Mysterious Ladies

His Ex
His Ex
ATC - pen and markers
40s Beauty

Here are two of my favorite artist trading cards from the stack I made last week. I’ve been making custom cards and drawing cards for themed swaps, but these I made just for fun. I traded the 40s Beauty on the right, but I’ve decided to keep the one on the left. I’m still admiring the job I did on the hair. I’m getting a lot of mileage out of my three gray Copic markers. I am starting to feel a little tight and cramped drawing these miniatures though. It’s time to take a break and do some larger things.

Another big project for me last week was organizing my blog list. I just put all of my blogs on Google reader and found that I am trying to follow 55 blogs! How did that happen? Fortunately it’s summer and most people aren’t blogging as often. But what am I going to do once all the vacations are over?! I’ve tried to reduce the number, but as soon as I drop one, I find another two to add. *lays head on desk*

Portrait Swap with Ujwala

Portrait Swap - Ujwala

I just completed my first portrait swap. Aside from a little nail biting it went great. My swap was with Ujwala from draw the line. We thought it would be fun to combine a portrait swap for the Portrait Party blog with an ATC exchange. Here is my entry. It took a lot of sketching to get what I thought was a good likeness from the photo that she forwarded to me. Then the challenge was drawing the final image on a 2.5″ x 3.5″ card and working out the tones on her face. I’m really proud of the result.

If you’ve followed Ujwala’s blog you know that she is all about trying new things and challenging herself. For her first ATC she made an acrylic painting. Wow! You can see her painting of me here. She’s inspired me to try painting a few cards myself, and to try a few new techniques to stretch myself more.

So thanks Ujwala! It will be so great to get my card. I’ll have another piece of art for my collection and a souvenir of a great experience.

I would love to do this again. If anyone would like to do a swap with me sometime, let me know.

Trading My Cards

Hi there everyone. Last week I started trading my art cards. It’s a blast. I’ve traded almost every card I’ve made. I made a few today. Here are two I made using my new comic book style:

Just a quick touch-up

I’ve already traded the one on the right. Minutes after I posted it, I had someone offer a wonderful piece for it. Is that cool, or what?

I’ve also been working on a portrait swap with Ujwala over at Draw the Line. I can’t wait to share that withMysterious woman you all.

Thanks for coming by and checking out my work. If it weren’t for your comments I wouldn’t have started trading these cards. So I am very grateful to you all.

Until next time, take care of yourselves. For all of you in the U.S. have a great Fourth of July.

One Last “Office” Drawing: Dawn

The Longsuffering Dawn Tinsley

This is the last in this “The Office” series of drawings. Here is the long suffering Dawn Tinsley played by Lucy Davis. She’s the gal who gives zombie impersonation lessons in Shaun of the Dead. Fun movie by the way.

I really love doing these achromatic pieces. I know most people love color, but I’m attracted to the simplicity of black and white. I think it’s because I’ve been addicted to black and white movies for as long as I can remember. But I think I need to do something with a little color to perk things up around here. But I make no promises…

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More “The Office” Drawings

David Brent

I got such lovely responses for my last “The Office” drawings that I sat down and did some more. Here’s my drawing of Ricky Gervais as David Brent, “a motivator and an entertainer.”

I had a really difficult time with this and I’m still not pleased. I was really trying to get that fake smile he does and I don’t think I was able to get it. But I have a stack of worse ones and frankly I’m pretty tired of looking at the guy so I’m moving on.

I’m glad to say that I have never had a boss like this, but I do know people who have.
Quick Sketch David Brent

I thought I would include a thumbnail of the pencil sketch I did before transferring and inking the drawing.

Coming soon: Dawn Tinsley

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Goofing Around: My BBC “The Office” Drawings

Gareth, BBC \A few weeks ago I stumbled upon the old BBC television show “The Office”. I’m always watching these old television shows way after they’ve been off the air and nobody else cares.

The DVDs were at the library and I figured why not give it a try. The first episode put me in a state of shock, but I had to keep watching. Often I found myself yelling at the characters, “PLEASE STOP TALKING! OH PLEASE, UNNGUH! oh please stop,” and then hiding my face behind a pillow. I made my husband watch it with me because I was afraid to watch alone.

I love this train wreck of a show. We’ve watched the complete series (mercifully short , only two seasons and a special/finale) more than once. I see bits of myself in practically every character (which totally makes me squirm). I can’t say I’ve ever watched anything that moved me to equal measures of hostility and ultimately compassion.

Tim  \The actors are great. They have such wonderful faces that I had to draw them. Here are two drawings that turned out. The drawing above is Mackenzie Crook as Gareth Keenan: team leader and survivalist. The drawing to the left is Martin Freeman as Tim Canterbury, sales clerk and classic underachiever.

The drawing was a fun exercise. There was lots of messy, ugly pencilling and then a 005 Micron marker and cool gray Copic markers. I just can’t do ink washes. I can’t even try. I just won’t.

I like the clean look of these. But I think that’s because I know what the messy pencilling looked like before I erased it.

Thanks for stopping by! I should have more drawings to post soon.

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