Saturday, January 5, 2019
One of the great things about gouache is that there are a variety of surfaces that you can use to paint on. Apart from watercolor paper one can paint with gouache in a sketchbook or on bristol or illustration board. There are drawing pads of heavy weight mixed media paper that are great for gouache.
I usually prefer a pad with good drawing paper like Strathmore 400 series paper. It's 80 lb. weight is probably the lightest weight I would use. Working on a toned paper can be fun too. Stonehenge makes a great Kraft paper pad that is 100% cotton and weighs about 100 lb. There is a watercolor board made by Canson that is a heavy weight board with an arches watercolor paper adhered to it. I like this board especially for larger paintings and for using casein paint with gouache. Watercolor paper is great to use as well. It can be hot or cold pressed. The only two surfaces I avoid are a very rough textured paper or a very smooth plate finished paper. Rough paper would have me fighting to cover the texture of the paper and the plate finish surface would be difficult to paint in opaque layers because the paint will keep lifting off the surface. Painting is hard enough without having to fight a difficult surface to work on.
The best palettes to use are the tin pallets. I recently purchased a folding watercolor pallet made by Meeden with 12 full pans to place paint in. This is a great portable palette and the tin surface is a lot easier to mix the gouache paint on than a plastic palette. When I paint at home I use a metal butchers tray to mix my paint.
Some very good and knowledgeable artist recommend squeezing out the amount of paint you intend to use and throwing out any remaining paint.Their preference is to work with fresh paint for every painting. I don't do this for two reasons. First, the paint can be expensive. Not as costly as oil paint but it can still run some money. I do my best to build my pallet on paints that cover well so that when I add water to reactivate the paint on my pallet it would cover just as well as fresh squeezed paint. Second, it's been my habit to do this since high school and it has always worked for me.
There are any number of quality gouache brands to paint with. Brands like Windsor and Newton, Holbein, M. Graham are all great brands. My personal preference is Turner Designer gouache because I like the way the paint covers the surface. Whatever brand I buy I make sure to check the description on each tube for the colors light fastness which is always indicated on the label.
For more on painting in Gouache I have a video on Gumroad that is available to purchase either as a download for $12. or you can stream it for $2. https://gumroad.com/l/cRwic
Thursday, January 3, 2019
I posted a new tutorial on Gumroad about painting a portrait in gouache. It is the first video I posted on that page about working in Traditional media.
I love gouache. It's a medium that combines characteristics of watercolor and oils. It is very flexible and forgiving and like watercolor very portable. I carry a tin palette of gouache with me everyday and use it practically everyday.
Most of the time I am making quick sketches spending no more than an hour painting in a sketchbook. For this gouache video I take it a step further and create a fully realized painting and show and explain the process.
Below is a YouTube video of one of the gouache paintings I did in my sketchbook during an hour break at work. It also served as notice about the gouache video on Gumroad.
The video is ready for download on Gumroad- https://gumroad.com/l/cRwic
It is also available for my Patrons on Patreon in The Artist Helper Tier https://www.patreon.com/gilrobles
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
It's been 9 months since I started my Patreon page.
I know that because each month I give out a 16 page digital sketchbook to my patrons and the latest one is pictured at left. Number 9. For the most part it is a collection of sketches I did on that particular month in which the sketchbook was posted. Mostly pencils with some other media thrown in here and there.
Making these sketchbooks has helped me out tremendously since I had to draw everyday to make sure there was enough work to fill the sketchbook and I also think that they have gotten better over that time.
I am posting here a few sample pages from several sketchbooks. If you would like to keep up with these sketchbooks just join my Patreon page and the sketchbook is available at any tier level.