Well, I finished up my 3 card ATC trade with the great Chrissie Altese (got the cards on Saturday; thanks, Chrisse!). As usual, I'm always looking for a new person to start a new 3 card trade with, and hopefully build a creative relationship in the process.
Trolling along for new creative contacts, I stumbled upon the art site and blog of Chris Thorne. Chris seems to be comfortable working in the same media as me, and I really like the style of his artwork, so I started up a conversation and TA DA! We're now trading cards.
Chris has a lot of great Star Wars artwork over on his site, but I always try to pick characters that I think will play on the artist style. Following that philosophy, I requested Hawkman, Abe Lincoln and Beta Ray Bill. I think these characters will all look great drawn in Chris's style.
Chris asked that I draw a Clone Trooper, Eddy from Iron Maiden and Aaragorn from Lord of the Rings. I had some time to get started on his set this weekend and figured I'd take a stab at Aaragorn first. I used dip pens and brushes only on this piece, which I usually never do, but I figured it would give the character a classic pen and ink look. I may not go this route on the other two cards, but it seemed to work on this one.
I also got to spend some time out at the park with the family, and as usual, we all bring our art kits and do a bit of sketching. After seeing Chrissie's fine use of color on her blog, it makes me want to break out of the black and white I usually stick to.
I figured I'd go classic and whip up a Superman sketch. He's been in my book of heroes before, when I first started it, but I wanted to do something that was a bit more fun to look at. I've got a long way to go before I'm going to feel 100% comfortable working with markers and color, but getting to that point is where the fun is at.
Anyway, that's my weekend in art. I hope to finish up Chris's set this week, so keep your eyes on the Parker Brand for more ATC goodies. Thanks for stopping by.