Drawing Dog Portraits

Drawing Dog Portraits for the American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life

There are hundreds of public service ads and commercials asking for donations to 9-11, Katrina, the tsunami and tornado victims, to orphaned children, abandoned pets, and more. Especially in this economy it’s difficult to always give cash, but many of us have special talents, so we can contribute in our own way.

Seven years ago I approached the American Cancer Society and offered to sketch pets at their Bark for Life, charging $20 a sketch and donating all the money collected to them. Each year since I’ve organized a group of illustrators and cartoonists associated with the Society of Illustrators to sketch with me. We’ve donated between $700 and $1600 a year, depending on how many artists participate. This past Sunday we drew 38 dog portraits in 3 hours, raising $760 for the ACS. It was a fun time… our models don’t hold very still, but it’s so much fun.

Joan Chiverton teaches SXD 635: Quick Sketching for the Pet-Product Business and SXG 140: Storyboard Techniques Studio for Costume Design.


In Good Company

There’s nothing like a little PR.  As MasterCard says, it’s priceless.  It’s especially important for those of us in an industry like image consulting, where advertising is not generally regarded as the most effective medium to get the world out.  I guess that’s because image consulting is such a transformational – not to mention – visual experience that advertising copy hardly seems to do it justice.  Also, it’s one of those services that people seek  referrals from a trusted friend or hears about by way of word-of-mouth buzz.  Like your doctor or dentist, it’s hard to imagine picking your image consultant from an ad in the yellow pages!

When anyone from the image consultant gets mentioned in the press, it’s not only good for the person it’s good for the industry!  I know it’s hard to believe, but image consulting is still a young and growing profession. The more that Image Consultants are ‘in the news;’  the more visibility the industry has; and the more people realize this isn’t just a service that’s for rich and/or famous. This is a good thing.

With that in mind, I encourage you to share your press mentions with me so I can share them with others.  In the interim, I’m thrilled to share a recent press mention of mine from the Wall Street Journal.  While I only have one mention, I am quoted with the likes of Lloyd Boston, Stacey London, and Nanette Lepore.   Now, that’s what I call being in good company!  Enjoy.



Ace the School Reunion

Avoid Being Branded The Class Clown; Clothes That Work For Night, Day, Facebook, Too

Read the WSJ article.




Carol Davidson teaches SXF 810: Color for Wardrobe Planning, SXI 100: Introduction to Image Consulting, SXI 110: Image Consulting Confidential.

Look of the Week


I was sent this recent Marc Jacobs ad with the question,
“How could one wear something like this to work?”

This romper is definitely for the bold woman who works in a creative, non-corporate industry. Is it too high fashion for everyday? Is it office appropriate? Absolutely not, but, it depends how you put your outfit together and is it figure flattering. Everything is not for everybody. This is not for the shy! Whatever option you choose, edgy or casual, you are sure to impress! Shoulders back, head up and negotiate that deal!




Sadia Seymour teaches SXS 100: Intro to Fashion Styling, SXS 110: Fashion Styling Confidential, and SXM 010: Styling Fit Fundamentals.

Advance your career. Pursue your passion.