Made by Mom and Dad Gift Guide: Alyssa Goodyear prints
Posted December 4, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
Editor's Note: This is the latest in a series of posts featuring local moms and dads in our Made by Mom and Dad Gift Guide.
A couple of years ago, drawing was just a hobby for Alyssa Goodyear.
On a whim one day, she pulled out her pencil and Sharpies (her favorite instrument) and created a picture of Alice in Wonderland with the white rabbit and, eventually, other storybook characters. Six months ago, she picked it back up. Somebody asked her for a picture from the "Wizard of Oz." Pretty soon, she was selling her prints at Anvil Studio & Gallery in Raleigh.
"It just took off from there," she said.
Goodyear knows artists can make a living. Her own mother is a long-time jewelry maker, who also has pieces at Anvil. But it wasn't something she was sure she could do.
"It was always one of those things you hope for, but you never really think your stuff is good enough," she said.
Still, she also has always been artsy, taking classes and keeping busy with various crafts.
"Anything and everything crafty you can do, I did," said Goodyear, who also works at Night Kitchen Bakehouse and Cafe, a new bakery in downtown Raleigh.
It all started with that picture of Alice from her sketchbook.
"I really liked it and I put it on Facebook and people really flipped over it," she said.
Theses days, when she isn't busy caring for her 10-month-old son or at work, she's blending layers and layers of Sharpie marker on pictures of storybook characters like Little Red Riding Hood or music and movie icons and characters like Johnny Cash or Scarlett O'Hara.
She likes to work with Sharpies because they come in so many sizes. Most of her work is black and white with flashes of color.
"You have to do it just right and you have to do it as evenly as possible," she said.
For now, she's working on a list of celebrities and characters.
"I love doing it," she said. "It's very relaxing to me. You put the headphones on and just go with it ... if the baby is asleep."