I love ‘carving’ light out of dark.
It started with scratchboard, then wood cuts and linoleum, and now gouache over black gesso.
There is a different quality to the line when you are taking it away instead of adding it.
I’m certain I didn’t invent this technique, but this is the version I teach at Hollins as the technique I used to illustrate several books.
Home Sweet Home and Each Living Thing were both done this way.
This lush style is great for lots of detail, but I’d like to simplify, so I’m working on a less realistic, more graphic look.
Try it–it is fun and meditative and your color scheme can be as wild as you want.
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Your illustrations are wonderful, I love your style of art and medium. Thanks for sharing your book illustrations and art progress. So beautiful!