ATCs: More Self-Portraits

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. I had to pretty myself up here for this drawing.  I’ve been called sir far too oftenContinue reading “ATCs: More Self-Portraits”

Having a Merry, Merry Time

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’sContinue reading “Having a Merry, Merry Time”

More ATCs: Portrait Cards

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. One of the things I love the most about card trading is how excited and please people seem to be whenContinue reading “More ATCs: Portrait Cards”

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. Continue reading “ATCs: Still Stretching”

Portrait Swap with Cindy Gray

I completed another portrait swap.  This time with artist Cindy Gray.  I met Cindy through Blog Catalog and she suggested that we do a swap.  I was thrilled!  I had a lot of fun doing a swap with Ujwala so I jumped at the chance to do another swap.  You can read about our swap onContinue reading “Portrait Swap with Cindy Gray”

Mysterious Ladies

40s Beauty Here are two of my favorite artist trading cards from the stack I made last week. I’ve been making custom cards and drawing cards for themed swaps, but these I made just for fun. I traded the 40s Beauty on the right, but I’ve decided to keep the one on the left. I’mContinue reading “Mysterious Ladies”

“You Look Like You Have Indigestion,” he said.

That’s what a friend of mine told me when he saw this picture. You know, he’s right. I like using these water-soluble graphite pencils. I’ve been using the Derwent brand. On this piece I used the HB and 4B pencils. I just love spreading that graphite around with a brush. I found this tutorial onContinue reading ““You Look Like You Have Indigestion,” he said.”

Trading My Cards

Hi there everyone. Last week I started trading my art cards. It’s a blast. I’ve traded almost every card I’ve made. I made a few today. Here are two I made using my new comic book style: I’ve already traded the one on the right. Minutes after I posted it, I had someone offer aContinue reading “Trading My Cards”

Goodbye Spring

Well, it’s officially summer and all of my red poppies have withered away. Fortunately I managed to draw some before they finished. I planted these poppies 13 years ago and this is the first year that I have even considered trying to draw them. I’m very pleased with the results. I dedicate these to SarahContinue reading “Goodbye Spring”

Playing with Colored Pencils: Woodgrain

I got busy and didn’t manage much drawing. I did this exercise from Beverley Johnston’s book The Complete Guide to Colored Pencil Techniques. It looks like it’s not in print anymore. That’s too bad, because it has great demonstrations in it, like how to draw and color satiny fabrics and animal fur. I’ll have toContinue reading “Playing with Colored Pencils: Woodgrain”