Rhymes With Acrylic Squash

I decided to create a webcomic. I created a setting for the story. I came up with characters to live in this new cartoon world. I decided on the graphic style that I’d use to represent my setting and characters. Finally, I had to decide on a media to use. I had to answer the question, “What am I gonna draw it with?”

Don’t end a sentence with a preposition, you say? You say I should have asked, “With what am I gonna draw it?” Well, I say no one talks like that, and if they do they get beat up a lot. Besides, I think that sometimes a preposition is the best thing to end a sentence with

What am I gonna draw it with? I have struggled quite a bit with that. I want to be able to sell the original art from the strip, so drawing it digitally on the computer won’t work for me, since there wold then be no real tangible artwork to sell. Traditionally, comics have been done in ink on bristol board. But I wanted my comic to have a unique look, more than just black ink on white paper. I wanted my comic to have broad areas of black, gray and white, rather than the traditional black outline on white background.


                        I wanted something more like this:



                                          …and less like this:



Since I love to paint with gouache (see “Rhymes With Squash”), I first tried doing ink outlines and coloring in between the lines with gouache. The results were fine,



but it took too much time to color inside the lines without painting over them. I am proud of my lines, and they are an important part of the “look” of the strip, so no covering up allowed.

Then I tried doing an ink wash over my lines (A wash is ink diluted with water to make it a transparent gray). I was not happy with the splotchy results:



I still thought that painting with transparent color would be the best way to go. I tried different inks and watercolors, airbrush paint, transparent acrylic inks, Dr. Martin’s watercolors, regular watercolors, etc.! All were not satisfactory for one reason or another.

So I went back to gouache, love of my art life. See how pretty it looks? This is just how I want my comic to look.


Too bad it is so fussy a paint. So fragile.

Then I found Acryla brand Acrylic gouache. Acrylic Gouache? That is an oxymoron! Make up your mind! Is it acrylic, or is it gouache? Well, it is a bit of both mixed together. Not as gummy as acrylic, not as fussy as gouache. Dries matte, not shiny like acrylic. Dries permanent, not fragile like gouache. You still have to mix exactly exact the exact correct amount of water into it, like gouache. And it gets icky and gummy when it starts to dry out on your palette, like acrylic. But it is kinda fun to work with. So, as I said at the end of my post, “Rhymes With Squash“, I changed my mind. I was switchin’  ta Acrylic gouache!

I’ve used it for two weeks now, and…

I’ve changed my mind again. I miss real gouache. I just love the way it feels when I paint with it. Acrylic gouache is not as opaque as the real deal. too transparent. I gotta do multiple coats. and it still looks a little splotchy, see?

acrylic gouache1

SOoooo… gouache, if you are listening, please forgive me. Take me back. I will first paint the broad areas of color with you, Gouache, then do my ink lines of top of that. I will still keep acrylic gouache around for some things like painting  big black areas, which it does pretty well. But for brush flow yumminess and opaque one coatness, I just gotta pick regular old gouache. Gouache, gouache, gouache. Gouache, I love you. Hugs and kisses, Dave.


4 Responses to “Rhymes With Acrylic Squash”

  1. May 27, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Geezes, get a room already.

  2. May 27, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Informative and and also fun to read… Does that make it a funfomercial? Anyway, keep up the good work! Fun to read!

  3. 3 danineteen
    May 27, 2009 at 11:13 pm


    I can’t wait for your comic to start posting!

  4. July 1, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Gwarsh you’re funny! I have dibs on the art w/monkey in a tux from June 19th….

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