ATCs: Attempts at Whimsy

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I thought I would try to stretch myself and try my hand at something a little more inventive.  I signed up for a swap called Colorful Funky Whimsy People over at atcsforall.com.  I really had a hard time with it.  I sat down and realized how rusty my imagination is.  I was fairly tempted to withdraw from the swap, but I stuck with it.  I’m so glad I did.  This is the first drawing I have done in ages without some sort of reference.  After throwing away a few cards I really hit my stride and came up with these drawings.   My favorite is the lady with the glasses and the cheetah-patterned hat.

ATCs: In the Style of Rossetti

I participated in another Art 101 swap on Illustratedatcs.com.  October’s featured artist was Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  I’ve always enjoyed the Pre-Raphaelites, so I thought I would try my hand at making a few cards.    As you can see, I had mixed success.

On a side note, I just found out that a couple of my cards will be featured in an upcoming edition of ArtTrader Magazine.  It’s a lovely online mail art magazine (in PDF format) that features mail art for trade such as ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), ACEOs, art journals, chunky books, altered art and altered art books.
I’m so excited and pleased that my cards will be included.

In the Style of Modigliani – Portrait Atcs

pen and colored pencil
pen and colored pencil

I just joined  IllustratedAtcs.com and signed up for my first card swap over there.   We were to make cards based on the work of Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920).  I’ve always liked Modigliani, so it was fun to make these cards.  I managed to squeeze a self-portrait in.  I’m the one with the glasses.  Michael makes an appearance as well.

IllustratedAtcs.com is an atc trading group that is for people primarily interested in hand-drawn and hand-painted cards.   Even if you aren’t interested in trading you should definitely check out the gallery and see some of the work on display there.

EDM Challenge 185 – Draw a Cat

pen and colored pencils
pen and colored pencils

It’s been a while since I’ve done an Everyday Matters Challenge. To be honest, I didn’t do these specifically for the challenge. I was drawing cat cards for various swaps I had signed up for. So imagine my surprise when I went to check what the next EDM challenge would be. When I saw “draw a cat” on the list I just started laughing out loud. I had cats on the brain and I just couldn’t get away from them!

These are a combination of sketching some neighbor cats from life and some other sketches I had in my sketchbook

Here’s another one:

ink, watercolor, and colored pencil

Busy, Busy, Busy

ATC - Peacock - Available
colored pencil and drawing inks

Here’s one of a small stack of artist trading cards I’ve been making lately. This is from a photo by T. Bruce at Eyes. Mind. Heart. I’ve been making some cards by request which is a nice stretch for me. Barn owls and mini-portraits mainly. I’m also working on another portrait swap, but procrastination keeps setting in. I had finished a piece, but then realized that I hadn’t really captured the personality of my subject. So I must to start again. *sigh*

It’s great to be busy. With each project I grow a little more as an artist.