Will this octopus find true love before senescence? The flower will tell.
Gouache and ink on ACEO
Peacoctopus by Meg Lyman
8×10″ gouache on board
This was a super fun commission, although the finished version had a kitchen background and added an apron onto the critter, as well as those feather dealies sticking out of the head. I truly enjoyed the challenge of the feathers. Their shape is soothing to paint!
Gouache and ink on ACEO illustration board
… as awesome and confident as this little artist.
5×7″ gouache and ink on paper
CMYK palette again, so much fun!
5×7″ gouache and ink on paper. Used a limited CMYK palette on this one, plus a bit of brown and white.
Furiosa by Meg Lyman
9×12″ gouache on cold press
I never gave this one an official post – here is my homage to my favorite movie, Fury Road.
I used gamut mapping and a limited palette to help this obtain the color-filtered look of the movie. My colors were, from top to bottom: gamboge (didn’t use much of this at all), titanium gold ochre, Hooker’s green, burnt umber, neutral tint, cerulean blue, and indigo. I also added a bit of quinacridone red for the faces, gold for the sparkles in the engine grease, and of course white. I could have limited the palette more and had even better color harmony.
Note how all the octopus are hanging on the same horizon line, through the upper middle of the torso for an average-height imaginary octopus. I initially sketched them all wrong, and had to review my perspective rules.