So glad to have a nice trip to Arizona to look forward to. This year I’m attending Artzona, a weekend gathering of artists from my mail art trading sites, ATCs for All and Illustrated ATCs. We’ll hang out, make and trade art, and make a lot of racket. A great way to escape the winter doldrums.
I’ve been making ATCs to trade over weekend. Here’s one I made last night.
drawing of a young Buster Keaton.
2.5″ X 3.5″ ink
I have friend who likes Buster Keaton, so I’m sure this card will have a great new home.
Who is this grumpy woman? It’s me! Only I’m really not grumpy. I’m just looking a little to intensely at my mirror. It doesn’t really look like the beginning of a celebration, does it? But it is.
During my birthday month, I’m making a conscious effort to focus on the things I like about myself instead of finding more things to improve. Why not take a stab at celebrating who I am. Drawing, as always, is a great way to start.
IWhat kinds of things do yo do for yourself on your birthday. Do you ever celebrate for the whole month or the whole week?
5.5″ x 8″ pen and markers
In the past I’ve occasionally posted some drawings for Black History Month. Since it’s that time again, I thought it might be fun to revisit some old subjects.
Back in 2010 I did a sketch of a young Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993), the first African American on the Supreme Court and the lawyer who argued the famous Brown v. Board of Education case before the Supreme Court. This current sketch was drawn from a photo taken in 1967, around the time he became the court’s 96th justice.
I’ve always been fascinated by his story: the grandson of a slave, who initially went to college to study medicine and become a dentist, eventually becomes an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Check out his biography on Wikipedia.
pen and paper, 5 x7 inches
Instead of filling requests for portraits, I’ve been filling up my sketchbook with ballpoint pen drawings. Here’s one I thought came out quite well. As always, Michael is my ever-patient model. He looks like he’s thinking about something pretty serious, but I think he’s just asleep.
© 2011 Mellanie Collins
graphite on paper, 5 x 8 inches
On the first sunny and warm day this spring, Michael and I went to the park. Michael basked, and I sketched. At first I was frustrated. I had chosen an impossible angle and as it was such a glorious, lazy, summery afternoon I just couldn’t bear to get technical and try to do a “proper drawing.”
I had to mentally thumb my nose at my inner critic as she badgered me to consider the proportions or to “slow down and try do some proper hatching for god’s sake!” I just kept marking, smudging and scribbling on pages. I had such a great time.
Looks like I’m finally learning to just give myself a break and enjoy myself.
It’s about time.
Here’s a sketch I did for my pal Kati. It’s been a while since I’ve done a graphite piece.
Yesterday I got out my neglected watercolor moleskine book and set out to do a project just for myself. Back in February I was looking through photos on Flickr and came across this self-portrait by Dominic Perry . He gave me permission to use the photo as a reference. I told him that I was primarily interested in the hair and eyes and that I would most likely change the pose.
I finally got around to working on the drawing yesterday. I’m not sure if I want to do this as a painting, or just an ink and wash drawing. I’m pleased with this initial rough sketch. In the photograph the subject has, in my opinion, a rather defiant and cocky expression. As I sketched and kind of searched about for what I would do, I decided to try to make my character a bit world-weary and defeated. Michael says he looks like someone who’s been waiting at the airport too long. I suppose that I could call it Stand-by.
I’ll see how this goes. I’ll post my progress. I just hope it doesn’t end up a disaster.