My Little Octopus
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.
Liberty Leading the Cephalopods by Meg Lyman
11×14″ gouache on illustration board
This commission was super fun to do! Although full of challenges like value and color matching and making humans into octopus, painting after an old masterwork it makes your choices much easier.
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!
Avengers Assemble by Meg Lyman
12×16″ gouache and ink on illustration board
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.
Plague Doctor by Meg Lyman
ACEO gouache and ink
A commission from last year. Did you know Halloween is coming in 2 months? I am already getting excited.
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.
Ewoktopus by Meg Lyman
Indeterminate but small size, gouache and ink on paper
A fun commission from a convention last year! Sorry for the cell phone photo quality. I’m cleaning out some older art to post for y’all while I’m working on some larger projects, and a few long how-to posts. Lucky y’all.
Blue Ring Bear by Meg Lyman
5×7″ gouache and ink on paper
Another fun commission. Finally actually practicing backgrounds. Revelatory.