Sometimes an illustration takes twelve layers of paint and lots of annoying changes of heart. Other times, the paint goes on smoothly and does exactly what I had in mind, “like butta.” This one Is turning out to be a butter illustration.
I’ve been using Holbein Acryla Gouache for many years. One of its best qualities is that it can be layered over and over without getting muddy — that means I can experiment with placement and colors without worry. It’s wonderfully changeable, flexible, and keeps its brilliant saturation through lots of layering. Lately I’ve been enjoying putting down a transparent layer and then building more opaque ones on top. It also has a velvety matte finish. I’m not getting paid to say all this, I just lovvvvvve acryla gouache, that’s all.
Transparent watercolors have made their way into my studio too, lately, especially for comics. For that kind of work I like the ink outline to remain dark and clean, and for the colors to just wash transparently over the ink. More on that later.