Archive for February, 2012

Country Chic

I am working on a wedding invitation and all of the collaborating material that goes with it. Here’s the Save the Date card. Hoping my clients like it.

card design

Save The Date Card ©2012 alecia goodman to present


Headache After Headache….

I apologize if this comes across as a complaint or whining. I have been dealing with headache after headache, due to the weather and some muscle issue. One of these days I will hunker down and illustrate how a migraine feels visually. I have had a frustrating week progress wise. Any ways Friday was supposed to be a work day, but due to a headache and faulty lighting in my studio, I didn’t make much progress. Sadly my lighting woes won’t improve for about a week or so. My back up bulbs, apparently were already being used. And of course they are special and had to be ordered. So reinforcing the idea to check supplies and make sure I am prepared. This time I hope I have learned my lesson.

cat pastel drawing

"P.G.", update #3 ©2012 alecia goodman to present

Cats don’t like water, diving in anyways

cat pastel drawing

"P.G.", update #2 ©2012 alecia goodman to present

Making some progress today, I dove in head first and just ran with it. Here is update #2 on the latest portrait project. I am really liking the direction of the eyes. Having some difficulty with keeping my pencils sharp for the detail. I really hate it when my pencils keep breaking down in the sharpener. I am sure this won’t be the last and it isn’t the first either. No worries I still like the new sharpener, I think its the pencil this time. I still wonder if this is going faster than the larger drawings, which I have to admit, I prefer working larger. If I can hit the mark on this one I will have to try more smaller projects, especially if it takes less time.


I meant to get this on here this weekend. Its funny how free time gets filled so very quickly. The weather finally cooperated so  I delivered Dakota and cleaned up my studio. I have started work on a kitty. This is one of the smallest ones I have done in a while. Will have to see if this goes faster due to the size and if I am able to keep the detail at a smaller scale. Here’s the initial sketch.

cat sketch

"P.G.", sketch ©2012 alecia goodman to present

Am I there yet?

I had a number of comments that the negative space was too much due to the way Dakota was laying. The customer had some concerns too. So here is the latest update, hoping I have hit the mark. I didn’t want to include too much and kept it monochrome so the colors would not take away from Dakota.

drawing dog portrait

"Dakota", portrait update ©2012 alecia goodman to present

Popularity, Wallflowers, and Beauty…

pastel painting dog

"Dakota", portrait update ©2012 alecia goodman to present

“Popularity” Illustration Friday’s topic this week. I know this post is truly stretching to fit the parameters, but I just finished this beautiful portrait and wanted to share it (We’ll have to see if the client agrees). Popularity I think this is possibly every preteen, teenage boy’s and girl’s challenge. Always feeling that they are the wallflower and trying to make it into the spotlight. I think with age comes the wisdom to realize popularity is not truly that important, its the beauty inside that matters. Being comfortable with yourself and liking yourself, I think is a challenge for everyone at any age. Dakota is a beautiful dog, I am hoping that I just provided a glimpse of her personality and the beauty it holds.

The Challenge Color

Here is my challenge, making sure a light colored dog (specifically champagne) does not go too white especially on dark paper. I didn’t get to work on this nearly as long as I would like today. Still I think I am making progress. Had a meeting with client to determine tear stains (to be excluded). Once they gave me the go ahead, I am starting to feel better, less nervous about this portrait. I will include Grace so you can see how it will look next to her sister (the paper color is varying due to lighting being different I think.)

dog drawing pastel

"Dakota", portrait update ©2012 alecia goodman to presentFinding Grace ©2010 alecia goodman


Finding Grace ©2010 alecia goodman

Doctor Who: “Bow Ties Are Cool”

This is for all the Doctor Who fans… I know this may seem boring, a rehash or even maybe overdone, but for my husband’s Valentines gift I wanted to find a graphic tee for him. I searched the internet for shirts about Dr. Who, especially “Bow Ties Are Cool”. Every where I looked the graphics were just not my cup of tea so I knew he wouldn’t like them either. In fact I became so frustrated and annoyed that I came up with my own spin. I think this may even look nice as a wood burning or a print.

Doctor Who Bow Ties Are Cool graphic

Doctor Who Bow Ties Are Cool (from Doctor Who) ©2012 alecia goodman to present

Coming to Life

It always starts with a blank page and then an idea. Always a bit sketchy at first you never know where the drawing will lead you or what you will learn. It is always a challenge, and I welcome that. It keeps things exciting. I am sure when Frankenstein came to life the Doctor was amazed, possibly a little shocked. I am always amazed at what other artists create and more often than not what I can create with just a pencil or a pastel.

Here is my latest update of Dakota… she really is coming to life. Hoping the client is happy with its direction too. I am trying to keep it from going to white since she is somewhat white, but also touched with champagne coloring. I know its not quite right just yet. Hoping my next update sheds some light on the colors.

dog drawing portrait

"Dakota", portrait update ©2012 alecia goodman to present

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