Share artist trading cards with the world! Here is a zine I made as an animation you can link to, email, tweet and send any way you want. Share the idea of artist trading cards with as many people as you can. Short link to this post: http://bit.ly/1bHjcJy
UPDATE 2/08/2014: final draft
My friend Heather Loresch recently returned from serving in the Peace Corps in the Ukraine. Heather has also been very saddened and worried by the violent protests and civil rights challenges that have erupted in Kyiv. She told me about learning painting from her wonderful art teacher. I asked if her art teacher participated in artist trading cards and Heather felt he might like them, but it would be hard to explain the concept since he does not speak English. I have been doing a lot of zines lately in addition to artist trading cards and set to drawing what “artist trading cards” are in a series of comic pictures.
I have finished the hand drawn art and now I need translations for three words: “artist trading cards”. The cover tells what the whole zine is about. I am using Google Translate but I have no idea if anything is correct or not, so I am trying to find people fluent in other languages to fact check my Google translations. The cover of the zine will read “artist trading cards” in many languages. The rest is all pictorial. I think it really gets the point across. If IKEA can do it, I can do it.
My trades in non-English speaking nation have been in the minority. Maybe the zine will help me spread artist trading card creation to new areas. Nothing gets around faster than the internet, so I will also make the panels of the zine into an animated GIF and put that online. One two panel spread will throw the composition off a little but I think this will make a fine animated GIF.
Please email me a translation for “artist trading cards” or reply to the comments here. ARTG33K74 at gmail is a good email address. Thank you in advance!
UPDATE 1/29/2014: I got feedback from some friends and used a lot of Google Translate. I used “barter artist cards” a lot to try and indicate a swap and not commercial sales. Punjabi did not have a good word for “barter” and I used “mail artist cards”. It should make some sense, I hope. I tried to angle for as many non-Romance languages as I could fit in. Here is the first rough draft and show what I want for the cover. Changes will probably be made.
Self Publishers of Chicago has a call for entry for people to submit their own dictionary definitions for a collaborative zine. The deadline is soon and submissions need to be sent in via email by midnight on 2/26/2014.
The call for entry is here:
I am getting the impression that some of the entries they will be getting are going to be super funny. One example made me remember Sniglets from the 1980s. I went in for humor and the satire at the same time. I hope they pick my submission. Meanwhile, I may try to think of another one if there is time.
These are my two favorite photographs from a girls’ game back in December 2013. I wanted to get some reference photos of a goal net for an animation that is in progress and had some down time waiting for other people. I took some shots for the fun of it and love how fast these young players can zip around the ice. Now only if some of their parents would STFU or at least cheer without thinking they can coach from the bleachers…
I may have had maybe a few too many cocktails, but I noticed the candle on the dinner table on New Year’s Eve was lined up behind my water glass and the lemon looked great. (Hey, I woke up fine the next morning.) I spent a few minutes messing around taking pictures of the glass with my crappy pocket camera. This is the best shot. We’ll call the genre “a still life with fruit at night”.
Meanwhile, back at the hat factory….
I dropped a bunch of reversible bicycle caps for sale $15 each + shipping on my Etsy store here. They are the kind you wear under your bike helmet and can mush into your jacket pocket or backpack. I haven’t made a flipping dime since June and art is still a tough sell in the current economy. Also, I needed to de-stash a pretty big box of fabrics I was not using for anything else and had no plans for. If you cycle or have cycling friends, please consider buying a hat or two.
I took a month off from this blog; the blog posts I wrote have been on The Hockey Noob, but new stuff will be on its way to this blog. I slammed a lot of vector art for an animation that is in progress. Some good museum art photos are forthcoming, I’ve been playing with mixed media stuff, liquid plastics just caught my attention in a big way, and I’ve been poking around with more art journals and book art. I stuffed over 100 of my artist trading cards from April 2012 to today into the animated GIF above just because I could. I made more ATCs than these; I just grabbed a bunch of favorites that were portrait orientation. The bottom line: more art stuff will be coming soon. Thank you for reading!
Artist trading card inventor m. vanci stirnemann lists active trades on his website and I joined a 20:20 trade, sending in linocuts of a large edition I just completed. I took a quick camera phone photo of a cute vintage VW convertible last summer and saved it for a linocut. The ATC trade I joined, named “Sister Trading Cards”, is for women and the host put the details as:
project! for women! ladies! chicks! girls!
SISTER TRADING CARDS – the all-girl trading card set
make and send 20 ATCs – any theme – no deadline
you’ll get a set (including your own card) back
send 20 ATCs (20 different ones or 20 times the same)
size 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches (64 mm x 89 mm)
sign, number and date on the back of the card
no theme, all techniques
you will get a set back
send it to:
STC c/o Cat Schick
246 23rd Ave. NW
If you get another participant’s e-mail address, please don’t add it to your general address book as that person might not want to be on any mailing lists. Thank-you.
I have plenty more of this ATC to trade. Please send an email if you want to swap!
I did a few series of artist trading cards and wound up grouping them together in one .jpg for display. I like to put my work online but a series is a lot of images to scroll through one by one. Having them separate dos not demonstrate the series as a coherent group very well. I went back to the old art school trick where students put related works together on one slide, usually for PowerPoint. If the professor told you you could show 12 slides, we figured out that did not necessarily mean 12 works of art, only 12 images with whatever art we wanted put in each one. I usually go with some shade of gray for the background. White and black backgrounds are really stark and done too often. I just drop a layer in Photoshop and bucket tool the whole thing. I went with a bluish-red with the Dia de los Muertos series to make it more interesting. I cheated with that one and just put a red piece of paper behind the cards on the scanner, which is why the art in the other images are a lot straighter.
One big benefit of living in a major city is the random finds in alleys. I had found three older large format art history books and a damaged encyclopedia of mythology. I took the books for the interior color art prints but later realized the real value is in the volumes themselves. The heavy covers and thick archival cotton rag interior pages with the silk head-banding and sewn pages of the older art books at 9.25″ x 12.75″ are amazing. They were expensive books made in the 1960s, having the good, heavy papers and the color prints of paintings tipped in by hand.
I am trying out making my first altered art book out of a former volume on the works of Renoir. This is just a personal project for enjoyment and to explore mixed-media / multi-media art more. I tired the painted waxed paper collage technique again and went looser with the process, working it more rumpled and distressed with the wax paper. I painted reds and a dark metallic bronze color on the book page. I used a gold leafing pen, iridescent white paint, craft glitter paints, gold metallic and pearlized jewel tone paints on the wax paper, again painting in reverse. Some areas I painted very sheer on purpose. The creases and rumples come out fairly opaque; the waxed paper has to be smoothed down for lowers payers to show through. The layed wax paper effect is similar to an encaustic painting in that the translucence and gloss do not show well in an image and look a lot more interesting in person.