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Sktchy’s 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge

I meant to post this yesterday and forgot! So here, a day late, are all my portraits from Sktchy’s January 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge which I completed within the 30 days. It was huge fun!

I’m not doing the February challenge because I’m going to be doing Sketchbook Skool’s Illustration Nation kourse from the middle of the month and I really can’t cope with both but check in here and on Instagram (@helenlp) if you want to see what I’m up to with that kourse.


Nathaniel

Today’s face: Nathaniel, inspired by Sktchy.

So here’s Nathaniel again for the final day of Sktchy’s January 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge. My Day 1 portrait of him was with Copics because that’s my comfort zone. This is watercolour because I’m in no doubt that that is where I’ve improved the most over these 30 days. I do a portrait every day anyway but this month I’ve been pushed to try new things, to step well outside my comfort zone and I’ve learned a lot from the tips, advice and skills of the 30 days community.

Drawn in a Zecchi Diario di viaggio watercolour sketchbook with a Micron 005 pen and painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours.


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.


Zoe

Today’s face: Zoe, inspired by Sktchy.

Zoe is today’s suggested face for Sktchy’s 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge but this isn’t the suggested photo- this is a different one that I had in my Sktchy queue. It’s a great photo and it was huge fun to draw from.

Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Micron 005 pen and painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours.


Amanda

Today’s face: Amanda, inspired by Sktchy.

Day 28 in the Sktchy Challenge and today’s drawing tip from Charlotte Hamilton was not to be afraid of colour. Lol! Anyone who knows my work knows that I love colour and I especially love to layer colour up in skin tones. So this portrait of Amanda was an exercise in pure fun for me.

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


Santana

Today’s face: Santana, inspired by Sktchy.

Santana is today’s suggested face for Day 27 of Sktchy’s January 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge. I subscribed to a Kickstarter Project by Joan of Art last year for a sketching tin and I received my tin this week. It has 3 half pan watercolours in it so I tried out the watercolours for this portrait. You could choose from a variety of red,blue & yellows – I chose the “earthy” trio, so this was painted with just these 3 earthy primary colours.

Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Micron 005 pen and painted with Joan of Art Creations Earthy trio watercolours.


Mic

Today’s face: Mic, inspired by Sktchy.

I totally lost the likeness in this portrait of Mic for Day 26 of Sktchy’s 30 Faces 30 Days Challenge. It started off well but ended up not looking remotely like her and as I compare it to the inspiration photo I don’t know what on earth I was doing. I haven’t been well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Drawn in a Fabriano Venezia sketchbook with a Micron 005 pen and painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours.