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Just back from the SKTCHY livestream :)

January 19, 2017


Ok! Here’s the culmination of my week practicing portraits on the SKCHY app. We’ve just wrapped the live stream. If you’re a facebook user, you can watch the archive over on their page.

Thanks to Megi Shubalidze for the inspiration, and to everyone who tuned in and kept the show going with questions!



16 Comments leave one →
  1. ink2art permalink
    January 19, 2017 10:29 PM

    Tried desperately to get back home to watch…just couldn’t make it. Hoping there is a recording available

  2. January 19, 2017 11:04 PM

    I will have to watch the archived clip because I sadly failed to get online at the right time. Life.

  3. January 19, 2017 11:07 PM

    Your work is incredible!

  4. January 19, 2017 11:36 PM

    Great fun to have the opportunity to see you work live as well as your interaction with the commentary. Learnt new things and a joy to see you work the colour around the page. Thanks again!

  5. January 20, 2017 6:22 AM

    Link didn’t work for me :-( Said I wasn’t authorized to see it…. sigh

    • January 20, 2017 7:44 AM

      Hmmm, yes FB link works in one browser, not another – unreliable for whatever reason – facebook doesn’t want me to link direct to this. You’ll have to find Sktchy’s page, then teh Videos tab and then my video in their library – sorry! Till I find a better way to link.

  6. Elinor Gould permalink
    January 20, 2017 8:00 PM

    Been following this website/blog for a few months. Ever since a friend loaned me Urban Sketching. Read it cover to cover. But it was interesting to see the demonstration. You use such different colors than I do. I use no whites or blacks. I have a couple of questions about the demo. Was the paper wet when you started? What size pointed round do you use? Is it all sable? We have a minuscule group of “Urban Sketchers” in rural Nevada County California, halfway between Sacramento and LakeTahoe. Hopefully it will grow this summer. Thanks so much for being community minded and teaching your technique. Elly Gould

    Sent from my iPad


    • January 20, 2017 9:32 PM

      Hey Elinor – no, I don’t pre-wet the paper – just tape it down and start right in. I find I have more control of blending edges working Wet-on-Dry. As for the brush, that’s a #7 pointed round sable – from Winsor and Newton. Great for fine details. Good luck with your sketching group – you certainly have the weather for drawing outdoors!

  7. January 21, 2017 9:47 AM

    When you said you aim for a “3 out of 10 hit ratio” I felt inspired. Sometimes a drawing that isn’t working out makes me want to stop. No! Move on and do 9 more! And like you said 3 will probably be good and maybe 1 will be a zinger.

  8. joantav permalink
    January 21, 2017 11:13 PM

    I wasn’t able to catch you doing this live, but I was able to view it a few hours late. Great job!!!

  9. February 3, 2017 10:19 AM

    wow, wonderful painting

  10. February 6, 2017 3:58 PM

    Thanks for letting us know about Sktchy … I’m just getting started with it and I think I’ll do one fast face a day. It’s great for helping me practice getting a reasonable human-looking person (even if not much of a likeness) for when I sketch on site. :)

    Enjoy the blog & your work so much. Really have enjoyed your classes both on Craftsy and on ArtistsNetwork …

  11. carlzwick permalink
    February 23, 2017 12:43 PM

    perfect !!!

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