Well, this is a rather particular subject. It’s a rather niche medium in a sense that I’ve trained to paint like an actual painter for a few years before going into drawing and coloring with Ink and Watercolors again. Before Gouache were pencil sketches that spanned from late 2000s to late 2015. It all started of as an event where I thought of doing a more involved form of painting, something less washed out and not so direct like watercolor. After hitting up a local store(no longer around after a year). The Staff gave me a recommendation, Gouache. Since then, the idea of using this medium for most of 2015-well into the 2017s was the beginning of my short but, something to be remembered(hopefully) phase.
To describe Gouache. It’s like, watercolor. But not quite the exact. It does indeed have properties of being activated by water like the former, but the notable thing about the said medium, is that it’s direct, you don’t stain the paper or tinge them, you paint it. But, unlike acrylic, you simply have to use water to reactivate it too. It’s like oil, but easier and less toxic.
In my case, I used a technique of using watercolor to “zone” out the areas that get shades and lights. That way I get a rough idea of how they tile up. Some ways i tried to work my layers up are using the darkest watercolors to shade it, and build up the more solid mid ranges, and eventually the highlights. But, it was a rather time and resources consuming process, along with my inability to understand painting like a proper technician. As a result, the years spent on the medium with rather…sour results in both the visuals and reception forced me to give up on the medium more or so, not to mention the limitations th medium gave me in the ability to pump out more works like my brush pen works. We are talking like, 10 times more effectiveness and efficiently level here.
However, they were indeed important to teach me the concepts of planning ahead, understanding layering, and patience too.
Subjects that were notable during these periods.
well, let’s start from the beginning. Started off with things like, the gouache concepts were I use the 11×14 inches papers to make a character concepts sheets of the original ideas I had during the 2014-2016 phase. They were rather…crude by my standards now in hindsight.
Character and Machine Designs, those days…not my most proud works looking back. It’s almost like as if, they were all a, wasted effort. got me nowhere. people hated or don’t care.
Tough times. and crying about it won’t help either, coming from my former background, being a crying victim is a good way to rouse the predators of the area…
It was not until, my post Gouache works that my works can actually be seemingly productive.
During these periods of the early and late stage of Gouache, it was only two different IPS, or Fanworks I was working on that made gouache seemingly notable.
There will be a link or two in regards to these two IPs I’ve worked on complete with Galleries and Blog Articles around them.