:

      Thank you Anna! It took me a week or two to get into it but once I found the momentum it was easy to keep going. The advice we had in Sketchbook Skool from Nelleke, who suggested we start a project, was to share it on a blog or Instagram (and use a hashtag so it’s easy for followers to find your posts if they want to) because that would give us a reason to keep going. That’s been great for me because I was really poor blogger before I started this – and now I’ve blogged every day for more than 3 months and I think I’ll find it much easier to keep blogging! So it’s been a win, win. So I would pass on that advice. Commit to doing it, share what you’re doing publicly, and use a hashtag so it’s easy to find what you’re sharing and then just keep going. Oh, and I also found it much easier to keep sharing because I didn’t write very much, i just shared my portraits, so I wasn’t spending a lot of time on the blogging, just on the drawing. Do let me know if you do start a project – I’d love to follow it.

      • This is some wonderful advice!! Right now I’m committed to 3 drawings per week, so I ease myself into it… I agree, though, about having a blog for accountability– so helpful! Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom! 🙂

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