Today’s face: Irina. Irina is one of my followers on Instagram. Yesterday she posted a comment on my portrait of Jude asking if I was interested in swapping portraits with her and, of course, I was. So this is my portrait of her, drawn today. Drawn in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with a Micron 01 pen and Copic markers.



Today’s face: Scout, inspired by Sktchy and a desire to wish my American friends on Sktchy and Instagram a Happy Independence Day! Drawn on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.

Since drawing this little girl I’ve discovered that she is, in fact, called Scout (Ashley is her mother and very talented photographer), which is why I’ve changed the title of this post, and she has an Instagram account with a HUGE following – 64.6K as of today! If you’d like to take a look her username is @hello.scout


Today’s second face 85/99  03/08/16

Brett, inspired by Sktchy app.  This sketch is a response to today’s Sktchy Instagram drawing challenge. Drawn on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil in the Procreate app.


Today’s face 71/99 20/07/16

Daniela, drawn for the  Sktchy Instagram challenge. Drawn in a Moleskine sketchbook with a Unipin pen and Copic markers.


Today’s face 67/99 16/07/16

Jerel, inspired by Sktchy app. Drawn in a Moleskine sketchbook with a Unipin pen and Copic markers.

This sketch was drawn in response to Sktchy’s Instagram challenge this weekend. They posted a photograph of Jerel, a Sktchy member who posts great inspiration photos and makes awesome art, and challenged both regular Sktchy artists and Instagram followers who aren’t Sktchy members to share drawings of him on Instagram. Since Jerel is one of my very favourite Sktchy muses and artists (not least because my “#LoveWins” sketch of him earned me my very first SktchyPick) I absolutely could not resist this challenge. I had some problems with the sketch – I worked too fast and got some serious issues with marker bleed around the mouth, but I went with it and kept working and managed to rescue the worst of the bleed. It didn’t come out as well as I’d hoped but Jerel likes it, and that’s what matters most to me. His response – “I love it… I look like I could be Gwen Stefani’s brother!”


As anyone who follows this blog knows, I’m a very erratic blogger. I’ve never been able to keep up a steady flow of blogs. Perhaps that’s because I try to write too much in each blogpost?  Or maybe I get too easily distracted by other kinds of social media? I’m not sure, but in the next few months I’m going to try something different.

I’m currently taking the Sketchbook Skool klass Polishing. Last week’s klass teacher was Vin Ganapathy who is an incredible portrait artist and I’ve spent the past week drawing portraits, something I’ve largely shied away from before, finding inspiration on the iPhone/iPad app Sktchy. And I’ve loved every minute of it – and I’ve found my skills have improved every day. Here is one of my Sktchy portraits. You can find me on Sktchy under my name, Helen Leigh-Phippard.



This week the klass teacher is illustrator Nellie Verhoeff of Red Cheeks Factory, and our assignment is to make at least one imaginary face every day. However Nelleke has also suggested we might create a longer online project. Since I enjoyed drawing portraits so much last week I’ve decided to start a 99 faces project. I’m going to draw and post 99 faces on this blog and on Instagram, starting today. Some will be imaginary, some will be portraits of people I know, some will be Sktchy portraits. I don’t promise to do one every day (though I will try) but I will continue until I have done 99. And I’ll post them all – but I won’t always add commentary, often I’ll just post the portrait and a title.

So here is today’s face.


#1 Burned

Long time no see

So I’ve realised it’s been almost a year since I’ve posted – the shame of it! I have been busy, but that’s no excuse. Anyway, I’m not going to waste time making excuses, it’s time to share. If I’m honest, I’ve been so busy I’ve done very little sketching. I keep telling myself I need to find the time, but I never do. But it’s also the case that my obsession with Hipstamatic has pretty much taken over my creative life for the past 18 months.

The last time I did blog I was sharing Hipstamatic pictures here but I was still very new to it and was really at the very beginning of my experimenting with what it could do. A year or so on I’m completely hooked. The need to experiment never ends because there is such a huge range of lenses and films and it keeps in growing.


I’m getting much better at choosing the right combination of lens and film for any particular subject or light conditions but I still enjoy the thrill of waiting for the photo to “develop” to see if I chose well.