lucifers-sister asked: hey dude!!! i love your art so much, it's phenomenal. I have a couple of quick questions. You work with gouache, right? how is that medium? i work with watercolors but i want to move to something else. and, i know this kind of a silly thing to ask, but how do you do so well with the shadows and highlights? its amazing. and my final question, do you always do an inking stage before you paint? and what to do use? india ink or? im sorry if this is all too much, but thank you so much man!!
Hey, I’m really sorry, I didn’t see a notification for this ask so maybe it’s been sitting here for a while. To answer your questions, yes it’s gouache. It’s my favorite medium because it’s extremely high pigment so you can get super vibrant colors and you can get a really smooth finished texture. If you wanted to though you could also use it thinned in washes. It also scans and photographs really well which is handy if you want to make prints of your work.
I approach highlights and shadows in systematic layers. So I lay down a base color and then my light shadow layer and move on to the darkest shadow layers, and do the same with gradually lighter layers for the highlights. It’s all very methodical, and for really textured or detailed things I’ll do maybe 5 or 6 layers of lights and darks til I get the dimension I want. Normally you’d probably achieve a lot of this with blending but I like color in flat layers.
I start with a pencil drawing mostly just to make sure everything is in place and drawn correctly and go over it with whatever busted micron pen I have lying around. Then I erase the pencil lead so that when I start to paint it doesn’t get picked up and muddy the paint. This leaves me with a really simple pen drawing that I kind of fill in like a coloring book!
I’m not sure if any of this makes sense, it can be hard to explain how you do things like this since it’s pretty solitary normally. It’s all just a system I worked out on my own through trial and error until I found something that more or less works for what I want to achieve.
And thank you!!