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I recently experimented with horizontal usage of the Waterpaint Soft Edges brush from Krita. Had been using it primarily in a vertical way. I like the results. As before, using the brush(es) freehand, trying to incorporate more color selections and different textures to augment the background. I’m also playing around with different foundation brushes to try to lower the (digital) size of paintings, when all is said and done. I’ve noticed that when I use the filters to refine things a bit afterwards, sharpen the image, or add the look and feel of canvas, it tends to enlarge the payload. Certain brushes result in much less of that than others, and I have no idea why.
Regardless, I think it’s safe to say I need to do this, which is (at least) the beginning of all successful art. If Artists don’t feel that they have to make their art, they probably should find something else to do.