So, let's get right to it, shall we?
With my last sketchbook I did a lot more color work with watercolors and gouache accents. I really enjoyed painting in watercolor... I always have. I was really comfortable with it in high school but watercolor gave way to charcoal, pencil and ink as I focused more on character design and figure drawing and less (by less I mean none) illustration. During this ink and pencil phase I created a series of characters called The Critter Riders. So I decided to revisit the series in color and ink, starting with one that I did before but wasn't too happy with - the Kangaroo Rat Rider. The new one turned out much more dynamic and I was so happy with it that I am going to revisit more of them. I closed out this sketchbook with this painting... better to end on a good note.
Continuing the portfolio illustrations is my first full gouache painting of a ink drawing I did in my sketchbook. It's of a gentle giant of a monster patiently listening to his little hamster friend complain about whatever hamsters complain about... I dunno, maybe being stuck in his cage all day... anyway, I always sorta liked gouache but never gave it a chance. I was told that gouache is much like painting in oils so, I took what I learned in the oil painting classes I took over the past couple years and dived into my gouaches. Laying out a palette similar to the oil palette I was comfortable with, I started my painting.
The first attempt was a disaster but I'll just call it a warm-up. The first painting was too big and took too much paint to cover the large area of the monster's body. The colors came out too muddy as I have a tendency to over-think my color mixing. So I trashed the first painting and immediately started on the second attempt. This time the drawing would be a bit smaller - only 12"x16" instead of the 16"x20" of the first painting.
It made a huge difference the second time around. I stopped over-thinking my mixing and endeavored to create a more rich looking character. It just clicked and before I knew it I was in a groove! Gouache gets such a bad rap... I say this because so far I really enjoy them. That could change... as could my tune about these paints. So far so good. The above picture is an in progress shot. I will share more as I continue with this piece. Stay tuned!