I think, for whatever reason, back in my art school days, I wrote off gouache as a viable medium. Watercolour was the way to go, its transparency being somehow superior to gouaches relative opacity. Poor naive me. Missing out all these years on the thrilling roller coaster that is gouache. I may be exaggerating, but truthfully I didn't realize the colours were so vibrant, or the surface so appealingly matte. Just look at that owl's hot pink outline! Zing!
P.S. Those little pink legs at the top of the image belonged to a hot pink deer. I was cruel and cut the paper clean across it.