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« on: August 25, 2017 11:05:00 AM »

All my swap partners have received their cards, so, it's safe to post a thread without ruining anyone's surprise now.



For my first card, which went to Ohio, I chose BigBangMomma's "Cute Monsters" theme (she also listed "Cute Animals" as another option on her list, and, as you can see below, for some reason, I got the two mixed up while I was filling out the back of the card). I decided to illustrate a Nacht Kobold (German for "Night Sprite/Spirit"), based on the adorable design found in the Shin Megami Tensei (Super Reincarnation of the Goddess): Devil Children (renamed DemiKids in North America, doubtlessly to avoid controversy) Gameboy Color/Advance video games. The Devil Children titles are intended for a younger audience, thus, the mythological monsters are significantly "cute-fied" compared to the more realistic/graphic artwork used in the "normal" Megami Tensei games.

In German folklore, Kobolds are entities that take up residence in houses, mines, and on ships. If their human "hosts" treat them well and with respect, the Kobolds will bring them good luck and even do chores or provide other helpful assistance, but, if you behave badly towards them, then the angry Kobolds will cause all sorts of misery and misfortune instead. Regardless of how you feel about the supernatural, the lesson in clear: Do onto others as you'd have them do onto you.





I selected "Figure Study or Nude", from Texan Rockingbearranch's list of themes, as my second ATC project. I had to do similar, albeit much larger, figure studies quite often when I took illustration classes in college, but my professor could never get any naked models to pose (and, at times, nobody at all, which resulted in my classmates and myself being the models instead--fully clothed mind you). You see, my alma mater was cheap and only paid minimum wage for both clad and unclad models. Short of being an exhibitionist, why would you take your clothes off when you got exactly the same amount of money for keeping them on? Obviously, none of the faculty in the art department minored in business. But, then again, I often skipped class anyway, so maybe I missed out on all the full frontal nudity. Speaking of which, a former friend of mine, whom also took the same illustration classes that I did, but during different semesters, claimed that he was present when our professor did manage to somehow find a male nude model, who became aroused on the job, and our saintly teacher felt compelled to hide the offending member with an (artfully) placed towel. My ex-friend was a habitual liar though, so, I put little faith in his story being true.

 
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My third card went to BigBangMomma again, this time for her "owls" theme. I used several photos of those birds, that I have saved on my hard drive as reference images for modeling, as a basis for this piece. I really liked this one and had a hard time parting with it, but, I told myself: "You can always just print yourself out a copy and glue it onto cardstock if you really want to."





My third card went to BigBangMama again, this time for her "owls" theme. I used several photos of those birds, that I have saved on my hard drive as reference images for modeling, as a basis for this piece. I really liked this one and had a hard time parting with it, but, I told myself: "You can always just print yourself out a copy and glue it onto cardstock if you really want to."





And one final picture of them all scanned together before I sent them off to the four (okay, three) winds:

 
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2017 11:16:06 AM »

The owls are gorgeous! 
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2017 07:51:11 AM »

I second that comment about the owls!
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2017 08:07:22 AM »

They're not ATCs, but here are the only other owl drawings I've ever done, from seventeen years ago (that makes me feel ancient!), both based on photographs.  If memory serves, the Snow Owl was completely done in graphite pencil and the Eastern Screech Owl is a combination of graphite and colored pencil.  I was on a bird kick at the time for some reason.



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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2017 12:04:41 PM »

Wonderful works of art, Patraw. It is difficult to choose a favorite, but I'm going to have to go with the ginger witch surrounded by kitties. What could be better than that?
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2017 03:43:24 PM »

What wonderful illustrations! The owls are my favorite.
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2017 06:15:19 PM »

They are all great. The owls are my favorite, they are super cute!
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2017 08:14:17 AM »

My fave is the adorable little Kobold! But they are all fantastic!
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2017 11:11:45 AM »

Fantastic cards!
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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2017 05:53:17 PM »

Gorgeous artwork as usual. I love the lines in the figure drawing. They give it a raw energy that makes it seem almost lifelike.
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