Monday, March 4, 2013

Recliner study in gouache

Here's a quick little study of a recliner chair at night, painted in black and white gouache on a Moleskine pocket sketchbook.

The sketch is about 2x4 inches. This is a fun way to sketch for a moody, film noir look. The paper isn't really made for water media. It has a smooth surface that resists the water at first. The painting is mainly transparent black gouache applied with a half inch flat brush. I used white gouache at the end mainly for the light, the open book on the chair, and the coffee table in front. 
Thanks, Paul Tobin and WCW'ers, for the sketchbook. I'm putting it to use!


Nathan Fowkes said...

Nice James!

A moleskine painting aficionado friend of mine actually wipes the pages with a damp cloth to remove the water resistant coating when they want a more absorbent paper. I like it both ways depending on the subject but the textures in your sketch feel really good as they are.

James Gurney said...

Thanks, Nathan. I'll try the wipedown idea. For those who don't know his work, Nathan is a great painter and teacher, known for his digital concept art, charcoal portraits, and gouache landscapes. More at:
Also, check out his podcast interview at:

Gwen Buchanan said...

It is just right.