Category: watercolour

Posts about watercolour works, whether complete or in-progress.

Metallic Taste WIP


Close-up of a much larger panel. An accident is about to happen. Many elements are missing as I will be adding digital effects and drawn in electrical bursts coming from the car. This panel is a larger action panel which will have overlaying panels on top.

The effect I learned while making this panel is what you see there with the India ink. Obviously, ink will spread when it makes contact with water. By dampening the page and drawing fine lines with a pen, you can get this effect.

WIP & Comments on Blogger/WordPress/Tumblr

Here is a pretty decent review of the raging battle of Blogger vs. Tumblr. I’ve been reading a lot of these reviews lately because I am trying to decide which to invest my energy in, and how much, and I’ve decided the way to go is to reblog my images with a watermark on Tumblr but keep the original content on Blogger. Best of both worlds.

UPDATE (several years later): Look at me moving over to WordPress! Blogger is clearly a forgotten project by Google – it lacks so many basic features. When I first started this blog, it was still competitive with WordPress has it lacked some features (ie. Adsense integration). But now, I find with the new, modernized templates for Blogger, Adsense doesn’t work half the time anyway. Also, why is there no social media intergration/auto-posting at this point? Tumblr is a piece of garbage as well, ever since it’s been acquired by Yahoo!. I find, with Tumblr, you will not build a following unless you invest all your time into connecting with others, posting, sharing your blog. I don’t have the time/resources to spend all day on Tumblr – which is just one website of many I am part of as an artist.


So, remember the wet watercolour from a few posts back? Here it is again, dry, with some ink roads drawn onto wet paper.

My NSCAD Studio

I’m gonna rip you guys off. Here is the finished panel. On the wall.


After inking with a quill and brush and adding some shadows WITH the lineart, I revived some highlights and added some clouding effects with white designer gauche + some water.

This is also my shabby studio space…my dingy dark corner that I spend 1 day a week in toiling away for 10 hours. Those are some hair style sketches on the wall. I made them because I frequently become very unimaginative when getting technical while drawing.

WIP with Masking Fluid


Process Photo! Latex Masking Fluid and cheap sea salt are my favourite tools with watercolour. For salt effects, cheap salt works best because it’s probably dehydrated from sea water instead of mined out of the ground. This makes a big difference in its absorbency. This is a first soaking wet wash of watercolour.

WIP Metallic Taste Panel1 Page1

0004Things get a lot worse before they get better.

I find that to be often true in life…and after not picking up watercolours for over a year. That skin tone went to hell very fast.

Watercolour doesn’t mix colour the same way at all as other types of paint. It doesn’t layer the same…it doesn’t dry the same. It doesn’t work as an opaque medium; it’s meant to be fluid and translucent. It’s very easy to over do it. I over did it…I turned it into roadkill. That watercolour is so thick, my later attempts at redeeming some of it made it hard to ink over. My pen would scrap out the paint, the ink wouldn’t sit on it. I’m kind of embarrassed….

Skin tone going to hell in progress.
Skin tone going to hell in progress.

You can see the surrounding watercolour is fluid and the foreground character is chalky. No good. Hopefully, later I will be able to salvage at least the colour of it in Photoshop. I guess the texture is kind of neat, since I would normally not do this. The rest of the watercolour will probably stay as is… I plan to ink in a lot of the details over top.

I spent a whole day in the studio… 10 – 7:30 pm. I mostly worked on this, but I am working on a few panels at a time. Somewhere in there was lunch, and a lot of that time was spent trying to get back in the habit with this paint. Watching paint dry is also time consuming. It’s frustrating to also work in a studio without proper, clean sinks, no paper towels, no soap…there’s no spare tables…the drawing table I work on is half broken. Really a shame.

NSCAD Studio Class 1

I am single studio class away from completing my university career at NSCAD. This is my final studio project I toil away at, mostly at home rather than in my studio. My studio isn’t really my favourite place… it’s cold, it’s got no windows, it’s all white but grungy, and usually empty of people. My biggest issue with it is that I need to put everything away every time I leave – it’s so unnatural to the way I would work. The whole purpose behind a studio is a to have an area where I can have my work set up and it is a stimulating, productive environment. Aside from a lot of hand-drawn panels, I feel I might end up doing the majority of the work in small notebooks in writing and sketching, then in assembly on Photoshop.


So after that suspenseful tangent, I present the underlying drafting work for the first panel of the first page in my comic. Currently titled Untitled, featuring Unnamed as the main character – a man living in a future dystopia, who through an accident, discovers he is a …. Okay, I have the answer for that one at least, but I’m not gonna blow it before you’ve seen the development.

I realize this may appear flaky…an untitled book with an unnamed character…I will not be posting full completed pages (unless you are part of my Council), as I am really interested in actually publishing this. So, you will see development work and may gauge some story, but I will mostly leave you clueless. I promise there is tonnes going on behind the screen you aren’t witnessing. 😛