Friday, October 21, 2011
I painted this with my new gouache paints (I totally butchered that word at the art store). At first I was in love with it, but as the paints started to dry I found it a bit harder to mix enough of my colors to last before they dried out. It's not a problem if I'm going for a more sheer traditional watercolor look, but for a more opaque look it was harder to achieve using less water. I think it'll get easier with time and practice. And next time I go for a more opaque look, I'm going to do my initial drawing in pencil first and then ink after painting. I'm horrible at drawing straight and even lines, but I also hate using a ruler, so I embrace my wavy lines.
Oh and here's a picture of my painting before I inked in the final lines. When I first started I wasn't sure what look I was going to go for but my skills are still sloppy and so I needed the tightening of the ink line at the end. Except around the shadowy figure. I thought it best to leave that loose and undefined.