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!

Welcoming 2013 With New Confidence

drawing of Martin Freeman, actor
sketchbook page – brush markers

The other day I whining about how little progress I thought I had made over the last couple of years.  I’d been sick with a cold and generally whinging about everything I could think of.   Last night, since I felt better I got out my sketchbook to do more practice drew this drawing of actor Martin Freeman.  I remembered that I had done a drawing of Freeman in 2008  posted it here on the blog.  Wow, what a difference.  When I look back at that post, I realize that I have made progress with my drawing.

I tend to forget that with every drawing we make, there is progress.  So I plan to fill more sketchbook pages and not worry about progressing with drawing.  I’ve had enough experience to know that if I just keep going there will be bad drawings, but there will also be some good ones and eventually the good ones will get even bettter.

So Happy New Year everyone and happy drawing.

Pen Sketch: The Cat Next Door

cat drawing-pen and gouache on pater
© 2011 Mellanie Collins

 Fletcher, brush pen and gouache on paper, 5 x 7 inches

 
Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds. ~Jean Burden
 
 

African American History Month: Bessie Coleman

"Bessie Coleman drawing"
© 2010 Mellanie Collins

4″ x 5.5″   pen and markers

Bessie Coleman (1892 – 1926) was the first woman to earn an International Aviation License and the first African-American licensed pilot.

Born in Texas,  Bessie was the 10th of 13 children.  Unhappy with small town life in Texas, she moved to Chicago in 1915 to join her brother and make a life for herself.   She learned the beautician’s trade, but what she really wanted to do was be a flier.

Being a woman, and black, she couldn’t find anyone who would teach her fly.   On the advice of a friend she decided to go to France and learn to fly there.  She saved and raised money, learned some French, and arrived in France in 1920.   She received her aviation license in 1921.

After earning her license, Bessie made her living as an exhibition flier, occasional parachutist, and lecturer.   Unfortunately her life was cut short by a crash during a test flight in 1926.

You can get a better idea of Ms. Coleman’s struggles, achievements, and her legend by reading her bio on BessieColeman.com.