A lot of people ask me about how I got started painting, and I always say that my roots were in traditional watercolors. Here's a very old painting I managed to dig out of the storeroom. It's just a copy from a picture in an animal book, if I remember correctly.
And here's the last of the paintings I dug up from the storeroom. I had tons more, but I've lost almost all of them. I can't recall if this was based off a photo or if I imagined it up myself, it was so long ago!
I painted in watercolors (and dabbled a little in oil painting) long before I picked up digital painting.