Mon 29 Sep 2014
Sun 14 Sep 2014
Nick Fury by Meg Lyman
5×7″ gouache on board
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.
Wed 10 Sep 2014
Tue 19 Aug 2014
Adora Octopus by Meg Lyman
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.
Sun 10 Aug 2014
Sun 13 Jul 2014
Cookie Monster Octopus by Meg Lyman
8×10″ gouache on board
Sat 5 Jul 2014
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:
- It’s cheap – often art stores will have scrap bins and you can get pieces for $0.50
- You can get archival material if you want it (Canson Mi-Teintes Board is a good one, already cut to size)
- It has a nice texture – not too smooth or rough
- The surface can usually take a bit of abuse
- It’s sturdy – it won’t buckle and you can wave it around all crazy-like
- 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!
Sun 29 Jun 2014
Thu 19 Jun 2014
Fairy by Meg Lyman
ACEO gouache and ink on board
The glowy pink fairy octopus lives in the coral woods, and will grant you wishes if you bring it live kelp crabs. But they have to be just the right size, and not too cantankerous. The fairy has a reputation to uphold, after all, and can’t go around with chunks missing because of some uppity crustacean.
Mon 2 Jun 2014
Voodoo by Meg Lyman
ACEO gouache on illustration board
Thanks to the creative soul at Norwescon who suggested this guy!