Ballpoint Pen Sketch: Something Serious

Something Serious

pen and paper, 5 x7 inches

Instead of filling requests for portraits, I’ve been filling up my sketchbook with ballpoint pen drawings.  Here’s one I thought came out quite well.  As always, Michael is my ever-patient model.  He looks like he’s thinking about something pretty serious, but I think he’s just asleep.

Every Day in May: Day 19 – Frankenstein ATC

ATC:  Frank for Coop (Traded)
2.5″ x 3.5″ pen and markers

Last month one of my card trading pals, Coop, recruited me for a mail art project he has going.  He is collecting images of the Frankenstein monster in all styles and media.  I finally got around to making his card on Day 19.  I wanted to capture the sadness and loneliness of the monster.

Mr. Coop has started a new blog,  A Patchwork of Flesh to document his project.   If you are a fan of Frankenstein, definitely check it out.   Frank is drawn, painted, collaged, felted and cross-stitched.   There are some great children’s drawings featured too.

He told me that he already has about 50 cards and more are coming in.  If you’d like to participate in this mailart project click here for details.

More Ink and Watercolor: Looking Forward

ATC:  Looking Forward II
2.5" x 3.5" ink and watercolor

My watercolor experiments continue.  So far my favorite colors for portraits are:

  • scarlet lake
  • raw sienna
  • golden yellow
  • french ultramarine
  • violet
  • a touch of burnt sienna

I mix scarlet lake and raw sienna on the palette for the base color.  After that I go wet into wet and and apply an individual color on the painting moving it around to see how it looks.  I let it dry for a bit and then apply another color.

I’m getting so excited about this medium!  Do any of you have any favorite instruction videos to recommend?  If you could leave them for me  in the comments section I’d really appreciate it.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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 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.

ATCs: Baby Girl

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

I just finished this card I did for a monthly trade on  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.

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.