Happy Solstice everyone! The year is just clicking by isn’t it?
A couple of months ago I signed up for a Secret Solstice swap on my one of my mail art trading sites: IllustratedATCS.com. It’s like a Secret Santa, only we do it in the spring. Each participant is assigned a person to make gifts for. Fortunately each person fills out a profile detailing the sorts of things they’d like to receive. My gift recipients opened their gifts earlier this month so now I can share the art I made for them.
I agreed to make little gifts for three people. My gift category was “mini” meaning I would agree to make a smallish art piece (like a 4×4 chunky page or a 5×7 or postcard sized painting) and then some candy or ephemera that they might like.
I was thrilled when I found that I had been assigned to make something for Joy Northrop (she makes fun mixed media collage pieces). I had just made an ATC trade with her and I knew she loved Boston Terriers so it was fun to make a couple more dog drawings for her. I liked how they turned out. I was tempted to keep them.
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.
I have friend who likes Buster Keaton, so I’m sure this card will have a great new home.
Over the last few months I’ve been doing a lot of artist trading cards trades and suddenly it feels like my portrait drawings have definitely improved. These cards are the best I’ve done over the past few weeks. Pleased to have found them nice homes in Canada, Finland, and California.
Thanks to all the new followers and everyone who has given me a “like.” It’s fun to share my drawings on this blog and it’s even better when someone actually sees them!
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.
More cats for you here. I’ve been making a lot of these lately. I think because I want to make sure that they aren’t flukes or just happy accidents. I’m so amazed by how well these are turning out. For a contrast, here are some cat drawings I drew in 2008:
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. I’ve managed to do it a few more times and gathering a nice collection of little portraits of myself.
I met Lindsay (she goies by Lindsaywhimsy)on ATCS for All and fell in love with her whimsical images so I invited her to do a portrait card trade with me. She’s allowed me to feature the card she made for me here.