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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.


Caroline/Belle

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.


Ginger

Today’s face: Ginger, inspired by Sktchy.

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


Italian Sketchbook

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to spend my birthday in Florence. The trip was a wonderful birthday present from my husband. What’s more, because he knows I love to draw and because I have CRPS which means I use crutches and can’t walk very far, he booked a hotel with roof terraces and the most amazing views over Florence. He also sweet talked the staff and got us a room with a view too! And he booked a visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia for the morning of my birthday so that I could see Michelangelo’s David.

 

 

So, although I’m not really an urban sketcher, I was able to do some genuine urban sketching over the course of the week and I got some wonderful art viewing in too, seeing some awe-inspiring Michelangelo’s, Botticelli’s and Giotto’s, amongst others at the Accademia.

Florence 2

Florence 3

We also ended up with a couple of days in Pisa after our flight home was delayed by 24 hours due to a strike in Italy, so I got to draw the Leaning Tower too!

 

All of these were drawn in a hand•book sketchbook with a variety of media including Micron and Unipin pens, Zecchi and Greenleaf & Blueberry watercolours, Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth colouring pencils, a Signo uniball white gel pen, a dip pen and ink and various tickets and papers.


Phillip

Today’s face: Phillip, inspired by Sktchy.

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


Jessica

Today’s face: Jessica, inspired by Sktchy.

Drawn in a Midori Cotton Sketchbook with a Unipin 03 fineliner and Copic markers.