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.

Nelson Mandela


Today’s face: Nelson Mandela. This is the second page in my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project, which has the theme “people I wish I knew” and it really has to include some of my political heroes. Drawn in a Sketchbook Project Sketchbook with a Micron 005, Copic markers and Posca pens.


Today’s face: Frida.  I’m taking part in The Sketchbook Project 2018 and my sketchbook arrived in the post this morning. If you don’t know about The Sketchbook Project you can find out more about it here – in very brief summary, every year artists both amateur and professional from all over the world sign up to receive a small sketchbook from The Brooklyn Art Library, fill it and return it by a set deadline so it can join the biggest sketchbook library in the world. You choose from a list of themes and the theme I’ve chosen is “people i wish I knew” – because I love the idea of drawing a series of portraits of people, both alive and dead, who I would love to talk to/have dinner with/ know well, for a variety of reasons. My sketchbook arrived at about 9.30am and I was drawing by 10am and my first portrait is of Frida Kahlo.

As I was drawing I decided to include a reason why I would like to know the person in the portrait. This portrait was drawn with a Micron 005 fineliner, a Unipin 0.5 fineliner, Copic markers and Posca pens. I discovered that the paper won’t take my usual Copic method – it’s just not good enough quality to take the many layers of ink I usually use so I’m going to have to adapt my method or use different materials, so I’ll be experimenting with future portraits.


Today’s face: Anna, inspired by Sktchy. I say inspired, but this portrait both is and isn’t Anna. I had the strangest and most amazing experience drawing it. When I do portraits I usually spend more time looking at the photos than at my page but about halfway through drawing this portrait I stopped looking at Anna’s photo because it set me off thinking about Haruki Murakami’s books. He’s my favourite author and his books always feature strong female characters and in my mind the portrait became one of his characters and that was who I was drawing. And then somehow – for the first time ever – I was drawing from my imagination. I’ve never done that before and I’ve never understood how artists can do it, but now I think I begin to understand.

Drawn in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with a Copic Multiliner Cool Gray 0.3 pen and Copic markers .


Today’s face: Andreev, inspired by Sktchy. Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Palomino Blackwing 602 pencil, Jane Davenport watercolours and Prismacolor coloured pencils.