This is done with my new Adore 48 set gouache (which is a set loaded with delicious convenience grey/neutrals) and white casein paint. I really enjoyed the process! It was challenging, since older people are a subject that I almost never paint (I can remember exactly one past painting featuring an old man
), and especially since this is an illustration, I had to use my imagination liberally. I had a really hard time imagining wrinkled hands in that gesture.
But I do like what I ended up with.
I got a huge tube of white casein mostly because single tube gouache is too expensive, but I am absolutely loving the casein. I mostly used the white over a grisaille underpainting layer on the flag and hair, and that full-bodied look is wonderful! Also, casein smells soooo nice, what a wonderful change from the absolutely stinky watercolor/gouache paints I have to deal with. I might have to convert to casein now.