Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Knight on White Horse - 1st Installment

Today I started a painting which will probably take several hours to complete. I decided to do about 30 minutes each day and post the installments or stages as the painting develops. Today I blocked out the principal figures of the painting. This is watercolor washes on 7x10 inch watercolor paper. It took about 30 minutes to get to this stage. I'm going to use a combination of watercolor and gouache, which is highly refined tempera paint. Both work well together and are water soluble. The watercolor is great for transparent washes and the gouache can be applied both transparently in thin washes or more thickly in opaque strokes. Many illustrators used to use gouache up until the digital age.

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