To jump around in time and take things out of sequence, the day after I returned from Florida I got together with my older son’s girlfriend, Ashley, to work on an assignment for her college art class (I LOVE getting to share in my son’s and her assignments and learn stuff). I lent Ashley some art supplies to save her the expense since I had plenty. I hadn’t used my gouache much, so when that assignment came up, she asked if I would like to do it with her. YES!
The assignment was to take a black and white photo of yourself–a head shot (or color and then remove the color) with good contrast. Size: about 8×10 or a little larger. You were then to trace/copy the shapes in various values onto bristol board (a card-stock weight paper with a shiny finish) and use black, white and one other color to create a monochromatic self-portrait. Ashley did the assignment as given (good decision–see above), but I decided to muck around a bit (see lower down).
At first, I thought I’d do the portrait as a “grisaille” or toned underpainting, then go over it with a single color. But once I got it done, since I don’t really know what would happen with the gouache–likely it would either lift the grays underneath or just cover them up–I left it grayscale.
I finished a bit earlier than Ashley, so decided I’d do a second, much faster, and be more loose in my application of utterly non-realistic colors. You could scare a child into blindness or nightmares with this!
Next post: More Hawaiian applique in Florida!