New Drawing Faces blog

Thank you for following my blog – I really appreciate your support. But this site has been looking a bit tired for a while so I’ve moved my blog to a new site. I’m still drawing faces every day but I’m posting them on a new refreshed site at I hope you’ll join me there.


Today’s face: Murhaf, inspired by Sktchy

Drawn in a Moleskine sketchbook with a Unipin fineliner and Copic markers.

I’m retiring this blog and moving to a new blog I’ll still be sharing my daily faces but it has a newer fresher look. I hope you’ll join me there.



Today’s face: Lexi, inspired by Sktchy.

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


Today’s face: Talih, inspired by Sktchy.

Drawn in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with Caran d’Ache Luminance coloured pencils.

#DirectedByWomen Frida, and Manifesting Power in Women past the body

Awesome article written by my rather brilliant daughter 😍

Screen Queens

Somewhere in Mexico, men carry a four-poster bed through a garden filled with cacti and monkeys. It is the opening shot of Julie Taymor’s four-times F-rated feature starring Salma Hayek as one of the world’s most iconic artists. Because tucked inside that bed is Frida Kahlo, who throughout her lifetime suffered various illnesses and injuries but became celebrated for her paintings, activism and individuality.  Taymor’s film doesn’t shy away from Frida’s struggles and her fierce determination to continue despite them. But it also delves into the real spirit of a painter, and the politics that turn the tides of culture.

It’s no secret that the male gaze has plagued the narrative of women’s stories on and off screen since the dawn of cinema and long before. We’ve seen blatant objectification and depersonalisation of female characters to the point of lamps; ‘leading ladies’ reduced to failing the Bechdel test; and I’ll…

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My watercolour sketchbook

I finished my first watercolour sketchbook today. I’m very proud of this sketchbook. I’m very much a beginner with watercolour so when I started it last June it was going to be a general sketchbook but, as you’ll see if you watch the video, I soon began to use it mostly for portraits. What you’ll also see is I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing at the start but as time progressed I gradually improved, my skill level grew and I developed a style similar to my Copic style.

I’m so proud of this Sketchbook because as I look through it I can see how my skills developed with practice, how I learned how to manipulate the paint and gained an understanding of how it worked, and so my portraits improved. I love looking at the last few portraits and comparing them with the first few to see what I’ve learned. Practice, practice, practice every day and it pays off. 🙂

If you want a slower look at the sketchbook I’ve uploaded a longer video with commentary on my YouTube channel here.

Mr Fox

Today’s face: Mr Fox, inspired by Sktchy and today’s Inktober 2017 prompt “mask”.

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

Today’s the last day of Inktober 2017 and I’ve posted an ink drawing for all 31 days so I’ve successfully completed the challenge! It’s been fun but I’m happy that I’ll be able to draw more on my iPad Pro and with whatever materials I choose again. But I’ve learned a lot and pushed my skills further so it’s definitely been worth the effort and I’ll certainly be doing it again next year. In the meantime, here are all 31 drawings:


Today’s face: Michael, inspired by Sktchy and Inktober 2017. Today’s prompt for day 8 of Inktober is crooked and I decided to draw from a photo of Michael’s that has been sitting at the bottom of my Sktchy queue ever since I joined! I love the photo but I think I’ve also been very intimidated by it and so have avoided drawing it for a long time. I’m so glad I decided to draw it now because I think it turned out pretty well.

Drawn in a Daler-Rowney Ebony sketchbook with Micron 01 and 05 pens and Copic markers.

The Moth and me

My very talented friend George has won The 2017 Moth Magazine Short Story Competition. Here you can read about the competition and there’s link to the full story in the Irish Times.

I’m really happy and completely stunned to say I won the Moth International Short Story competition, with my story ‘Nightjar.’

The magazine is based in Ireland and is a beautiful publication featuring gorgeous art and amazing writers and poets. It’s so exciting to be published in this magazine, just brilliant! Nightjar is in the Autumn edition and can be ordered on the Moth Magazine website .

The story is also published in todays Irish Times. 🙂

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Today’s face: Michelle, inspired by Sktchy. Drawn in a Daler-Rowney Ebony sketchbook with a Unipin fineliner and Copic markers.