My Own Mini-Portrait Party w/ Lindsay Long

  © 2011 Mellanie Collins I’ve been trading artist trading cards (ATCs) for about three years now. It’s a great hobby and it’s really helped me with my drawing. The first trade I did was a portrait exchange with Ujwala from Draw the Line.   We each drew each other and it was a great experience. Continue reading “My Own Mini-Portrait Party w/ Lindsay Long”

Goodbye 2009! Happy New Year Everyone!

This year has really flown by for me.  I’ve been busy drawing and painting artist trading cards and I haven’t come up for air very often.  I counted up my scans for the year and found that I had made 204 ATCs  for swaps and personal trades–and that doesn’t include a few 5×7  and 4×6Continue reading “Goodbye 2009! Happy New Year Everyone!”

Another Parrot ATC: Meet Shadow

After drawing a parrot portrait for an trade some months ago, I got a request from another parrot owner.  This  artist trading card features Shadow, a nanday conure  talented enough to maintain his own blog:  A Parrot’s Point of View.  Shadow is also the inspiration for the  children’s book  “If You Were a Parrot” byContinue reading “Another Parrot ATC: Meet Shadow”

Lazily Copying From a Master: Van Gogh ATC

One of the ongoing swaps over at Illustratedatcs.com is the Art History 102. Each month the host chooses an artist and we can make cards adapted from one of the artists works or create a work in the artist’s style. I signed up for the Van Gogh month and this is the best card ofContinue reading “Lazily Copying From a Master: Van Gogh ATC”

Crows, Crows, Crows

I’ve been enjoying our neighborhood crows lately.  They are all out and about teaching their youngs ones to be afraid of humans and hunt for their own food.  Once we noticed some crows on the ground and one was obviously just a youngster, but close to the same size as the parent.  He was makingContinue reading “Crows, Crows, Crows”

Every Day in May: Day 20 – Portrait ATC

I’ve been spending the last few days just making cards.   I have a long list of requests.    I’m expecting a flurry of cards to arrive  in the next few days.    It’s so wonderful to get something in the mail besides bills and yet another flyer trying to convince me that cable TV willContinue reading “Every Day in May: Day 20 – Portrait ATC”

Every Day in May: Day 12 – More ATCs

I’m still working on this dreaded IllustratedAtcs.com PAT.    One of the themes is the Welsh goddess-queen  Rhiannon.  She has a pretty sad tale.   Her child disappeared when she was asleep and her ladies-in-waiting, fearing they would be blamed,  killed a puppy and smeared the blood on Rhiannon while she was sleeping.  They them laid theContinue reading “Every Day in May: Day 12 – More ATCs”

Every Day in May: Day 11 – Playing Catch-Up with ATCs

I’ve been working on sketches for cards I have due soon.  I’ve been having a heck of a time.  I signed up for something called a PAT or Pick-a-Theme.  You sign up for a group (usually about 5 people) and each group member chooses a theme for the others to work on.   Well, when IContinue reading “Every Day in May: Day 11 – Playing Catch-Up with ATCs”

Every Day in May: Day 8 – Pug ATC

After doing a number of sketches last week I finished my friend Robin’s card.   She supplied me with a few pictures of her pug and put this together.  Here are a few sketches I mentioned in another post: My main focus was on the eyes and capturing the guilty expression the dog had.   IContinue reading “Every Day in May: Day 8 – Pug ATC”