Applepus by Meg Lyman

~6×8″ gouache and ink on cold press


A very fun tattoo commission for Amy. Her little guy apparently calls them “applepus” instead of octopus, which is adorable and also the reason for the toy.

I used a more impasto application of gouache than usual, and it was both challenging and educational. The stuff is really easy to blend wet in wet, but once it dries, lifting becomes a problem. It’s a delicate balancing act between having enough paint mixed up and keeping that paint wet while you work with other colors.

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