Feb 062013

Hello everyone!  Here’s the blog post featuring work done by students at the Meltdown Uni class who were working on the lesson on how to use watercolor and ink together in comics.  Some students worked on the previous shading lesson, but ended up taking their work home.  So here, the work that was scanned in and posted was for those working on watercolors.

As usual, scroll down to see the details of the lesson, and scroll down below that to see student work!



You can think of filling in the colored spaces almost as if you are filling in a coloring book—it’s very similar to the work we did with ink, except, this time you get to use color!

REMEMBER, just like when you are using ink, you want things to POP. Brighter colors make something stand out; darker colors make it fade away. 



*Watercolor Paper: If possible, thicker Cold Press paper. COLD PRESS has to do with the TEXTURE of a paper, and the more rough a watercolor paper feels, the better it is –!!

*Pencils, and Pens (to do the outlines of the drawings)

*DIFFERENT TYPES OF WATERCOLOR PAINT, either in tubes or in a palette



Arches is one of the best brands of watercolor paper, used also for drawing, calligraphy, gouache, printmaking, acrylics, and even digital printing. I’ve brought some for you to try out today! It’s very thick, and you can use the texture to make different effects with the paint.


BACKGROUND WASHES: See the blue in the sky behind the girl in the comic? This technique is good for making sky and water effects.

*To get that effect, take your paintbrush, dip it in PLAIN water, and then put water on the part of your paper you want painted.

*Then take a small amount of paint, dip your brush in that, and then dip your brush in the water again—sweep your brush across the already wet part of your paper. This will give you that effect

WET IN WET: This is very similar to the technique above. Here, a wash is applied, and while it is still very wet, another color is painted into it, and on top of it.

-The resulting paint looks soft and blurred. It is GREAT for painting backgrounds, trees, solid colors, or mountains.

DROPPING IN: This is exactly what you did above, but using a different color.

*Say you would like to paint a sunset. Do a wet in wet of yellow on the paper, and then drop in red to show the setting colors of the sun. You could also do different blues and greens for water, or a cloudy sky.

DRY BRUSH: This one is the total opposite of all of the watery techniques above.

*See the photo below? A dry brush technique is when you get paint on your brush, and you pat the brush until there’s almost no water left. This is a great way to get effects for hair, clothing, dry leaves, and other more detailed things. It’s very helpful for illustration or comic coloring.







The only mediums we’re going to use today are pens, pencils, and watercolors. No markers.

You must use both DRY and WET WATERCOLOR techniques. You may practice with drawings, and then move onto a comic. It can be a short comic of three boxes at least.

There are more examples to look at, at the end of this packet. When doing a practice comic, do not be afraid to let the paint make some of the boxes or borders. The same goes for the drawings.

Have fun, and Happy Drawing!



And now, for some student watercolor work  –!!

First up, we have the ink, and the pencil and watercolor works of Jackson Siegel.  His initial ink drawing featured a character fending off a Spider-y foe.  His comic and accompanying watercolor and pencil comic cover featured the protagonist Maxy– full of orange, blue, anger, and attitude!




And next, we have the work of Woody Tuttle.

While doing some practice pencil comics, he also created several watercolor and ink comics inspired by the “Amazing Orange” series, as well as did a hilly road-scape using bright red terra-cotta style colors for the road.  Scroll down to see!

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As always, thanks for reading the Comics for Kids Recap  –!!  See you on the next post.

  One Response to “Comics for Kids, and using Watercolor and Ink: The Recap.”

  1. great lesson today