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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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thederpyteilpawcat Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
can i help with the naming suggestions?
Kaigera
Gouache
Redwood
Sison
Supaiki
Kegawa
Sutikku
Akamatsu
Sorry, most are japanese from google translate. they suit him, though! good luck w/ the naming thing! great art, too!
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DragonEnrage Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Beautiful !!
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:iconodablood:
odablood Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
very, very, very cool ...
Sorry, that is written in Russian
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:iconodablood:
odablood Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
очень, очень, очень классно...
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milovanf Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It looks so beautiful, I love the way you have painted him.
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:iconnordlyset:
NordLyset Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Ears and eyes cathed my eyes, this is amazing watercolor art!
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kickingrabbit Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
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
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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
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kickingrabbit Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
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.)
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NataliKla Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cueat
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
oh my gosh, what a cutie
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:iconveterilu:
VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist
:clap:
Bravo!
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Kitty--RawR Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Artist
He looks like a Cody:Rufus:Christopher:Darry.

Anywhoo this ish epic
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SpectralDraconicWolf Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work. Kind of makes me think of Rin or Rosco.
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VaNiLlaThUnD3r Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
So cute
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:iconnars:
nars Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love his eyes! *___*
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teey55 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
namessss: Zenox, Zatora, Plex :)
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dot-wolf-hack Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
maybe a Scamp? idk, adorable though! Do you outline the drawing before painting it, or just go ?:D
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KakuraAzukieMiarra Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks like a Rascal to me. I've never tried gouache, but you make me want to give it a shot.
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Insanity-wolf Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
That looks EXACTLY like my friend's dog Titus. He's an AussiexCorgi mix. Absolutely adorable, but looks so much like that. Floppy ear and nose and everything.

Enough nonsense. It's very nice work!
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JokerrLaughs Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww this is so adorable
i love this style a lot
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kiba-twilight-spiris Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
you can name her Kisha means Beautiful
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narure Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Ooh really nice! :)
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Glacierstar Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Ooh... so pretty... *0*
I love the eyes!
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WhiteAltan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
How adorable and beautiful. :3
Your style here is just stunning in this picture.
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redtail215 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow so cool!! i love your are
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Kodimarto Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   Filmographer
Nice work! :)
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mima139 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
he so cute ill call the puppy blue
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wonderful :heart:
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CoyoteMange Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Gouache is actually a super-tight painting medium if you don't water it down so much, you are kind of using it like watercolor here. If you add only a small amount of water you can make very controlled shapes and get a very clean precise image.
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KayFedewa Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, my next one I will try that way!
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Wrathpaw Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The face makes me wanna call him Lui. :lightbulb:
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FablePaint Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I bitched at you until you finished. Paid off!
I usually like "mistakes" more than I hate them when I'm painting. The only times I don't like something is when I make an active decision and it doesn't pan out. Sometimes the paint is smarter than me.
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Alana-Fox Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student General Artist
cool paitning amazing.
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LikelyLupine Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I love the eyes! great job!:D
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Blackhawk-pegasus Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE IT!
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CrazyRodeoGirl Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooooooh! I quite like the look of this new project so far!
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Avis-Praeda Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely! Those eyes look beautiful, and the grin makes him even more interesting.
My favourite technique is a mix of watercolor and ink - it's very easy to make a mistake that you cannot conceal later. So don't worry - the most important thing is to never give up. Just that will make you a great artist one day :)
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BlueHunter Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Refreshing and very life-like.
Once again, a very nice quache painting. It makes such a big difference to the "aseptic" digital painting - and gives the drawn character in its "painterly-style" a new appearance.

"Goache a day" sounds just perfect C:
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Luna68 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
loove it :)
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Kaguetora Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's very cool!! : D
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VictoriaMartinsBR Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
incredible, very good art.
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Plaguedog Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   Digital Artist
I know exactly what you mean, It's so hard for me to give up control over what I am working on and work loosely. I can't cope without my ctrl-z

You're doing an amazing job! I really am looking forward to seeing more :)

And I have to say I LOVE THE PINK NOSE SPOT!
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KayFedewa Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot plague. Im not surprised - we are similar artists I think! Maybe you should play with gouache sometime, or have you??

Thanks I like the spot too. Im going to try "a gouache a day" for a while so...there will be more :)
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Plaguedog Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012   Digital Artist
XD I think we definitely have a lot in common! I haven't played with gouache really, but I would like to. I just took up painting with acrylics though!

I hope you do a gouache a day! It's really awesome to see work from you again!

Do you still go to any conventions?
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Moorcat Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
wow, awesome, this is a really different look for you...
I miss ya too...HUGS
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Droemar Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
I've recently disocvered guoache myself, and find it to have the same appeal. Digital art is less about sponteneity. But in the old days, people didn't have that much control.
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naimassparrow101 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Beautiful character concept :thumbsup:
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MisiaIzeska Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
The colours look so nice together and the overall effect of the gouache paint is quite wonderful. I'm really looking forward to this new graphic novel. Is it too early to know what medium the comic will be done in? :)
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icekid98 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice.
But, Kay, what is the BBA's future? Make you continue, or you finished?
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