Posts Tagged 'light'

Almost there…Fighting Hair

I really am almost there. I’ve been fighting him a bit, his mustache and hair are being stubborn. Now to just hunker down and get it done.

pencil portrait drawing

“E. S. Portrait Update 6” ©2016 alecia goodman to present

Heart Break Charlie, Strong Bond of Family

charcoal dog portrait drawing

“Charlie”, portrait ©2014 alecia goodman to present

Not too long ago I had a blonde haired blue eyed baby boy. We went to a play group at the local hospital here. We met some wonderful moms and dads… making many friends for life. One of these moms, Sarah, let me be part of a super secret Christmas present for her husband. It was a portrait of their fur baby Charlie, a beautiful lab and so sweet too. I finished the portrait and was ready to ship it to her as they had moved, miss them terribly. I was heart broken and sad to find out Charlie wasn’t doing very well at all. As requested I held on to the portrait for an additional week while the family said their good byes. Thank you for letting me create this portrait for you. Media gray paper and charcoal pencil

I submitted this to Illustration Friday for the category of “Strong”. I believe there are strong bonds of family between friends and fur babies.

Remembering Cole, RIP

My dear friend had to say good bye to her fur baby Cole yesterday. My heart aches for her, he was such a sweet lovable dog. Thankful I was able to create this beautiful portrait.

“Cole”, portrait  ©2013 alecia goodman to present

“Cole”, portrait ©2013 alecia goodman to present

Moving Pains & the Little Big Project

Recently we moved house… not something I recommend for the faint of heart. I love our new house and I also have my very own room for my studio with a view. Its wonderful. Right before the move I was commissioned for a challenging project. 2 dogs on a 8 x 10, black and white charcoal. It was tricky as the original photograph was low resolution. The portrait was a surprise so I have had to keep this one on the down low until it was revealed. It turned out amazing and I am so thrilled that my customers loved it especially since it was for someone I have known all my life. I will work on posting from beginning to finish so that you can see the process. What do you think of Sugar Babe and Bentley?

portrait drawing dogs

“Sugar Babe and Bentley”, final portrait ©2013 alecia goodman to present

Marco Polo, Found You Cole

And here we go… As long as my customer loves this it is finished. I had a difficult time figuring out the right amount of detail, color (muted versus not), and how much to include of the sofa over all to not take away from Cole. He is just too beautiful, did not want to destroy the focal point with too much background. What do you think?

 

“Cole”, portrait update 7 ©2013 alecia goodman to present

“Cole”, portrait update 7 cropped ©2013 alecia goodman to present

“Cole”, portrait update 7 ©2013 alecia goodman to present

“Cole”, portrait update 7 ©2013 alecia goodman to present

So Close, Background Yes or No?

So close. Cole is almost finished. Thank goodness, I worry this one has taken longer than it should. Partly because of the detail and also because of my shortage of time with a new baby. Hopefully I can finish this weekend. Now for the big question, does it need some information of the background? If yes than I am thinking a dulled brown or gray to bring in the arm of the chair that would help place Cole. What do you think?

dog portait

“Cole”, portrait update 6 ©2013 alecia goodman to present

Don’t Give Me Those Puppy Dog Eyes.

I love the expression on Cole’s face. He is just so sweet… reminds me of a lap dog or puppy, though he is really pretty big dog. I have started working in the shadows and highlights. Its a bit tricky to figure out some of the texture. Soon I should be able to start working in some of the background to give his position more context.

dog drawing update

“Cole”, portrait update 3 ©2013 alecia goodman to present

“Cole”, portrait update 4 ©2013 alecia goodman to present

“Cole”, portrait update 4 ©2013 alecia goodman to present

IF – Glow, “Glowing Spirit”

I am always amazed when I come to the close of a portrait. The spirit or personality of a piece takes life and well to put it simply, glows. This is Rudie, and if my client agrees I do believe our journey together through shadows is over. What do you think?

Warm grey Canson Mi Tientes, Pastel Pencils…

dog drawing painting

#4 Portrait Update, “Rudie” ©2012 alecia goodman to present

IF – “Explore”-ing Shadows

Illustration Friday’s topic this week is explore. Right now I truly feel like that is what I am doing with this portrait, exploring. My reference photos are extremely dark and a lot of information seems to be missing on one side of the face. So yes, I am truly exploring and inferring information as I go. Its a challenge for sure, at times a bit of a struggle too. How do you think its going? When its challenging I tend to need some encouragement. Thank you.

First picture is update before started to day and second is where I had to finish.

drawing dog pastel painting

#2 Portrait Update, “Rudie” ©2012 alecia goodman to present

dog drawing pastel painting

#3 Portrait Update, “Rudie” ©2012 alecia goodman to present

IF – Zoom

This is a stretch I know for Illustration Friday. This week’s topic is “zoom”. Portrait wise I zoomed through this one. Its possibly one of the fastest portraits I have done, YEAH!!! In total about 15 hours or so (still need to get better at tracking my time too), I know I need to get faster and continually working toward being so, but still keeping the detail.

Its done, its done….

drawing painting dog

Final Portrait Update, “Razberrie” ©2012 alecia goodman to present

drawing dog pastel painting

Portrait Update #3, “Razberrie” ©2012 alecia goodman to present

 

dog pastel drawing portrait

Portrait Update #2, “Razberrie” ©2012 alecia goodman to present

dog drawing pastel

Portrait Update #1, “Razberrie” ©2012 alecia goodman to present


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