About me

I love sketching people. There is something about capturing the movement, the characteristic of a person with just a few lines and adding a splash of colour that brings it to life! It never gets boring. I always prefer to draw on location, it’s best to get the spontaneity and energy of the occasion. I don’t intend to concentrate on small details, but to capture the very essence of what’s happening. Sketching from photos is a bit different and often more detailed, while sketching on location is more gestural.

I have studied book binding/restoring for 4 years full time. I can make sure the album I create for you is of the best quality, done on a professional level and if handled well it should last for many decades. I developed the design of the sketchbook myself, combining several techniques so it serves it’s purpose the best and is easy to flip the pages without bending the actual sketches.

I have done drawing and painting of some sort for most of my life, often annoying people by asking them to sit for me to do their portrait! I do oil painting as well, mainly landscapes and seascapes but also portraits. I take commissions – any subject. Check out my oil painting website.

Jana Forsyth Wedding Sketcher
Sketching at a wedding reception

Why wedding sketcher?

Wedding sketching has all the ingredients I like and I love the thought my sketches will bring happy memories to people years down the road. I can do any other occasions, like anniversaries, baby showers, birthdays and so on – as long as there is enough light for me to see what I am doing!

When I sketch I get into a “creative bubble” where anything else ceases to exist. Unless I need a cup of coffee of course! But I don’t mind at all when people come and look and ask me questions, it’s all part of it, it helps me to get more of a feel of who everyone is and get more of the atmosphere into my sketches.
I enjoy bringing this special event to life on paper as I sketch and people seem to enjoy watching me, so it’s a win/win!

My background

I grew up in Prague, Czech Republic, but live in the UK since 2013, where I moved with my family in order to be closer to my parents-in-law. I love living here and consider it my home.

Wedding sketching
Family members chatting

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