Tag Archives: gouache

Necesito verte un día más.

6 Nov

Sorry this update is late, you guys. I’ve had a week of crazy ups and downs–good art days, bad art days, great portfolio reviews, frustration with current projects, fun with friends, sad news from family, etc.–and I’ve been finding myself a little distracted. I’ll be back on the ball by Monday, I think, but right now I think I’m gonna stick with a quiet sort of update.

Anyway, here’s the Día de los Muertos print that I’ve been promising:

una ofrendita para tiThis was another experiment with the G-nib, with the added challenge of using gouache. I feel like it turned out pretty well but not exactly right. In my portfolio review, Scott C. pointed out that by watering down the gouache I’m basically just using it like regular watercolors, so he recommended that I try using watercolors so that I’m not fighting against the medium. That makes a lot of sense, so I think I’ll give it a shot sometime soon.

In other news, I’ve been loving Boardwalk Empire like crazy lately (at least, when it hasn’t been really gruesome). I really want to do something 1920s-inspired, but I don’t know what yet. “I want to draw flappers and dapper hats” isn’t much of a story premise, but I feel like a period piece with really simple character design and a nice muted watercolor palette would be really relaxing and fun to do. I picked up a copy of Sin in the Second City a little while ago, so maybe I’ll call that this week’s research. IDEAS AHOY

All right…I’ll see you guys on Monday, hopefully in slightly better spirits. Have a good weekend! :)

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What is that bright light in the sky? Oh, right, it’s the sun.

20 Sep

Ohhh my god you guys I am so tired. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I have been totally nocturnal for the past few days but then had to get up at 9 this morning to go TA for figure drawing? TRULY IT IS A MYSTERY.

Here’s a sample of what I’ve been working on during all those late nights, though. I did a short comic based on Aesop’s fable The Wind and the Sun last year, and I think my first mini this year will be a follow up to that. It’ll be based on another fable called How Sun, Moon, and Wind Went Out to Dinner. Here’s Moon:

Oh, man, lookit those nails.

I’m working on updating her design, so this is probably not at all what she’ll look like. I’ve chosen to make each deity in the fable a different nationality–in the original, Wind was Norse and Sun was Indian. I’m leaning towards a more Korean-influenced design for Moon as of right now, so her costume will probably change entirely. I still think this illustration is kinda neat, though.

Here’s Star:

She's not judging, just observing.

Star is the mother of Moon, Sun, and Wind, so I wanted her to look a little more matriarchal. I was going for a kind of Aboriginal feel to her, but since I don’t know if that’s entirely apparent I may tweak her design a little more before the final version. I’m pretty proud of the starfield behind her–I’ve made them digitally, but I’ve never painted them by hand before now. I think it came out pretty well.

Ooookay. I’ve gotta go finish coloring a pin-up tribute to Art Frahm, and then I think I’m gonna pass out face down on the media room couch and see if I can get someone to drag me home to my apartment. See y’all on Wednesday!

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