Sunday, April 29, 2007

adventures in gouache

Finished the Pucca test today (Blaarg!) so I celebrated by taking another run at traditional media. For those of you who would like to try traditional media, I have stumbled across some important procedural steps to help you along.

1. Get your materials organized on your drawing table.
2. Paint your masterpiece
3. Realize it's mediocre at best, and overwork it.
4. Despair
5. Scan it in and throw every photoshop trick you know at it.

And there you go. What I really like about painting is zooming WAY in because the incidental textural detail is cool. I'm trying to think of some way I can use that effect intentionally.


I messed around with the colour today seeing if I could clarify the image without putting more than 15 minutes into it. So I blue'd it up, made the dividing wall clearer (Yes, she's supposed to be being walled up) and put cheesy 10-second cobwebs in the corners.


Sloth said...

she better look out, for the light gleaming off his forehead, will scorch retna!

Meg Shaw said...

nice work nonetheless

Tealin said...

At first I was a little confused as to the background ... where was the floor? What was he resting his hand on? Then I realized he looked like Vincent Price and DING! Went the little bell in my head – he's walling her up, isn't he? (Or am I way off the mark?) Eeeevil. I'm trying to think of ways to make this more clear while keeping cool staging like you've got but I'm drawing a blank. Hurrah for traditional media, though, however terrifying it may be!