Gone in 100 sec­onds

Swift sketch Speed draw­ing tips from the con­test win­ner who lands a star-stud­ded Mole­sk­ine

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A Ja­pan-ob­sessed, hor­rorlov­ing artist from On­tario has won our 100-sec­ond sketch­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

A grad­u­ate of Toronto’s OCAD Univer­sity, Patrick Suin’s win­ning en­try (see right) is a beau­ti­ful, el­e­gant and un­der­stated por­trait. And he man­aged to shave 10 sec­onds off the al­lot­ted time.

“I was re­ally in­ter­ested in Alvin Lee’s style,” Patrick says, “how ef­fort­lessly he seemed to draw these strik­ing eyes and open, pout­ing lips. These were things I had been mim­ick­ing, try­ing to get that com­bi­na­tion of in­tense and sul­try ex­pres­sions into my own char­ac­ters.”

Patrick’s prize is a Mole­sk­ine full of sketches by our favourite artists. Our lit­tle red book has toured the world, stop­ping at the likes of Spec­trum Live and San Diego Comic-Con, pick­ing up draw­ings by Justin Ger­ard, John Pi­ca­cio, Donato Giancola and more along the way.

How did Patrick mas­ter the fine art of speed sketch­ing? “Rep­e­ti­tion,” he says. “Never stop draw­ing. You need to keep prac­tis­ing and grad­u­ally get yourself to the point where what you’re draw­ing al­most comes nat­u­rally. Only then will your skill and speed match your am­bi­tions.”

The com­pe­ti­tion took place back in Oc­to­ber to cel­e­brate our 100th is­sue. The run­ners-up are Debbi Garrington, Hen­ryk Ka­jkowski and Pablo Polanco.

To see more from com­pe­ti­tion win­ner Patrick, visit


Run­ner-up Pablo Polanco man­aged con­sid­er­able de­tail in 100 sec­onds. Patrick Suin’s win­ning

sketch took just 90 sec­onds to com­plete.

Mole­sk­ine Patrick wins this

our full of sketches from favourite artists.

Speed and style from one of our run­ners-up, Debbi Garrington.

A pen­sive por­trait by Hen­ryk Ka­jkowski, who earns an hon­ourable men­tion for this skilled piece of line work.

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