Today’s face: Jay, inspired by Sktchy. Jay is today’s suggested face for Mindful March, the theme for which today is Tapas. Suzan Colon explains that in yoga tapas means little plates of hell, the painful experiences that happen to us that can help us learn and grow, and asks us to share our own stories of how our painful experiences have shaped our creative journeys.

My whole creative journey grew out of pain. I had to set a one year goal when I was doing a pain management course in 2014. I decided my goal was to take one course with Sketchbook Skool. When I went back for my 1 year pain management review I had taken 3 courses and haven’t looked back since. I’ve developed new and more painful diseases since then but making daily art has become an essential part of my pain management. I’m a better artist and a much more creative person in my responses to the difficulties I face.

Drawn in a Moleskine sketchbook with a Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen and Copic markers.


Today’s face: Isichel, inspired by Sktchy. Suzan Colon, who is hosting Mindful March on Sktchy, asked us to post a positive thought with our portrait today. My positive thought is that I know that with every day’s portrait practice I’m improving my skills. It might not show in that day’s portrait but it definitely shows as I look back over my entire body of Sktchy portraits. Day by day, month by month, my skills are steadily growing.

Drawn in a Moleskine sketchbook with a Uniball multiliner and Copic markers.


Today’s face: Igor, inspired by Sktchy. This is today’s Sktchy Mindful March inspiration photo. I started drawing it early this morning before going to work thinking I could finish it this afternoon – but I ended up spending all afternoon at the animal hospital dealing with a pet emergency. So I’m not feeling very mindful at all and this is looking very half finished but at least I’m posting something- and my dog is going to be fine (though I’m £200 poorer).

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


Today’s face: Kristine, inspired by Sktchy. Kristine’s inspiration photo for this portrait is also today’s inspiration photo for Sktchy’s Mindful March lesson, which focuses on the concept of Maitri, which is about being kind, to others but also to ourselves. We were asked to take note of something we like in our portraits and share it. I don’t often include backgrounds in my portraits but I liked a quilt in the inspiration photo so much that it prompted me to create a background that I really love. And I’ve used that blue in various ways throughout the portrait and it brings the whole piece together – so these are the things that I especially like about this portrait.

Drawn in a Fabriano watercolour sketchbook with a Copic multiliner, painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and finished with Prismacolor coloured pencils.


Today’s face: Noel, inspired by Sktchy.

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


Today’s face: Jaymes, inspired by Sktchy. I’ve been experimenting with digital pastels this past week and doing something I never normally do – a tonal under drawing. I do it very quickly and use it as a base layer for my portrait. I know lots of artists do this but I’ve always been too lazy but then I saw Fatima Pantoja do it on the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year TV show and decided to try it. Jaymes is today’s Sktchy inspiration for The Daily and Mindful March and, since the photo is a black and white one, it inspiration seemed like a great opportunity to just do the quick tonal portrait.

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


Today’s face: Marly, inspired by Sktchy.

I started this portrait yesterday and it all went horribly wrong. My drawing was wrong and then I overworked it. I was going to rework it this evening but I’ve been at a conference all day (yes on a Saturday) which ended up being a bit of a challenge because I’m struggling with both my mental and physical health this week and I just don’t have the energy. So I’ve decided to post it as it is rather than rework it or not post anything. Why am I telling you all this? Two reasons 1) because it’s important to me to try to post every day, but this is Mindful March on Sktchy so I’m also trying to be mindful of my own need to self-care and take a break today and 2) I always post my bad portraits as well as my good ones because I think it’s important to acknowledge publicly (especially for people who are just starting drawing portraits as I was 3 years ago) that I don’t draw great portraits every day- some days are good and some are very bad.

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