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A few more Portraits via the Sktchy App

January 15, 2017


Remember that app Sktchy?

They noticed the sketches I posted, and I’ve been invited to do a live-stream on their facebook page next week (Jan 19).

If you’re on facebook, here’s the event. Stop by and say hi in the comments!

I’ve been testing out my on-air setup, doing a few small portraits (about 5×7″).  These start with a linear pencil sketch, and a big washy silhouette. I hit it with the hair dryer, and lay the small details on top. Larger-to-Smaller, Lighter-to-Darker! That’s all you need to know for watercolor :)

If you tune in on the day, I have 45 minutes to do one of these start-to-finish under the camera.


The app certainly makes it easy to find inspiration. Every so often I’ll add someone to my picture queue – and last night I did these three all in a row.

I was asked what I look for in a subject – and that’s a tricky question to answer. Something about the person’s character just shows through in their photo.

Sketching Zeona, you see a very European face of course – but then the little clues, like she’s stretched her ear lobes, and has an alternative haircut (I’m guessing it’s a mohawk). Suddenly you’re making up stories about this person. I see a lot of underground bars and zine conventions somewhere like Berlin or Amsterdam.

Funny co-incidence – or maybe the Sktchy app is match-making behind the scenes? But turns out Zeona knows Stuart – one of my first Sktchy portraits. Small world on social media :)


So download the app and post you selfies! Artists everywhere are waiting for inspiration!

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Kathy Harriett Kelly permalink
    January 15, 2017 1:51 PM

    I have been addicted to Sktchy since you wrote about it! Very fun, inspiring, and challenging – in a good way. I’m loving it!

    • January 15, 2017 2:09 PM

      That’s great to hear :) Any trick for inspiration! My work here is done :):) Glad you’re having fun with it.

  2. Chantal Vincent permalink
    January 15, 2017 2:04 PM

    Superb! Your work breathes life into your portraits so beautifully. Love your lighting. Looking forward to your live stream. Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers, Chantal

  3. January 15, 2017 2:19 PM


  4. January 15, 2017 2:51 PM

    Excellent paintings, so full of personality. I downloaded that app when you mentioned it before but so far have done nothing with it. I will try to watch your live Facebook event and see if that inspires me to find the time.

  5. rhondacaplan permalink
    January 15, 2017 7:46 PM

    you are. sooo very talented……yet you have a wonderful honesty and caring about what you sketch.
    I am registered for 2 of your Craftsy courses…you are an amazing instructor. I really think your work reflects you.

  6. January 16, 2017 1:34 AM

    That is really cool.

  7. January 16, 2017 7:42 AM

    I’ve committed to a sketch a day for a year-and finding inspritation is the biggest issue! That and keeping my enthusiasm for a year! I’ve never heard of sktchy before so I’m going to be using it as inspiration you can bet-see you there! (And I’ll be watching you live too!)

  8. January 16, 2017 11:36 AM

    Marc, I’m dying to use this app or even look at it but I have an android phone and a pc but no iPhone. It’s so frustrating. They say they’re developing an android app but for now I feel excluded….. and is the Facebook demo only livestreamed? I’d have to watch it at 3.0 am in the UK. Aaaagh! I love your portraits!

    • January 16, 2017 11:54 AM

      Hey dapplegrey – (I have a feeling I should remember your name but ah – so many emails!) – well you don’t have to be up so early / late – though I will be answering questions from the chat stream. BUT they do archive the video: { } — and there’s a little switch under a dropdown on the right side, where you can set the comments to ‘realtime’ – which lets you see what the speaker’s responding to.

      • January 16, 2017 12:00 PM

        Thanks Marc! I find Facebook a bit of a challenge though I do use it to post as an Urban Sketcher from time to time (under my real name Deborah Rehmat incidentally) – but this is great, I’ll definitely look up the Sketchy broadcast. This is very exciting. Just hope the developpers get a move on with the Android app!

        • January 16, 2017 12:02 PM

          Excellent! yes – I’m sure they’re hearing that from ppl (android) – but my understanding is it’s just a two person team making Skchy. It’s tricky for these indy developers :) :)

  9. January 20, 2017 9:27 AM

    Hi there Marc,
    Your email is one I always open!! You always have something interesting up your sleeve! THANK YOU!!
    May I ask what size you’re practising these portraits, do you use a pad of paper or cut your own and tape them on. What happens when someone buys them, do you package them in a sleeve or pop them in a frame?
    Thank you again for all you share with us!!

    • January 20, 2017 1:04 PM

      Hey Karlene – lets see – these are small – I’m using cut down 1/8th sheets of my usual Fabriano Artistico. I’m not worrying to much about selling these studies, but if someone was interested we ship flat in cardboard and tyvek – it’s safer and cheaper than shipping a frame. :)

  10. January 20, 2017 11:58 AM

    The scetches are very expressive. A good artwork

  11. February 27, 2017 4:17 PM

    Whoa! These are so great..


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