Artist Hector Janse van Rensburg aka ‘S**tty Watercolour’ aka 'Swatercolour' is making us happier and our lives more wholesome with his comics that feel like miniature hugs and feature a meowtivational cat. The UK-based painter has become a global phenomenon and is now known as the world’s favorite self-deprecating artist.

“The comics that came before this series were less optimistic, and this series is a bit like a response to that. They sometimes approach difficult issues like mental health, but the aim of the comics is not to solve the issues but to show a different perspective on them. That new perspective often comes from the cat, who is based on my cat Ona who passed away a few years ago,” Hector told Bored Panda about his newest work.

We’ve collected some of Hector’s best work featuring the lovely cat, so scroll down, upvote your fave comics, and read on for our full interview with the painter about his art, as well as for his advice when drawing “happy little wobbly blobs of color.”

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ImaDerp
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5 months ago

Awww, this is so sweet!

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Grumble O'Pug
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5 months ago

We all have our trees. This cat is cheaper than therapy.

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

You can make great strides with small steps.

Kathy Brown
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5 months ago

Sometimes I end up doing more than I planned, when I don't feel like doing anything, but I take that first step.

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Demongrrrrl
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5 months ago

I always put on clothes when I get up in the afternoon, even if I'm just going to sit on the couch. Makes me feel sort of virtuous - I actually did something today!

Soni.
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5 months ago

Today after nearly 9 months since a nasty breakup that decimated My self esteem I did my makeup. I have been dreading this day and have been putting it off but I finally psyched myself up and went ahead and did it. I

Naomi Armitage
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5 months ago

Thank GOD for my dogs. Otherwise, I would stay in my pajamas all day. What's the point? Not like I'm going anywhere...

Pam Olson
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5 months ago

This is precious.

Khloe Ness
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5 months ago

I never knew Bored Panda could be such a great therapist for me.

Kathy JanFrancisco
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5 months ago

Take one step at a time

Kathy JanFrancisco
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5 months ago

Cat Psychiatrist

Rainbow Panda
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5 months ago

“That’s one blue pants for a young man, one big step for pantskind.”👖

Marzipanda
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5 months ago

Sometimes you gotta wonder... Am I half dressed or half naked? 🤔😛🤔

Ryleigh
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5 months ago

Brave kitty

Meryl Manas
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5 months ago

Such a gentle, positive illustration of unconditional support.❤️

Eric Soliday
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5 months ago

Phew the first leg is always tough

David Lippman
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2 months ago

Of all the cartoons, this one hit me the most. One time, my mother was yelling at me, and I answered her fury by saying, "I can only do one thing at a time!" She snarled with rage, "HALF A THING AT A TIME!" She wouldn't even give me credit for doing half a thing. 45 years later, and nearly 20 years after her death, I finally have an answer to her. Unfortunately, it's far too late....she tore apart my self-esteem and personal value and replaced it with bitterness and cynicism, and kept me impoverished and dependent until I got married.

silver leopard
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4 months ago

so cute

sam71
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5 months ago

My heart just melted. Fabulous and Beautiful and Everything at the same time X

Tracy Steen
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5 months ago

Awww these are great!!!

Mildred Thompson
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5 months ago

YES!

ArrowAce
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5 months ago

aww so positive!!

Peter Bear
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5 months ago

It really is all about perspective, I've learned that firsthand. If you make yourself look at the positive side of things instead of the negative (and trust me, that's very, very hard work and you have to force yourself to do it), it becomes a habit and can greatly improve your outlook on life.

Bonnie North
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5 months ago

I've been there so this really resonated with me.

David Lippman
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5 months ago

This entire series moved me to tears.

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“Before I started painting online about 8 years ago, I had never had any interest in art and now it looks like that's where my life is going,” Hector said. “Ostensibly, that just means I'm sitting at my desk with a brush more often than a keyboard, but it is a whole different type of challenge to think of things about human nature that I want to communicate in my paintings.”

He added: “One part of that is that it's like I'm living through my art, which can be difficult.”

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

This is a wise cat.

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Precious Domalanta
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5 months ago

This ain't a normal comic, This is a comic that encourages you🥺❤❤

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Láďa Durchánek
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5 months ago

The cat knows a thing or two about Stoic philosophy.

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We wanted to find out how the painter manages to stay passionate about art. However, Hector told us that passion might be the wrong thing to focus on. Instead, the key is discipline.

“I think if you rely on some feeling of passion to motivate you then you will have a hard time. I've been doing a comic every day recently and I tend to wake up, think of an idea, and then have it painted by lunchtime,” he revealed a bit about his disciplined schedule.

“The schedule around my painting process is quite robotic by now, and I think doing it that way opens up a clear space where you can be more creatively free. If I didn't have a schedule and instead waited around for inspiration that was good enough to motivate me to paint, then I probably wouldn't be as productive.”

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

The cat knows just the right thing to say.

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Ssss
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5 months ago

Awwww my heart

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Summer
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5 months ago

wish that I can have someone like that cat :(

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Hector said that the ideas for his comics come from negative thoughts that he can turn into more positive ones.

“So I think about the ways in which people can feel bad and how you might approach them as a friend would. I don't think I find it too difficult to think of ideas which is probably a testament to how nice my cat was,” he complimented his cat Ona for being a fantastic feline.

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Maryam Siddiqui
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5 months ago

aaaww

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MysticalMan
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5 months ago

Yoda cat

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Christopher Merring
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5 months ago

Love it!

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Bored Panda also wanted to hear what advice Hector would give other potential artists who are dabbling with watercolor paintings. He said that a lot depends on each individual artist’s end-goal: there are two paths that they can take.

“For me, it's that the niceness and technical ability of a painting are different things and you can aim at either,” he said.

“It's perfectly possible to make happy little wobbly blobs of color and people will enjoy them if the message is good and sincere. There's probably a boundary of neatness that you should stay within but messiness is cool too. Also, most of my pictures look very bad at first, and then it's only after a while that they come together. I think that's because a few wobbly blobs on their own look like an accident, but a finished painting of wobbly blobs looks purposeful.”

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

You can always take a picture of the castle as a souvenir.

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

Animals can sometimes be the best therapy.

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Ssss
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5 months ago

Adorable

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Hector, who has a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics degree from the University of York, has been experimenting with watercolors since December 2011. He revisited an old watercolor set when he felt bored and depressed. Originally, he started uploading his illustrations on Reddit in 2012, then he spread his gaze wider and moved on to Tumblr and Twitter.

The cartoonist admits that he’s inspired by Sir Quentin Blake who illustrated the children’s books written by beloved author Roald Dahl. So if you felt that you found his art style oddly familiar and felt nostalgia for your childhood when looking at Hector’s drawings, this is why!

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Neal fy
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5 months ago

Don't we all ♡

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*˚tacocat˚*
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5 months ago

Awwwww

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Catherine Lesko
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5 months ago

Love these! Imagine if this is what cats are thinking?!

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Trying so hard thinking
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5 months ago

Blanket, mug of warm tea and cat. Wise cat.

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SaraFromHell
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5 months ago

These are spot on, and beautiful. Thank you for these. Keep em coming.

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