Sketchbook Skool #2

Gouache, Pen & Ink, Sketches, Watercolor

The second class was taught by Koosje Koene. She’s fantastic. I want us to be friends. šŸ™‚

We did self portraits in different styles- using a mirror, photos, or memory. Portraits are hard, but practice makes better.

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The top sketch was from the mirror, in Prismacolor pencils. Man, I look pissed! The bottom, as the description says, was ink and bamboo pen. Also, looking pissed.

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These are to be very quick sketches not lifting the pen from the page. These are so freakin’ fun to do! I could do a gazillion a day. Maybe if I did, I could actually get a likeness. But who cares?

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This one actually, unfortunately, does look somewhat like me. I was really tired that morning…

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Here’s me from a photo in the 80’s. My hair was RAD!

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One from my imagination. This was really hard. I don’t actually look like Scully. I guess we are similarly pale.

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Another quick one.

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Yipes. The color got away from me here. And I think seams should generally be kept out of the eyeball. Also, this was from the mirror. So, there.


Oh my Gouache

Gouache, Sketches

My husband gave me a set of Reeves gouache paints for Christmas and I finally broke ’em out yesterday. I’ve never used gouache before except to add white on top of watercolor paintings (which I had trouble making look decent… not my fav. technique for w.c.) so I thought I’d just goof around and do some sketchy stuff instead of blast right in to a painting I’d want to look nice.

Gouache is super RAD. I need to learn all about it. The colors are so bright and thick it almost looks like pastel.Ā Ā I like the flat finish of gouache compared with the plastic-y shine of acrylics.Ā 

You can see that the colors are so much more brilliant than watercolor. It lends itself very well to an illustrator-ly style but a quick internet search of gouache images shows that it’s capable of so much more! I’m excited.

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