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Unnamed character concept 1 by KayFedewa Unnamed character concept 1 by KayFedewa
here is a scan of my first gouache attempt. I got so frustrated at one point i walked away and almost didnt come back. But I did.

Im a perfectionist and I work very tightly in eveything else I do. I like control and precision. For that reason I find this medium challenging but also liberating. I can let the paint do what it wants to sometimes and it forces me to realize "thats how it goes, dont fight it, accept it"

there's a lesson in there somewhere.

Anyway this is another (possibly minor) character from the same project. An alaskan husky. very early concept. No name yet, but hes about 1 yr old.
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DragonEnrage Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Beautiful !!
odablood Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
very, very, very cool ...
Sorry, that is written in Russian
odablood Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
очень, очень, очень классно...
milovanf Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It looks so beautiful, I love the way you have painted him.
NordLyset Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Ears and eyes cathed my eyes, this is amazing watercolor art!
kickingrabbit Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Gouache is easier to control when it is less watery and more the consistency of melted ice cream (you just have to work quickly to get a smooth application of paint). I used gouache when I painted this mandala ( [link] ), and I was able to get very precise in most of the details (as you can see with the center knot). In this approach, it helps to map-out ahead of time where you're going to paint each color (including the variations in shadows), like you're own paint-by-numbers.

In this painting of trees ( [link] ), I penciled in every shift in value and hue and mixed my paint as the values built up. It is a more graphic approach to painting, but given that gouache is easily reactivated, blending the colors together wouldn't likely be difficult if you wanted things to look more painterly.

If you do like the look of more watered-down gouache, I'd highly recommend researching watercolor techniques (as that is essentially what you're doing). The main difference between painting normal watercolor and diluted gouache, I think, is that glazing in gouache is much more difficult than in watercolor.

Let me know if you'd like more information. I know a lot of useful websites about watercolor. Information on gouache is a bit more difficult to come by it seems, but perhaps more information has become available since I last checked...

Anywho, happy painting! :D
KayFedewa Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow thanks a lot for taking the time to write the tips and for showing me what can be done with gouache. i love your work
kickingrabbit Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Thanks Kay. I am glad you enjoyed my paintings. Here are a few sites I found with solid information that might be of interest to you:

[link] (Some typos, but still good information.)
[link] (Very good article; lots of sample art. Also includes techniques for turning form.)

[link] (Wetcanvas in general is full of useful painting information; I recommend joining if you want to hunt down more information there.)
nakisy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
oh my gosh, what a cutie
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