How intricate looks to a doodler

This week’s Illustration Friday topic is “Intricate”.  Running a business from home with three kids does not lend itself well to my first impression visions in my head of a detailed, complex piece of art. It would take me months to add in all the miniscule hidden treasures . However, what comes to mind first and foremost from my own available collection is this floral design I created last year…

intricate floral by jgoode

I’ve always really liked organic lines, curves and movement. I love mixing solid spaces with fine lines and tiny details that aren’t always obvious at first glance. I love images that invite you to look again and again to discover something new.

I also really love those fun posters that are filled with teeny tiny details… the Where’s Waldo-esque sort of concept. They’re like mazes we get to explore instead of solve.

For me this floral design is about flowing lines and layers of color to create a moment… reminds me of strolling through the garden with something new to discover every time you visit.

I wish it were warm enough to sit outside and play in the mud today!

This design is available for purchase as prints and framed art or printed on a variety of specialty gifts, decor and t-shirts

Resolving the candy issue

Illustration Friday’s topic this week is “Resolve”, and the first thing that came to mind for me was my 18 month old daughter shoving all the chocolate kisses in her mouth before I could stop her. From across the room I noticed the pile of chocolates she found, I called to her — “Put the candy down”. She did, but throughout the rest day she continued to snag one here and one there. I know, the answer should have been… put them up where she can’t reach them. However, with this child, it’s not that easy. She’s a smart one, a resourceful one and a determined to do things her way…

So here is my version of the topic – resolving the candy issue.


IF: Save – The Hero Penguin

This week’s Illustration Friday theme is Save. There are a number of ways I visualize the word “save”, but for today I think the super hero penguin does the trick. He’s all about being there to help, but was originally designed as a fun “icon” to represent being there for your family… “Be a super hero for your kids”. Be fun and bigger than life. Be the protector and the motivator. Be a hero!

Superhero penguin

Every day I strive to do my best, but I’m pretty sure I have plenty of room for improvement. My goal is to have my kids think back and remember happiness.