A Light Goes Out, With a TWIRL.

Boxer portrait

"Zeus", final portrait update ©2012 alecia goodman to present

I know its a bit of a stretch for Illustration Friday’s “Twirl”… Still if I think about the idea twirl, I think of how many times I have twirled pencils to continually create a sharp point. I overcame a lighting issue in my studio. Frustrating how reliant I am on bulbs etc. This beautiful dog, Zeus is now completed… YEAH!!! Of course I am still awaiting approval from the client. Let me know what you think everyone.

The portrait was approved… Now I am definitely “TWIRLING” in a happy dance.


13 Responses to “A Light Goes Out, With a TWIRL.”

  1. 2 aleciagoodman January 22, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks Melanie… its good to hear that.

  2. 3 bronsmith January 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Beautifully rendered colored pencil art. I’m sure the client will love it.

  3. 5 lobsterboy January 22, 2012 at 9:05 pm


  4. 7 Cindy D January 24, 2012 at 4:58 am

    My goodness, with the title and then the dog I thought it was a memorial illustration! I was very glad to learn the light going out related to actual lighting. Beautiful dog portrait! You really captured his serious expression from the photo.

    (I personally think “stretching” the prompt is totally fine. I think it’s better than re-posting something old that “fits” the prompt, tho that is certainly allowed and people can do whatever they choose.) 🙂

    • 8 aleciagoodman January 24, 2012 at 8:46 am

      Sadly the title has a double meaning… Zeus passed a while ago and I hope this portrait does him justice. Thank you Cindy! I tend to try to “stretch” the prompt. Some times the obvious is just too easy and stretching it causes me to think which it isn’t always easy to slow down for.

  5. 9 Indigene January 24, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Wow! I’m sure they will love it! 🙂 That took a lot of twirling pencils!

  6. 11 Mary Lou Rosato-Caine January 25, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Zeus eyes are beautiful–very nice portrait!

  7. 12 alirthome February 5, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Such a lovely picture! His expression is that of serious concern but it very much fits the dog and what i imagine his personality to be like from the photo. The colored paper is a very nice touch. do you find yourself using colored papers more because they add to your pictures or as an easy way to solve the ‘background’ issue?

    • 13 aleciagoodman February 5, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Thank you, Ali. I think its a little of both. The colored paper adds to the art (of course it has to be the right color). Colored pastel on white paper tends to call for a background, so when doing color I lean towards the colored paper (not sure why the white just seems strange or awkward to me). I think backgrounds can sometimes take away from the portrait.

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