5×7″ gouache and ink on paper
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.
Cowthulhu Redux by Meg Lyman
8×10″ gouache and ink on board
I sketched one up in 2008 and had to redo it, this time with more spooky noisomeness. Original sketch for your reference.
I did this with a semi-CMYK palette and I really enjoyed it! My colors were Schmincke Delft Blue, Schmincke Magenta, Holbein Permanent Yellow, Daler Rowney Lamp Black, and M Graham Titanium White.
11×14″ gouache on board
This was a super fun commission and I have no regrets. Using gouache on flat areas of color, the way it was designed to be used, is both satisfying and frustrating. You had better mix enough of that color to get coverage and not have too much water mixed in, or you’re screwed.
Also, painting tiny outlines is oddly theraputic.
2015 was a good year. I was able to focus my art by doing more still life practice and background work, and I really got into the vulture culture/skull collecting community. I appreciate all of you – artists supporting artists, collectors, and the helpful and friendly vultures I’ve met. I hope we all have an awesome 2016!
Vanitas I – my first try at still life with lead white oil
Octophant – a fan suggestion and experiment in textures
~4×6″ gouache and ink on paper
I’ve been hard at work on commissions and work work. Getting ready for the holidays is a busy job. In the meantime, have a lil cuttlefish. It needs to be cheered up. Will you give it a home?