The second class was taught by Koosje Koene. She’s fantastic. I want us to be friends. 🙂
We did self portraits in different styles- using a mirror, photos, or memory. Portraits are hard, but practice makes better.
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.
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?
This one actually, unfortunately, does look somewhat like me. I was really tired that morning…
Here’s me from a photo in the 80’s. My hair was RAD!
One from my imagination. This was really hard. I don’t actually look like Scully. I guess we are similarly pale.
Another quick one.
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.
Second lesson, also by Danny Gregory. This technique is so fun. And results are surprisingly good looking! Sign up for these classes, people!
Paint the color first, then add lines. I’ve always done it the other way around.
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. I like the flat finish of gouache compared with the plastic-y shine of acrylics.
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.