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Above: 9 x 12 inch page spread in my in-studio journal: a Fabriano Venezia. Aquash with light black ink painted over with gouache. Orange of the background was scribbled NeoArt that was then smoothed with a wet brush. I used stiff Bristlton brushes of various sizes—all filberts. As is often true in my studies, I lost interest after I finished with the face, but I like the body unfinished in this case. Oh, and if looks a little "fuzzier" than normal, I've taken to sketching without my glasses, just for grins. (Note the bottom right of the page was clipped during scanning, but it isn't an essential bit.)
In Saturday's post I reviewed the Pentel Aquash Brush Pigment Ink Filled Brush (I have to refer to it that way because Pentel's waterbrush is also called Aquash—Please guys, help us out here!).
This French Bulldog study was sketched first with the Aquash and then I added the layers of gouache, beginning with light washes in some areas and thick multiple layers in other areas, which I then blended.
If you look in the head of the bulldog you can see in the ear several strokes across the ear which is my hand looking for the end of the ear, as the head shape emerged and I had to readjust the ears. (You could cover this completely with gouache, but I like it showing through a bit.) Also you can see a stroke of grey ink across the forehead of the dog which was not hidden by a light wash of Titanium Gold Ochre (Schmincke Gouache).
There was NO BLEEDING of the grey ink when I painted over it to make this study. You'll just have to trust me on that because I didn't stop to make intermediate scans.
I'm so accustomed to sketching with the black ink of the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen that not having to work as hard to hide the lines under the paint is an interesting experience. However, I do like to have the black contrast peek through in some places and so I'm adjusting to the loss of that "feature" when working with the Aquash.
I'm not suffering at all. I can go back to the PPBP as much as I like, or return to the Aquash.
I now have an additional "favorite" brush pen.
Note: I'm down to a final few French Bulldog dog park photos, of similar stance. The dog has never returned. I really need a French Bulldog for a model. If you know someone with connections to French Bulldogs in the Twin Cities would you please tell them of my interest? Give them my email or get permission to send their email to me. I would really appreciate it.