Growing up means realizing you have become a Squidward

Before starting my Squidward painting, there are a few things I would like to improve upon:

  • On my Marge painting, the darker tones and lighter tones both changed when the paint dried, making them not as noticeable. I will be incorporating bolder colours this time around.
  • I’d like to put something in the background, behind the actual character.
  • I’d like to use a different style of brush, particularly the sponge brush (since Squidward is a SPONGEbob character).

The following video helped me with my initial sketches:

I used a lot of the same process for Squidward as I did with Marge, however, when I got to the background, I used the sponge brush to create a more textured and “underwater” effect. I also checked out Squidward’s colour palette on Colour Lovers.

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Following this, I researched how to paint bubbles from This helped me with the look of the bubbles, as I didn’t know how to make ordinary circles look like bubbles. I am quite happy with the result.

The final product

Not a bad improvement, if I do say so myself. Eventually, I’d like to be able to create more realistic bubbles like the ones featured in the video below:

Next challenge for myself: Mr. Burns from The Simpsons.

Disclaimer: Despite really enjoying drawing, I have never actually painted seriously before. I am loving how it adds a whole new dimension to my drawings/brings them to life.

3 thoughts on “Growing up means realizing you have become a Squidward

  1. I like how your painting transitions to its completion. As I was watching the bubble video I was amazed at how much detail went into creating realistic bubbles. What piqued your interest in cartoon characters?


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