New Painting Started: Roller Skate Tango

November 8, 2013

After being away from the paints for awhile, I think it’s time to get back to the fun. This is based on an old photo reference I dug up of two skaters dancing the tango. The painting will be in gouache on the Grafix Wet Media surface I was experimenting on recently.


The goal of this project is to use to my advantage the transparency of the Wet Media by painting an undertone ink color on the back, and gouache on the front. The ink is a Dr. Martin’s brown which is shellac based, and wouldn’t work that well with gouache directly, since it’s water-resistant. However, in this case it’s painted on the back of the Wet Media, so that won’t matter. The transparency also lets me easily see the sketch underneath without having to redraw it.


I made a simple pencil sketch on scratch paper of the two figures to fit a 12 inch area, and taped this onto a sheet of illustration board. Next I brushed the ink onto the film, waited a few minutes for the ink to dry, flipped the film over, and taped it on top of the drawing. It’s now ready for the next step of painting.


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