Tagged! Six Random Things

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

I was tagged by Mary at Artsy Musings and so to get back into the swing of things around here I thought I’d share six random things about myself:

  1. I hate to exercise, but I’ve found that I like using a hula-hoop.   I’m just so pleased that I can keep the thing going.
  2. We got rid of our car a few years back.   My husband pushes a wheelbarrow to the grocery store.  I walk along with him to keep him company.  I have been referred to as the “Wheelbarrow Lady.”  But not often, thank goodness.  I was worried that name might stick.
  3. I’m totally addicted to making and trading ATCs.  But then that is no secret.
  4. I just completed my first portrait commission!   My client loved it!
  5. I failed drawing in college.   I eventually ended up taking accounting.  It was really more about attitude (mine) than talent.   I’m glad I came back to drawing eventually.
  6. I really can’t think of six things, how sad is that?

ATC: John Waters

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

I just did an atc trade with a lovely gentleman that I know as “Coop” on my atcsforall.com trading site.  We agreed to do a trade and asked me to draw the cult film director John Waters.    I had a hazy memory of a  guy with a big forehead and a cheesy little moustache.   It seemed like fun so I agreed and set to work right away.   I promptly fell in love with this face.   Characters like this can be so completely absorbing.   I loved building the eyes and working out the forehead.

My husband really loves this little card.  I think he was a little sad to see it go into the envelope when I sent it on its way.

More ATCs: Portrait Cards

2.5" x<br /> 3.5"  pen and markers
2.5" x 3.5" pen and markers

I’ve been doing my two favorite things: making cards and drawing portraits. I’ve been finishing up some obligations and making a few cards for gifts.  I really like the expressions that emerged on these.

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

One of the things I love the most about card trading is how excited and please people seem to be when my cards arrive.  Especially when I do a portrait of a family member.  I think it’s great that something I put together made someone happy that day. It’s so gratifying.

I love being an artist.   And I love saying that without a hint of hesitation.  Finally!

Atcs: After Durer…

2.5"x3.5"  colored pencil and markers
2.5"x3.5" colored pencil and markers

In my greed to gain a nice stack of artist trading cards I joined too many swaps.  I’ve  been doing nothing but making cards for many weeks.   I counted my cards the other day and found that I had 101.   I know that I have more on the way.  Good Lord!  That means I’ve made…. oh man, that’s a lot of cards.    It’s been good for me though.   I made it a point to sign up for themes that I found difficult and I really stretched myself.   But I had better take it  easy before I burn out.

Here’s a card I made the other day.  I tried to do an acrylic painting, but it was such a disaster!   I’ve not painted in ages and the 2.5″ x 3.5″ is a wee bit confining.  (A bit?  right…)   I like how this turned out.

I started using a Copic marker E51 Milky White for the base flesh color and then just layered with color pencils.  I am really enjoying doing these small format portraits.

Making Cards and Making Friends

ATC of a young couple

I made this card for a young woman who goes by Mangosteenskin on Monday Artday ATCs.  I love her watercolor illustrations so I asked her for a trade.  She’s from Malasyia, so she asked if I would like a portrait card of a girl wearing a Sabahan costume.  That sounded great for me and I agreed to do this portrait card for her.  It was quite a challenge to do a double portrait on a 2.5″ x 3.5″ card, but it was fun to do.   Check out Mango’s card.  It’s charming.  I can’t wait for it to arrive in the mail.

Thanks everyone for checking out my leaf painting and leaving me such great comments.  I’ll be posting more watercolor exercises soon.

Portrait Swap with Cindy Gray

7x10  ink and markers
portrait of artist Cindy Gray

I completed another portrait swap.  This time with artist Cindy Gray.  I met Cindy through Blog Catalog and she suggested that we do a swap.  I was thrilled!  I had a lot of fun doing a swap with Ujwala so I jumped at the chance to do another swap.  You can read about our swap on her blog Draw the Line.  That swap was an artist trading card exchange.  Swapping with Cindy gave me a chance to work larger. 

Here is Cindy’s portrait of me.  Wow!

A portrait of Mellanie Collins by artist Cindy Gray
A portrait of Mellanie Collins by artist Cindy Gray

Cindy does lovely work.  Do click on the image to see it in more detail.  She works digitally, then prints it on canvas.  After the canvas is stretched and breathes a bit, she applies acrylic paint to build up texture.  You can read about her process here.  Check out her portfolio as well.

Thanks Cindy for a great experience.  Your portrait is in the mail.

ATCs on Request: Black Panther

2.5"x3.5" pen, marker, watercolor pencil
2.5"x3.5" pen, markers, watercolor
I’ve been feeling rather stunned for the past few days.  I’ll blame it on all the financial turbulence.  I’m having trouble writing, but since this is a drawing blog, why don’t I just post a drawing?  I’ve not been drawing much this week, so I’ll just post  one of the cards I made not long ago.  I did this card by request.  I think I worked hard on this card than any other I have made.  I don’t like everything about it, but I am proud of the way the eyes turned out.