In my early morning session today, I played around with making thumbnail sketches using gouache. Later this afternoon I used the same approach to make the background for my gouache portrait on 9x12 watercolor paper.
I ran into trouble trying to light the dark blue gouache in the nose and eye areas. It was too thick and dark and it was hard to remove. I tried using white gouache to get the lighter value but it just looked gray. I also list the shapes around the nose and lips.
In the end, I get the details back with a charcoal pencil and I lightened the valued with a white oil pastel.
It feels a little overworked but I learned a lot. I’m going to try to do another version .