Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Wash and rub

I've given the board and light spray of workable fixative and ample time to dry. I got the area around the gun and the flashlight nice and wet. Then I washed in some indigo gouache. Working very quickly with Q-tips and paper towels, I removed the pigment that spilled outside the lines. If you're fast enough, you can pull things almost back to the absolute white of the board, but on most occasions you'll get a slight ghost. That ghost is what gives this technique its pebbled texture. I wait for everything to completely dry before pulling out the highlights on the gun and flashlight. It doesn't pull all the way to white, but it's bright enough to set up an additional wash later.

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