A gouache study of a piece by John Frederick Herring. Really pleased with this one. In part because I know what it looked like about half way through. I thought about ditching it at that point but pushed through. I think I worked on it over 3 days going back in and reworking passages. Thats ability to rework is what I find great about this medium but really I should be getting it right the first time.
This was a study to practice using gouache. Meissonier was known for his detail work so this was a good one to practice with. I drew the image out in pencil then went in with the paint. It was painted over a sessions.
Still a few of these to go but I will start mixing it up with some environments. Have no written much the past few posts. That was down to my keyboard- the space bar stopped working and I was using the on screen keyboard to drop in the spaces. Brand new shiny rig now. Anyway I stuck with this exercise because it forces me to work in lines and figure out details before painting. Something I would not have usually chosen to do but I can see the advantages and it definitely speeds things up.
Did not feel right to let inktober pass without making an effort. The dogs were done with a pen. The sketch of the boy is a study of at school doors by Nikolay Bogdanov Belsky and was done with a brush pen. More to follow.
Worked on this for a while trying to work out textures and lighting in between other studies. Glad I didn't abandon about half way through. It started out from this which I like because of the lighting.
Another round of sketches from pixellovely. Class format so they range from 30 seconds to 1 hour attempts. Did these while testing out the Twitch service for streaming here. Trying to sort out my internet service so I will be able to do this more regularly.
Some more practice. Did these a while ago. The reference was from pixellovely. I did them just before the site went down - a result of an attack. Glad to see site is back up. I think these were from a 2 hour class.
Trying something different. James Gurney has been running a series of articles on his blog about gouache. As part of that series he launched a competition to paint a gas station using black and white gouache. I bought the paint but missed that deadline. I haven't used gouache before or watercolour so I thought I might study first before trying something more challenging.
Another character study. When I started trying to practice more seriously resources to help were numerous - folks had started livesteaming, Conceptart.org was a buzzing place. Seemed like there were lots of people learning together. Over the past few years it has got a lot more fractured and harder to get that constant nag to work and get better. There are still lots of resources - free and to pay for but it feels like you have to pick your was through things to find whats useful at the right time. Someone who was active getting better backwhen I started and has reappeared streaming is John Silva- you can catch him streaming on twitch. I was listening to his stream when I started noodling with this. He gave some advice to someone he was critiquing - keep your values close. That was what I tried to do here. Thanks John.