The Knight of Flowers.
Turner acrylic gouache on Etival cold-pressed paper, 20×30 cm.
This piece was done for a scholarly work titled “The Heroic and Chivalric Codes of Westeros”, by Dr. Carol Jamison.
It’s also another media experiment. This time, I gave acrylic gouache a go. It’s something that a lot of people have never heard about (and that a lot of stores don’t stock), but it’s actually really, really cool as it combines several features that I like about both watercolours, and acrylics, and gouache.
- When applied thinly and with much water, it looks like watercolour.
- It dries to be water-resistant, so it allows glazing (unlike gouache). That also means it dries on your palette, so you need to work with porcelain palettes rather than plastic. Fortunately, a little drop of paint goes a long way, so it’s not much of a waste.
- In thicker layers, it becomes opaque, but you have a lot of control over how opaque you want it.
- Even in thicker layers, you don’t get the flaky stuff you tend to get with gouache, unless you want to get very, very thick.
- When dry, the pant looks matte, like gouache, but unlike acrylics (which is why I don’t like thin acrylics – just don’t like it shiny).
Left: I did a lot of detail and shadows first (unlike with watercolour, where you’d do those last) and then glazed over the detailing with thinly diluted colour washes; the detailing remains intact.