Creature Card # 20 Ink Edition
ink 3.5 x 2.5 inch smooth bristol paper
Final bid 711 credits. This card will be staying in Oregon.
I started this card while waiting in the dentist office to get a filling. I had to leave Newport around 5:30am to drive in the thick rain to Portland for my appointments. Without giving you too much of the play by play day. I was able to get this done in the various waiting rooms of the day, but since I didn't get home until somewhere like 11:30 or so. I wasn't able to get the card photographed and blogged until today but it was made on the 20th. I started the feet after looking at a Tyrannosaurus Rex's "hand" area. Then I gave it the legs... overtime as I was shading it developed a butt there and I had to try to diminish that. I didn't want it feeling like nudity. Hopefully I was able to. That is what happens when you over think something.
Creature Card # 21 Ink Edition
ink 3.5 x 2.5 inch smooth bristol paper
Final bid 848 credits. This card will be staying in Oregon.
This creature started off inspired by the buck teeth of Sandy from spongebob. I wanted to make some extreme buck teeth. Then added the upper lip and two large eyes... but I thought I want this to be some less obvious. I decided to do two heads next to each other. I added the extra "teeth" which turned into the body and continued to this. I am enjoying combining line and the dots together.
I just noticed that I forgot to do the blog for card #17 so I'll add it together with todays card.
Creature Card #17 Ink Edition
Final bid 1010 credits. This card is a new winner who lives in southern Washington state. Name: Lucy. She's a fashionable lady where she comes from. I keep picturing her going off to the Saturday Market to buy a new bonnet. Her child rides along and will probably get something pretty too. Sounds wierd? I thought so too, but when I look at it, the story stays the same. What ever world or dimension she comes from, she faces the same things there that we do in everyday life here.
On this day we had an easy morning, went to Arctic Circle and used some coupons and then headed to my friends. We did laundry and the kids hung out. It was very nice to have laundry done but man it's a chore that takes a long time to get done. I tried to get this card done while it was working. As well as watch the kids and visit with friends. I hope you enjoy the card.
Creature Card #19 Ink Ed.
Final bid 714 credits. Going to Washington state.
Today was a good day, pretty relaxed. I tired to take some camping equipment to a sports place to see if they would buy it but they weren't purchasing any. I'm not sure if I want to go through the hassle of Craigslist or just goodwill them. Trying to slim down to fit in the smaller place is encouraging me to part with some things I wouldn't have been willing to before. I think in the end it will be very healthy. It's just not an easy process.
I see this creature as being a very comfortable ride. Fast too. I'm interested to see what story this will get.
Final bid 766 credits. This card is going to my first card winner in Washington state.
I think of this character almost like an angler spider-like insect that lures in the bugs with it's leaf tail... but then it's not up to me to decide what it is, so I wonder if I should say anything at all. I really enjoy all the variety of explanations people choose to provide for the characters. It's wonderfully subjective. Something I am learning to love without having to control.
I had to cut some new cards from a larger sheet of paper today. This was one of the scrap pieces. Ash decided where to put the eyes, what shape they would be and the squares inside. I started it as a warm up for the days card and then finished it afterwards. I wanted to make something to send to the winner of March 8th card. I put it in the envelope before measuring it. The long side is 3.5 inches so the short side is bound to be somewhere around 1.5ish. I hope they find it a positive surprise.
Final bid 1010 credits. The winner of this card decided to give it to Miss Ashley :) She was so very happy to receive it! This creature is a Unidoe. It is basically as rare as the Unicorn but tends to get in more trouble on it's own then from poachers. It's legs where not designed particularly strategically for it's environment. There are only two known Unidoe in captivity.
Ash just saw the card and is sad that she cannot win the card. She can't have her own account since she isn't old enough to have one yet. I'm glad to hear that she likes it. So far it is doing well already which is nice to see. Today was a pretty good day. Just getting a few more pictures up and some child proof locks on the kitchen. I really like my new place. The flow is fabulous. Ash got to ride the school bus both ways today. This is a homebody's dream location. I rarely have to leave the house. I'm so happy!
So I owe you all a lot of updates. I'm trying to think of how best to do this. Make one huge long post you will never get through or lots of small ones? If I break them up the last one will get lost in the mix. So I am just going to put them here and try to visually break them up and recap what I can remember thanks for your patience!
Creature Card #8 Ink Edition
Final bid 41 credits. This card is going to Tennessee. This boy is named is Penguin.
He is the son of a Witch and a Ice Cream Trunk Driver.
He is a little Goblin Spirit.
He loves to cause mischeif and see what he can make people do.
He likes to talk and spread rumors.
He just wants to have fun.
Goblin Spirits are just like that.
This card is a testament to the craziness of the day it was drawn and it only qualified as being drawn on March 8th because I don't consider it to be the next day until I have gone to sleep. I awoke early around 7:30am after sleeping for about 3.5 hours. I had been packing the night before trying to get ready to move and not getting as far as I had hoped to get. After getting my daughter off to bed I returned home and barely got on the internet before my friend showed up to pick up my son. As soon as he was gone I got back into packing mode. My parents arrived around noon and we went to lunch. It was my mothers birthday and I treated her to Cajan food at a local restaurant in Portland. We returned home with just enough time for me to instruct my mom and dad on how to proceed in packing and I left to go get my daughter from school. I picked her up and took her to Vancouver Washington to meet up with my friend who was watching my son as well. After that I headed back to get into the packing again. I got distracted while packing and my dad and I ran a little late picking up the budget truck. When we returned with the truck a few friends from church had already arrived and helped me load my art into my trunk. A few men from church arrived and started to take my old couch out. Then a friend from my previous work arrived just in time to help them take the couch out. Thankfully my work friend is a very strong man and was a great asset to the moving process. I was very blessed to have as much help as I had. We were able to get all of my things loaded up into a 16 foot budget truck by about 8pm. My friend brought my kids back and we about to leave when she realized she locked her keys in her car. My parents left with the truck and their vehicle and the kids and I waited with her until her husband was able to come by and let her in. I'm not exactly sure when we left Portland but it was probably around 9pm. I had been thinking about my card all day, yet there had not been a spare moment to work on it. I drank about three red-bulls and pulled into my parents home in Newport around 12:30am. I was able to inflate a mattress and get the kids to sleep on it, and put the cat into a breezeway for the night. I tried to pull out my cards but got very dizzy from all the caffeine, no dinner and lack of sleep. I sat on the kitchen floor forcing myself to eat. My medications do not react well when I don't eat and have a lot of caffeine. I tried to draw a card that already had a layout on it but my hand was unsteady. A friend had suggested that I just draw a basic smily on a card and call it good. I could not bring myself to do that but I did make this character instead. I was very surprised to see anyone bid on it. I hope that the story makes the card worthwhile to them. I am hoping to add a little present in with their card when it mails, but I'll see what I can come up with. What a day!
Creature Card #9 Ink Edition
Final bid 505 credits. This card will be the first to go to Maine!
Here is what the winner said about this character. "I don't have a name for my creature. I can tell you though she is very small. She is actually a hermit crab/phoenix hybrid, to use words we can relate to. She is very very old and wise, living under the sea for centuries. She doesn't talk much, she is a caretaker of sorts. Maybe she has a little pearl she keeps in her shell like a crystal ball? I don't know she isn't telling me.
This card was created the day after moving from Portland. I had an appointment to go get my new apartment at about 1:30pm so I had a bit of time prior to that to begin the card. There were many transitions as it went. It was somewhere in the middle of the card when I went and got my new apartment. My cat had dug a whole in part of the breezeway area he was in and escaped. Optimistically, I figured he would probably, eventually, return and God gave me a great peace about the situation. We had planned to move some of the items in the same day and the rest the following day. My pastor, father and a friend from church arrived to help. One of my new neighbors volunteered to help as well which was a wonderful and generous offer. Surprisingly it went much faster then expected and we were able to get the entire truck unloaded in a few short hours. After that I returned to my parents to relax with my mother and finish my card. In the evening I took the kids to the new apartment and put them to sleep. I stayed up re-organizing things so the kids would be safe in the new environment. I stayed up very late to accomplish the task.
Creature Card #10 Ink Edition
Final bid 1210 credits. This card was actually given to me and I haven't decided what to do with it yet... oh I guess that means I have to name it... hmmm
After the last few days I was completely exhausted. I slept in as long as the kids would allow me to. The internet was scheduled to be hooked up from 1-3pm. They did not actually arrive and finish the job until 4:30pm. After that my dad and I took the truck to a friends in toledo where I gave them my washing machine, and then on to another city to drop off the truck. In retrospect I might just pay the extra fee next time so I don't have to drive so far to drop off the truck. After moving you just want to be done with it all. I can't honestly remember when I had this card completed or much else about the day.
Creature Card #11 Ink Edition
Final bid 252 credits. This card is going to a new person in Minnesota! :)
I tried to sleep in very late again. I don't remember if I did much unpacking this day. I was still very exhausted from the previous days. I know at some point I did some shopping... might have been this day or the next. My new neighbor visited for a bit, but the rest of the day is foggy. The days that I don't have a specific event to recall are very much a blur. This would be one of those days.
Creature Card #12 Ink Edition
Final bid 434 credits. This card will be going to California. Called "Angel" and inscribed with 4/4 it will be used in a card game by the winner!
The weather was nasty. We went into town to visit Ash's new school and try to get her signed up. It looked like she would be able to go the very next day. That evening it started to snow (which is rare for here.) Ash went out with the neighbor and played in it making a small snow man. She said it would snow all night. I didn't expect her to be right. The neighbor said he had lived here practically all his life and never seen so much snow. My grandfather said they reported about 6 inches which is A LOT of snow for the coast. So much for global warming lol. As the evening progressed the power went out. No school tomorrow after all.
"Here doggy, doggy"
Creature Card #13 Ink Edition
Final bid 1121 credits. This card will be going to California. Named "Here doggy, doggy." Once upon a time, there was a little boy named Spencer. He had always wanted a little dog of his own, so one day, when a dog followed him home from school, he was more than delighted to have its company and even went as far as bringing it into his house as his own. However, that night, when Spencer's parents came home, they would not have a "filthy animal" in their home, so they made Spencer get rid of it. Spencer took the dog to a nearby cave that night instead of abandoning it. He fed it and raised it as his own, until one day, the dog fell into a deep sickness, and, without any means to cure the beloved pet, it died. It is said that when a young boy visits the cave, you can hear the howls from that dog's ghost.
When I awoke the power was back on but the internet was down. It was down all day. I tried to post the auction for this card using my phone and thought it went through but when I looked the following day it had not. This card was created from a doodle of a cup spilling it's liquid. the creature is mostly the forms of the liquid that had been spilled and the cup was removed. As I created this is what developed. Hard to get caught up on internet things when the net isn't up, but it was still a good day.
Creature Card #14 Ink Edition
Final bid 2320 credits. This card will go to Washington D.C. :)
We figured Ash would get to go to school since the snow had pretty much cleared up and we had power and internet. When we got there a sign said NO KINDERGARTEN. Ash was very sad to see this. She had really been looking forward to being the new kid. Apparently many places in town were still suffering from power outages, but the school would likely be opened the following day. We got some shopping done and headed home. I was inspired by an old drawing I found of mine to do some of the dark black on this card. I never really got to a place where I could pick out what I thought the creature was but I really liked it so I just went with it :)
Creature Card #15 Ink Edition
Final bid 1000 Credits. This card is also going to Washington Dc.
Beware the Ides of March.
Today I took Ash to school for the first time at our new location. She is so happy to get to go to a non-uniform wearing school. After we dropped her off and the paperwork to the office we went by a shelter I had stayed at a few years back. I left them some linens, towels and a baby gate that we didn't need anymore. It was nice to see a familiar face there. I took a few things to the good will truck and Kaleb and I went to Walmart and picked up a few more items and some food for Ash's school lunches I would need to pack for a while. I worked on the card off and on through the day. We also went to my great Aunt's birthday party in the evening and had some cake and a short visit. It was nice. I was finishing up the card in the evening while Ash was watching a show. I'm not sure why but she puked all over herself, a blanket on the couch, and the floor. I had to drop the card to take care of the situation. I remember it being on the floor when I got back to it. Crazy days. The card worked out to be my first rotating card. From one direction I see one character and when I turn it to the left I see the fellow below. I enjoy when they do things like that.
Final bid 560 credits. This card is the first card to go to Washington DC!
Yay for free association art! No I do not know what is going on with it's head. I was going to make that the eye area but I decided against it. Perhaps other creatures like to play ball through it, or it can make sound through it... The possibilities are what I really enjoy.
I like that I can add on legs to the part I decide is the body after the body is already drawn rather seamlessly. I think these strange characters have a bit of wimsy. I'm really enjoying myself. I'm glad I didn't give up on ink.
So I'm packing. I'll be loading up the truck tomorrow and trying to fit a card in there somewhere. I might stay up and do it after midnight if I can get things packed enough... Me stressed NAH. Only one more day in Portland :)
Final bid 76 credits. This card is going to Kansas.
I am really enjoying the free association stippling. I was corrected by a friend inadvertently, that this is not pointillism but stippling. Pointillism is done with colors where stippling is the actual just dots process. I find this process to be a very satisfying alternative to trying to make thin straight lines in ink, which I find tedious at best. Also just making shapes out of dots is a really fun free association method. If you turn the card to the left one turn and look at the wing-ish decoration area that is how it started. It wasn't until I got to the area the became the beak and turned the card around that the creature began to have some sort of concept. This was nothing for a long time and I was a bit unsure it would be anything at all. I think the end result is wonderfully whimsical.
Final bid 555 credits. This card will live in California.
Named "Circle of Life."
After yesterday's card I wanted to try a card that was free association and pure pointillism. I actually had a really good time with this card. I am happy with the way it turned out. I might not have been so happy if it didn't actually turn into anything but I found the process to be very enjoyable and I felt that even with the lack of planning I had more control over the depth and dynamics of the creature. Basically I feel like I can shade this way and I like to shade. :)
Final bid 784 credits. This is the first card to go to Mississippi!
I really wanted to do this card in color. I think there were a lot of great possibilities and the separation of the areas would have been more effective. I need to learn how to make a good character that isn't flat without my handbag of tricks. I feel like I've gone back to the start of January. I'm trying to learn what to do with the inks since much of my regular graphite vocabulary isn't working. Hopefully I can figure it out before the end of the month. I'm glad these cards are not commissions. I don't have to stress over making anyone happy. I really like the insides of the wings and I feel like there is potential there. Maybe I can do one like the seahorse from January with no lines just dots.
I'm wondering when the click will take place. When I'll really stop caring and make something fabulous. I'm looking forward to that day. I'm going to try tomorrow. Just start with a meditation on freeing my thoughts and see how that goes.
I did a couple sketches at church. Ash said the one I liked more was scary and to do this one. I think her drawing was better. It consisted of a giant mouth with eyes on the teeth. Such uninhibited creativity. If I could just bottle that like a perfume I'd make a fortune.
Final bid 102 credits. This card is going to Tennessee. Name "Gongzhu of the West"
A daughter of a noble family, she was a kind girl who loves the outdoors and had a pet snake named Cori. She was Born right after the Yuan Dynasty fell in 1368 and her family gain high social level. She had bright green eyes and long black hair, she was a beauty. One day her pet snake left the grounds and she followed him to the village below where she met Ayda. Gongzhu fell in love with a Ayda who was unknown to her her half brother. When her father found out he cursed her to live forever in this current form. She cannot die and forever dreams of seeing Ayda once more. She has continued living with the offspring of her pet Cori.
I'm feeling quite sick today. I slept most of yesterday and then most of this morning as well. I had one short appointment that I refused to miss to get my cross tattoo retouched. This was my last opportunity to have it done before the move. With the shop right down the street it seemed crazy to reschedule and then drive 3.5 hrs to try to get it done on a different day. My friend Linda came over to watch the kids. I went to the apt at 2:00 to find out it was actually at 3:00. So I had enough time to come home and grab my drawing items. This was inspired by a drawing/painting that was on the wall of the parlor and this was my creation. It's almost as if it has a female version of the guy fox mask on. Not intentionally just worked out that way. Perhaps all the roughness in the neck is my cold showing up in the drawing. To Ash anything with spots means it's sick.
While I was inking in this card Ash wanted to make a couple drawing to post on line as well. She said she wanted to win some points so she could win me a surprise. She is such a sweet heart. These drawing below are up for auction per her request. They are on 8x10 inch card stock. I am going to cut out some ATC size paper for her to work on next time that way I can mail it the same as my cards. The drawing below is one monster with a family on it's shirt :)
First drawing by Ashley's final bid was 656 credits! This card was won by her grandmother here in Oregon.
After that we have a picture of Ash with her second drawing. It is two conjoined monsters riding on a bike.
Final bid for the second drawing was 77 credits. This drawing was mailed to California.
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