Today was interesting in a very hard to explain way. I couldn't fall asleep till very early and then I didn't want to wake up till very late. I got a sizably late start on my creature for the day and being forced to take many breaks to tend to the the little ones, I didn't get the card done until just before the kids bed time. I ran out of the middle grade led I had been using. It was so whittled down I wasn't sure what grade it was. The best I could find in my supplies was an H. I would have preferred a B. It is becoming clear that I need to stock up on leads and organize them better. Starting with a lighter grade led can lead to a more realistic image but adds to the time it takes to produce the image dramatically. There is less dramatic contrast and more subtle tonalities, for better or worse. I am hoping to have the opportunity to go by the new Blick art store in Portland on the 26th when I have to be there for a va voc rehab appointment. Two birds with one stone kinda thing.
My goal with this card was to maintain a positive level of cute. From my Facebook discussion of cuteness I tried to amplify the scale of the eye glare. I also noticed, while looking at some deviant art, that many of the cute things have practically no neck. Those were the properties I tried to utilize in this drawing.
Final bid 784 credits. This card will be sent to Illinois to live with Yang and Mizz Thang.
This card was named Yang. It is the Great Dane sized dog like animal of Mizz Thang of Tang (see card 7.) This creature would be a lavender purple color.
Today's card was a lot of fun. As I started to draw it I noticed that it could possibly be something both ways so I tried to make the card into a different creature depending on how you look at it. I think one side is a bit too profound. Ash said it just looks upside-down... out of the mouths of babes. If you focus right you can see the guy I was trying for or at least I hope you can. I can but I drew it so I know what to look for. I hope it is something like that old bunny duck picture. One way it's a duck and one way it's a bunny. Once you see it you can't forget it. The first guy has a separated nose sleeve that reminds me of an ant eater and a wort hog combined. I tried to figure out what I could do to try to get it to look more distinctly separate. This was what I came up with. What do you think?
Final bid 358 credits. This will be sent to New York.
I'm so happy I went back to the free association creatures :) I feel much better about the outcome even if they take more time to manage. I started with the orb as an eye form and continued down. Perhaps because my son has taken a liking to watching Spongebob, I was inspired to turn this into a snail like creature. To me the mouth is holding the orb... perhaps blowing a bubble or eating something, but that will be up to the winner.
Final bid 2520 credits.
This card will be living in New York. Named "Caesura"
You are witnessing a sentient nematode preforming a long awaited feat of spontaneous asexual reproduction. This is the begging stage. The infant is produced out of the parents mouth.
I've been meaning to post this for a while but kept getting distracted and side tracked. I wanted to share with you a photo fix I was commissioned to do. First you will see the image of the original photograph. It was very small and had substantial damage. I scanned the image at a very high resolution and fixed it in Photoshop. The last image is the final stage where the client was satisfied. I enjoy these. They can be quite a challenge. Enjoy!
The dynamics of the cards are interesting to me. When I feel like I'm trying too hard I can't accomplish anything that satisfies me. Other people tell me it's good or adequate but I want better than adequate. Today I feel much better about the final image. I went back to free association drawing. When I look at it I think maybe it could have used a few more teeth, but I am satisfied. It's nice to be satisfied :)
Thanks for reading. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Final bid 256 credits. This card will live with Miss Thang & Yang in Illinois.This creature is a chartreuse dog/iguana like creature named Ying. It is owned by Mizz Thang from Tang (See Card #7) for more information.
I saw this figure in the random spots of my bathroom floor. She was peering back at me and I had to draw her. I don't feel like this week's cards have been as good as the first two. I have been told by a friend that I am being too hard on myself. I suppose the auction will tell the reality of it. If people are not interested then I will need to redirect my concepts. I am sensing that things that are too normal are not as appealing.
I think I'm going to go back to the free-association drawings tomorrow. I have one for the creature support page I might post it tomorrow. I have been hunting for my Prisma colored pencils and I just can't find them. I colored the new support card with Crayola colored pencils. The colors are subtle but reasonable. I have a container of watercolored color pencils... but they haven't been opened yet. I'm not sure if I should try them or sell them. I don't really know how to use them and I'm feeling more broke every day. I think I'll see what I could get for them on Ebay and decide based on that. Perhaps I will do all the support cards in different mediums to see what people like (since I never can tell until I try)
Thanks for reading. Have a great day!
Final bid 21 credits. This card will live in Oregon with #2 and #15.
Here is today's creature. I really like his wings. I think I need more practice on body's. Perhaps I shouldn't be trying to make it so human like.
It seems the audience also agree'd that this was, in no way, my best work. I'm contemplating replacing this card when the book comes around.
Final bid 21 credits.
Sorry for the day late blog. I got very busy yesterday and didn't get a chance to put this out. Hopefully I can let you know about some of the plans in place created yesterday. Some fabulous possibilities await. Only time will tell if they will become fruitful realities. Thanks for your time!
Final bid 202 credits. This card is going to Washington state to my best collector!
The last few days have been a roller coaster for me. Up down up down. Today happened to be a down. When I was working on this card I could tell that my mood was affecting the card, or at least my perception of the card. I worked and worked and was just not satisfied. Finally I added a thick dark outline around the whole creature and some of the back sections. I feel better about it now. I am interested to see how the bidding goes. I'm okay with it, but not as happy as some of the others. I started with the shell. I need to go back to starting with the eyes I think. Thanks for listening.
Final bid 238 credits. This card is going to Kentucky.
Today was packed full of activities! I was able to get this card done after dropping my daughter off at school. I had to go to the post office after that to mail a number of Listia.com auctions. I found out the way I package the creature cards they require additional postage. something in the area of .67c a piece. I bought a number of washington 20c stamps so I can send some of them from home instead of having to go to the post office every day.
I got a great call from the portland devision of Raw artists. I'll post more on it soon once I get my profile worked on there and can site the show details I'll be involved in February! Such a roller coaster to go from a denial letter one day to admittance the next.
This card was inspired by James and the giant peach. We watched it before bed last night. The spider on it has two eyes in the same socket and I thought that was super cool. So I gave it a try today. Hope you like it!
Final bid 256 credits. This will be going to Washington state (with many other cards)!
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