Just wondering, but do you have any tips for portable sketching and painting and all that? I'm not sure I quite grasp the concept of being able to paint in public areas… do you have a technique? Do you go to a park?
As for locations, I draw people pretty much anywhere - cafes, parks, beaches, sidewalks, etc. I try to sit in a corner or far enough away that people don’t usually notice what I’m doing. It also helps if you’re not staring directly at them for a long time, as people can definitely feel eyes boring through their heads. It’s helpful to take a mental “snapshot” of the person and quickly get a gestural drawing of them down, and fill in the details as you see fit. Usually you can get a better caricature that way; relying on your memories for capturing the notable details, but not getting the exact likeness of them, ‘cause that’s what cameras are for. I use just enough time to take down what’s unique about the person (a facial feature, a pose, some strange piece of clothing, etc.), and fill in the rest out of my head.
i don't want to ask you anything, i just wanted to say that your raymaids are gorgeous and ingenious. why weren't these fantasized before mermaids?!
Thank you so much for the kind words! Actually, my raymaids were inspired by Toei animation’s 1975 version of The Little Mermaid. It had a “raymaid” sea witch that imprinted strongly on my squishy child brain… She had a sea snake/eel wrapped around her, was gigantic and terrifying and the little mermaid DIED making a deal with her.