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Gouache Illustration - Quick & Easy Projects

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5 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Intro to Gouache

    • 2. Class Supplies & Tips

    • 3. The Basics Project 1

    • 4. Adding Depth Project 2

    • 5. Final Thoughts

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Learn the basics of working with gouache and creating fun illustrations along the way!  Follow along with two quick projects that will give you the skills to move forward with gouache and create your own masterpieces.

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Heidi L.

My two favourite things are Art and Tea



I'm a Canadian based illustrator who is really enjoying the great community on Skillshare!

Over the years I have studied art and design at a number of colleges and workshops, and hope to share some of my knowledge with others in my Skillshare class.


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1. Intro to Gouache: welcome to an introduction to illustrating with Wash. My Name's Heidi Lyman, illustrated from Canada, and I'm excited to share with you some techniques for working with Wash and this to project course will go over the basics and create a couple of cute illustrations in the process. You just need a few inexpensive supplies to follow along with the class and have some fun. First illustration is a great starting point where you'll get familiar with how this pain feels and applies to the paper. And in the second illustration, we're gonna build on those skills that you've just learned by adding some layers and building up some light in shadow areas to create a more three dimensional look at the end of this class, you're gonna have some solid skills with working with wash that could be applied to a variety of art styles. You'll be able to create your own character illustrations, landscapes, still lifes, whatever did you like to paint? This class is geared mainly towards beginners, however, if you already have some art skills under your belt but your new to go wash, you'll still find this class and enjoyable way to get started with this wonderful medium. Okay, so let's gather some supplies and start creating 2. Class Supplies & Tips : follow along with this project, you're just going to need a few inexpensive supplies. So here got some water soluble wash. Now this type of washes water soluble. It's a kind that's most commonly available in the stores you can get acrylic wash. Um, and although if that's what you have, you can certainly follow along to you. Just make it a different look in the end. But that's okay. The water soluble wash will reactivate with water. Unlike the acrylic wash, which is permanent when it dries just like acrylic paint. You'll also need some watercolor paper, and you can use hot pressed or cold press. Whatever you have, it's fine. It doesn't really matter. And I've got a few different paintbrushes here, the ones I have. I have a size five, a size two and this double zero, which I use for fine details. You'll need a palette and some spare paper, which is handy if you want to test the color or the consistency of the paint and grab some water to clean your brushes and a little bit of paper towel to when we draw on some of the details. You can use one of these fine liners and a white gel pen. But these are completely optional, so just use them if you have them. The great thing about washes out of reactivates with water, so you can use it straight from the tube. Or you can actually put it in a palette box if you're used to working from pans, and that's great for when you're traveling as well. The thing to watch out for when you're washed, dries and pans is that some of the colors might crack and make little crumbs just like this red painted here. And you don't want those crimes to get up and other colors or end up as a chunk of paint on your brush, it's gonna make a mess. And this Fred was a Windsor Newton color, so it isn't a quality issue. It's just that some colors seem to do this more than others when they've been dried for a little while. I still use these pans when I am painting outside, but most the time. I prefer to work from fresh paint. Anyway, this is just something to keep in mind. So before we start, I just want to go over a few things quickly. For those of you who are new to working with this type of paint, I've got some wash on this palette and I wouldn't show you a chart here in a minute. And that's gonna help me show you a variation on the types of thickness of this paint that you can use. We'll start with a thin paint. I added lots of water here so that when I paint the square, it actually creates a really light coat. It's really just like colored water. Next, I'm gonna add a bit more paint to our mixture, and that's going to give us a slightly thicker coat was actually a little too thick your for what I want to show you. So I just add a little bit more water, which you can do on the go. The consistency here is similar to milk. Moving down this chart, I'm adding a little bit more paint to the mixture each time to create a slightly thicker coat. Now this square marked number four. This is what we're aiming for in the project. I've added enough water to make the paint like a gel consistency. You'll notice the paints applying to the paper really smoothly and it's giving good coverage, and each brand is going to be slightly different. So just play around with what you have on some scrap paper and you'll see what I mean. This last square marked number five, I'm using paint straight from the tube with no water. It's really thick. It does not apply to the paper all that well, and I don't find it particularly front to paint with. I think it looks just too clumpy. I'd actually rather do a couple of layers of a thinner pain and build it up. Okay, let's look at this chart one more time from 1 to 5, and we'll see the difference now that everything's all dry. The number four here looks pretty good, but I'm going to show you how to add a second coat. So let's say we want to add another layer to one of our squares here, so the best thing to do is too little pure brush with some nice gel like paint and confidently apply your second layer. You want to be careful that you're going over nice and smoothly. You don't want to brush her scrub or have a lot of water on that layer because what's gonna happen is the paint it's underneath is going to actually reactivate, and you can end up lifting that up. So unless that's a look you're going for, you want to be careful when you're adding a second layer and always remember to let the first layer dry. And here in score five, I'm just going over with some nice Joe like paint again and green toe. Add some details. You may find at some point that you want to make ingredient going from thick to thin baby want paid some leaves or flowers with a more transparent luck Here. I'm basically doing what we saw in our Blue Square chart, working with thicker and thin paint, and these two are blending together in the demonstration. I started with some jelly consistency pain, and I added some water to it, and since everything is still wet, it moves around on the paper really nicely. You can try making a couple of scores like this, and if you use a dabbing motion with your brush, it really helps move the paint around. If you decide you want another layer, it is usually best to let the first layer dry and then add more to it. So practice doing a few these squares. And remember that when we do, our characters were gonna aim for a gel like consistency. Foreign projects. Okay, so let's get started painting our first character. 3. The Basics Project 1: Okay, so let's get started with their first project here. You can see you've got the sketch of the dog already on the paper, and you can use your own character if you like. Or you're welcome to use thesis catches that I've supplied the best way to trace that. I find if you don't have a light boxes, just put it in front of a window and actually the schedule show through onto your watercolor paper and you can trace it out that way. I've also got some scrap paper and a palette and some brushes, and then we're all ready to go. So the two colors I have here are Windsor and Newton's designers. Squash the first ones neutral gray three, and the 2nd 1 I have is in April's yellow Deep, and I think I'll use and number two brush here. So I've got some of my palette, and I've added enough water to get that nice gel consistency so we can see how this paint applies really nations smoothly to the paper. It's still thick, but it's got enough water in it that it's gonna go nice and smoothly and give you a nice even coat And because we're not soaking this watercolor paper, we don't have to worry about taping it down. I'm going over the ear here. But that's OK, because I'm going to go over it again afterwards with the fine liner to add in some details . So covering up my little your sketches in a big deal here. So I'm gonna finish this first layer here. I'm going to get a nice, solid coat down, and then once it's dry, if I find any to go over it again, I'm going to go over with a second coat. But again, I'm gonna let it dry completely first. So this guy's pretty dry right now. As you can see, there's nice even coverage here, but right here on his back and you can see the paper a little bit. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go over that section again now that it's drunk so you can see this is still a little wet. It's pretty shiny right there. So I'm gonna wait for it to dry, and once it's dry, then I'm gonna go and do this water park. Okay, so now we're gonna do this swath. - So this guy's dry. Now you can either paint along the outside with some dark black washers. Brown ever color It is. You want out mine the sky in I'm using those micron pens. The only thing you wanna watch it if you go over this the wash too much with this and you're back and forth, you can actually pick up some of the wash. It's underneath it. So he kind of wanted to go over, draw your line and and get out of there. I wouldn't go back and forth too much or you're gonna start to pick up what's underneath. Here's what my doctor know. Like he's not perfect, but that's OK, because neither my please post a photo of your work in progress or your final piece. And if you have any questions, please post ALS to and I'll answer them as quickly as I can. So I hope you had fun. And now let's get started on project to 4. Adding Depth Project 2: project to We're going to make this cute kitty in a frame. See how she has a bit more definition in terms of texture and also difference between late and shadow. I'm gonna be doing some speed paints often on through this video. A lot of it is stuff we learned in Project One. Like here. I'm doing my first layer. I'm laying it down the same way we did for the Wiener dog, where I did a nace thick Joe light consistency paint. And I did that for the first layer. It's okay to paint over these facial features where we draw on the nose and the glasses. That's okay, because we can go over and at that again afterwards, just like we did on the dog where we added the're back in. So I'm gonna let the first coat on the kids face dry and go ahead and start working on the dress. And it's OK if it's not perfect, because remember, we are going to go back over this again and put in some shadows and lighter areas. So we'll be going over this a couple of times. Okay, Now the fun part starts. We're gonna break some rules here, and we're gonna add some texture and some late in dark areas and make this kitty a little bit more three dimensional than our dog wasn't Project one. So now that this first layers dry, we're going to break some rules here. Keep adding paint, but don't let it dry in between applications, and this will create a painterly effect and allow you to go back and forth with the light and dark paint to shade the area. Think about where your lights coming from on. This can't hear the lates coming from the top, right? So I'm going to make it a little later on that side. And just repeat this as you go back and forth between the lighter gray and the dark. Agree you could mix in some white if you find a spot that's a little too dark, don't worry, cause you could just go back over it again and add some later colors and just keep working . And as the paint is what you'll see, it starts to blend together. And this is what I love about wash. When you can go back and forth in ad light and dark areas, it makes it a really cool look. As you're painting and going along, adding some more layers, you might find that your work is starting to look well, maybe not as you would like. This is something that I believe is commonly referred to in the art community as the ugly stage. But don't worry. Just keep going. Push through it and you're eventually going to see that everything is going to start to come together and look much better. It's OK if I don't like something because I can just go back over it. And that's one of the great things about working with Wash this way. I do this a lot in food illustration as well, especially when I'm painting something like a cake. Going back and forth like this works really well. When she shading looks good, let it dry before adding extra fine details. This will keep them crisp for the silver free. My I'm just actually using the same gray and white paint that I used when I did the kitty space, and I'm just going back and forth on I'm making kind of a streaky look there. Now it's time to add the finishing touches just before we had the finishing touches. I want to show you this little truck you contrive he like. It works really well if you're not quite sure what you want to do. This is tracing paper, and it's a good optional step. But it's a handy one to know if you don't have the tracing paper, you can just very lately go over with pencil where you want to go. I wouldn't press too hard, and I certainly wouldn't try to erase too hard. I would just do this really lately, and in fact, I would probably just practice the face a couple times on some scrap paper and then go ahead and put it onto your painting very lately with the pencil. So if you're going to use the tracing paper once you've got a face that you like, just flip the tracing paper over and rubbed the back with some pencil. Then you would just flip the paper over onto your painting and trace over your drawing again, and that will add the lines right onto your painting. So we're almost done here, just adding in some outlines, strong back to face and drawing some lines around the frame, the kitty just finishing it up. And no McKinney painting is all done by adding in the extra layers with dark and light. It gives the painting a little more three dimensional look and a little bit more depth. Just before we go, I wanted to share this box painting I did recently. I used squash, and I did the same techniques that we did in this project Number two, where I went back and forth with the late inter paint and then, once that was all dry actually went back over with little fine details, Toe added for texture. So you could definitely use these techniques that we've just learned to work on a variety of different types of projects, whether it's animals or landscapes or still lifes. It's all the same technique and as with anything, you it just takes some practice. But lucky for us, that's the fun part 5. Final Thoughts: way made it through the whole class. We learned some techniques and tips and created a couple of illustrations, each in a different style. If you're interested in learning more about wash water color intense, I'd really left here but your interests. And I'll be able to keep that in mind when I'm creating new classes. I hope you've enjoyed the class and I can't wait to see the photos of your projects, so please be sure to share them until next time Happy painting.