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Nina

Today's face is Nina Simone. Another page in my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project 2018. Drawn in a Sketchbook Project sketchbook using a Micron 01 pen, Copic markers and a Posca pens.


Ian McKellen

Today's face: Ian McKellen. This is another page in my sketchbook for The Sketchbook Project 2018. Ian McKellen is one of my favourite actors: how I'd love to have dinner with him and listen to his stories of making Lord of the Rings, playing King Lear, rabble rousing with Patrick Stewart, protesting against Trump, making George Ezra's Listen to the Man video, and so much more…. It would have to be lots of dinners! Drawn in a The Sketchbook Project Sketchbook with a Micron 005 pen, Copic markers and a white Posca pen.


Mum

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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.


Kris

Today’s face  46/99  27/06/16

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


Jenna

Today’s face 44/99  25/06/16

Jenna, inspired by Sktchy app.  Drawn in a Moleskine sketchbook with a Unipin pen and Copic sketch markers and modified on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil in the Procreate app.

This sketch is a personal response to the Brexit decision in the UK. While i have been deeply disappointed by the failures of the EU in recent months to respond positively to the Greek and refugee crises I believe that a united Europe is the best response to the challenges our continent faces and particularly to the rise of the far right. I’m horrified by the Brexit decision. I searched Sketchy for an appropriately angry photo and knew this was the perfect one when I found it!


Anastasia

Today’s face 42/99  23/06/16

Anastasia, inspired by Sktchy app. Drawn in a Moleskine sketchbook with a Unipin pen and Copic sketch markers. Modified on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil in the Procreate app.


Katie

 

Today’s face 41/99  22/06/16

Katie, inspired by Sktchy app. Drawn in a Moleskine sketchbook with a Unipin pen and Copic sketch makers, then modified on an iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil in the Procreate app.