Monday, August 28, 2017

Speed-Painting People in Gouache

Here's a new video about painting people at a busy crossroads of the Dutchess County fairgrounds. (Link to video)


Gouache is ideal for this because you can place layer over layer and fix anything.

7 comments:

Douglas Bateman said...

You state "Gouache is ideal for this because you can place layer over layer and fix anything." Can't the same be said for casein. I'm struggling to figure out whether I like gouache or casein better after struggling for several years with watercolor. Do you choose one over the other based on subject matter, specific objective, or just whim of the moment?

Love your work and have learned a lot from your "____ in the Wild" videos.

Thanks,
Doug

James Gurney said...

Douglas, I'd say that gouache and casein are comparable for the kind of additive, brush-built paintings like this one. Both are opaque and fast drying, which is what you want. You can do it in oil, too, but you need practice at laying an opaque stroke down over wet paint and not muddying it up too much. Transparent watercolor, as you know, usually takes a bit more planning in the drawing stage.

Douglas Bateman said...

Thanks for the response. I did oils many years ago & never got the hang of "thick over thin". After being introduced to gouache & casein through your YouTube channel, I concluded that my brain (neither right- nor left-) can handle the subtractive nature of watercolors. Gouache & casein really appeal to me and I am much more comfortable with them than I have been with any other medium. To me, choosing one over the other is more a matter of deciding if a scene evokes an "opaque watercolor" (gouache) approach to me, or a "convenient but like oil paint" (casein) approach. These are the primary differentiators to me.

Thanks again for sharing your work, knowledge, and talent with us.
Doug

Matthieu Kiriyama said...

People in the Wild? Wonderful!

Daroo said...

This is amazing -- the figures are clear, strong gestures (drawn with a brush and multiple colors) all in scale with the perspective. Additionally, the resolution of detail diminishes and the color shifts as the figures recede into the distance. But I really like your approach to the background: your first strokes were soft and washy with some seemingly random directional strokes, bold in shape but close in value, then, when you lay the more descriptive strokes of the signage and building over top, they give the impression of a much more complicated structure. All within a very appealing palette. Well Done!

Brings to mind the old Roger Waters lyric: "Random precision...".

Meera Rao said...

just wonderful as always ! - Thanks :)

Rich said...

You left out those tough looking security chaps;-)
Wherever there are crowds, they tend to appear nowadays.

Excellent feature once more, thanks. You must have drawn a million human figures in your lifetime by now - the accumulated memory perhaps helps "random precision";-)

Delightful sketch. Love the lady duly appreciating.