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!

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?

Fall is here. Back to Blogging…

ATC:  Langelbleu (traded)

Hello there! Can’t believe it’s September already. Now that summer is almost over I feel a little more like spending more time at the computer. I’ve spent most of August trading a lot of custom portraits on atcsforall.com and illustratedatcs.com. It’s been challenging and fun.

Here’s one of the cards that I made for a trade on illustratedatcs.com.  I like the way the eyes turned out in this portrait. I’m still not comfortable with watercolor, but it’s not bad. Just a year ago I was so terrified of watercolor. I’m so glad I decided to just get over myself and give it a try. Perhaps I’ll be able to take a class next year, but right now I’m just going with my instincts.

I’ll post a few more of these portrait cards next week.

Thanks for stopping by!

ATC: Self-portrait in Indigo

2.5" x 3.5"  watercolor
2.5" x 3.5" watercolor

For a recent trade I was asked to do an artist trading card of half of a face.  So I used the least expensive and most available model I know–me!

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!

Mysterious Ladies

His Ex
His Ex
ATC - pen and markers
40s Beauty

Here are two of my favorite artist trading cards from the stack I made last week. I’ve been making custom cards and drawing cards for themed swaps, but these I made just for fun. I traded the 40s Beauty on the right, but I’ve decided to keep the one on the left. I’m still admiring the job I did on the hair. I’m getting a lot of mileage out of my three gray Copic markers. I am starting to feel a little tight and cramped drawing these miniatures though. It’s time to take a break and do some larger things.

Another big project for me last week was organizing my blog list. I just put all of my blogs on Google reader and found that I am trying to follow 55 blogs! How did that happen? Fortunately it’s summer and most people aren’t blogging as often. But what am I going to do once all the vacations are over?! I’ve tried to reduce the number, but as soon as I drop one, I find another two to add. *lays head on desk*