Doodlewash by Rob Nopola bird in watercolor sketchbookHello, I am Rob Nopola from the north metro of Minneapolis, Minnesota (follow me on Instagram and Flickr!).  I have been drawing digitally for over 25 years, as a mechanical, electrical and now graphic designer.  I also enjoy digital photography.

Doodlewash by Rob Nopola winter landscape with snow and trees in watercolorAll these years sitting in front of a monitor for work and pleasure tapped out my creativity.  Last autumn I decided to get back to my pencil and paper drawing roots in my high school days and have fun.  Enter analog art.  I bought a number of Moleskine Arts notebooks and an assortment of Derwent and Pentel graphite pencils.  Of course this was only shades of gray; color was missing.

Doodlewash by Rob Nopola beach scene in watercolor sketchbook waterscapeAs a newbie to watercolor painting, I find it a fun and frustrating challenge.  When I think I figured it out, something goes awry, one wash bleeds into the next.  Be patient, let the wash dry.  But that’s its beauty and the fun is in the learning. 

Doodlewash by Rob Nopola bird in watercolor sketchbook red and blackI am painting on 300g/m Strathmore Watercolor paper with Winsor & Newton and Da Vinci tube watercolor paints and various brushes.   I also paint in Moleskine Watercolor notebooksCurrently, I am going through my photos to sketch on paper with 2B pencil or Micron pens.  I am finding watercolors an extension of sketching, layers of washes creating tones of color.  I do like the simple colorwash sketches but to paint a composed scene is quite thrilling. 

Inspiration comes from many forms.  Everyday life provides many vignettes worthy of capture.  My cell camera is perfect for these captures for later reference.  And yes, it does get spattered with watercolor wash. 

Doodlewash by Rob Nopola wooden buildings in watercolor

Instagram has been a fun source experiencing so many wonderful artists and their art.  Its like having an art community and art crawl every day.  I find watercolors fascinating with their translucence and the differing styles from sketches, detailed paintings to impressionism.  I’m anxious to explore the different styles.  But first, let the wash dry.

Rob Nopola

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

18 replies on “GUEST DOODLEWASH: Going Analog

  1. Rob! I’m so thrilled to see your paintings and read some about you here! I’m with you on the IG, I have fondness for that community. I love being able to see your watercolors on there and have the dialogues that we do. You are quite the photographer!

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