Fear and doubt are overridden by the novelty of the experience.
This is one of the largest gouache illustrations I’ve ever made (about 10” x 14”), and I feel good having completed it.
It started out as a much smaller painting and sat half finished in my portfolio for about two years before I finally got the idea to revitalize it. Originally, like much of my older paintings, everything was outlined in black ink and then I used gouache like watercolor over top. It looked muddy and old. I definitely like using the paint like this, in a much more opaque way. The images are softer.
I was partly inspired by the illustrations in geology textbooks for this one.