Monday, June 22, 2015

Release of Gouache in the Wild


(Link to trailer on YouTube)
"Gouache"—hard to spell, but fun to paint with.

Today is the release of the new video tutorial about painting on location in gouache, or opaque watercolor. I'll tackle six different subjects, with each episode focusing on a different approach to the medium.

The subjects include a neon sign, a snowy landscape at dusk, a convenience store, a swamp, some antique character toys, and a Formula 1 race car. Some of the studies are precise and controlled, and others are bold and painterly.


Gouache is a time-honored and versatile medium, a favorite with both professionals and beginning painters because of its portability, opacity and suitability for fine detail.

But it also presents its own unique challenges, so I share plenty of practical information about formulations, materials, and painting exercises. For example, painting in black and white is a good way to get accustomed to the medium—or to paint in tight quarters, such as a concert hall or a restaurant.

Here's a small sample from a 12-minute segment (link to the video on YouTube) where I show the most straightforward way to paint in gouache: a careful pencil drawing, with the paint applied to finished effect, area by area.

Stay tuned this week, as I'll share other samples from the video. And mark your calendar: On Wednesday at 4:00 pm Eastern Time, I'll do a free streaming demo of gouache on location via ConcertWindow. Click the link to see my page there.
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Own the 72-minute feature "Gouache in the Wild"
• HD MP4 Download at Gumroad $14.95
• or HD MP4 Download at Sellfy (for Paypal customers) $14.95
• DVD at Purchase at Kunaki.com (Region 1 encoded NTSC video) $24.50

33 comments:

HNK said...

Just bought it! Thanks

Jared Cullum said...

Yay! Thank you! Just bought it.

Tom Hart said...

Bingo!! Ordered! Standing expectently by the mailbox now...

gyrusdentus said...

You should have been a director :).


In the snowy landscape at dusk that is shown in the trailer: Did you do do a completet underpainting with contrasting bright and warm colors and then overpainted it with the blues of the snow?
I do not know if that is the scene that is previewed in the trailer.

James Gurney said...

Thanks, Jared, and thanks especially for your patience, HNK!
Tom, is that a virtual or digital mailbox?
Gyrus, what's cool is that everyone can make films now. We don't need anyone's permission or fancy equipment. The underpainting on that snow scene was in casein: a random pattern of warm colors surrounded by cool (actually I painted out a failed page).

Tom Hart said...

James, mine was a tongue in cheek reference to my virtual mailbox. (Getting the dvd this time.) It's fun to wait expectently...delayed gratification, you know :^)

HNK said...

Oh, James, I didn't hear about your lifestream, but I will buy it, too! I have a question - could I record your stream to rematch myself ONLY? Thank you!

Sascha Karschner said...

It is just starting to download and I look very much forward to watch it :) Thanks a lot Mr. Gurney !

David P. Geister said...

I just purchased the video to add to my "Gurney Collection" and am watching it while I SHOULD be working on an illustration project. Great advice, entertainingly presented. Highly recommended!

Luis Solano said...

Just bought from Sellfy! Some problems with Gumroad and its paypal method. Another diamond on my Video shelf ;-)

James Gurney said...

Luis, it's good to know about the Gumroad/Paypal problems. Gumroad just added Paypal to their system, so they're working out a few bugs. Sellfy is set up to take Paypal, so that should work fine.

David, thanks! Well, you can always stay up late to hit your illustration deadline.

Thanks, Sascha. I know it's a big file to download. Enjoy.

HNK, the live streaming event is intended for enjoying in the present time (it's totally interactive), but I'll probably select a clip of it to post on YT, and if you want to keep a copy for your own use--not sharing or posting, that's OK.

Yorky said...

I enjoyed Gouache in the Wild James but one topic not covered was getting the consistency of the gouache right. I have trouble with this.

Frank Gabriel said...

My issue with Gumroad was their insistence that I click the button to "Preapprove future payments made from your PayPal account." There was no way around that, so I went with Sellfy. Can't wait to spend some serious time watching it.

Howard Lyon said...

Just purchased. Downloading now, I can't wait to watch it!

James Gurney said...

Thank you, Howard. Loved your recent posts on Muddy Colors.

Frank, I didn't know about that. Gumroad's support people have told me that the main issues were with browsers and with filling out payment prices (because I set it up as a price plus option).
Here's an explanatory gif: http://g.recordit.co/ipdRfI6S4K.gif And if someone’s browser is stalling, they said: “try a different browser”.

Yorky, the basic answer is that you can add more water to make it thinner, and you can put it on an absorbent towel to make it thicker. Otherwise, most gouache works really nicely right out of the tube.

John Kaay said...

Bought the download. Gum road totally doesn't work.
I downloaded the app. The password they sent me doesn't work. The link they sent me goes to a "page not found".

Dirk Tiede said...

Been looking forward to this since you announced it and did that wonderful demo at IMC earlier this month. I purchased it and watched it over lunch. Greatly informative! I'm eager to try some of the techniques you've shown. Thanks again!

Mike Aspengren said...

Thought I'd chime in and say that Gumroad worked just fine for me. No Paypal nonsense. No download issues. Mac OS X Safari 8.0.6

Now if I just had time to watch it right now. Stupid non gouache video related work!

James Gurney said...

Dirk, good to hear from you. I've been chasing down those artist names you turned me onto at IMC. Wow, great stuff. Glad you're enjoying the gouache vid.

Mike, glad it worked for you. I was beginning to wonder.

John, Here's the troubleshooting sequence I've figured out with the folks at Gumroad and Sellfy to help customers who are having problems with the downloads:
1. If your payment has processed, you should have been emailed a link. If you can't find it, check your spam or trash folder first.
2. If there's a browser problem, such as a stuck page, try a different browser (such as Firefox, Safari, or Chrome)
3. If the Gumroad order page didn't get complete, be sure to fill out the payment total.
4. If none of these work, please contact the support people at the place you bought it (support@gumroad.com) or (support@sellfy.com). They can get you the file through other channels.
5. And if nothing works and for whatever reason you want your money back, just email me at gurneyjourney@gmail.com, and I can go through the refund process.

Jared Cullum said...

Hey James- I had a question about the Liquor store painting...
You mentioned working on he sky first and that got me thinking about a recent interview I heard with Marc Delassio (probably misspelled) where he said [something to the effect of] "always start with the sky and key toward the sky" referring to a starting point for the value.
My question: is that a common rule or one you consider? Is there a particular rule you subscribe to for a kick off point for value or do you just have a developed eye?
I apologize for redundancy if this is something you've covered and I missed it. Thanks!

Glenn Tait said...

Downloaded and paid for from Selfy on my iPad no problem.

Watched a couple of times now. Lots of great information and demos. love the swamp!

Christopher said...

Ahhh of course you are a goofy foot! (Comment related to the skateboarding scene, and your inclination to ride the board with your left foot in back)

Carole Pivarnik said...

Another great instructional video, James! I've watched it twice already. It's amazing how your skill in depicting light make a mundane scene (or piece of a scene) look so very interesting. It is a valuable lesson in how to envision things more like an artist and less like a documenter. I've pulled all my tubes of gouache out and am determined to play with them some more.

Capt Elaine Magliacane said...

The gum road site doesn't appear to be working… or I've gotten 5 or 6 copies… as I kept clicking 'get' but nothing seems to happen.

James Gurney said...

Capt Elaine, could you please contact support@gumroad during Calif business hours, and they'll help solve any problems. If that doesn't work and you need a refund, then please contact me.

Nancy said...

I just started watching "Gouache in the Wild" and was absolutely holding my breath while you were painting the sky **around** the white neon arrows on the red sign. Eeyii! Looking forward to the rest.

Deborah said...

You said: "Gouache"—hard to spell, but fun to paint with.

One day I discovered that the word ACHE is in gouache. No, I'm not implying anything--I love gouache! It just helps me recall how to spell it correctly.

James Gurney said...

Deborah, yes! My wife, Jeanette, who is no big fan of opaque watercolors, sometimes calls them "Go, you ache!"

Nancy, I had to paint that part fast to keep it wet, so it was a bit crazy.

Carlos said...

Hi James. I'm still approaching watercolors and re-watching Watercolor in the wild, but I already have my Gouache in the wild video as well. It's quite hard to get some decent materials where I live and it's taken me some time to build a decent sketching set. Still, I was wondering if there is or could be a post in your blog where you reunite all the materials for plen-air sketching in gouache like the one you made for Watercolor http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com.ar/2014/08/watercolor-in-wild-materials.html That post is so useful! Great reference for self taught painters like myself. Also, there's no way to get Casein in here so I was wondering if Acrylic paint could work as primer before painting in gouache. Thank you.

James Gurney said...

Carlos, good idea to do a materials post for gouache or generally for oil. I did do a post about the formulations of various brands of gouache: http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2015/06/gouache-ingredients-info-from.html

I know it's hard to find casein outside of the USA. You can use acrylic-gouache (more matte) or regular acrylic (many different formulations) or even tinted gesso for an underpainting beneath gouache. Just not oil.

Brock Alius Art said...

James, you are an excellent narrator and showman. I especially enjoyed your presentation at portrait society in dc a few years ago. I recently purchased gouache in the wild, I'm interested in gouache for its immediacy over oil paint. as primarily an oil painter, I was wondering if you might speak to any handling hazards of gouache like there are in oil paint, i.e. painting zinc over ivory black = cracking etc. My understanding of gouache is that since it dries quickly, layers can be wrought without much consequence, dark over light, light over dark, without too much concern of pigment to binder ratios etc. I find that sometimes I want to re activate a previous area and up the transparency for the sake of "erasing" to slightly alter drawing. Is this a bad practice? I've also read that gouache can crack if applied too thickly, so are many layers something to avoid? I try for immediacy and directness of course, but sometimes things get away from me. Thanks for doing what you do!

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James Gurney said...

Brock Alius, As with any art supplies, I would suggest doing experiments with materials and techniques you want to try. I haven't had trouble with gouache cracking, but then I don't build up impastos super high. Stiff watercolor paper is usually fine, but if you want to go really thick, you'd be wise to use illustration board or panel. Reactivating is a normal practice. Worth experimenting with.