Furiosa – fan art homage to my favorite movie of all time
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!
Buoy – gouache work from a photo I took in La Push
Liberty Leading the Cephalopods – a fantastic commission
Madrona – experimenting with oils and daily painting
Orange Otter – alla prima from life plus a little Klimt influence
Vanitas I – my first try at still life with lead white oil
Octophant – a fan suggestion and experiment in textures
South Sea Park by Meg Lyman
8×10″ gouache and ink on board
It was great fun to mimic the show’s paper-cut-out look using gouache. And making the octopus-crossing sign.
Orctopus by Meg Lyman
8×10″ gouache on Pastelbord
I’m finally getting the hang of painting with gouache on super-absorbent Pastelbord.
Adventure Time! by Meg Lyman
8×10″ gouache on board
I could do so many of these.
Captopus by Meg Lyman
Gouache and ink on ACEO
My favorite Avenger being brave, in a googly-eyed kind of way.
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.
Blue Skull by Meg Lyman
4×4″ gouache on Aquabord
Using some lesser used gouache tube colors for funsies. This is a raccoon skull I found in the woods in Ohio.
Cookie Monster Octopus by Meg Lyman
8×10″ gouache on board
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!