I decided after the head drawing phase 2 of the Watts Atelier online school that I’d begin painting again. Following the curriculum, I decided to do gouache phase 1 next. I was excited because I had seen some gouache classes at the school, and the work was very inspiring. This was my first painting in gouache, and I decided to take progress pictures as I was doing it to document the process. The painting is a master study of a painting by Jeff Watts, using his photo reference and painting technique from the online school. It is gray scale, so the only colors I’m using are black and white. I started with a strong drawing, with values drawn in, similar to a paint by number, and began filling out values working darkest to lightest. When that was finished, I began softened edges and corrected areas that were too light or too dark. I highly recommend gouache because it is very forgiving, it is easy to work back into when you make a mistake, it dries quickly, and it looks awesome.
You know, funny story: There’s this craft store called Michaels. Look, my sister knits, and she goes to Michaels. So my sister called me and she’s like, “Oh my god, I’m at Michaels, picking up yarn. You have a poster at Michaels.” I’m like, “What?” She’s like, “There’s a poster, there’s a Falcon poster at Michaels.” I’m like, “Holy s**t!” She’s like, “I’m gonna come and pick you up, and we’re gonna see your poster in this store.” So she picks me up and we go to Michaels.
We go in, and I see the poster and I’m like, “Oh, this is….” She’s like, “I know, I know.” I said, “I’m gonna sign these posters.” I was like, “That would be amazing, you buy a poster and it’s like, actually signed by the Falcon.” Like, it would blow my mind. So I go to the front, I buy a Sharpie, I run back to the back of the store. And she’s like, “I’m gonna take a picture of you signing it.”
I’m in this store and I’m signing all the posters. The manager comes out, he’s like, “Hey, whatcha doing?” I was like, “Oh man, I’m signing these posters so when people buy ‘em, they’re signed.” He’s like, “Well, people are not gonna buy ‘em if they’re signed.” And I was like, “No, no, no, it’s cool. I’m pretty sure there won’t be a problem.” And he goes, “Yeah, but it is gonna be a problem, you’re messin’ up my inventory.” And I’m like, “No, my man, trust me. I mean, I’m the Falcon, that’s me!” And he goes, “Yeah, right. You’re gonna buy those posters.” I said, “What?” He’s like, “You’re gonna buy all those posters or I’m gonna call the police.”
He rolls up all the posters and goes to the front of the store. And I had to buy like 60 Falcon posters that I signed in Michaels."
Anthony Mackie getting in trouble for signing his posters at a Micheals (x)