With years of graphic art, illustration and teaching experience behind me, in addition to a love of writing and doing voice overs, I have been working as a consignment and party entertainment caricature artist for over 12 years, drawing thousands of faces. I have spent 2 years as the treasurer for the National Caricaturist Network and had 8 years on the board as treasurer of the Graphic Artists Guild of Chicago. (Apparently folks like to trust me with their money.)My career began out of college working in the graphics department of AT&T; I did some time as the artist/office manager of a small neighborhood print shop and finally, 5 years at a small advertising agency before hitting the freelance trail. From there, I did freelancing for such clients as Enesco Giftware, Roman, Inc. and Bradford Exchange and currently, Wilton Enterprises. Today, I still service an assortment of freelance clients, I love to write humor and am pursuing my love of voice overs, but most often bring my own brand of family friendly humor to my art, and as I like to say, I draw personalities, not faces.
Marlene K. Goodman / humorous writing
First I am an artist, but art shares top billing with my humorous side, the side that loves writing whimsy. I can make it rhyme, keep it to prose, or even make it sing with song parodies. Limericks are definitely in order. Whichever the case, I like to keep it funny and personalized. I have studied screenwriting with the Chicago Screenwriters Group, have attended three screenwriting Expos in Los Angeles, where I have learned tips from the tops in the industry, and have over 20 years of experience scripting and bringing voice to characters for a Chicago puppet theater. The trick to writing is to have a clear message, cut the waste and be imaginative. But most of all, have fun. Oh, and don’t forget to hit “SAVE” on your computer!