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: Maggie, inspired by Sktchy. I chose to draw this portrait as an example of foreshortening, since this is what many Sketchbook Skool (SBS) students are focusing on this week in the SBS People Drawing People kourse.

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


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: Daisy. This was such a special drawing experience for me. This is my daughter Daisy drawn from a photo she sent me a couple of days ago taken by a friend. When I was drawing the initial pencil sketch and had just her eyes, nose and mouth drawn I could clearly see the 5 year old Daisy. It was really magical. And then as I added more features she morphed into her 21 year old self. I’m so grateful for the gift that both Sketchbook Skool and Sktchy have given me, that with confidence and daily practice and confidence I can now produce a portrait like this of her.

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


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: Jewell, inspired by Sktchy. I’m doing Sketchbook Skool’s Watercolor Rules kourse at the moment and this week’s homework is to use both watercolour and gouache together so I decided to use them both in today’s daily Sktchy.

Drawn in a Laloran sketchbook with Micron pens, painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours and Caran d’Ache gouache and finished with Prismacolor coloured pencils.


Today’s face: Stuart, inspired by Sktchy. Stuart is a friend from Sketchbook Skool as well as a Sktchy artist and muse and he’s also this week’s Sktchy Friday Face, which I am a day late drawing.

Drawn in a Moleskine watercolour sketchbook with Micron 005 and 01 pens and painted with Zecchi Toscana watercolours.

Illustration Nation

I’ve mentioned a number of times over the past month that I’ve been working on a project for the Sketchbook Skool course Illustration Nation. I finished my project last weekend and uploaded my images to the print on demand sites Redbubble and Society 6 over the last couple of days, so you can now buy posters, prints, greetings cards and phone cases featuring my designs from these sites. I hadn’t initially intended the designs to be used for phone cases but when I uploaded the images I liked how they looked so I’ve added those and even ordered a phone case for myself!

This is a whole new direction in portraiture for me and I’m glad that the course pushed me to try something new. I’ve enjoyed creating this new new style of portrait, so much so that I’m planning on making a dozen of these portraits for a 2019 calendar. So watch this space for those…

In the meantime if you’d like to have a look at the products you can buy featuring these designs you can visit my stores at Redbubble and Society 6.


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.