Cephalopod



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Ghost by Meg Lyman

8×10″ gouache on board

Etsy listing

Who knows what tragic fate met this octopus? Was its demise untimely, caused by an errant seal or bird? Perhaps something more sinister… It’s up to you to put this haunted soul to rest by avenging its death.

This was my first time using Multimedia Artboard, and it was fun to play with! Using watered down white gouache on the black board was super fun. It dries more transparent than you lay it down, giving you some cool ragged puddle effects and opportunity for multiple layers. Next time I’ll try painting more opaque on them to see what happens.


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2015 Cute Cephalopod Calendar!

They’re heeeeeere! Head to Etsy to Pre-order for delivery by 1 November.

 


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Avengers Assemble by Meg Lyman

12×16″ gouache and ink on illustration board

SOLD

A tribute to the Avengers Assemble Disney cartoon show. In case you don’t know, this show is very good. There is a lot of sass.


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Nick Fury by Meg Lyman

5×7″ gouache on board

Etsy link

What are the Avengers without Nick Fury? Roughly 56 arms of heroic chaos, that’s what.

This guy was painted mostly with bristle filberts, because it’s on Pastelbord and anyone who’s worked with it knows that really, it is meant for pastels and what do you think you’re doing using delicate soft brushes. You may also know that tiny bristle brushes are pretty much useless, so this was a bit of a challenge. Cool textures, though.

 


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An oldie but a goodie. I am so ready for Halloween.

Colored pencil on paper.


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Adora Octopus by Meg Lyman

Digital

for the Adora Art Project

When I have a commission for a digital end product, I ponder the pros and cons of illustrating digitally. I truly love painting and will avoid digital work like the plague, despite the fact that it’s cheaper and faster. In this case, the commission was for a website, so painted traditionally or digitally, the only thing the client needed was a .jpg. In other cases, like logo design, the product must be digital. Sometimes in these instances, even when I have the choice, I’ll pick traditional painting and scan it in. In this case, I didn’t have much time to finish it, and the subject wasn’t too complicated or serious (like I do anything serious), so I gave the digital painting a shot. It sure was quicker, and fun… but not nearly as fun as pushing paint around.

If illustration is your gig, digital painting give you a huge advantage. I just like getting paint under my fingernails too much to switch.


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Plague Doctor by Meg Lyman

ACEO gouache and ink

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A commission from last year. Did you know Halloween is coming in 2 months? I am already getting excited.


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Cookie Monster Octopus by Meg Lyman

8×10″ gouache on board

Etsy link

 


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Anna and Elsa by Meg Lyman

3.5 x 4.5 inches each

Gouache on matboard

One of the joys of being a gouache painter is the toned background. There are plenty of ways to get this effect in various media, but it’s fun and handy to paint right on whatever background you find. Some of the toned/colored supports I’ve used with gouache include matboard, Canson Mi-Teintes Board, Pastelbord, Colourfix board, Canson pastel paper, colored ACEOs, notecards, and various other colored papers. Some are more archival than others, some are rougher, some smoother; some are flimsy and some sturdy. Matboard is probably my favorite, for several reasons:

  1. It’s cheap – often art stores will have scrap bins and you can get pieces for $0.50
  2. You can get archival material if you want it (Canson Mi-Teintes Board is a good one, already cut to size)
  3. It has a nice texture – not too smooth or rough
  4. The surface can usually take a bit of abuse
  5. It’s sturdy – it won’t buckle and you can wave it around all crazy-like
  6. It comes in lots of pretty colors

Little left-over scraps are great for quick studies or plein air paintings. I also use them sometimes as backing when framing up ACEOs. In conclusion: matboard is great for gouache people!


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Logo for SquidRage Studios

Digital – done with Inkscape

I just returned from a trip around the state, having fun and painting. I’ll put up a compilation post soon. In the meantime, have a logo!

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