I go on about loving Brushes for its many – well, its many brushes. But habit tends to stick me firmly to the simplest thin black line for these sketches, apart from the odd foray through the menu.
So I thought it was time I tried a different one. This blurry, spray-can brush forces you to see in blocks of shade and shape, which is quite fun. The temptation of the line is still very strong (for me anyway), but I tried to stick to broader blocks of colour for this lady and her bright pink phone.
(I started off trying to draw her daughter, by the way, who looked about 25 but was sitting there sucking her thumb like a toddler.
I’ve occasionally seen other people doing that — exclusively young women, as far as I can recall; I wonder why that is? It’s a bit disturbing, isn’t it? You have to ask, what’s going on there? Why is she refusing to shed that infant habit? And how is she not purple with embarrassment about being spotted sucking her thumb on a train?
Anyway, I think she’d caught on to what I was up to, because she kept looking over. (Or perhaps she thought I was gorgeous, and the thumb-sucking was some signal I failed to read. But I doubt it.) So I gave up and focused on her mum. Her thumbs were busy texting, which was a bit of a relief.)
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