Saturday, August 9, 2014
Ready to Roast
I'm continuing to work on developing a quicker, more expressive style. This one is 7x10 pen and ink drawing with gouache paints on paper. I'm working with gouache for the first time, and wondering why it took me so long. For me, it's a happy marriage between watercolors and acrylics that is allowing my brush to do what I've been trying to get watercolors to do. It has the same fluidity of watercolors, but the paper dries faster because I use less water, so I can control better the 'bloom', or in otherwords, the bleeding of one color into another when you add another layer before the bottom paper is dry. With gouache, you can control the bloom. If you add more water to the pigment, you can get a thin watercolor wash effect, but with less water it can also be opaque like acrylics and you can fix some errors that may happen or add some white highlights that may have mistakenly been painted over.