Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Class demo


Some of my students were asking me about a rub-out technique and I ended up doing a little demo. These were done on a 1 3/4 strip of illustration board that I pulled out of the garbage. I did a very quick sketch, then I covered it with some acrylic gel medium. I tried to leave some strong brush strokes for texture. Once that dried I did a heavy wash of gouache, using warms into cools, over the whole thing. Then, with a wet paintbrush, I would lift out the highlights. I added some color and some darks back into them and did a little more lifting out of paint. Done. It is a very quick process, but it has some neat results. The girl was done in a more traditional way with gouache. See guys, it's not that hard. Now get crackin'!

24 comments:

kay susan said...

Thanks for the demo. I spend more time lifting the watercolour off mine than I do putting it on!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the demo Guy, they turned out great concidering you did them in about 5 min a piece...

M. Scott

Hans said...

Wow! Looks awesome. Love the cowboy....and the girl.....and the old guy! Wish I had your coloring skills:)

Hans

Tyler said...

Wow! great blog and great art! this is exactly the style i've always wanted to learn to do. Beautiful stuff!

Patrick said...

Thanks for the technique tutorial... gonna have to give this a try. Your monsters were awesome as usual!

fortwertz said...

I, too, teach art and have fully enjoyed your work for some time now. The "lifting" techniques are quite effective, and I prefer them over the traditional approaches. Graphite wash is amazing, but with high schoolers, we leave out the toxic solvents. Just know that we in PA are enjoying your stuff!

fortwertz

Tony said...

Cool watercolors, love them!
Very nice, can't wait to see more of them!

Alina Chau said...

These are very cool painting techniques!! Love the different effects and styles ... thanks for sharing these!! Neato, have to try that someday ... I haven't done seriously paintings with traditional medium for a long time now. There are textures and looks that very charming on paper, which computer doesn't have.

Teemu Jäppinen said...

Wow! Really fantastic colors you got there done with the technique.

Viviana Schettini said...

Salve, scusami se scrivo in italiano ma non sono brava con l'inglese.
Sono una tua ammiratrice italiana, ed ogni giorno passo un po' di tempo a guardare in tuo sito e questo blog.
Avrei una preghiera da farti: potresti spiegarmi la tua tecnica?
Per esempio quale materiale usi? Acrilico? Acquerello? Tempera? E su quale supporto?.
Se mi risponderai, anche in inglese, te ne sarò molto grata.
Ciao Viviana

ELiza Jäppinen said...

Gorgeous images, I love the colors... You really make it look effortless.Gorgeous images, I love the colors... You really make it look effortless.

Doron Meir said...

Wonderful stuff, thanks! Hard to believe this was done as a quick demo.
I have to admit though, I couldn't exactly imagine how the steps you wrote about would look. I wonder if we can get you to sometime post a series of images showing the process?

carlos badillo said...

great style, color and texture in your images, I share my work to you:
http://neoplastic.blogspot.com/

Ken Chandler said...
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L. A. Stern said...

thanks for sharing the technique! I notice you used gouache and not watercolor or acrylic wash. Is that because gouche is still water soluable after it dries, or could you get a similar effect with another medium?

Again, thanks for being so generous with your talent and knowledge ;)

CarolineJarvis said...

great designs! Love the monsters!

Ken Chandler said...
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Dave James said...

Thanks for the technique info. I'm gonna try it!

martin wittig said...

wow!!! awesome!

S.T. Lewis said...

I don't remember any cool demos when you taught my class. If there had been one, maybe I'd be able to paint now. Just kidding. Actually you were quite an inspiration to me when I was a student because you were the only one doing fun, stylized stuff. And it looks like you still are. I'm glad I finally found your blog. You're still amazing!

-shane

cristina paulos said...

This is one of my favorite techniques too! You should do a demo using the oil paints next. The results look a little more darker! Nice art blog!

mojo design said...

Wow, dude. That sounds like a great demo....wish I could see a demonstration from you.

You got some top stuff on this blog. Great Work!

-Jose A.K.A MOJO

Batsam said...

wow! I gotta try this! Really really love your stuff.

Friggen Slewis said...

okay guy i could do that on my brothers stomach, you arent that great okay...just face it like move or something