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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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: