Portrait of Jan Jaap for Julia Kaye's Portrait Party, gouache in XL WC Moleskine, 9x6.5"

Portrait for Julia Kaye’s Portrait Party, gouache in XL WC Moleskine, 9×6.5″

When I learned that Julia Kay’s Portrait Party (Facebook) (Flickr) was coming to SF in March for a weekend of live portrait party events I signed up. My goal for 2015 is to develop my portrait drawing and painting skills and this seemed a perfect way to get started, along with the excellent 4-hour figure/portrait drawing/painting class I’m taking at my local community college.

Since I’ve been experimenting and teaching myself to paint with  gouache (more about that soon, with reviews of paint and brushes for gouache). I thought it would be a perfect medium for my first Portrait Party attempt. One thing that I know about gouache but am not yet accustomed to, is that it dries significantly darker than it looks on the palette (unlike watercolor which dries lighter). That explains the very vibrant tones in the portrait above compared to the original photo (which I don’t have permission to post here)! Below is the original sketch that I painted over in my X-large Watercolor Moleskine.

Sketch of Jan Jaap for Julia Kaye's Portrait Party, graphite, 9x6.5"

Sketch of Jan Jaap for Julia Kaye’s Portrait Party, graphite, 9×6.5″

Faces, Gouache, People, Portrait
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Join the conversation! 4 Comments

  1. Very good painting and drawing. I really like them.


  2. Great portrait!! I’m trying to get better at portraits, too, so will be watching your posts closely to see what your sharing….two questions: how do you get a likeness to the original….and why gouache?! I also want to learn to use gouache better…and olls. For some reason I am steering clear of oils, though, and trying to stick with water soluble. I have gouache but have used it sparingly and don’t really understand it! So I’ll be looking for posts about gouache, too.


  3. Wonderful with great character showing.


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