Even after two and a half hours working on this portrait in gouache, I still didn’t finish. I’m sure I will get better with gouache the more I work with it. For now I think its really great training.

I’m so used to oil that its hard to get my head around a medium that doesn’t move every time I touch it but it does have it’s advantages. There have been a few times when I wish my oil paint was dry so I could just put this highlight easily over a dark background, but with Gouache that is no problem.

portrait in gouache drawing
portrait in gouache setup


  • Session: 938
  • Work: 790
  • Width: 5"
  • Height: 7"
  • Medium: Gouache
  • Location: Portrait from photograph
  • Art Time: 2.5
  • Creative Time:



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Chris Beaven

I am an Artist and a programmer currently living in the amazing state of Washington. I have a passion for art, but I'm stubborn as hell with it. My day is complete only when I do some piece of art each day, no matter how small. "There was a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish, it was so fragile."