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.

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Every Day in May: Day 18 – Obama ATC

2.5" x 3.5" pen and colored pencil
2.5" x 3.5" pen and colored pencil

I’ve been working on my list of artist trading card requests.   This drawing of President Obama is for a gal who is collecting cards featuring each of the presidents.   I drew this from  one of the weekly address videos I had downloaded from

Atcs: After Durer…

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

In my greed to gain a nice stack of artist trading cards I joined too many swaps.  I’ve  been doing nothing but making cards for many weeks.   I counted my cards the other day and found that I had 101.   I know that I have more on the way.  Good Lord!  That means I’ve made…. oh man, that’s a lot of cards.    It’s been good for me though.   I made it a point to sign up for themes that I found difficult and I really stretched myself.   But I had better take it  easy before I burn out.

Here’s a card I made the other day.  I tried to do an acrylic painting, but it was such a disaster!   I’ve not painted in ages and the 2.5″ x 3.5″ is a wee bit confining.  (A bit?  right…)   I like how this turned out.

I started using a Copic marker E51 Milky White for the base flesh color and then just layered with color pencils.  I am really enjoying doing these small format portraits.