Showing posts from January, 2019

Sketching In The Leonardo App

Leonardo is a great application that is currently only available in it's BETA version. The cost for the software is only $39. until it finally launches and then the cost will be $79. However in the BETA version you would be allowed to continually upgrade all the new features and improvements as they come out.

I really enjoy sketching in this application because of the natural look of the pencil tool as well as the what in my opinion is the best ink brush outside of Clip Studio. The above sketch was done using the pencil brush. Below is a video showing how I sketched the drawing pictured above in Leonardo.
If you are interested in purchasing the program it is available here.

Gouache Painting Surfaces, Palette's and Paints

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 c…

Gouache Painting Video On Gumroad

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-
It is also available for my Patrons on Patreon in The Artist Helper Tier

Sketchbook Pages

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.