Nariman 4

Today’s face: Nariman 4, inspired by Sktchy. Drawn on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.

This is the fourth portrait I’ve drawn inspired by a photo uploaded to Sktchy by Nariman Nuri. I’m completely in awe of his beautiful portrait photographs, which are perfectly and deeply romantic. I won’t stop until I’ve drawn every one! If you use the Sktchy app I strongly recommend that you check his feed out.


Nariman 2

Today’s face: Nariman, inspired by Sktchy. Drawn on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil using the Procreate app.

This is based on one of a series of photos posted on Sktchy by photographer and artist Nariman Nuri. Nariman photos are so inspiring I want to draw every single one! If you’re a Sktchy fan I strongly encourage you to check them out. You’ll certainly be seeing more of them here.

Captain Hugh

Today’s face  16/99  22/05/99

Captain Hugh, an imaginary face, inspired by the background photo taken at Beachy Head, East Sussex.


Telling Stories with Sabine

The third week of Sketchbook Skool’s Expressing kourse was a fun rollercoaster ride with Illustrator Sabine Wisman. The week started with a lesson in creating infographics.  I loved created my personal instructional infographic on “how to raise a film school student”.

Sabine also showed us how to digitise our own drawings on the iPad using the Procreate app. I’ve spent far too much time since digitising my own drawings!

 The klass culminated with a great demo on how to use personal or found vintage photos  to create illustrations that tell invented stories. The SBS galleries have been overflowing ever since with a never ending stream of inventive and very funny stories. Here are some of my contributions.

For me, this has been one of my favourite week is skool. I’m beginning to feel that I’m really developing a personal style and Sabine’s emphasis on integrating sketchbook and digital work has helped to make the most of my love of Procreate and my iPad Pro.

A whole week of drawing selfies


This week we’ve been drawing selfies in Sketchbook Skool’s Seeing kourse. I wasn’t looking forward to this particular week. I don’t like haven’t my photo taken; that’s one of the reasons why I first took an interest in photography – if you’re on the other side of the camera you don’t have to be in the photos! And I avoid mirrors as much as possible, so much so that I had to go shopping last Friday to buy a large portable dressing table mirror so that I could draw mirror selfies this week. And I very rarely draw people for all sorts of reasons – lack of models, lack of confidence, lack of practice.

But this week has been an absolute revelation – much to my surprise I’ve loved drawing selfies. I’ve not really got to grips with contour line drawings yet, my mirror selfies age me by 20 years but are enjoyable to do and once I’m in my comfort zone of pen and ink drawings from a photograph I’ve been having a ball!

Homework for the week was to do 2 mirror selfies, 2 selfies from photographs, 2 contour line selfies, and 1 selfie from memory of the imagination. I did many more (some far too awful to share!) but below are my 7 homework selfies.IMG_1299
I have used a few tricks to get the best out of these photo selfies. As I already mentioned I hate been photographed so rather than get someone else to take pictures of me I’ve taken photos myself (on my iPod touch) when I’ve been alone in a room using a selfie stick. That way I’ve felt comfortable enough to play around and make silly expressions and take lots and lots of pictures. I’ve then used the Snapseed app to turn the photos into a high contrast black and white photo to emphasise the shadows and I’ve used that photo as the basis for my drawing.

And here is my final selfie, which I drew after I’d published my homework… having so much fun with these I’m going to carry on and fill a whole selfie sketchbook!


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.



Driving along the A27 outside Brighton on Saturday I saw a huge field of poppies colouring the largely green landscape with scarlet stripes. So this morning I drove a short distance to find the field and take some photos. It wasn’t hard to find – there was a small queue of cars parked along the grass verge beside the field where a number of other amateur photographers had parked up to take photos.
I took both my Nikon 1 and my Hipstamatic with me and it proved a good subject for testing different Hipsta styles and comparing them with regular photos.


The pictures above we’re both taken with my Nikon 1. I used a fisheye lens for the bottom picture, which is why there is a slight curvature to the horizon. The image below was captured with my Hipstamatic, using the Loftus lens and Pistil film.


The photo above was taken using the Hipstamatic lens Kaimal Mark II and Ina’s 1969 film – I love the orange colour it gives the landscape. In contrast, the Helga Viking lens with C-Type Plate film create the beautifully atmospheric bleached image below.

And for a richly colourful Hipstamatic photo you can’t beat the John S lens, combined below with Ina’s 1969 film.