About a year ago, one of my favorite comic artists/writers posted a watercolor he’d just done of DC Comics character Swamp Thing on Twitter.
It was very good, a swirl of yellow, green and brown with twin tiny blood moons for the creature’s eyes. You can see the painting here.
I hadn’t thought much about watercolor until that point. This picture changed that. The painting method of trapping colors and hues in clear liquid before application to the paper suddenly intrigued me.
I wanted to try one of my own. That started with scooping up some cheap-o painting supplies, the eight shallow pools of rainbow colors in a cheap plastic tray and some mediocre brushes.
I launched into it and started cranking out a lot. It turned into something I couldn’t stop. The end results were typically nature scenes with some here-and-there comic book characters. I painted the ending scene from the ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ film, too.
I used a bowl to trace the moon. The rest was about trying your damndest to stay inside the lines. You know, like in kindergarten.
The trend/fad/whatever I expected to last three weeks hasn’t stopped. Paintings keep piling up in my office at home. I recognize I’m not that good yet, but it feels OK to not be an expert here. It’s very relaxing, I have to tell you. Why Bob Ross spoke so softly makes a lot of sense now.
I’m going to start posting one of my watercolors each week on Fridays, along with a simple description of the inspiration behind it and other small details I found interesting during the creation. If you have any you’d like to share, please send digital versions of them my way, too. I’d like to include some of them.