Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Panda Art (Sweet Squares #11-#15)

Sketch of Panda using wet gouache
Panda Sweet Square #11 © 2012 Sylvia Liu

Gouache sketch of panda with bamboo
Panda Sweet Square #12 © 2012 Sylvia Liu
Mom and baby panda gouache sketch
Panda Sweet Square #13 © 2012 Sylvia Liu

Bamboo in gouache
Panda Sweet Square #14 © 2012 Sylvia Liu

Gouache sketch of close up panda
Panda Sweet Square #15 © 2012 Sylvia Liu

I took a four day break from the Sweet Square challenge, so here are five to make up for it. These squares were done in response to another good news story about the surprise birth of a panda cub to Mei-Xiang, the female giant panda at the National Zoo.

These pieces are done in gouache, which I haven't used in a long time. The nice thing about gouache is you can use it wet like watercolors (see #11), or more opaque like acrylics. I used it fairly wet in all of these; if I had used it straight from the tube, the color can be completely flat and opaque.



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5 comments:

  1. Wow! I love how the panda comes to life with black strokes placed perfectly.

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  2. 7 or 8 little marks?? That's it! Boom. It's a panda! Unbelievable.

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  3. Yikes! I've loved each sweet square and had to be disciplined with my time not to comment, but these deserve a pause in my day and a gentle Asian bow to their beauty and to the excellence of your talent.

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  4. Thank you all for your comments. I did enjoy doing these so much.

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  5. I have used gouache on fabric, mainly because I had nothing else to use :\ and it turned out decently. It faded a bit, but I was kind of expecting that.

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