I painted this portrait using gouache in a very watery manner almost like watercolour. You can see the transparency effect in the coat. It is the advantage of gouache you have the choice between transparency and opacity in the application of the paint.
This portrait was done with gouache and brushpen on watercolour paper. I used a watercolour technique to do the flowery crown in a fluid and non specific manner as the main subject was the face.This time I applied the gouache in thin layers reminiscent of watercolour washes.
Inspired by the beauty and the colours of this subject I happily layered paint without removing the base application of gouache. I finished the print motif with ink sticks. So different from the watercolour approach!
Another trial with colour mixing on the paper and trying not to make “mud” with a too thick application of the gouache paint.
Watercolour and gouache portraits on a unified background. I like to use different subjects to paint and make them appear on a double page as a whole. I try to incorporate elements of design to give a sense of balance to the recto/verso spread of my watercolour sketchbook.
I went this morning to my favourite beach in Antibes and sketched people in front of me.
I follow a strategy to go to the beach there :
- I go early because it is easier to find a parking space
- There are less people early and it is not so hot
- I always carry a parasol because as I like sketching I could not do it with a glaring light. Shade is essential not just for the skin!
- I always swim to cool down and coming out of the water I “de-salt”myself with the showers conveniently built on the beach
- I leave the beach mid morning to avoid the heat and the crowd coming in.