Dark Skin Tones on the Old Gutenberg Paper

August 20, 2018
A page spread from an 8 x 8 inch square journal I made with the OLD Gutenberg paper, 130 gsm. I used the Uniball Vision with red-black ink and watercolors.
Detail showing light and thicker layers used in conjunction across the face.

I love painting on the OLD Gutenberg paper. (See note at end of post if you don’t know why I’m calling it “old.”) Even the lightest weight Gutenberg came in would take watercolor beautifully; it just might buckle a little, but the heavier weights of the paper took water even better. 

The yellow-cream of the paper was also great for most skin tones. The flecks in the paper create a subtle background texture that adds visual interest.

In the detail from today’s sketch you can see how the light pebbly texture of the paper allows some interesting granulation in the cheek area. You can also see the thick and thin washes used in this sketch.  And of course the paper texture allowed interesting dry-brush textures.

I have some pages left in this journal I think I’m going to go get painting.


    • Robin Staadecker
    • August 20, 2018

    You have captured so much in his eyes, in his facial expression. You are truly gifted, Cousin. Spellbinding. Robin Lee

    1. Reply

      Thanks so much for the kind comment Robin. I keep working on it.

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