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For me, this ATC (artist’s trading card) was about design. I wanted to see if I could use a simple subject and create enough visual interest so people don’t simply glance at it and say, “Ho-hum, it’s just a rose.”
I’m not 100% certain that I achieved that, but I think the various shading techniques work well enough.
This ATC actually repeats an exercise that I did in my junior year of high school. I’m not kidding. I’d learned a lot from it, and it’s stuck in my memory as something very positive.
Like my other ATCs in this series, this card was drawn with a Size 0 (zero) point rapidograph-style pen. It’s a Koh-i-noor Rapido Drawing Pen, and I love it. Unlike older rapidographs that I’ve used since college (when dorm friend/artist Darcy Grimm showed me her rapidograph), this one doesn’t seem to clog easily. That’s a huge plus, and it’s one reason why I’m doing far more artwork with it.
Anyway, it’s all dots & lines in this ATC, and I’m pleased with it. You can download a printable copy (at 150 dpi) by clicking on the card image, above, or by clicking here.