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8-Bit Watercolors

Inspired in part by the 8-bit graphics of old Atari and Nintendo video games from his youth, artist Adam Lister paints quirky watercolor interpretations of pop culture icons, art world happenings, and famous paintings. While all of Lister’s works are distinctly humorous, many are also strangely nostalgic, recalling moments from the recent past including comic book characters, Star Wars references, and even numerous interpretations of iconic TV painter Bob Ross.

Lister has several limited edition prints available on his website,

8Bit_MonaLisa 8Bit_BobRoss

Scott C. Showdown Process

If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching Scott C livestream the creation of one of his Great Showdowns, then you’re in luck — Scott just posted a detailed step-by-step post on his process. pyramidcar.com

Scott Campbell

Color Mixing Swatch Book

This book is a valuable tool in any artists arsenal of reference material.  I feel that color is one of the hardest aspects to master as an artist.  I dont know how many times ive looked back at a finished piece and thought “this isnt bad… however, if only I painted this womans dress blue it would have made it so much better.”

Unfortunately I often feel that the majority of artists view color as an afterthought in their creative process.  Its just natural to spend our time making sure our figures have believable weighted gestures, our objects have the right perspective and our composition is flawless.  Once satisfied, color is quickly added with a little shading here and there and then we call it a day.

To make sure we steer clear of this, its helpful to once in a while be reminded of how wonderful color is.  Michael Wilcox’s book is a great tool to reference throughout your creative endeavors.  The contents of the book are pages and pages of color swatches from different combinations of 12 colors.

Gradually mix color A with color B and show the 8 colors between the two.  Tints of each color are created by thinning the paint to allow the white background to show.  The final color swatch shows a range of hues that are obtainable from the two original colors.

Any brand of paint can be used but from experience different makes tend to vary in color.  One manufacturers cadium yellow light might be brighter and more orange than another’s.  Also remember, you do get what you pay for.  Inferior, low quality colors tend to not give even layers or blend with ease due to excess filler.  Higher quality paints do add a certain richness, ease of use and control. Color Mixing Swatch Book on Amazon.com