The Woodcutter’s Discovery
Unearthing somber things in the evening woods.
Another gouache painting. I’m starting to become more and more comfortable with this process, and I’m really liking the results. Still working on effectively blending colors, however. You can see how I struggled a little bit with that, especially on the Woodcutter’s arms.
I’m also learning a lot about color theory with this technique, which is cool.
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.
My friend thought it would be hilarious to take me to a strip club last night.