ATCs Completed and Ready!

98 of 98 is finished!

I mentioned that 11 of 98 would have a special something packaged with it…and here it is…a $15 gift card for Starbucks! All of the other packs will have a 1×1″ button, an ATC, a Moo card with any one of 6 possible sketches, and my CRM business card, all wrapped up in recycled craft paper.

The packs have been tossed in a box and mixed up, so it will be the luck of the draw.

There they are—all sealed up and ready to go. ATCs 1-80 are in packs, and the rest are available individually (I only had so many of those fun stickers printed up). I’ll have some spare buttons available as well.

I’ll be wandering around with these in a clear bag, so I should be easy to spot. I can’t wait to meet you/see you again at Pivot!

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The Making of ATC 11 of 98

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be attending the AIGA Pivot conference in Phoenix. I’m very excited about this event, and so I’ve gone completely off the deep end. I’m putting together a little self-promo packet.

One of the items in the packet will be an Artist’s Trading Card. As of this moment I have completed 33 of 98. Why 98 you ask, and not…say…100? Find me at the conference and ask me, or come back after October 18th and I’ll answer that question. Boy, that’s a whole bunch of hype for something that ultimately doesn’t deserve it. Still, you have to wait.

The text design took place over a glass of wine on Tuesday (yep, the Sunday paper sits around my house for a full week…sometimes being read, sometimes used as a coaster, and sometimes used as scrap paper. This particular piece of paper might be used as kindling for the fireplace this evening…that has yet to be determined). You can see the ultimate winner circled towards the upper right…there were a loooot of fugly starts.

The top card in the completed stack above is 10 of 98. And now for the creation of 11 of 98:

The pencil sketch. Pencil first because sometimes it flows and sometimes I can’t draw a straight line to save my soul. I’m not bothering to erase the pencil on the completed ATCs…for a feeling of authenticity. Somewhere around card 20 I stopped using the prototype card as a reference, and now I’m drawing from memory…unusual for me.

A fine Sharpie for the main lines.

Micron for the fine details. Should be noted that around card 25, I switched to an Extra Fine Pilot with the roller ball…I squash my Micron tips 😦

First bit of depth added with Tombo N55.

Finishing up with the Tombo N75.

And a quick flip to number 11 of 98.

As I was typing up this post, my friendly neighborhood UPS man dropped off another element. Suuuweeeet! My logo stickers:

Stay tuned for more information about 11 of 98, and for coverage of some other elements that will be included in these fun little packets!

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MolyX-42 Entry in Elvia’s "Farm Animal" Moly

I’m happy to report, I’ve completed my entry in Elvia’s Moly for MolyX-42. It took me a while to commit to my idea for this moly because the very first idea that popped into my head had nothing to do with animals…sort of. Finally I couldn’t help but move forward because the original idea would not be dislodged from my brain.

As I was working along, a light bulb went off above my head (it’s very startling when that happens). So I took a break and made an ATC for the back pocket. I felt better that I’d fulfilled (in a way) her request for farm animals.

The text reads:

“Where are the farm animals?” you ask. Don’t you see them—as plain as the nose on your face?

I’m talking about the mugwhomps, of course. Actually, it’s a small squad of military mugwhomps in a split and stagger formation.

My dad told me all about mugwhomps when I was only 6 or 7 years old, and frankly, I’m surprised your dad didn’t tell you.

Mugwhomps are the police/military corps of the farm yard/field. They protect and organize the farm animals. You’ll frequently
see cows reporting to the mugwhomps when they go out for exercise. And you’ll often see animals taking shelter near the mugwhomp formation.

My dad didn’t tell me this specifically, but I suspect they do a great deal of training with the Buckingham Palace Guards—they are similarly unflappable in their duty.

I had a very entertaining childhood…slightly confusing…but very entertaining. 🙂

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Fun Day in Art

What a treat I had awaiting me in the snail box this evening. There was only one envelope, but it was fat with goodness. I fed the cat, fed me, changed into afterwork chillin’ clothes, and cracked open an envelope full of ATCs! The ATCs from the Everyday Matters group arrived today, and they are so beautiful!!!! I will take some snaps and post them eventually, but I think you, gentle reader, need to experience a little of the anticipation I felt. Then I will let you off the hook.

In the meantime, here’s Gimli preparing to pounce on my toes.

No wait, that wasn’t what I wanted to show you. Now what was it again? Hmmm…let me see…oh yes. I’ve begun a new project. Hitched myself to a group of very talented artists in a Moleskine Exchange (the 42nd such group conceived).

Now, here’s the concept. We each purchase a Japanese Album fold Moleskin. In that Moleskine we create a piece of art covering several of the accordion-folded pages, and then we mail it off to the next person in our rotation. That person creates a piece of art on the next few pages, and ties it into the original art. Then they ship it to the next person in the rotation. Step. Repeat. Step. Repeat. Until, voila, your Moleskine returns to you filled with the creative brilliance of everyone in the group.

The Moleskine can be assigned a theme, or it can be a free-for-all of art. Whatever you choose. Great idea, no?

So this past weekend, I managed to create the sign-in spreads in a couple of Moleskines. Why are there two, you ask? Because I’m going to send one off on its round-the-world voyage (which really will be around the world), and the other will remain here with me. The one that stays will get copies of all the art I do in everyone else’s Moleskine—at least I hope so. I guarantee I’ll do theirs, and hopefully I’ll do mine too.

Each person gets a month with a Moleskine before they need to send it on its merry way.

In the back I’ve written out my address, so it will eventually return to me, and I’ve asked each of the participants to include a little something from their countries. There are 10 participants in our group. Four are from the U.S., two from the U.K., one from the Netherlands, Spain, Australia, Mexico, and I’m not sure who I’m missing. Anyway, this sucker’s gonna travel—I wish I could go with it!

You can follow along on the progress at our group blog:

By the time it returns, I’ll no longer be contemplating a blank page, I’ll be savoring the turn of each folio.

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Big Things Afoot

Big things like the Democratic National Convention are afoot. Now, I know this isn’t a political blog, but I can’t help but say, “Wow.” There you have it—my one word commentary. There wasn’t a dry eye or a slow pulse in the place. Good stuff.

Now let us turn our attention to something a bit more mundane, but still a little exciting. A while ago I’d signed up with a group inside the Everyday Matters group to exchange ATCs (Artist’s Trading Cards). These are 2.5 x 3.5″ pieces of art that get swapped amongst the group members. I did a swap like this once before, and it turned out to be a one-for-one swap—probably a good thing for my first time out of the gates.

This time I was looking for a bit more of a challenge, and I was also looking to reap the reward of a flood of return ATCs—there are some very talented people in this group. Last week I mailed off my ATCs, and I’m anxiously awaiting the return mix of original, wonderful art. In the meantime, I’ve decided to let the cat out of the bag, and give everyone a sneak preview.

I made a record of sorts of the creation of my ATCs, so here they are. First came the pencil drawings, and a bit of pen work… In fact, first came some agonized planning, trying to decide what to do. There were nine people in my group (including myself), and I didn’t want to do nine of the very same thing. Of course, no two would ever be the same anyway, but you know what I mean.

The planning looked like this…

The purple background made the whole thing fade into a grape lump. I’d mentally pictured something in gradients of color, but the subtlety of my mind is far, far ahead of the subtlety of my hand.

The pencil and stenciling came next…

The project ended up with far more than the requisite nine, but I’ve already given one to someone outside the group who is an avid postcard collector, and is also interested in ATCs (as of the moment she received her first, or so she said).

Then there were flowers and plants to add…

Next, I mixed up the background color (somewhat consistently).

Finally, I really set to painting, but I’d started a bit late, and not all the cards were finished before the chosen eight had to go out the door.

Most of these I kept…

And these I sent… Well, at the last moment I swapped the other finished maple for a crocus to give a bit more of a selection.

Always remember that…

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