Every Day in May: Day 29 – Another Batch of HP ATCs

On my Day 29 I made three more Harry Potter character cards for a swap on AtcsforAll.com.  This swap is a blast.  There are some great cards being made so I decided to make  six cards to get back six.   Here are Cho Chang, Harry Potter, and Pansy Parkinson.

Harry Potter Swap II

Every Day in May: Day 8 – Pug ATC

2.5" x 3.5" colored pencil
2.5" x 3.5" colored pencil

After doing a number of sketches last week I finished my friend Robin’s card.   She supplied me with a few pictures of her pug and put this together.  Here are a few sketches I mentioned in another post:

2.5" x 3.5" graphite pencil
2.5" x 3.5" graphite pencil

My main focus was on the eyes and capturing the guilty expression the dog had.   I showed her a scan of it and she thought it was cute.

Every Day in May: Day 6 – Truck Sketch

4" x 5.5"  graphite and watercolor pencil
4" x 5.5" graphite and watercolor pencil

I spotted this truck  while taking one of my walks.  I did a few quick sketches and then took a few pictures and worked on it from home.   I haven’t used my watercolor pencils in a while so I played around with them here.  I love these old trucks.   They have so much character.

Every Day in May – Day 4 – Another Pug Sketch

graphite pencil
graphite pencil

I’m still doing sketches for an artist trading card for a friend of mine.   I’m working on getting just the right expression.   I’m not really a dog person, but the more I study the reference photos I was given, the more I appreciate this dog.  He’s awfully cute.  Perhaps that’s why I always spend a lot of time making sketches for cards before I do final drawings and coloring or paint.  I feel like I get some sort of connection with the subject before I let it go.  It could just be something like really loving a line under a nose, or the way a curve indents when you think it shouldn’t.

Drawing is ultimately about paying attention and being present.  When I am walking around throughout the day, I have a tendancy to rush about and only take a cursory look at things.  I notice just what I need to notice and move on.  Maybe that’s why I can be so compulsive about drawing.  It’s practically the only time I pay real attention to things and ultimately find so much appreciation for them.   Drawing grounds me like nothing else.

Every Day In May – Days 1-3

Hurray!  I’m on track for Every Day in May.  Here’s a round-up of drawings I did over the weekend.

Friday, May 1:

2.5" x 3.5" scratchboard
2.5" x 3.5" scratchboard

A friend of mine gave me some scratchboard paper cut to ATC size.  It had been sitting on my drawing desk for a few weeks and I finally just dove into it.  I’d never used the paper before,  so I had no specific tools  to work work with.  I just knew that I had to find something to scratch the ink off the paper.   I didn’t feel like going to the art supply store to find something suitable.  I knew I would end up with some expensive tool that I would only use once and then consign to my art supply graveyard.  So I found an old needle and a box cutter and set out to draw a cat.

Now this is most likely NOT how you do this, but this is how I went about it.

First I destroyed a piece of scratchboard by experimenting with my tools.  I realized that the tip of the blade on my knife  made a very fine line  and that I could go about making the same strokes that I made when using a pen.

After that I grabbed another card and drew a rough sketch in pencil on the surface of the scratchboard.  I then just worked my way around the sketch, just as if I were using a fine point pen.  It’s a bit messy, but I not bad for a first effort.  Just a bit of fun and it was nice to try something new.

If you are interested in how you are supposed to work in scratchboard, check out this tutorial. I found it a great overview explaining the materials and tools you need.

Saturday, May 2

 2.5" x 3.5"  white colored pencil on black paper
2.5" x 3.5" white colored pencil on black paper

I’m making cards for a swap with a Black and White theme,  so I made this card.  I skipped the scratchboard and just did a drawing with white colored pencil on black paper.

Sunday, May 3

2.5" x 3.5" graphite pencil
2.5" x 3.5" graphite pencil

Here are some sketches I did Sunday for a card I’m making for a personal trade.   My partner collects cards featuring her pug and she sent me some pictures to work from.   I’m having fun with my sketches.  Now I must work on the final card.  I’ll be posting it here when it’s done.

Well, so far so good.  Now what to do for Monday’s drawing?

Joining up for Every Day in May

french toast girl

French Toast Girl does this every year and I remember a lot of Everyday Matters folks doing it last year.  The idea is that you do your art every single day for the month of May.  It doesn’t have to be great.   The thing is to do it.  She  even has an Every Day In May Flickr page set up so that you can share your work  with others.

I saw this on Karen Blados’ sketchblog and decided that this was my year to commit to this.  I really need something to get myself drawing again.   I’ve been doing so many artist trading cards that I’ve let my drawing practice slide.
So I’ll be drawing away, and while I may not post everyday, I’ll definitely scan each drawing I make and put them here.  I hope to have fun with this.