Today would be a close second for the busiest day of my year so far. It was one of the most exhausting. I really notice the drain when I don't get my daily nap with Kaleb lol. I don't sleep as much at night since I get a nap but without the nap I'm hurting. Today I was able to get in to see the va dentist on an emergency basis. They are trying to treat me while my referral is still in effect. If I used regular appointments they are so booked up I wouldn't get any work done in time. This morning I got fitted for a mouth guard, received two fillings, and a deep cleaning all before noon! They will have me back in a week or so to get about 4 more cavities filled and make sure the mouth guard fits nicely. Needless to say, by the time we got home I was exhausted, but I had to work on my card :) I have been wanting to make an an angry face. I've never been good at anger faces. I find them to be particularly complex. I pulled out my facial expression and cartooning books and worked and worked. I tried to make it with an open mouth but that was a failure, so I transitioned to the angry snarl with a closed mouth. Honestly there are parts about it I like and parts I'm not entirely satisfied with, but for a first time angry face I feel pretty good. It was hard to keep my eyes open and the exhaustion of the day made the card harder to draw. I noticed while I was drawing that I kept scrunching up my face to try to feel the expression as if my face would make the drawing better. Whenever I post the cards I see details I would still work on, like I could have sunk the eyes in more, but when one is making something new every day there isn't a lot of time to perfect it. I have to accept them as done without getting the chance to stare at them for hours like I do on my portraits.
I'm a little concerned about the smaller ATC standard cards. I will start them tomorrow and give it a try for at least all of February. They are dramatically smaller and I will be inclined to work on them like I do on my miniatures. Extreme details takes a lot of time and is challenging, normally in a fun way. I'm hoping to conquer the intimation factor and make some good work. We will just have to wait to see how it turns out :) Thanks for stopping by.
Final bid 500 credits. This card is going to Idaho.
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