African American History Month: Bessie Coleman

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 andContinue reading “African American History Month: Bessie Coleman”

African American History Month: Thurgood Marshall

© 2010 Mellanie Collins February is African American History Month, so I thought I’d work on a few drawings of people whose stories inspired me when I was growing up. Here’s a drawing of a young Thurgood Marshall. The grandson of a slave, he became the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.  He served from 1967Continue reading “African American History Month: Thurgood Marshall”

Every Day in May: Day 19 – Frankenstein ATC

2.5″ x 3.5″ pen and markers Last month one of my card trading pals, Coop, recruited me for a mail art project he has going.  He is collecting images of the Frankenstein monster in all styles and media.  I finally got around to making his card on Day 19.  I wanted to capture the sadnessContinue reading “Every Day in May: Day 19 – Frankenstein ATC”

Every Day in May: Days 16 & 17 – Completed WIP

Day 17 – Finished For days 16 and 17 I worked more on this drawing that I adapted from this self-portrait by Dominic Perry.   I’ll call it finished.    Here is a mini-gallery so that you can see the progression of the picture. First there is the rough pencil sketch, then the initial inking, erasingContinue reading “Every Day in May: Days 16 & 17 – Completed WIP”

Every Day in May: Day 15 – Drawing for Myself – WIP 2

Here’s the second day of work with this drawing I started yesterday.  I’m using india ink instead of just using the gray markers I’ve been using.   I inked the sketch with a brush instead of a pen.  Now I wish I had used a dip pen.  But there will be other opportunities.  It’s coming together. Continue reading “Every Day in May: Day 15 – Drawing for Myself – WIP 2”

Every Day in May: Day 14 – Drawing for Myself – WIP

Yesterday I got out my neglected watercolor moleskine book and set out to do a project just for myself.  Back in February I was looking through photos on Flickr and came across this self-portrait by Dominic Perry .  He gave me permission to use the photo as a reference.   I told him that I wasContinue reading “Every Day in May: Day 14 – Drawing for Myself – WIP”

Every Day in May – Day 4 – Another Pug Sketch

I’m still doing sketches for an artist trading card for a friend of mine.   I’m working on getting just the right expression.   I’m not really a dog person, but the more I study the reference photos I was given, the more I appreciate this dog.  He’s awfully cute.  Perhaps that’s why I always spend aContinue reading “Every Day in May – Day 4 – Another Pug Sketch”

Every Day In May – Days 1-3

Hurray!  I’m on track for Every Day in May.  Here’s a round-up of drawings I did over the weekend. Friday, May 1: A friend of mine gave me some scratchboard paper cut to ATC size.  It had been sitting on my drawing desk for a few weeks and I finally just dove into it.  I’dContinue reading “Every Day In May – Days 1-3”

Tagged! Six Random Things

I was tagged by Mary at Artsy Musings and so to get back into the swing of things around here I thought I’d share six random things about myself: I hate to exercise, but I’ve found that I like using a hula-hoop.   I’m just so pleased that I can keep the thing going. We gotContinue reading “Tagged! Six Random Things”