For this exercise I selected gouache as a medium to research as I have started illustrating my book with it and wanted to explore how other illustrators work. Initially I searched in Fifty Years of Illustration and found about 6 illustrators working in gouache. This didn’t seem like many as I had previously read that gouache is a very popular medium for illustrators, although possibly some of the illustrations labelled as ‘book or album covers’ may have also been gouache. I also searched on AOI and theispot but neither indicated clearly whether the illustration was rendered with gouache. I searched on ChildrensIllustrators because it was clearer about medium. I found a number of illustrators using gouache in ‘100 Illustrators’ but the majority of the work in these books seems to be digital.
I organised the illustrators I found according to whether:
- they used metaphore
- worked in a whimsical style
- worked in a flat style
- worked in a 3d style
- used distortion/exageration
- worked in a cartoon style
- worked in a fantasy style
- worked in a caricature style
- worked in a surreal style
by tagging them within this ‘Gouache Illustrators’ Pinterest board. Some of the illustrators fell into 2 or more categories.
the original image and the sense of movement in the piece, which was why I chose this artist.
the original image I selected he uses a smudgy background and lots of gooey drips.
My AdaptationsI chose the linework for the ‘view point’ exercise to rework in the styles of these two different artists.
Update Following FeedbackHaving looked again at Dave Calver’s work, his style seems typefied by simple, smooth shapes and gradients produced by, what appears to be, a stippling effect; rather than the overly ‘bendy’ way of depicting his subjects that I had first thought. In contrast Zohar Lazar’s work seems to be produced using a more watercolour way of working with gouache.
I think this second attempt is closer to the overall style of Dave Calver and also that the distribution of colours is more balnced making the composition more pleasing.