Secret Solstice Gifts: More Poe

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© 2014 Mellanie Collins
5″x 7″
ink and markers on bristol

The other day I posted about the Secret Solstice gifts I made last month.  Here’s the second gift I made.  This was for my old mail art pal Annette.  We’ve traded a bit here and there for about five years now.   I knew she was a Poe fan and since I’d been drawing a lot of Edgar Allan Poe portraits this year I felt it would be pretty easy to do another.  This one is 5″ x 7″.  It was nice to work a little larger than I’m used to.

One more gift to go…coming soon.

 

ATC: Something Is Not Right

ATC: Something Is Not Right

© 2014 Mellanie Collins
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink and markers on bristol

Here’s another film noir-inspired ink portrait. This woman is checking over her shoulder because she thinks perhaps she saw something odd out of the corner of her eye. Or not.

 

ATC: Poe Caricature

Poe Caricature

© 2014 Mellanie Collins
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink and markers on bristol

I received another request for a Poe artist trading card. Folks sure like their Poe. I think I might have made this one a bit chubby.

To any of you who have liked my Facebook Page: Hugs and kisses to you all. I already have 122 fans and counting. It’ makes me so happy to have so many people following my work.

This month I’ve been working on some gifts for a Secret Solstice swap on IllustratedAtcs.com. I have three partners so I’ve been busy trying to make some special goodies for them. Once they’ve received their gifts I’ll post some images here.

I love making art for people. It’s all part of the equation isn’t. Make + Share = Fulfillment. At least that’s the equation that’s working for me right now.

Quiet Months

boston-terrier-drawing-by-mellanie-collins
2.5″ X 3.5″
ink and markers on bristol
Kitten - Artist-Trading-Card-drawing-by- Mellanie Collins
Kitten
2.5″ X 3.5″
ink on bristol
portrait-drawing-of-woman-noir-style-by-Mellanie-Collins
Suspicious
2.5″ X 3.5″
ink and markers on bristol

Not much going on in March and April.  Too much useless introspection and not enough art-making.

The plan for May is to fret less and draw and paint more.

We’ll see what happens.

 

29 Faces Challenge Highlights: Days 20 – 28 + bonus

I’ve finished the challenge! I’m so proud of myself. I’ve never completed an art challenge before. I usual drop it by day 10 or so, but this time I did all 29 faces. One for each day of the month and one extra. Here are what I think are the best of the drawings I did for days 20 – 29. The last image is a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe I made for an ATC trade.

Day 20  2.5″ x 3.5″ ink on bristol
Day 20
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol
Day 21 - Joy 2.5″ x 3.5″ ink on bristol
Day 21 – Joy
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol
Audrey Portrait - cross-hatching portrait
Day 26 – Audrey
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol
Edgar Allan Poe ink portrait
Day 29 – Poe
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol

Thanks to all the challenge participants who came by to check out my work. And thanks to all of you new followers out there. It’s so cool to know that people are actually seeing my work! Soon I’ll post a collage of all the faces I made for the challenge: the good, the bad, and the ugly!

Until then, happy drawing!

29 Faces Challenge: Highlights of Days 13-19

Cowboy for my art pal Joan
Day 16 – Cowboy for Joan
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol

I’ve manage to stay more or less on track with the 29 Faces Art Challenge. It’s the 21st and I’ve done 19 faces so far.  Here are my favorites from Days 13-19.

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Day 18 – Introspective
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol

I pretty excited! I think I’ll manage to complete the challenge. A definite sea change. What if I can commit to working on something everyday for the rest of the year? Whoa, I better not get ahead of myself.

Day19
Day 19 – John Cusak for my art pal Amy
2.5″ x 3.5″
ink on bristol

I’m very pleased with this John Cusak sketch. It’s for my dear friend Amy who encouraged me to take this challenge. It took a long time to get the likeness. At first he kept coming out looking like Kevin Spacey. Oh well, I’m pleased and Amy is pleased and another ATC goes out in the mail. It’s so lovely to share art with friends.

Check out other artist taking the challenge:

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Celebrating Myself in March

simple line drawing of Mellanie Collins

Who is this grumpy woman?  It’s me!  Only I’m really not grumpy. I’m just looking a little to intensely at my mirror.  It doesn’t really look like the beginning of a celebration, does it?  But it is.

During my birthday month,  I’m making a conscious effort to focus on the things I like about myself instead of finding more things to improve.  Why not take a stab at celebrating who I am.  Drawing, as always, is a great way to start.

IWhat kinds of things do yo do for yourself on your birthday.  Do you ever celebrate for the whole month or the whole week?