Mixed-Media Poe Painting

Poe-image
by Mellanie Collins
8″x10″
acrylic over paper on hardboard

Another acrylic painting! The Poe fest continues with this 8″x10″ painting. I took some pages from the poetry section of an old book of Edgar Allan Poe’s works and pasted them onto my hardboard and got right to painting.  As I did with my Albert Einstein painting, I put down many thin layers to get a blended effect.

Here’s an image of the work in progress with my reference photos and preliminary painted sketch.  I like how this painting turned out.  I was going to put it up for sale, but I just can’t part with it.  At least, not right now.

Poe_draft

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Acrylic Portrait Sketches: Poe and Einstein

Acrylic Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe
© 2014 Mellanie Collins
5.5″ x 8″
acrylic on paper

Last month I decided to take a break from artist trading cards and work on something larger.  I found an old 5.5″ x 8″ mixed-media sketchbook that I had not quite finished and and some tubes of black and white acrylic paint so I decided to practice acrylic portrait painting.

I find that I really enjoy painting portraits in acrylic despite the fact that a sketch like this would have probably taken much less time if I had used oil paint.

© 2014 Mellanie Collins 5.5" x 8" acrylic on paper
© 2014 Mellanie Collins
5.5″ x 8″
acrylic on paper

I start with a basic sketch and then just build the image with lots of thin layers of paint.  I make sure that I move from dark to light,  just as if I were working with oils.  My method is probably a lot more tedious than it needs to be, but I like the results.

 

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Secret Solstice Gifts: More Poe

portrait-illustration-edgar-allan-poe
© 2014 Mellanie Collins
5″x 7″
ink and markers on bristol

The other day I posted about the Secret Solstice gifts I made last month.  Here’s the second gift I made.  This was for my old mail art pal Annette.  We’ve traded a bit here and there for about five years now.   I knew she was a Poe fan and since I’d been drawing a lot of Edgar Allan Poe portraits this year I felt it would be pretty easy to do another.  This one is 5″ x 7″.  It was nice to work a little larger than I’m used to.

One more gift to go…coming soon.

 

ATC: Poe Caricature

Poe Caricature

© 2014 Mellanie Collins
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink and markers on bristol

I received another request for a Poe artist trading card. Folks sure like their Poe. I think I might have made this one a bit chubby.

To any of you who have liked my Facebook Page: Hugs and kisses to you all. I already have 122 fans and counting. It’ makes me so happy to have so many people following my work.

This month I’ve been working on some gifts for a Secret Solstice swap on IllustratedAtcs.com. I have three partners so I’ve been busy trying to make some special goodies for them. Once they’ve received their gifts I’ll post some images here.

I love making art for people. It’s all part of the equation isn’t. Make + Share = Fulfillment. At least that’s the equation that’s working for me right now.

Quiet Months

boston-terrier-drawing-by-mellanie-collins
2.5″ X 3.5″
ink and markers on bristol
Kitten - Artist-Trading-Card-drawing-by- Mellanie Collins
Kitten
2.5″ X 3.5″
ink on bristol
portrait-drawing-of-woman-noir-style-by-Mellanie-Collins
Suspicious
2.5″ X 3.5″
ink and markers on bristol

Not much going on in March and April.  Too much useless introspection and not enough art-making.

The plan for May is to fret less and draw and paint more.

We’ll see what happens.

 

29 Faces Challenge Highlights: Days 20 – 28 + bonus

I’ve finished the challenge! I’m so proud of myself. I’ve never completed an art challenge before. I usual drop it by day 10 or so, but this time I did all 29 faces. One for each day of the month and one extra. Here are what I think are the best of the drawings I did for days 20 – 29. The last image is a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe I made for an ATC trade.

Day 20  2.5″ x 3.5″ ink on bristol
Day 20
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol
Day 21 - Joy 2.5″ x 3.5″ ink on bristol
Day 21 – Joy
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol
Audrey Portrait - cross-hatching portrait
Day 26 – Audrey
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol
Edgar Allan Poe ink portrait
Day 29 – Poe
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol

Thanks to all the challenge participants who came by to check out my work. And thanks to all of you new followers out there. It’s so cool to know that people are actually seeing my work! Soon I’ll post a collage of all the faces I made for the challenge: the good, the bad, and the ugly!

Until then, happy drawing!

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:

Just a quick touch-up

I’ve already traded the one on the right. Minutes after I posted it, I had someone offer a wonderful piece for it. Is that cool, or what?

I’ve also been working on a portrait swap with Ujwala over at Draw the Line. I can’t wait to share that withMysterious woman you all.

Thanks for coming by and checking out my work. If it weren’t for your comments I wouldn’t have started trading these cards. So I am very grateful to you all.

Until next time, take care of yourselves. For all of you in the U.S. have a great Fourth of July.

ATCs? Why not?

Kind of Blue - ATCApprehension

I’ve been doing little doodles and deciding to call them artist trading cards. These are little art pieces that measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches and can be created in any medium.

I’ve been seeing a lot of these and thought it would be fun to see what I would be able to do with such a small size. I also like the idea of trading cards with other artists.

These aren’t so original, but still fun to do. I am getting addicted to this comic style. I wonder if I should try trading? I’ll probably need to do something a little more interesting. I’m thinking of putting them up on the ATC group over at Flickr or finding a group on Yahoo. Any suggestions?

I’ve got a new series that I’m working on. Something historical…

Before I sign off, I’m posting another picture by request of my dear husband. This is one of many drawings that I did for the last post in my “The Office” series.   The card above is a cartoon version of this drawing.  I really do like this drawing quite a bit, but I was going for a likeness and it just missed.   Rejected Dawn drawing

That’s all for now!  Thanks for coming by!

More “The Office” Drawings

David Brent

I got such lovely responses for my last “The Office” drawings that I sat down and did some more. Here’s my drawing of Ricky Gervais as David Brent, “a motivator and an entertainer.”

I had a really difficult time with this and I’m still not pleased. I was really trying to get that fake smile he does and I don’t think I was able to get it. But I have a stack of worse ones and frankly I’m pretty tired of looking at the guy so I’m moving on.

I’m glad to say that I have never had a boss like this, but I do know people who have.
Quick Sketch David Brent

I thought I would include a thumbnail of the pencil sketch I did before transferring and inking the drawing.

Coming soon: Dawn Tinsley

Thanks for stopping by!