Nelson Mandela


Today’s face: Nelson Mandela. This is the second page in my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project, which has the theme “people I wish I knew” and it really has to include some of my political heroes. Drawn in a Sketchbook Project Sketchbook with a Micron 005, Copic markers and Posca pens.


Today’s face: Frida.  I’m taking part in The Sketchbook Project 2018 and my sketchbook arrived in the post this morning. If you don’t know about The Sketchbook Project you can find out more about it here – in very brief summary, every year artists both amateur and professional from all over the world sign up to receive a small sketchbook from The Brooklyn Art Library, fill it and return it by a set deadline so it can join the biggest sketchbook library in the world. You choose from a list of themes and the theme I’ve chosen is “people i wish I knew” – because I love the idea of drawing a series of portraits of people, both alive and dead, who I would love to talk to/have dinner with/ know well, for a variety of reasons. My sketchbook arrived at about 9.30am and I was drawing by 10am and my first portrait is of Frida Kahlo.

As I was drawing I decided to include a reason why I would like to know the person in the portrait. This portrait was drawn with a Micron 005 fineliner, a Unipin 0.5 fineliner, Copic markers and Posca pens. I discovered that the paper won’t take my usual Copic method – it’s just not good enough quality to take the many layers of ink I usually use so I’m going to have to adapt my method or use different materials, so I’ll be experimenting with future portraits.