I was just sitting and The Girl walks out into the den, plunks herself down into a chair in this very prim little pose, and sits there thumbing through her iPad for about fifteen minutes.
I was slouched into the couch across the way, doodling on mu own iPad (mucking around with a different, more cartoonish sketch of The Girl slouched onto the couch playing on her iPad, in fact) and it struck me that the momentary sketch I roughed out over the ensuing few seconds was far more interesting than the from-memory sketch I was doing.
A day of refinements later, even The Girl herself grinned and wanted a copy of the final piece. I must be doing something right.
It was only a matter of time. I spent years normalizing gaming, and then one day I went looking for her and she had nested in front of my PC, a purpose-built gaming and video editing dual-head desktop with a bunch of great software.
“It is kinda my computer now.” She tells me. “I use it more than you.” Which is kinda true, because she does, and now that she’s shelled out her own money for some expansion packs for games she’s literally invested in it.
Pictured in this sketch, a stylus on tablet (Apple Pencil + iPad Pro + Procreate 5) is a teen playing Minecraft, though what she plays really varies these days. The Sims 4, tops the list actually, and always a YouTube vid on the second screen with some sketch comedy or more-like-than-not a play-along video of the game she’s into.
I’ve also been interested in two things in my sketches these days: detail and atmosphere. The atmosphere and glow of the monitors dampens the impact of the detail, but both are heavy in this sketch.