- Watercolor paper
- Gouache (or tempera!)
- India ink
- A sink
My very light pencil sketch,
made darker here for contrast.
The next step is to block in a flesh tone.
|My girl ends up a bit goth later.|
|NOT finished yet, and creepy too!|
I also used blue-violet for shadows. My gouache was a cheap brand, and I likely didn't apply it thickly enough, but you should! Thicker the better!
TIP: Remember that you cannot layer any paint colors, since the first tone you paint on the paper is the one that will show later.
LET THE PAINT DRY.
Finally, gently apply waterproof India Ink over all, without scrubbing. Not showing that step, because, you know, who wants to see that? Protect your work area, your hands, your clothes, and use a wide, soft brush. LET DRY!
This final part's a blast! Rinse off the black ink under lukewarm water. Here's the big reveal, and I hope yours turns out happier than my sad girl! But do see below for other ways to improve a semi-successful piece.
|My end result: no red, very little blue, darn it.|
AND you can even add other colors after the fact, as I did with my
previous tempera example.