This series gave me great comfort through the doldrums of February!! Swedish dark winters can be hard to take but I feel I conquered this years blues with something near and dear…the couch. Kidding, Dexter is obviously my real muse. This series also gave me an opportunity to put away the pen and ink. For a while now, pen and ink has been the foundation, the start, the outline, the crosshatching, and as much as I love it, I also wanted to go back to my roots. In University, I learned from my dear mentor, professor Dennis Nolan, a watercolor illustration genius, just dive right in with watercolor.
Exploring layering color pencil on top of watercolor was fun. I am using Faber-Castell polychromos pencils and winsor newton watercolor. Dexter is a flat-coated retriever with black fur. His only color, small slivers of white in the eyes (sometimes). maybe, maybe a slight pink in his eyes too…maybe, and burnt sienna, indian red pupils in his eyes. Otherwise, I am hunting for highlights, and that is where color pencils came it nicely. We have a dark brown couch, and he can become completely camouflaged if the lighting warrants it. So I went for a rich red couch to highlight Dexter. I love Scandinavian decor, and the retro hipster vibe of Södermalm, which is where Dexter lives.
Thanks to everyone who followed along and I hope I can find a new series to keep me inspired through the first part of Spring.