Jordie Guasch
Paint & Fashion

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Schiaparelli and Lotus Leaves - Inspiration & Workflow
 

Hi everyone! So this post is about how I pulled inspiration together for my latest piece, Schiaparelli and Lotus Leaves.

I was inspired by the work of Wang Meifang. She has a beautiful ethereal way of depicting the Chinese women in a botanical setting. I tried to emulate the colors and composition.

I picked look 35 from Lisa Schiaparelli’s Haute Couture Spring/Summer collection because of how bold the color of the dress was and the model reminded me of Wang Meifang’s women. I felt like this was the best dress because of the POP of color.

For her pose, I used a reference image off of Pinterest to pose her correctly! I have a hard time with foreshortening and I want to get better.

This piece was painted on Arches Cold Pressed paper with a mixture of Winsor & Newton Watercolors and Gouache.

 
 

I don’t have progress photos of my painting before this point, but I taped the piece down and used a very water down Raw Sienna to give the paper a lightly tan wash.

Then I used a mix of Opera and Permanent rose for the dress, and a bit of Winsor Red Deep to add the darker shadows of the dress.

For the lotus leaves, I used a mix of Colbalt turquoise light and Perylene Green, and for the darker parts of the leaves just perylene green.

I have been cheating with painting skin by using the gouache paint in “Flesh Tint”. I mix it with Perylene Maroon and Yellow Ochre to vary the shades.

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I enjoyed rendering out her gloves to emulate what I assume is shiny leather! My pencil under drawing was dark enough, and the pink tint of her glasses light enough, for it to come through without me having to repaint her eyes and eyebrows. For making fabric shiny, it is very important to leave a clean line of white for the highlight. You can see I did the same thing with her shoes.

 
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You can see by the leaf to the right of her head that there is a bit of a reddish hue. I used a little bit of my perylene maroon to add this small bit of interest to the leaf. I wish I had taken more photos of my progress through the leaves, but what I can say about them is that after the base colors were dry, I drew out the thin veins, waited for them to dry, then quickly added more of the darker greens and blended them out gently to give a slight gradient. For the darker parts of the leaves, I used my white gel pen to bring out the inner parts of the leaves.

I used a bit of my gold pelt to highlight the gold bits on her gloves and my white gel pens to highlight the dress and break it up from being one big pink/red blob.

I also added a little bit of transparency to the dress at the far right corner, where you can see some of the leaves poking through.

This was a really relaxing painting to make and the next one that I paint, I will try to record myself painting it! I still need to find a decent video editing software for my computer, but I will try to publish posts about how I work.

That’s all for now!

Xoxo

Jordie

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My Watercolor Brushes

Hello everyone and welcome to my first scheduled Sunday post! I will be talking about my watercolor brushes today. These are the brushes that I currently use and some of them are definitely investments ($$$). I am not sponsored by any of the brands, but I do love these brushes and do plan on expanding on my arsenal in the future.

 

Anatomy of a Brush

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This is the anatomy of a round brush!

Tip: Most round brushes have a pointed or rounded tip made of natural, synthetic, or a combination of fibers

Belly: This is the part of the brush where water and pigment is stored. The bigger the belly, the larger the water payout

Ferulle: This is where the brush fibers and the handle are connected and bound

Handle: Usually made of wood or acrylic

As a watercolor artist, I choose brushes based on several factors: I want a brush that can hold a lot of water, another brush that can whittle down to a very thin line, and another brush that can scrub my paper if I make a mistake.

Paint brushes can vary in brush shape, brush size, type of hair but for me round brushes are king. This is because I can manipulate the tip of the brush to get as large or as skinny of a line as I would like! I don’t really bother with other types of shapes like bright, filbert, or fan brushes because they are more suited for acrylic or oils.

Watercolor brushes can also vary in the type of fiber they have. There are several types on the market, such as sable, squirrel, ox, goat, hog, or synthetic brushes. My brushes are made of synthetic, squirrel, or sable fibers. My synthetic brushes are stiffer and good for scrubbing paper, but hold less water than natural hair brushes. My natural hair brushes on the other hand can hold a great deal of water and are better for blending. However, natural hair brushes can be pretty expensive, so if you’re starting out with watercolor and don’t want to drop a bunch of money on a brush, then I would suggest going with synthetic brushes until you’re comfortable.

 

My Brushes

Brushes


  1. Winsor & Newton Kolinsky Sable Series 7 - Size 00

  2. Winsor & Newton Kolinsky Sable Series 7 - Size 2

  3. Princeton Artist Brush Co. Snap! Golden Synthetic Round -- Size 10

  4. Princeton Artist Brush Co. Snap! Golden Synthetic Round -- Size 12

  5. Isabey Original Siberian Blue Squirrel Quill Mop — Size 03

  6. Craftsmart Flat wash brush - Size 3/4 in


 
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So I ordered this with my W&N Kolinsky brush size 2 and Amazon accidentally sent me this as well… Not that I am complaining! This is a detail round brush. It is great for VERY small details and can actually hold quite a bit of water, allowing me to draw very long, thin lines. I like this brush for that reason over the size 2 because the belly of this brush is pretty much a consistent size with the rest of the brush, so I don’t have to worry about it flattening out and creating a thicker line than I intended.

 

This is my workhorse brush. I use this all the time. It can do it all, lay down flat, consistent colors, draw thin lines, blend, and to a small extent, scrub. This brush and the one above are made of Kolinsky sable hair—a weasel that lives in Siberia. They are not cheap, and I make sure I take care of these brushes by washing them with good brush soap after I use them, especially with Gouache paint, since it’s harsher than watercolors.

 

I got this brush and it’s size 12 brother at a Ben Franklin’s art store in Hawaii. They are pretty good synthetic brushes—I like them for how stiff they are so it’s easy for me to scrub paint off paper. This brush retains a decent point so I use it for filling larger areas.

 

This is slightly bigger than the previous brush but I use this for filling big areas with paint. This is the brush I use for coloring backgrounds and getting into places that the flat brush is too wide to get to.

 

This is an investment brush, for sure. It is made from Siberian blue squirrel hair and is a power house when it comes to water. This type of brush is called a “mop” for a reason—it holds a LOT of water. I compared it to getting an extended magazine for a gun in a shooter game, haha. It is best used for creating washes. While this brush is capable of coming down to a fine point, I find that this size is a bit harder to control in maintaining that fine point. I want to invest in another squirrel brush in the future that is capable of giving me the ability to paint for longer with a finer point, but for now, this really is an exceptional brush.

 

Craftsmart Flat wash brush - Size 3/4 in

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This is the only non round brush that I have— I use it for washes, glazes, or filling wide spaces. I have abused the hell out of this brush, if the ferrule is any indicator. In addition to that nice, wide stroke, it can be turned 90 degrees and the edge can be utilized for a thin line. However, I prefer using my detail brushes for that task. I think I got this out of a variety pack of synthetic brushes from Michaels ages ago.

Brush Care

Here are my two golden rules for taking care of my brushes and making sure they last forever

  1. Do not leave them in water overnight. The weight of the handle will cause the brush to squish and lose it’s shape in the water. This can also soften the wood of the handle or any glue that lets the ferulle hold the brush and handle together. When I first started painting, I would go through brushes that I forgot about. The wood would swell up and absorb the water, causing the ferulle to fall off, and the bristles would get disfigured.

  2. Wash your brushes with soap. Any gentle soap will do, but I use The Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver to get paint out of my brushes. This helps prevent staining and conditions my brushes so they are almost like new! Washing your brush also prevents paint from getting caked up in there which is especially important if you are using paint that is harsher on brushes like acrylic or Gouache.

If you guys have any questions about my brushes, please let me know! Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you again next Sunday!

xoxo Jordie

2019 Updates and Etsy Store Launch!

Hello everyone, it’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog. I have recently “settled down” from traveling around and now I can refocus my energy back into providing insight from my own painting techniques and life to you!

So, some updates that I have:

  • Instagram Posts: I’m going to be posting every day on my Instagram some work that I have made, mostly sketches.

  • Painting Videos: Thursday I will post a video snippet of my painting process, and hopefully that will translate to posting youtube videos of my painting process. I am still working on a rig that works for me and a video editing program.

  • Blog Posts: I am going to post something on my blog on Sundays before I get into checking my emails for the morning! The categories will be 1) Materials/Tools that I use 2) Techniques 3) Resources

  • Etsy: I just launched my Etsy store! You can find my shop here! I am very excited to be able to make my commission work more readily accessible to my followers so I can help you bring to life your vision!

I am very excited to be back into focusing into what I love doing and keeping everyone updated. I’ll write you guys again on Sunday!

Fashion Art Challenge Update

Hello everyone!

There are 10 more days in October and I am technically finished with all of my submissions so far for the fashion challenge by Studio Veronica. This is the fashion version of of the #Inktober movement. I want to describe this project the reoiling of my art making machine. To be honest, I don’t think I have painted this much since High School. I have had a blast making these pieces and getting able to explore the collections of the designers who showed at this years spring and summer fashion shows in their respective cities.

I still have not uploaded 14 and 15; Valentino and Miu Miu respectively. I have taken a way more minimalist approach to the last two since I spent 10 hours on my Saint Laurent submission.

Please enjoy my work and the progress I have made since the beginning of the month! Stay tuned for the last two pieces. Comment below to let me know which ones have been your favorites.

Xoxo, Jordie

My Art journey (2006-Now)

Pre - 2009 — Baby days

Hey everyone! This month I think I have drawn more than I have since high school. It’s refreshing and I LOVE what I’m doing. I have had a lot of time to think about my journey thus far with art and thought I would share what that’s been like for me.

I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil at 3 years old… when I started painting is a bit of a blurrier moment. When I was little, after my parents had noticed my affinity for art, they had given me beginner art supplies suitable for a kid my age. I remember the washable crayola sets, the hard watercolor cakes from that fabulous furniture store called Ikea, and cheap acrylic tubes from the arts store Ben Franklin in Hawaii. I used to paint a lot and stain my carpet in the room I grew up in and my older sister would call that my working Picasso.

When I was in elementary school, I played Neopets, Runescape, drew a lot of anime, and read a lot of manga. A lot of my early style inspiration came from Kaori Yuki (Cain Saga), Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto), Matsuri Hino (Vampire Knight), Judal (Vampire Game), and many other artists on Deviantart who I admired. I also played World of Warcraft in Middle school and I remember when the Burning Crusade expansion came out, I was in love with all of the art they had done for the Blood Elves. But, of course, I rolled a Night Elf. ;) I did a lot of pencil drawing, inking with my microns, and Photoshop coloring before high school. I wanted to become a videogame designer. A concept artist. I wanted to be Wei Wang, a hugely famous artist for WoW.

So all of the art that I have in the first slide show is from when I was 11. These are the oldest things I have managed to dig up. It’s very embarrassing haha but I suppose we all have to start from somewhere. You can see my first attempt at realism (I copied a magazine), some fanart, and a rainbow tiger. I thought it was the shit when I was in middle school. I think I got my hands on Adobe Photoshop 5 when I was seven and then I started doing digital art from there.

2009 - 2013 — High School

I think my painting career started off when I started to paint my own shoes to make myself stand out. I know exactly where my watercolor career started. I was 17 and I had gone on a European Tour with about a group of fifteen people from my school. We went to Paris France, several cities in Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Zaragosa, ), and Tetouan, Morocco. My older sister, one of my classmates and I had gone to visit this rustic art store off the Arc de Triumph shopping district and I had been given a small amount of spending money from my parents. In that store I bought my first 14-pan Winsor and Newton travel palette from that store. My classmate also bought me a set of handmade watercolor paper (bless her). I was ecstatic. They were so beautiful, all the edges were ruffles from where the pulp had laid down and they were so rough and wonderfully textured. I was in love.

The only art class I had ever taken was the class I took in High School. I wanted to skip Art 1 and Art 2 since I believed I was good enough to skip the basic classes. So, I put together a portfolio and submitted it to the art teacher, who, with his discerning eye, wrote me my approval letter to jump up to Art 3. I loved that class because I was able to just spend the hour letting my mind wander, filling up my art journal, and exploring mediums I had never had experience with before (markers, acrylics on canvas, colored pencils).

During my junior year I had the privilege of participating in the Vans Custom Culture contest. That year we got beat out by a team in California when we made it into the voting stage… I don’t know why Vans thought it would be fair to pit a school from Hawaii against a school in California but, the past is in the past. I would later be a captain during my senior year for our submission to the contest again. I don’t remember why we didn’t make it to the finals, but I was glad to have been able to participate. Sadly, come senior year, I was not in art class anymore as I had adamantly decided that, despite my passion for art, I had to pursue a career in a technical field. I took AP Physics, AP literature, Advanced Algebra and forwent an art class to ensure my enrollment in college.

2013 - 2017 — College

I will, with confidence, call my college years my lost years in art. With the stress of schoolwork and my grades, I barely drew. I barely progressed. Art was something I had left for the margins of my notebooks and the occasional project for my class or for a friend here and there. I had a notebook for drawings but really it was something I would put into whenever I tried to keep myself awake through those years of tedious class after class. But the act of creating and painting is in itself a muscle. And for the four years I was in school, I barely exercised it. I wish I had given myself the time to find time at school. Making art is meditative for me and it probably would have helped me relax.

2018 - Future

Since I have graduated and transitioned to non collegiate life, I have expanded my original 14 pan set with 13 more colors, and I am going to have to transition to a bigger palette to accommodate my paints. Looking back, I’m glad I went the route I did. I have a good nest egg to pursue my true passions.

Please come join me to see where this paintbrush goes. Thank you for reading!

xoxo Jordie

Welcome to my website!
Self Portrait, Watercolor, 2017

Self Portrait, Watercolor, 2017

My name is Jordie Guasch and I would like to welcome you to my website. I am a freelance watercolor artist who also dabbles with digital art.

I am currently participating in the 30 Fashion Art Challenge by Studio Veronica. It is a challenge in conjunction with the famous Inktober art challenge, but instead of 31 prompts, it is fifteen, and instead of random prompts, the themes revolve around the recent Spring and Summer collections of famous designers and fashion houses.

You can follow my work on my Instagram. I will be uploading process videos of how I complete my work in the next week or so!

Please enjoy my work and let me know what you would like to see from me.

xoxo Jordie