Why, hello! :)
I love VCU!! At first I was really unsure if I wanted to go to school here because I didn’t know much about Richmond and it seemed kind of dirty and dangerous and big-city but now that I’ve been here for four years, I don’t want to leave! VCU is fantastic and dynamic and alive with creativity and diversity and ILOVEITSOMUCH.
It’s interesting that you are majoring in BIo and minoring in art because I am doing the exact opposite! I have a major in Communication Arts (Illustration) with a concentration in Scientific/Medical illustration and minor in biology! :D It must be difficult to teach yourself! If you want any suggestions on reading material or anything, I’d be happy to help! Keep working hard!!
Also sorry for the thousands of exclamation points, I’ve had a lot of coffee!!!
Ah, yes, actually! I’ve found that black gouache produces much better results when laying down flat areas of black. If mixed properly and allowed to dry, there aren’t any issues with overlapping brushstrokes/thicknesses of paint. Also, it isn’t absorbed as much as ink is into the paper because of its composition, leaving a thick opaque layer of pigment on the papers surface. This provides a very solid, matte black that absorbs the most light and is great for pieces that you want a lot of contrast in!! Woo!
(so for this project, which is a celestial map illustration, it’s perfect ^-^ )