Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Painting Procedural pt. 6

Ah, gouache – lovely, chalky gouache. I have added a bunch more color to the background, so that it moves from pink to yellow to blue, which seems like a fairy-tale-sky sort of thing to do. And I've started painting in the fur accessories on our damsel's ensemble.

Now you can start to see what I'm trying to do with the two kinds of paint: the reds I used for the watercolor are preserved as the shadow, and the gouache fills in where the light strikes.

I have enpinkened the reflected light on the edges of the fur. Reflected light color shifts are the principle on which the buttercup-under-the-chin test for bed-wetting operates.


Stephanie Han Windham said...

I've always been impressed by how well you use gouache--most of us give up after an initial taste :D I love these proceduals, btw, it's like magic!

Pulpatooner said...

Thanks, Steph! I was wondering if I was starting to bore people's pants off (seduction technique #342) with all the little increments.

I hated gouache when I was first introduced to it, but I was stuck with it for a whole semester in this one particular class. I think I eventually developed Art Material Stockholm Syndrome.

knock on wood said...

magical painting techniques and learning ... hate this... it sucks :)

I need to show my classmates this tutorial. We've been going to Maira Kalman's apartment for a class and they are wanting to know more about gouache after seeing her paintings! I enjoyed the way you taught it and will pass on the link!

Pulpatooner said...

I'd better get off my duff and finish posting this thing, then, huh?

Maria Kalman's work is great. What sort of class are you taking in her apartment?

knock on wood said...

We have a class with Maira that's been called "New York Stories" for a few years in the program; I'm not sure what it is called now. We were to find an old suitcase with character and fill it or alter it in some way with a story etc.
I'm doing a piece about my mom and her twin sister. I'm trying to understand their childhood differences and similarities through nostalgia (asking them their favorites smells, sounds, and other sensory memories) at specific ages and then filling the suitcase in compartments with objects that display those things (bottles with scents, objects with textures etc) I hope it turns out okay, i'm learning a lot about them at least which was why i was interested in that angle.