Graphite on 2.5" x 3.5" smooth bristol paper.
I like sketching with the very light lead but the darker leads don't want to sit on top of it right. I started with the eyes on this one but then finished with them I was really enjoying the rest of the image and didn't feel like the eyes fit after it was all said and done. I tried to alter them a bit from the original design. I like it, sans the eyes... but I suppose they add to the strangeness of the creature.
Final bid 606 credits. This one is going to Illinois.
This is Spike HD he lives in my High Definition Television and is constanly slithering about keeping everything clean and in working order. (Kinda of like my own personal Geek Squad) He eats partially recorded shows and constantly resets my TV to Pillar Box Format just to hear me cuss. I swear I hear him snickering.
I was inspired to create living seed creatures after watching the chapter on seeds of God of Wonders. They are such amazing creations! God has put so much information into each little seed. Amazing works of art from the best artist I know, God. I hope you enjoy my happy seeds.
Final bid 306 credits. This card is going to West Virginia.
I'm actually at a loss for words. I really like this card and I think it allows the viewer to make choices about it. So I will leave you to make them :)
Final bid 101 credits. This card is the first to go to West Virginia.
Creature name: Hollibug
Hollibug is female and is a loyal leo.
I started drawing this card while waiting at the dentist office. This one had a lot of transitions. The place between the horns was the starting location and was originally the eye sockets. It had three eyes and the nose area is where you see the eyes now. As it developed there became these large white areas of the nose and all at once I saw to put the eyes there instead. this transformed the creature and it took on a new life becoming what you now see. I had a lot more going on in the horn area but as I shaded it in I found that I liked it simplified to just these three shapes. I desired to have a fuller head, which would be more realistic, but then decided to pull back and leave it thin and hollow. I also had to accept the amount of white area. Having such a long day I didn't feel I had the time to contemplate anything to add to it. (I got 4 cavities filled today.)
I think it's the creepiest thing I've ever done. That is actually exciting for me. I'm terrible at creepy things, now if I could only do it on purpose. :)
Final bid 459 credits. This one will be staying in Oregon.
Today I was poking around on the internet for some inspiration. I started by binging cute but following the rabbit hole actually lead me to animal skulls. Funny how you can start out looking for one thing and end up in a completely different place. This was inspired by the skull and spine of a giraffe.
I've completely sold out of my tickets to my show! If you're local and would like to go let me know I have many tickets from people who will not be able to attend. Tickets were purchased from as far away as Canada, Britain, and Kuwait! Thanks everyone for your support. I really appreciate it.
Final bid 511 credits. This card is going to Washington.
Say hello to the newest creature! My daughter said, when she saw it, that it looked like the king of flowers. I started drawing this character in church based on the ministers shoulders (I can draw and listen very well.) You might be able to tell where the collar of his shirt was, but the rest developed freely from there. The head still looks a lot like a radish to me, and I couldn't figure out how to diminish that. Even with the radish like head I thought it was fun and went with it. I hope you like it too!
I also included a photo of myself that I took today for the Listia.com stars feature in their newsletter. Im not sure when they will be having me there but they have said that they are interested. I will let you know when it comes out. I think it might be a monthly e-newsletter.
Final bid 1278 credits. This card will be going to Michigan! They decided "
Just wanted to share this custom card with you before I went to sleep. The request was for a rhino, and I thought the person might prefer a more realistic version then my free association drawings. I'll give it to them tomorrow at church and find out what he thinks then.
All of my tickets to the show sold! Just need to get these cards done before we move in March :) After this one I have about 4 more to do. Some of the other cards are comfortable waiting tell after I move.
Despite the simple look of this character it took me longer then I expected it to take. I think that mostly had to do with the layout of the day and the needs of the kids today. Mostly I just wanted to make a bird, and I thought it would be cooler if it had a black beak. I wasn't so sure about the head fin but then it does make it a bit more exotic. Perhaps this is a good swimmer? It will be interesting to hear about this character from the winner. Thanks for looking.
Final bid 220. This is going to New York.
This ATC is my first custom card created for my mother after she purchased a ticket to my upcoming show. I still need to sell 7 more tickets, so there is still an opportunity for those interested to receive a custom Artist Trading Card size image. She desired for a card that was a fairy with tattered wings. This was the final result. I spent a LOT of time on this card. I really hope that she likes it. THANKS MOM :)
Buy your ticket here to receive a custom card! Only 7 left. Deadline to buy a ticket is February 13th. Tickets can also be donated to local patrons if you can not physically attend the show (you still get the card to keep!)
I worked a lot on todays card. I hope you can tell :) After the first ATC card I received a very valuable critique on it that mentioned I needed to focus on my light source to increase the realism. After that I wanted to make a card to mirror the male card of #1. It was started yesterday but I didn't get into it much when came to the realization that with my migraine I just couldn't focus enough for the complexity. I picked it back up today and was able to finish it. When I was adding the details it started to look less feminine. Not sure how to fix it, I asked my friend Annemarie, the creator of Glass Heart Studio, what she thought. Her input was just what I needed to help direct this card back to feminine. Overall, I am very pleased with the outcome. I like the combination of realism and surrealism.
Final bid 1737 credits. This will be going to Florida with Card #2.
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