Every Day In May: Day 31 – It’s Over


My last entry for Every Day in May is a drawing I did of Michael relaxing in the sun wearing his favorite sunglasses.  He is wonderful about sitting for me.

Since doing this Every Day in May exercise I feel more inspired to go back to my everyday sketchbook drawing.    I got so caught up in my card trading hobby that my regular drawing practice really suffered.

But I can’t give up artist trading cards.  At last count I have 206 cards. It’s so addictive, I can’t imagine not trading.


Every Day in May: Day 30 – Gardening Sketches

4"x6" graphite
4"x6" graphite

Saturday I did a lot of gesture sketches and tried capturing Michael as he worked in our yard.

4" x 6"
4" x 6" pen and ink

Here are the best of the sketches, at least they look human.  Michael was able to recognize himself, which was a good sign.  I love this kind of sketching where you focus on what you are seeing and not bothering about the result.

Every Day in May: Day 28 – Just Sketchin’

sketchbook page - graphite
sketchbook page - graphite

For Day 28 I sketched some mastiffs for some ATCs I’m making for a friend.   Wow, can’t believe that May is almost over.

Are any of you avoiding certain projects because it is May.  I know that I am.  A friend of mine gave me a starter set of OPEN acrylics, those new slower-drying paints.  I’ve been wanting to experiment with them, but I didn’t want to mess with my drawing schedule for May.  I had already projected how awful my little paintings would be and I didn’t want to feel obligated to post them.  I can be so silly…

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 22-24

Day 22

2.5" x 3.5"  pen and markers
2.5" x 3.5" pen and markers

For Day 22 I made this artist trading card.  It’s adapted from this photo I found on Morguefile.  Morguefile offers free photos that can be used for commercial and private projects.   I’ve liked this picture for a while so I decided to do a drawing of it.

Day 23

pen and watercolor pencil
pen and watercolor pencil

The next day I did a bunch of quick sketches of roses blooming in my backyard.  I started out with the continuous line drawings below, then I got out my watercolor pencils and colored come of my sketches.  It was a day to just scribble and sketch and not worry about the outcomes.

Day 23aDay 24

2.5" x 3.5" pen and markers
2.5" x 3.5" pen and markers

I did a bunch of sketches and came up for this drawing for a card for a trade.  I’m not sure if I’ll send it.  I may just chuck it and make another.  But it was what I did for Day 24.

Every Day in May: Day 21 – Mysterious Man ATC

2.5" x 3.5" watercolor
2.5" x 3.5" watercolor

Here’s another artist trading card.   I was watching  an old movie called  Ten Minutes to Live , which is a 1932 independent film by African American film director Oscar Micheaux.  It was included in a box of public domain DVDs we bought a while back.  There was this scene where the villian is coming down a flight of stairs.  I loved the way it was lit, so I paused the film and made a rough value map and a quick sketch altering his features to make him a more romantic sort of mysterious stranger.  Later I did this drawing and painted it with indigo blue watercolor.

Every Day in May: Day 19 – Frankenstein ATC

ATC:  Frank for Coop (Traded)
2.5″ x 3.5″ pen and markers

Last month one of my card trading pals, Coop, recruited me for a mail art project he has going.  He is collecting images of the Frankenstein monster in all styles and media.  I finally got around to making his card on Day 19.  I wanted to capture the sadness and loneliness of the monster.

Mr. Coop has started a new blog,  A Patchwork of Flesh to document his project.   If you are a fan of Frankenstein, definitely check it out.   Frank is drawn, painted, collaged, felted and cross-stitched.   There are some great children’s drawings featured too.

He told me that he already has about 50 cards and more are coming in.  If you’d like to participate in this mailart project click here for details.

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 www.whitehouse.gov.

Every Day in May: Days 16 & 17 – Completed WIP

Day 17 – Finished

EDIM - 17 - WIP (final)
5" x 7" india ink

For days 16 and 17 I worked more on this drawing that I adapted from this self-portrait by Dominic Perry.   I’ll call it finished.    Here is a mini-gallery so that you can see the progression of the picture.

First there is the rough pencil sketch, then the initial inking, erasing of the pencil marks, and a light wash to shape things.   The next day I applied washes to  build the tones, shape the face, and add shadows to the shirt.    On the final day I added more hair to the right side to round out the skull.  After that, I worked more on his shirt and face.

So that completes my WIP.   I love watching people’s work in stages so I tried it myself.  Hope you found it interesting.

Now on to Day 18!  I have a stack of artist trading cards to do…