Summer Drawing Challenge Day 14
Some years ago I was swept into the Artist Trading Card phenomenon — these are the same size as the familiar sports trading cards, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, but instead of being mass produced by a company to make money, they are made by artist, by hand, to trade with other artists. I haven’t been to a trading session in quite a while now, but I still have a big binder full of handmade cards that I have made, and another huge binder full of cards other people have made. They are all kinds of mediums, from simple pen and ink drawings to thick, tactile collages, to elaborate constructions that unfold, origami-like, to reveal a handmade print. Looking through my past posts, i realize that I haven’t written about them — I’ll have to amend that!
I recently discovered that a similar movement exists in the comic-art world, called sketch cards. But instead of being primarily made to exchange with other artists, they are made so that fans can buy a piece of original art from an artist they admire, at an affordable price. If you can’t afford to buy an original full page from a favourite comic, or a commissioned painting, sketch cards allow you collect original art for the price of, say, a couple of lattes. People sell them at conventions, on E-Bay, on Etsy, and from their own sites. Sometimes the big comic companies commission artists to make them in series.
Tonight I was wondering what to do for my drawing of the day, not feeling especially motivated or creative (Iris the Art Muse took the day off), when I remembered about sketch cards. I’ve been thinking about doing some for upcoming conventions, so this seemed a good time to start. I didn’t have to construct a whole story, or work out a character design; I could just do things I was familiar with and had drawn a lot of. Perfect! So here are the results: my first official Sketch Cards! Remember that these are only 2.5 x 3.5 inches, and will probably look much bigger on your screen.
If you’re interested in reading more about sketch cards, here’s the article that alerted me to this idea, and here’s another one. Google them yourself if you’d like a look at lots of different artists’ work!