Thursday, May 31, 2012

ATC's for March 2011: Trades

Here are the cards I received as Trades for 5 of my "Supermoon Spring, 2011" Cards:


"Fireworks" by Susan R.

Merlyn W.

"Huayangosaurus" by Loretta M.

Joy B.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Merlyn Williams--Featured ATC Artist, Lyons Depot Library

ATC As Sculpture: What a Great Idea!
Here are some ATC's from our April Trading Session at the Lyons Depot Library. The artist is the Town Librarian, Merlyn Williams. The patterns on each card in her series were colored with magic markers, each one just slightly different. She then cut the shapes into similar organic pieces. Using tab cuts for slots, the pieces for each card could then be assembled into a small sculpture. Each one was reassembled after being cut apart, and copied in color. This meant that you could keep the flat color copy in your notebook and enjoy the sculpture on your desk. I love this idea; it can be expanded and used in many different ways.  

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lyons Studio Tour June 2-3, 2012: Art-4-Art Map

# 11 on the Map:
Art-4-Art Artist Trading Card Group Display
June 2-3, Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m

To download a copy of the map, go to:

Monday, May 28, 2012

What Is a Favicon?

My original art was a stencil which covers a white piece of paper with a red dot painted on it. When it was decreased in size to 100 by 100 pixels, it became the favicon of The Gutter Artist. Too bad about the square size. I like the balance of the 8 1/2 by 11 inch version better aesthetically.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Gutter Artist Secret: Using Pitt Pen Cap as Pen-nib Holder

Here is link to a fantastic idea and well-kept secret documented in a cute video by Hillary Allison, a young Cartoonist. I do need to add that to avoid a slight bounce with some nibs, be sure to push the nib in snugly. Then, it works like a charm.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ear Anatomy

For the last several days, I've been studying a tutorial by Stan Prokopenko on "How to Draw Ears." My ATC's for May 2012 were my practices sessions using markers, water colors, pen and ink. See blog post dated 5/19/2012.

This is the final "photoshopped drawing" I made before I started working on the "25 yEARS" series. I used a picture of my husband's ear using the "photocopy" filter so that I could see the outlines of the ear structure. I visited many images of ear anatomy using Google Image search. The process of learning ear anatomy made it easier to "see" what I was trying to draw in terms of the three-dimensional nature of the external ear.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Twenty-five yEARS

After studying Stan Prokopenko's turtorial, I made a series of 14 ears to celebrate 25 years of arts.