Comic book effect :: Effet Bédé

Flow is being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. —
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

I completed my thesis in Education on Music, an Invitation for Creativity and part of the thesis was based on Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s flow concept. When I paint, I can say that I am usually in the flow and I think that this is one of the reasons why I find painting is so rewarding and satisfying. As I was painting today, I was intrigued by the effect of the China ink washes on the paper and I realized that probably some Comic Book artists use this technique to give a surreal or other wordly effect. Do you think so too?

J’ai terminé ma thèse en Éducation sur “La musique, une invitation à la créativité” et une partie de la thèse était basée sur le concept de flow de Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Quand je peins, je peux dire que je suis habituellement dans le flow et je pense que c’est l’une des raisons pour lesquelles je trouve que la peinture est tellement enrichissante et satisfaisante pour moi. Comme je peignais aujourd’hui, je regardais les lavis d’encre de Chine sur le papier et j’ai réalisé que probablement certains artistes de BD utilisent cette technique pour donner un effet surréaliste ou autre… Pensez-vous ceci aussi?

Paper: Bockingford CP 9″x12″
Fountain Pen: Sailor Desk Fountain Pen F
Ink: China Ink
Location: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal



About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at and a main blog at She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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