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Dog Portraits: Colorful Boston Terrier using Derwent Inktense Blocks and Watercolor on 140 lb Paper

Boston Terrier dog portrait with rainbow colors but mostly green and purple using watercolor and inktense block art sticks

I’m continuing my series of colorful dog portraits with this friendly Boston Terrier. He was inspired by a conversation I had with a fellow designer at a conference. He was talking about how Boston Terriers are the ultimate pet for designers. They are a cute, quirky and visually appealing breed. They pack a lot of personality into a tiny body.
Boston Terrier dog portrait with rainbow colors but mostly green and purple using watercolor and inktense block art sticks

This piece was made on high quality 140lb watercolor paper using watercolor washes and ink washes with layers of Derwent inktense block art sticks layered on top. And layered again. And again. There were a few chalk pastels used here and there, but yeah who uses ink medium for textured layers? It’s fun to experiment like this and not use art materials the way the were intended. I get a thrilling zing in my belly. Does this make me an art rebel? Cool! I always am careful to create make sure my work is well made and durable. Inks are very durable and long lasting and these are pigment rich.

This is a close up so you can see the texture of the ink sticks and watercolor:

close up of boston terrier dog portrait showing detail of ink and watercolor

Here is a work in progress shot before I added the final ink layers:

colorful Boston terrier watercolor and ink work in progress close up

Like this little guy? You can download a print of him from my Etsy shop, request an art print using the contact form below, or request a commission.

Colorful Boston Terrier dog portrait painting using watercolor and ink on watercolor paper

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Sketch to Finished Graphics in a Day

case study sketch

I had a problem a lot of designers face. I spend so much time designing other people’s web sites and assorted miscellany that things like the design of my own site tend to fall to the wayside. I had a long weekend ahead of me and a fire in my belly after seeing some of the amazing designs of other people. It was time to take action.

It began with a clean up of the overall layout and template of the site, but I was still lacking an awesome hero header for my home page. After some time spent thinking about what I do and what it means, I was ready to start concepting and sketching.

The full case study is available in the new case study section of this site.

You can see the end result on the home page of the site.

Pretty cool huh?

What frustrates you most about designing graphics like this? Do you get stuck in the concepting phase? Do you start at the computer and spend precious minutes or hours staring at the screen?