So much for my creative journey this year. As I look back on 2012 I see a lot of ebb and not much flow. I didn’t spend much time drawing, instead I spent too much time experimenting with art journaling, mixed-media, and collage. Oh, my. I am definitely not a mixed-media collage artist. That’s all I’m going to say on that subject. I know what I love – and that’s drawing. So enough of this bandwagon jumping. I’m going back to doing what I do best and work to grow in that area.
I did do some drawing that I liked this year. I participated in a few artist trading card swaps on atcsforall.com which gave me some incentive to settle in and make something.
These three were for a 70’s Icon Swap. Here are the Icons I chose to draw: Pam Grier, Kristy McNichol, and Diana Ross.
Later I made cards for an Einstein swap. Albert Einstein is fun to draw. There are so many beautiful lines, and his eyes are mesmerizing. For this set I used ink with a brush over my pencil sketch. I was in a rush to finish these on time, but I like the way Einstein 3 came out. I can see myself filling an entire sketchbook with Einstein drawings.
More recently, I gave whimsy another try. I signed up for a Long, Lovely Neck swap and drew these ladies. Not really whimsical, but as close as I get. Here I used my trusty Micron pen and my Tombow markers.
My last swap of the year was an Edgar Allan Poe swap. We could draw the author or a scene from one of his books, or anything with a Poe flavor to it. I, of course, just drew little Poe portraits. Again, with pen and Tombow markers.
So there it is, a review of my best ATCs for the year. I resolve to do much better work in 2013.