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…

Every Day in May: Day 15 – Drawing for Myself – WIP 2

EDIM - 15 - WIP 2
5" x 7" india ink and wash

Here’s the second day of work with this drawing I started yesterday.  I’m using india ink instead of just using the gray markers I’ve been using.   I inked the sketch with a brush instead of a pen.  Now I wish I had used a dip pen.  But there will be other opportunities.  It’s coming together.  I’ll work on it more tomorrow.

Every Day in May: Day 14 – Drawing for Myself – WIP

EDIM - 14a - WIP

Yesterday I got out my neglected watercolor moleskine book and set out to do a project just for myself.  Back in February I was looking through photos on Flickr and came across this self-portrait by Dominic Perry .  He gave me permission to use the photo as a reference.   I told him that I was primarily interested in the hair and eyes and that I would most likely change the pose.

I finally got around to working on the drawing yesterday.  I’m not sure if I want to do this as a painting, or just an ink and wash drawing.   I’m pleased with this initial rough sketch.   In the photograph the subject has, in my opinion, a rather defiant and cocky expression.   As I sketched  and kind of searched about for what I would do, I decided to try to make my character a bit world-weary and defeated.  Michael says he looks like someone who’s been waiting at the airport too long.  I suppose that I could call it  Stand-by.

I’ll see how this goes.   I’ll post my progress.  I just hope it doesn’t end up a disaster.

Every Day in May: Day 12 – More ATCs

2.5" x 3.5" watercolor and colored pencil
2.5" x 3.5" watercolor and colored pencil

I’m still working on this dreaded IllustratedAtcs.com PAT.    One of the themes is the Welsh goddess-queen  Rhiannon.  She has a pretty sad tale.   Her child disappeared when she was asleep and her ladies-in-waiting, fearing they would be blamed,  killed a puppy and smeared the blood on Rhiannon while she was sleeping.  They them laid the bones around her to make it look like she killed her own child.  Dang,  those Welsh myths are pretty gruesome. Well, she was punished and forced to spend her days sitting by the gates of her castle  and carry guests up to the castle on her back.

Well I came up with this.  As you can see, I’m no illustrator.  Rhiannon is associated with a white horse and the number 7 so I included them in the picture in an attempt to identify her.  Well, two more to go.

Every Day in May: Day 11 – Playing Catch-Up with ATCs

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

I’ve been working on sketches for cards I have due soon.  I’ve been having a heck of a time.  I signed up for something called a PAT or Pick-a-Theme.  You sign up for a group (usually about 5 people) and each group member chooses a theme for the others to work on.   Well, when I signed up for it two months ago I was all for moving out of my comfort zone and not being afraid, yadda, yadda…Anyway, now they are due soon and I’m panicking!

I’ve been making sketches, which I will not share, and I managed my first card on Monday.  It’s supposed to be a “wisdom-filled crone.”   I think I did pretty well considering I was working from my imagination.  Maybe she looks more cynical than wise.  I don’t know.

Well, three more cards to go.

Every Day in May: Day 10 – Orchid Show Drawings

4"x5" pen and watercolor pencil
4"x5" pen and watercolor pencil

(click the image to see a larger, sharper view)

I skipped day nine,  but I’m back on with Day 10.  I went to my first orchid show on Sunday.  I had never been to a flower show and I wanted some new things to draw so I went.

EDIM - 10a

I took a few pictures to use for drawing and made these drawings in my moleskine when I got home.   I found them awfully intimidating.  I stuck with it though.

pen and watercolor pencil
pen and watercolor pencil