Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Safari Card Trade....


This set of ATC's are for the Safari Card Trade over at Drawspace. This time around there were ten of us trading. My cards went to several places in the United States, Alberta, Portugal and a couple places in Australia.


The trading group was very sad to learn that Sodapop, one of our trading partners, passed away during the month. Her mother was kind enough to let us know the sad news. Sodapop was very happy to be in the trade, she had several cards done before everyone had even signed up.

Gorilla Front Arm

With this set of cards I wanted to practice doing the skins of the different animals. To display them I thought it would look cool on the map of Africa.

Lion's Mane

Elephant Toes






Here are some work in progress pictures. As you can see, I do a preliminary sketch. Then since I am using drafting film, I just put the sketch underneath and work from there.

All the cards are done with Prisma Colour Pencils. I will usually use an underpainting of either contrasting colours or greys, before I add my final colours.

ATC's are the size of a playing card, about 2.5"x3.5" in size. They are an excellent way to see another artist's work.

Jim sprays my cards with a fixative when I am done. We have learned not to cut them out before hand, as they will float to the ground when he sprays. You can see around the edges that I try my colours out to see what combinations I need to get the colour I want.

My cards went into the mail yesterday, so they should start arriving in about 8 - 10 days. I have already received all but one of my cards. Yes I am the procrastinator in the group. When I get the last one I will post them.


  1. Very clever idea. I like them on the map of Africa too.

  2. Hello Paulette, what a brilliant idea, I love it!!!I love AFRICA, now just have to wait and see witch one I will get, doesn't really matter cause they are all beautiful and very unique!!
    take care