Posts Tagged 'painting'

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

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

50 Shades of Black

Finally my household is recovering from being ill. Nothing like having a  small child that shares any and every bug with the whole family. The good news is I am finally getting back to work. The baby is slowly figuring out her own schedule… yeah for sleeping. Still not there but working towards it. Cole is beginning to pop with contrasts. Since I am starting to lay in the black. It always amazes me how many shades of black are in a black dog and this one is no exception. In fact he has some rather unique fur. Hoping I am bringing out those details (not the best photo). What do you think?

dog drawing

“Cole”, portrait update 5 ©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

New Set Up in Search of Gold

This is my new project, a portrait of Cole. Just started of course so I am a bit anxious. I have a new table and set up. It took a while to get everything back into working order. Very excited to see how he turns out. I am looking forward to gold, the beauty at the finish. Hopefully this brings a smile to his mama’s face.

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“Cole”, portrait update 1 ©2013 alecia goodman to present

Portrait update Cole

“Cole”, portrait update 2 ©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

A Fur Ball With Character

Here is my latest portrait just started. Here is Rudie, a fur ball with character. This one is a bit tricky too, since I am missing alot of information on half the face. So I am doing some guess work based off of other reference pictures and inferring from the other more detailed side of the face. I love challenges, but some times I am a glutton for punishment. Wish me luck.

dog painting portrait

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


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