Welcome to Friday, Untapped Citizens. I’ll be brief this week. This surly-looking woman was sitting across from me on the subway the other day and I just really liked the color pairing she chose to complement the soft black of the rest of her outfit. Maybe she looks so upset because she just realized that her purse looks like a giant floppy eggplant. Maybe she hates eggplant.
As a bonus, here’s the original sketch I did of her before moving on to the final ink-and-watercolor piece. Usually I just do a quick pencil drawing or outline of something to get the idea and composition down before moving on to the “real” piece in order to keep the final product from looking too carefully-planned. It’s easy to get caught up in making everything look perfect, but I’ve figured out that obsessing over precision just stresses me out and drains the piece of all its energy. The creative process evolves, just like personal style.