From the 70's to the early 80's
I yearned for an airbrush! The work of H.R. Giger, Chris Foss and others
convinced me I needed one : I did get a really good one and it saw a lot of service
for a few years - until I found that
I was using it less and less, and just for those few effects one couldn't
easily do another way. I was preferring the textures achievable by brush
and pencil. I started out painting mostly in gouache (it's what they
taught me at college), watercolour pencils and airbrush inks. Later
acrylics took over, as the painted surface is more durable, the colours
appear deeper than with gouache, and are less vulnerable to scratching and staining.
I do also love oils, but find them impractical for illustration in a small
workspace. I'll start using
them again if I get a bigger studio! Recently I aquired a Wacom tablet and
I'm currently doing a lot of digital work. It's pretty amazing, but I won't be
altogether dropping my traditional materials any time soon!