ATCs: Bulldog Drawing

ATC: Bulldog (traded)

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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.



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.

ATCs: Attempts at Whimsy

(Click on the thumbnails for larger picture)

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  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.

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

Branching Out

ATC - Moonlight III - Traded
Moonlight III

I’ve plunged headlong into ATC trading.  I think I’m not far from being addicted.  I’m been haunting Artist Trading Card forums, meeting people, signing up for swaps–Whew!– and now I’m a bit bleary eyed.   I’ve been trading cards as fast as I can make them. This owl is on its way to its new home in the Czech Republic.

I won’t go on and on about ATCs.  I’ll just say that they have been a fun way to move out of my comfort zone.   By signing up for swaps (group trades) with different themes I can make pieces that I would never have thought of making in a larger format.

But the thing I really enjoy is one on one trading with people.   I have met some of the coolest people through these trades and received some really beautiful miniature pieces of art.

If you are interested in finding out more about ATCs, or you have a stack that you might like to trade check out these sites.  The members are artists at all levels and everyone is so helpful and friendly:
Monday Artday ATCs

Tagged: Random Stuff

Grumpy Turtle

I took a picture of this grumpy looking fella on my last trip to the zoo.  I did this drawing in colored pencil in my everyday sketchbook.   My intention was to do this again using more textured paper.  If you click on the picture you can see the full-sized scan. Unfortunately I can never manage to adjust the color to match color pencil when I scan. His expression comes through though and I think I nailed it well.

Sarah tagged me last week. I am now revealing my seven random things. Here goes:

  1. I still can’t tell the difference between a Firebird and a Camaro.
  2. I don’t have a cell phone. In fact, I still use a dial phone.
  3. My favorite movie decade: 1940s!
  4. I flunked Drawing 101 in college.
  5. About 10 years ago I got a sudden anxiety about crossing bridges. I couldn’t cross by foot or bike. This proved difficult because our city is split down the middle by a river. I eventually got over it, but I never figured out what triggered it.
  6. I own 5 pairs of shoes (six if you count slippers).
  7. My favorite breakfast cereal is Apple Jacks.

Thanks for the tag Sarah. I’m now going to tag Col/Ann/Sandjida/Paul Please don’t feel obligated. I was just thinking of you guys.

I’m behind in my tags. I have one more that I am embarrassed to realize I got in February. What happened to March?  Now April is almost over! Sheesh!

Thanks for stopping by! I really appreciate the support and all of your lovely comments. My drawing is really improving and I know it’s because I’m feeling more confident in my ability. I have you lovely readers to thank for that! Bye for now.

More Daffodils: EDM 76

I have only a slightly sunburned neck and these daffodils to remind me of the glorious 78 degree sunny Saturday last. Now its cold and rainy again. Anyway, enough with my complaints about the manic-depressive weather patterns around here. I sat and worked on more flower drawings. This is the best of the lot.

I started with a pen drawing and then painted everything with acrylics. After that I used watercolor pencils. I hope that someday I can capture that amazing radiant yellow that makes daffodils the cheery flowers they are.