Category Archives: Demo

Beginning Gouache

Bring your gouache stuff for class on Monday. Gouache palette, gouache paint, watercolor paper or illustration board with a subject that you would like to try to paint in the technique I demonstrate. I don't care what it is, but choose something with strong lighting -  good highlights and shadows. It will help.

Gouache (“Gwash” not “Goo au chi”) Wash Pickout

I did a demo today working with the gouache wash pickout techniqe. To recap… draw/transfer the image you are painting on the illustration board/watercolor paper first. Mix a solution of 1/3 Gesso, 1/3 Matte Medium and 1/3 water together and coat the entire surface of the illustration board/watercolor paper. Tape off the edges – the … Read More

Chasing that approval

For Monday, if you didn't get your original Truman spot illustration approved today… rework, tweak or restart it based on what we discussed. I'll take a second look at it for approval then. Everyone will get an approval. The big question is how many times you are going to do this topic over and over … Read More

Here is my latest watercolor demo

OK, this one took about an hour and a half.

Architecture Demo

Here's my architecture watercolor demo. Remember, washed shapes to block in color and line work for detail and definition. This illustration did utilize the glazing technique. Try it. Remember to let the previous wash dry before attempting to glaze. In one stroke, apply the color and let it dry.

Another In-Class Watercolor/line Illustration

Hi guys. Bring to class another image to work with during class. Let's see, I'm feeling like something architectural. You'll need your paints, brushes and watercolor paper or cold-press illustration board. We are still practicing technique and I want to see what you are doing as you do it. I'll make up Friday's assignment in … Read More

Another wash/line technique

Here's today's wash/line demo of the little red bird. In this demo, I showed the technique of wet on dry on edges of the subject and pulling the color away with water. This has more control than the last demo of using only wet on wet. As the color work set, I then worked line … Read More

Line art and watercolor demo

Here's the little demo of the bird I did in class. Maybe thirty minutes at the most to get something that could be used in a design. Keep this process in mind when in the future you need to do something quick and visually effective.

Take two to the next level

OK, just to blog what I told you in class. We are still working on photo-reference line art. You are taking two of the ten that I chose today and reworking to the 8.5 x 11 inch size. Use the same line technique as in the original 5.5 x 8.5, just take it further. Keep … Read More