Enjoyed making this ATC for a trading partner I got acquainted with on my art trading site. Turns out we are both Tom Hiddleston fans, so she requested a drawing of him as Loki from Marvel’s Thor series and I was happy to oblige.
I’ve never had much luck drawing Mr. Hiddleston, but this time it worked out. So thanks out there to Therese in S. Africa. Your Hiddles card is on it’s way to you.
Happy Fourth of July to my U.S. friends! Enjoy the long weekend.
Rosa Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) the legendary civil rights activist would have been 100 years old this year. While many people know of her role as catalyst of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and as an icon of the Civil Rights Movement, many people are not aware that her career as an activist started before her arrest in 1955. At least I didn’t.
Here’s an interesting interview w/ Jeanne Theoharis, a Rosa Parks biographer conducted by Gwen Ifill on the PBS NewsHour detailing the beginnings of her life as a civil rights and community activist:
Bessie Coleman (1892 – 1926) was the first woman to earn an International Aviation License and the first African-American licensed pilot.
Born in Texas, Bessie was the 10th of 13 children. Unhappy with small town life in Texas, she moved to Chicago in 1915 to join her brother and make a life for herself. She learned the beautician’s trade, but what she really wanted to do was be a flier.
Being a woman, and black, she couldn’t find anyone who would teach her fly. On the advice of a friend she decided to go to France and learn to fly there. She saved and raised money, learned some French, and arrived in France in 1920. She received her aviation license in 1921.
After earning her license, Bessie made her living as an exhibition flier, occasional parachutist, and lecturer. Unfortunately her life was cut short by a crash during a test flight in 1926.
You can get a better idea of Ms. Coleman’s struggles, achievements, and her legend by reading her bio on BessieColeman.com.
I just finished this card I did for a monthly trade on Atcsforall.com. We’re assigned a partner and make a card they might like based on information they provide in a profile. This drawing is of my partner’s granddaughter.
I think I did okay here. I was trying to capture a sense of innocence in the eyes. It’s hard to do. When I’ve tried before the poor kids in the drawings just look surprised or startled.
Working on these cards really helps me sort out drawing problems. The white of the paper is so less intimidating when it’s the size of a baseball card, and I find that I don’t feel so bad about chucking a piece or “wasting” media when I’m working on them.
What I love the most is the feedback that I get from the people I trade with. It feels so good to know that you’ve made something that people cherish.
I made this artist trading card by request. I’ve had a number of people ask me for self-portrait cards when we arrange personal trades. That surprises me since I’m a complete stranger to them. But I suppose that doesn’t matter if you like the drawing.
I did this from a photo I found of myself most likely taken during my brooding late teen years or my early 2o’s. You couldn’t pay me to be that young again. I like being in my 40’s, thank you very much!