Today’s face: Polina, inspired by Sktchy. It’s never occurred to me to use coloured pencils with Copic markers until it was suggested during this week’s Sketchbook Skool Colored Pencils course. So, intrigued by the idea, I tried it on this portrait and I love the results. It allowed me to soften the cheeks a little, add definition to the hair and a little more colour to the shadows and lips.

Drawn in a Moleskine sketchbook with a Unipin fineliner, Copic markers and coloured pencils.


Today’s face: Maria, inspired by Sktchy. I’m taking Sketchbook Skool’s new Coloured Pencil course which started this week, so I’m going to be practicing with coloured pencils a lot over the next month.

Drawn in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with Caran d’Ache Luminance coloured pencils.


Today’s face: Teri, inspired by Sktchy.

Drawn in a Fabriano watercolour sketchbook with a Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen and Jackson’s watercolours.


Today’s face: Cheyenne, inspired by Sktchy. This is another portrait heavily influenced by this week’s teacher in the Sketchbook Skool Watercolor Rules kourse, Inma Serrano and her amazing use of colour.

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


Today’s face: MyHung, inspired by Sktchy. This is another preliminary portrait for my Sketchbook Skool Illustration Nation project.

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


Today’s face: Raquel, inspired by Sktchy. Another work in progress for my Sketchbook Skool Illustration Nation project.

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


Today’s face: Lauren, inspired by Sktchy. This is a very special face. Yesterday I was the host of a Sktchy Live event, during which I drew most of this portrait live to a worldwide audience on a live feed on Sktchy’s Facebook page, and also answered questions from the audience while I was drawing. I was very nervous, but once I settled into drawing I enjoyed myself hugely and it was fun to share my process with other people – and I was well supported by Sketchbook Skool friends amongst the commenting audience. You can watch a recording of the Sktchy Live by going to the video section of Sktchy’s Facebook page here.

Drawn in a Hannehmühle Nostalgie sketchbook with a Micron 01 pen and Copic markers.


Today’s face 99/99  16/08/16

Vin, inspired by Sktchy and Sketchbook Skool! Drawn in a Moleskin sketchbook with a Unipin pen and Copic markers.

This is the 99th face in my #99faces project.  I began this project back in May while I was in the middle of taking the Sketchbook Skool Polishing kourse. In the third week of that course we had a klass with Vin Ganapathy on drawing portraits, during which Vin introduced us to Sktchy. I had already found the Sktchy app but couldn’t really understand why anyone would want to draw other people’s selfies!  However, I was totally inspired by Vin’s klass, and began to appreciate that there might be some value in this app after all. Suddenly I found myself wanting to draw portraits.

The following week in Polishing we had a klass with illustrator Nelleke Verhoeff, who encouraged us to draw more creative faces using letters, cut out pieces of paper and magazines, whatever struck our fancy really, as starting points, so I started drawing imaginary faces. Nelleke also encouraged us to take creative risks and to think about beginning a long term project as a way of both taking a risk and developing an audience and a style.  I was enjoying drawing faces so I decided to start a #99face project.

When I started this project I envisaged that it would be a collection of real and imagined portraits and for the first few weeks that what it was. But as time passed my Sktchy addiction grew and my interest in imaginary faces waned. My portraiture skills were developing and as they got better I just wanted to work with them more and more, both in my Moleskine and on my iPad Pro, and as I did I could see my style evolving. This whole process has just become more exciting as I have become more skilled and I would recommend it to anyone.

99 portraits ago I had no idea that it was possible to improve your drawing skills so quickly by focused effort. Now I know what can be achieved by simply sitting down and drawing for a couple of hours a day. I’m not going to stop drawing portraits. I’m definitely addicted.  For my 99th portrait I had to draw the man who showed me what a fine thing it is to draw people. I owe you a big debt of gratitude Vin Ganapathy. I owe you one too, Nelleke Verhoeff, for starting me off on this project. And, of course, I will always owe one to Sketchbook Skool for helping  me to draw every day.


P.S. I was planning a celebration this evening but I was burgled in the early hours of this morning and my car was stolen. I owe two other debts of gratitude, one to my hero hound Binx for chasing the thieves out of the house before they could steal more than my car keys, and another to Sussex Police for recovering my car within eight hours, although it’ll be a few days before I get it back. Having been up most of the night I’m far too tired now for celebration…


Today’s face  97/99  14/08/16

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



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Today’s face 95/99  13/08/16

Today’s face is a little more personal than usual. It’s a portrait of my Mum, who died a year ago today. I drew this portrait yesterday. It’s not the first I’ve drawn of her and I still can’t quite capture her likeness. I almost did: about halfway through it looked so much like her mother, my grandmother, it was scary. And then I lost it somewhere around the mouth. I still struggle with getting mouths right.

Drawing mouths and teeth is always the hardest part of a portrait for me and on a portrait of Mum it’s definitely very difficult. So much so, it made me howl with laughter. Because let’s be honest, she’d hate this portrait. If she was still here, she’d insist that I took it down straight away and never let it see the light of day! She hated her teeth and she hated any photo that didn’t flatter her and this portrait  both shows her teeth (and not well) and isn’t a good likeness but, worse still, it’s not very flattering either. A poor likeness would be OK if was flattering.

So a thousand apologies Mum but this portrait is important to me because it was made with so much love. And I didn’t want to get to 99 faces without including one that really matters in this week that is so important to me.

Drawn in a Moleskine sketchbook with a Unipin pen and Copic markers. And if you’re wondering about the lettering – I’m doing the Sketchbook Skool Creative Lettering kourse at the moment taught by Andrea Joseph and this is lettering from one of this week’s lessons, drawn with my non-dominant (left) hand and then embellished.