I’ve been friends with Grigorii for many years, although he lives in Moscow and we’ve never met in person. We met when I was trying to learn the Russian language, and thankfully our friendship has survived despite me long-since giving up on it. I painted this portrait using Genesis heat-set…


A pen and watercolour portrait of Moses from Sktchy. I was drawn to this one because I hadn’t painted dark skin before. I focused a little too much on the skin tones and not enough on the likeness, but I am otherwise pleased with how it turned out.


A pencil and watercolour portrait of Mary from Sktchy. I thought this was a great pose and I was very much interested in the texture of the blanket, so I chose to go with a very simplified face. I think she looks about a foot shorter in this than in…


A gouache portrait of Gabster from Sktchy. I was exploring using a Matisse-like dark outline, only to realise afterwards that my recollection of his use of line was very much exaggerated! However, I like the end result!


A pen and watercolour portrait of Nika from Sktchy. I really like how this turned out, although in a few places I wish I’d made less marks.

Gosh darn spiffy

Not the painting – although I do like how it turned out! – but no, this pencil and watercolour painting is titled for the Reddit user who posted her photograph and invited people to paint it!


A gouache portrait of Thornton from Sktchy. I very much like how this one turned out, and felt I learned a lot about gouache in the process!


Tim has an effortless, 1950’s style cool, that I couldn’t help but try to capture using classic black and white pen and wash. While the likeness isn’t as good as I’d like, it does at least have the right vibe.


I really like how this pen and watercolour portrait came together, but full credit for the cool and interesting reference photograph goes to him!