Dexter in color

I finished Dexter (here’s the sketch), and he turned out somewhat close to what I originally had in mind. I was hoping for more dramatic lighting, but that seemed to leave him too dark in the shadows, so I lightened him and the whole scene up a little.

The glowing green and purple colors took some getting used to since most of what I do uses colors that are closer to earth tones than flourescents. But I knew I had to do it, so I put the painting aside for a couple weeks, hoping it would look better later. When I finally came back to it, the color didn’t seem as garish as when I had left it.

I like him enough that I’ll probably use him for my next postcard promotional mailing in May.

You can click on the image to see him larger.