Today face: Karl, inspired by Sktchy.

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

You can watch a short Procreate time lapse video of my drawing process on YouTube here.


Today’s face: Vanessa, inspired by Sktchy. Sktchy is having a paperless portrait party this weekend, challenging us to draw on something other than paper. I bought this 5” coffin for Halloween last year and didn’t get around to decorating it. It was the perfect canvas for Vanessa’s portrait.

Drawn on a 5″ Hobbycraft wooden coffin with HB Pencil and Posca pens.

Trust in Nature

I’m not posting a face today. I volunteer from time to time at the National Trust’s Saddlescombe Farm in East Sussex for a project called Trust in Nature & when I was there today I was “volunteered” to decorate a large green box which holds all the wellbeing resources. My favourite thing about the farm is the sheep so I started by painting a sheep on the box, and then a feather I found on a shelf nearby. It was the perfect way to spend a day, painting by the fire, while others collected natural materials and decorated the Christmas tree behind me.

Trust in Nature grew out of the wonderful Grow Project, an ecotherapy project also based at Saddlescombe Farm for people who have experienced mental health difficulties and feel they would benefit from time in nature. I did a Grow season in the spring of 2017 and it helped me cope so much better with both my mental health and pain problems.

Trust in Nature, or TIN, is a volunteering project open to anyone who has done the Grow Project. Project tasks can range from scrub clearing to gardening to printmaking. Since I have impaired mobility I can’t do many of the more active tasks so I don’t volunteer as regularly as some, but I try to go as often as I can, especially if there are creative tasks I can contribute to. And I can’t think of a better way to spend a day there than painting sheep! I haven’t finished the box yet; I’ll try to finish it next week. If I do I’ll post a photo here.

If you’d like to know more about the Grow Project click here. I can’t recommend it enough if you need some headspace and healing space and/or if you have funds and are looking for a project to support financially.

To learn more about the Saddlescombe Farm and estate click here.

L’s Skull

Today’s face: L’s skull, inspired by Sktchy. Something a little different today! I picked up this wooden Halloween cut-out at Hobbycraft and found the perfect muse on Sktchy to inspire my decoration – a skull carved with symbols and stars.

Drawn on a Hobbycraft wooden cut-out withMicron pens and Tombow Markers.


Today’s face: Forbes, inspired by Sktchy. This portrait was inspired by today’s Sktchy subscription daily tip which was about treating part of the portrait as a dreaming space, covering up the rest of the portrait so that you can’t see it, and drawing something unexpected there.

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


Today’s face: Jade, inspired by Sktchy.

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

A Year in Portraits

The incredible artist Roz Stendahl shared a slideshow of a half year of Sktchy portraits on her blog and on the Sktchy Facebook page yesterday. She explained that she’d just discovered by accident that it was very easy to make and share a slideshow from photos on an iPad Pro. I was, of course, immediately inspired to have a go at doing the same with my portraits!

So this afternoon I created a photo album of every portrait I drew last year (every single one, good and bad), created a slideshow of them and uploaded it to YouTube. More than 300 portraits makes quite a long slideshow, more than 9 minutes, but watching it is such an interesting experience for me because there’s so much learning, pleasure and growth in those portraits. If you’re interested in looking at some of the slideshow- I’m not suggesting you sit through all 9+ minutes! – you can find it on YouTube here.

Sktchy’s Secret Santa

Last week I wrote a post about the Sktchy Secret Santa challenge and shared the portrait of Lynal that I drew for that challenge. I hadn’t received my portrait yet in the post though I had seen it on Sktchy because they were all uploaded on December 22nd. My portrait card arrived in the post today and I’ve got permission from the artist Sandra to share it here.

Sandra could have chosen any of my Sktchy images as her portrait inspiration but I’m so happy that she chose this one. This is from a photo taken at Saddlescombe farm in East Sussex which is my “happy place”. I have spent many days at Saddlescombe with the Grow Project, a well-being project for people with experience of mental health problems, and I have a particular obsession with the Saddlescombe sheep. So I am delighted with this beautiful portrait. If you’d like to see more of Sandra’s work you can follow her on Instagram (@sjohoart) and Sktchy (@sjohoart).

I’d also add that one of the things I love about Sktchy is how international the artist community is. I sent my Sktchy Secret Santa to Lynal in Canada, while mine came from Sandra in Switzerland, and I’m based in England. And you only have to watch a Sktchy Live to realise that this is a truly multinational community but with one unifying language, art.

You can find out more about The Grow Project here.

You can find out more about Saddlescombe Farm here.

If you want to know more about Sktchy visit their Facebook page here.


Today’s face: Caroline, inspired by Sktchy. This is another portrait in my fairytale/pantomime series – it’s inspired by a photo of Caroline dressed as Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Im guessing she either worked at Disneyland for a while or took part in cosplay. Either way I love the idea of Belle taking a selfie!

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

MariaAmanda/The Little Mermaid

Today’s face: MaríaAmanda, inspired by Sktchy. This is another portrait in my fairytale series, this time featuring The Little Mermaid, which was always my daughter’s favourite fairy story.

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