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Watts Atelier – Gouache Phase I,II,III

Watts Atelier - Gouache Phase I,II,IIIGouache Phase


Gouache Phase I,II,III : In this phase Jeff Watts introduces you to his second favorite medium after oil: gouache. He will demonstrate this medium using a traditional approach that is rarely taught in contemporary art schools. It will be instrumental to your future growth.

Jeff refers to this technique as “tiling”, but you can think of it as shape recognition painting. This technique emphasizes turning form with deliberate “tiles” placed next to one another to create a mosaic effect. This helps cultivate a greater sense of design and will make for clearer, more deliberate color notes in all of your paintings. One of the greatest qualities of gouache is its ability to be re-activated after it is dry to the touch. No other medium except digital allows for this sort of flexibility. We will be executing two black and white and two Zorn palette paintings, for a total of four painting in this phase. Enjoy.


  • Van – Black & White Compositions
  • Van – Black & White Part I
  • Van – Black & White Part II
  • Van – Black & White Part III
  • Van – Black & White Part IV
  • Katrin Black & White Compositions
  • Katrin Black & White Part I
  • Katrin Black & White Part II
  • Katrin Black & White Part III
  • Katrin Black & White Part IV
  • Charlotte Zorn Palette Compositions
  • Charlotte Zorn Palette Part I
  • Charlotte Zorn Palette Part II
  • Charlotte Zorn Palette Part III
  • Charlotte Zorn Palette Part IV
  • Maurice Zorn Palette Compositions
  • Maurice Zorn Palette Part I
  • Maurice Zorn Palette Part II
  • Maurice Zorn Palette Part III

Now that you have successfully completed the Phase I gouache you can open up your palette some more, to a warm/cool palette. This will allow for a full treatment of color. We will again be working up our paintings through the chain of values, but now we will have a greater opportunity to use a juxtaposition of warm and cool tiles, and to turn our forms with temperature rather than blending.

Speaking of blending, Jeff will also show you various blending methods including the old school airbrush. This technique was instrumental to Jeff’s development, as it will hopefully be to yours.

We will execute two male and two female paintings for a total of 4 in this phase. We will be using gouache for many stages of future phases and painting methods, so really apply yourself during your gouache training.


  • Tom Warm & Cool Palette Comps
  • Tom Warm & Cool Palette Part I
  • Tom Warm & Cool Palette Part II
  • Tom Warm & Cool Palette Part III
  • Tom Warm & Cool Palette Part IV
  • Sacha Warm & Cool Palette Comps
  • Sacha Warm & Cool Palette Part I
  • Sacha Warm & Cool Palette Part II
  • Sacha Warm & Cool Palette Part III
  • Sacha Warm & Cool Palette Part IV
  • Zig Warm & Cool Palette Comps
  • Zig Warm & Cool Palette Part I
  • Zig Warm & Cool Palette Part II
  • Zig Warm & Cool Palette Part III
  • Zig Warm & Cool Palette Part IV
  • Olia Warm & Cool Palette Comps
  • Olia Warm & Cool Palette Part I
  • Olia Warm & Cool Palette Part II
  • Olia Warm & Cool Palette Part III
  • Olia Warm & Cool Palette Part IV
  • Closing Thoughts

Painting from the master’s was an instrumental learning tool for Jeff as a student and still plays an important role in his current training regimen. In this phase Jeff picked a few of his favorite illustrators to emulate. Each one possess certain qualities that he feels will help cultivate your design skills, color harmonies, edge manipulation and much more. Watch as Jeff demonstrates numerous portraits in gouache from each of these master illustrators. The verbal will also be very helpful to take in as Jeff Delves into why and how he is influenced but these artists.

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