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.


Today’s face: Jade, inspired by Sktchy.

Drawn in a Laloran sketchbook with a Pelikan m200 fountain pen and painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours.


Today’s face: Shani, inspired by Sktchy.

Drawn in a Laloran sketchbook with Micron pens, painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished with Prismacolor coloured pencils.


Today’s face: Victoria, inspired by Sktchy

Drawn in a Leuchtthurm 1917 sketchbook with Copic multiliners and Copic markers.

Kelsey’s Superman

Today’s face: Superman, inspired by a photo posted on Sktchy by Kelsey.

Drawing this was so much fun. I drew it in my sketchbook with Copics (and yes, totally lost the likeness but was having far too much fun drawing Superman to care) and then I imported it into Procreate. Then I faded out the colour, added noise and even a tiny bit of motion blur to try to get that comic book look. I love how it turned out!  Absolutely love it when a photo inspires me to try something I’ve never done before!

Drawn in a Leuchtthurm 1917 sketchbook with Copic multiliners and Copic markers, then edited digitally on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.

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.


Today’s face: Connor, inspired by Sktchy.

Drawn in a Laloran sketchbook with Micron pens and painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours.