If you’re interested I can do these types of commissions for $10 a cephalopod.
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!
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.
Jet City Comic Show was fun. I saw lots of Captain Americas, which always makes me unreasonably happy. And I got to meet the local, effervescent, awesome Tiki Stitch who I’ve known online for years. Yay internet people!
Anyway, here are some sketch commissions and doodles from the con. Thanks to everyone who stopped by!
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!
Vandring Igelkott by Meg Lyman
6×6″ gouache and ink on bristol
Sorry I’ve been quiet for a while – working the commission backlog and visiting my newly hatched niece! Here is one of the two pieces I painted for her. It matches the “Vandring Igelkott” bedding from IKEA. She seemed indifferent to the art, but her mother liked it. What the squirt did like is her uncle telling her about 18th century Prussian military tactics. Clearly I need to work on this child.