This painting is similar to this marker painting here. It is based on the same pen and ink drawing, but when I did the marker painting I decided to cut off parts of the body. With this gouache painting I used a 17×24 sized watercolour paper and had more room for the body.
I didn’t trace my pen and ink sketch but drew it a second time, slightly changing the shape of the hands and the directions they are pointing to. As you can see as well there’s a big difference regarding the green of the leaves. My gouache set includes 2 shades of green – a leaf green and an emerald green. I used the emerald green, lightened with a bit of white. Some people say that greens are difficult to do, and they are right. Next time I’ll try to add some light ochre to the emerald, or even mix my greens out of blue and yellow!