ATCs: Cats, Cats, and More Cats

ATC: The StareATC: Fletcher's Profile

ATC: Fletcher in Color

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:

Big improvement, I think.

ATCs: Bulldog Drawing

ATC: Bulldog (traded)

Creative Commons License
Bulldog by Mellanie Collins is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States License.

2.5″x3.5″  gouache and colored pencil

Here’s a little bulldog drawing for an artist trading card I made by request.  I have mixed feelings about this drawing.   I think the eyes turned out okay, but it just seems to be missing something.   Maybe it’s that the whites are too white.  I’m still experimenting with gouache and not quite comfortable with it.

Another Parrot ATC: Meet Shadow

nanday conure drawing
2.5" x 3.5" colored pencil/wc pencil

After drawing a parrot portrait for an trade some months ago, I got a request from another parrot owner.  This  artist trading card features Shadow, a nanday conure  talented enough to maintain his own blog:  A Parrot’s Point of View.  Shadow is also the inspiration for the  children’s book  “If You Were a Parrot” by Katherine Rawson.   Katherine provided a number of charming photos for me to work from and I quickly fell in love with this bird.

 

 

ATC: Turtle Portrait

2.5" x 3.5" colored pencil
2.5" x 3.5" colored pencil

I needed to draw a turtle artist trading card for a trading partner last week.  I looked through some pictures I had taken at the zoo and came up with this guy.  I like the expression on this face.  What a grumpagus, if that’s a word.  If not I’ve just made it one.

I’m planning more regular posts for August.   I’ve finished a large stack of artist trading card requests and now I can get back to my daily drawing.  I’ve noticed that my drawing has become so tight and careful lately.  I want to try a few different things to get the fun back into my drawing practice.  Hopefully they will pass muster for posting.

Thanks for stopping by.   I always love to read your comments.

ATC: African Gray Parrot

ATC:  African Gray (traded)
2.5" x 3.5" colored pencil

A fellow art card trader asked me to  draw  her parrot.  Her name is Miss Duke (the parrot) and she looked like a charmer from the photo I received.   It was fun figuring out what colors to use.   Oh and look, no pen lines!

Every Day in May: Day 27 – Fun Stuff – HP ATCs

markers and colored pencils
markers and colored pencils

Fortunately I don’t have to hunt for stuff to draw for Every Day in May.  I have quite an assignment list going thanks to my card trading on ATCSforall.com and IllustratedAtcs.com.   I signed up for a Harry Potter character swap (I’m such a Potter nerd) so I worked on my cards for Day 27.  I had a  good time coming up with Malfoy family characters.  I tried making a Hermione card for a host gift, but she came out looking so passive–not Hermione at all.

On to Day 28…

Every Day in May: Day 20 – Portrait ATC

2.5"x3.5"  watercolor and colored pencil
2.5"x3.5" watercolor and colored pencil

I’ve been spending the last few days just making cards.   I have a long list of requests.    I’m expecting a flurry of cards to arrive  in the next few days.    It’s so wonderful to get something in the mail besides bills and yet another flyer trying to convince me that cable TV will complete me.