View Full Version : First Gouache Painting

08-20-2013, 05:05 PM

Here is an attempt at a portrait of my friend Kelly. There is a lot of things I know I didn't do well on it, but it is my first attempt at using gouache and my first attempt at painting a portrait in full color. It's pretty small, only 5" x 7" :)

08-25-2013, 11:01 AM
This is lovely, you are obviously experienced in drawing, well done! The values on her face might have been better blended, and that will come with practice, but it is a graphic style, too. I wish my first had been this good! I like that you cooled the background and let her shine.

08-28-2013, 06:08 PM
Well done! I try to avoid drawing teeth....I never seem to get them right. But you sure did!

09-01-2013, 12:36 PM
Thanks so much you guys!

I've been drawing for a few years but now I hope to be able to learn painting too. It's a lot different. :p Do you have any tips to blend colors better? Whenever I try, I just make a muddy mess.

Mouths are the hardest part for me, so I'm really glad you think it looks good. :lol: Whenever I paint/draw them, there is just something about them that never seems right.

09-02-2013, 09:42 AM
Have a look at this thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=369801)in this forum, it might help with the blending. I think one of the secrets to gouache is not to use too much water.

Also, have a look at the Gouache corner (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1325426)in the Watercolour Forum, there's quite a few WIPs in the archives too (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=759241).

09-06-2013, 07:39 PM
Thank you so much for your help!