experimental goldfish

I recently decided to revisit working with gouache (I usually work in watercolour and ink) and have been having a lot of fun getting to know it again. I am particularly enjoying how the paint flows - not quite acrylic and not quite watercolour - and being able to lay opaque colours on top of each other (this is the biggest adjustment after ink/watercolour).

I am not enjoying what it does to my brushes though, I had forgotten how it chews them up. Guess I'll be investing in some new brushes soon.

Here is my experiment from today:


I love looking at goldfish - especially the fancy flowy ones - but when I paint them or draw them I almost always make all of the details too specific which definitely takes away from their feeling of weightlessness. Making this was fun, and a great way to poke harder at gouache, but I definitely need to spend more time on them.