Watercolor is maybe the most ductile painting medium, and in this case we want to show watercolor used in illustrations. Usually as a mixed media with ink, used for all kind of illustrations and cartoons.
Antonio Bernal is a Spanish watercolor illustrator based in Ireland. He has been working in a themed series of watercolor illustrations called The Man in the Hat, that you can see in his website The man in the Hat. The style of the series is a bit cartoony, not pursuing realism with some influences from naive art and comic illustrators, presented as some kind of vintage travel journal, with a strong narrative element. You will find colorful, lighthearted, scenes that the Man in the Hat finds in his journeys.
Antonio tells us about his work,
I use watercolor paints, ink pens and a touch of color pencils to achieve a colorful and lively style with a strong influence from comic books. Watercolor is my favourite medium as I love the transparency and brightness of the colors and how the ink complements them so well. As an artist, I find painting with a water medium is both great fun and very stimulating. The water creates shapes on its own and this adds an spontaneity that reflects into the illustrations.
The series has a strong narrative element, but there is no story as such. Through the different illustrations the viewer is able to make up their own story, through the many different locations and situations presented in the illustrations. This apparent but non-existent plot provides a solid narrative background which enhances the story-telling feeling of the series, which is presented as a travel journal, so travelling scenes are a recurrent theme.
As an artist, I try to make my artwork and illustrations to convey feelings of happiness, calm, and a cheerful and whimsical atmosphere.”