Blog reader Jeff Jordan asked: "I was wondering if you're using gouache strictly as a sketching medium, or if you've done or are doing finished works, illustrations, whatever, in gouache?"
|"Skysweepers," by James Gurney, gouache and acrylic, 1982|
But the fleet is dented and rusty, with black tape holding on one of the headlights. The shop is a mess of leaking oil. Mechanics are drinking on the job, and they've brought their dogs to work.
The idea of creating a future with an embedded history came from Blade Runner and Star Wars. I was also inspired by the gouache production designs for those movies by Syd Mead and Ralph McQuarrie. For this painting I combined some acrylic with the gouache, especially in the smoky areas.
I still like using gouache for vehicles, robots, and architecture. I did some sepia paintings, such as "The Sinking of the Hagfish" and "Grapple Hold," in gouache for the recent edition of Dinotopia: First Flight (signed copies on our web store, also available from Amazon). Skysweepers is reproduced in my book Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist which you can also get from Amazon.
I'll do a post tomorrow with more ideas about designing a future with a rich past.