I've had the privilege of creating some more drawings of dogs for loving pet parents. This one is Cooper, whose dad wanted to portray him as an old-school bi-plane pilot in the same style as the drawing he saw on Reddit of Scout. He had a whole back story that inspired his idea — like how Cooper was found on a mountain and the expression he makes when squints in the wind). It was so much fun to work on!
The mountains and trees in the background are watercolor, and the banner that displays his name is gouache. I decided to make the letters on the banner look similar to the painted words you'd see on the side of a bi-plane. As I worked on it I thought about the Pima Air & Space Museum near Tucson my husband and I visited a few years ago.
The rest of the portrait is colored pencils — a combination of Polychromos, Caran d'Ache Pablos, and Prismacolor. I'm not a big fan of the Prismacolor because they're too soft for my detailed work and I had problems with a couple of them breaking off really badly when sharpening. As in the entire tip broke off and got wasted. I only used them because some of the colors I needed weren't available locally as open stock in the other two brands. I could use a Polychromos set of animal colors ;)
You can read more about it on my Oxford Dogma blog.