Ink Drawing: Contemplation

india ink drawing by Mellanie Collins
© 2013 Mellanie Collins
India ink on paper, 6 x 4 inches

I was looking through Morguefile for some reference photos for a project and came across this photo of a pensive homeless man.  I got out a brush and my india ink and had a wonderful time trying to capture the expression of the photo.


Celebrating Myself in March

simple line drawing of Mellanie Collins

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?

Resolutions? Phooey!

5"x7" pen and watercolor pencil
5"x7" pen and watercolor pencil

I was thinking about my art goals for 2009.   After wracking my poor little brain for a while I decided to just skip it.   I mean, I’ll just end up doing what I feel like doing.   Last year I only had three goals and I completely disregarded two of them.   I still did a lot of work that I am proud of and had my best year for art making ever!

I’m going to focus on my successes and not worry about improving or setting goals.   When I am encouraged and feeling good about what I am doing,  inspiration comes easier and I do good work.   So this year I’m just going to wing it.

Happy New Year everyone!  Thanks so much for all of your visits and to all of you who have linked to me!  I’ve received so many wonderful comments this year.  Knowing that so many of you like my pictures keeps me drawing and posting.  I hope the coming year brings everyone much love and abundance.

ATCs: More Self-Portraits

2.5" x 3.5"  markers and colored pencil
2.5" x 3.5" markers and colored pencil

I’m finishing up my swaps for the year and that last one I completed was a self-portrait swap.   It’s sounds so strange and big-headed to say that I enjoy drawing myself.  But what can I say?  I do.

2.5" x 3.5" ink and watercolor
2.5" x 3.5" ink and watercolor

I had to pretty myself up here for this drawing.  I’ve been called sir far too often over the past few months.  Not often, but just enough to bug me.  Fortunately the culprits have all been women, so I’m not that worried.

Having a Merry, Merry Time

2.5" x 3.5"  pen and watercolor wash
2.5" x 3.5" pen and watercolor wash

This has been a great season for me.  Usually I fall into major winter funks that always seem to coincide with the few weeks before Christmas.  This year is different.  Maybe it’s because I’m spending so much time drawing and painting.  All that creative energy flowing seems to push away any funky feeling.   It’s really so important to find time to spend on things you love doing.   Make the time.   It’s always worth it.

Here’s a little self-portrait artist trading card (ATC).  I like this expression a lot.  It seems to be somewhere between naughty and nice.   My husband was nice enough to tell me that I actually look like this.   What a nice guy!

More ATCs: Portrait Cards

2.5" x<br /> 3.5"  pen and markers
2.5" x 3.5" pen and markers

I’ve been doing my two favorite things: making cards and drawing portraits. I’ve been finishing up some obligations and making a few cards for gifts.  I really like the expressions that emerged on these.

2.5" x 3.5" pen and markers
2.5" x 3.5" pen and markers

One of the things I love the most about card trading is how excited and please people seem to be when my cards arrive.  Especially when I do a portrait of a family member.  I think it’s great that something I put together made someone happy that day. It’s so gratifying.

I love being an artist.   And I love saying that without a hint of hesitation.  Finally!

ATCs: Still Stretching

Oh my, it’s been a while hasn’t it? 

Here are some of the better cards I worked on last week.  I had signed up for a artist card trading game called a PAT  or Pick-a-Theme.  People are split into groups of five and each member picks a theme for the other artists to work on.  This can be a bit nerve-wracking sometimes because if you enter early you can end up in a group where people request things that you may have never worked on before.   This happened to me on this game.  The themes were PEZ dispensers (?!), dragons, outerspace, and monochromatic blue. 

I ended up doing better than I imagined on these themes.  I fortunately had an old PEZ dispenser shoved away in the back of a drawer (whew!).  I just drew the thing in my hand.  Not original or an artsy, but I liked how my drawing turned out and it got the job done. 

The outerspace theme really threw me.  What was I going to do?   I found some gorgeous pictures of the Milky Way in an old copy of Smithsonian.  I had no idea how to go about representing it.  Fortunately,  a kind soul had sent me some black illustration board blanks.  I knew I would have to use those.  After that, I threw caution to the wind.  I just looked around at what I had and just threw everything at it.  I splattered on some white acrylic with a toothbrush, then I tinted things with some scarlet ink I had about.  Then I started layering black ink marker, china white watercolor, some watercolor.  I just shut off the reasoning side of my head and went at it like I was in kindergarten.  I was having so much fun playing around I didn’t really care how it turned out.  Fortunately, when I felt finished, it looked like the Milky Way.   I had had an amazing time, felt exhiliarated and pleased with myself, and made a really cool card to share with someone.   I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon!