Whitby, North Yorkshire

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Karen Ruffles

On pencils, toast and the importance of sleeping in.

I'm a full time artist specialising in charcoal and carbon drawings, from landscapes to wildlife to my beloved monsters. This means everything, including me, is generally covered in black fingerprints. Happily, I like my toast carbonised too so I can't usually tell.

I do sometimes leave the house to forage for the essentials - you know, wine, more pencils, that sort of thing. Nine times out of ten I remember to brush my hair first.

I tend to stay up late drawing - I think the quiet helps me focus. This means I am useless at mornings but I'm self employed so nobody ever notices.

he's behind you

Something usually is :)