Create a striking figure painting in watercolour

Watercolour painting of a futuristic woman sitting holding a gun

Growing up, my favourite comic covers were the ones featuring characters conveying strong emotion in tense situations. I was also fascinated with watercolour techniques. The way the paint bled off the page, the visceral nuances that the brush left, the splatter, the texture, the imperfections. Now that I’m creating covers myself, the attraction for this traditional medium is even stronger.

My process is pretty simple. I draw it, then colour it. I’ve always felt more of a storyteller than a painter, so I see it as less of a painter’s way of thinking, and more of an illustrator’s approach. Along the way, there might be some nuances and some happy accidents, but for me sketching and the initial sketch are the most important thing in my covers, I feel it should carry that emotion and weight to the final piece. The paint should complement it in the finished piece.

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Dustin Nguyen is a New York Times Bestselling and Eisner Award-winning comic creator. Best known for his work with DC Comics, Batman: Li’l Gotham, Secret Hero Society and Descender.