Chirrut vs Stormtrooper – Topps’ Rogue One series 1 artist proof card. Ebay auction ends February 7, 2017
Time has flown by since my last update! There has been too much to do, and that will continue for about another four weeks. After that my commission list will be open again and I really look forward to doing some different things!
My cards for Rogue One series 2 are finished, and I’m nearly done with Star Wars 40th anniversary. Then I’ll try to make the deadline for Upper Deck’s Spiderman and finish up The Walking Dead set! When all these sets were offered, I didn’t know the deadlines would be so close together… Oy. Live and learn. 🙂 The the last cards for Perna Studio’s Elementals set – a TON of fun to work on, I just love the set.
Another set close to my heart is Star Wars 40th, of course because I’m a fan, but also because the Star Wars 30th set was my very first sketch card set. Ten years ago! I honestly can’t believe it has been that long – it truly doesn’t feel that way. My kids were still kids, our Teckel had not yet come into our lives, my mum and aunt were both still healthy, I had living uncles… Lots of things have changed since then. But good things have happened too! I’ve made friends, both real and virtual (and I appreciate both kinds more than anyone will ever know), my goal in life has become much clearer, and I love my unpredictable job.
What has changed for you in the past ten years? I hope good things have happened for you as well. If you are feeling chatty, share your thoughts!
New sketch for watercolors from the Patreon-supported project Drawn and Divided. Your support helps this project become a book AND supporters receive free prints!
Sketch cards is only a part of the work I do. This year, however, marks the tenth year I’ve been involved in that little world! Over the years that world has become bigger, despite the physical dimensions.
In 2006, I was invited to join an online forum (the Scoundrel Art forum) that specifically showcased the art of different artists as they worked on sketch card commissions or sets for various companies. My very first attempts at drawing and sketch on a 2.5 x 3.5 inch size was surprisingly hard, I thought! It took a few months for me to get a handle just on the idea of it… I almost gave up. One is supposed to paint BIG, present BIG, and talk BIG, not business card size…
In 2007, I was given the opportunity to work on the Star Wars: 30th Anniversary set put out by Topps Entertainment. To work on a set about a movie I’d fallen in love with (along with a bajillion other people) at the tender age of fourteen was amazing for me, and I’d like to think I’ve learned a lot since then about art, technique, professionalism, and the determination to ALWAYS improve. ALWAYS be curious about something.
I’m so happy I didn’t quit on it! Again, my work includes several arenas – portraits, sketches for horse-related books, fine art commissions, and the like – but in the “sketch” card world, I’ve gotten to meet so many kind people, both collectors and other artists! I’m hoping to have a go at other types of art and illustration to complement the skills I’ve learned so far, expand those skills (and ideas) and keep moving along. Like the human heart, sketch cards are bigger on the inside. :-p
I’m proud of what I’ve done so far, am grateful to sketch cards, and hope to keep doing these little cards along with every other type of current and future projects!
Sketch cards RULE!
Ingrid KV Hardy
My March update has been sent out to all my subscribers! If things are quiet over the next few days, there will be updates and links here. Please stay tuned!
In other news, a new horse has been added to my sketch card stables, this one entitled “Tempête”. She has found a new home already, and I wish her well!
Plans for next year’s Tenth Anniversary are still nebulous… For once I’ve started thinking about something early enough to give me the chance to figure out what could be fun, interesting, and maybe even informative. Tons of ideas to be whittled down, and then to see who would be interested in participating. As always, leave comments and ideas, or nessage me!
Next year will mark an era in my full-time art career – a ten-year anniversary.
Full disclosure – I have gotten to the age when you can look back and see life like a series of waves. Waves of events that roll and churn; rush in and happen, then run away like M&M’s. Then roll in again even bigger, and of course skittle away just as fast. I hope to bring the waves in next years.
Now that I’ve made you good and seasick, my point shall be made. I’ve been an Illustrator (and closet writer) for nearly *&#$ years, but 2016 will mark ten years that I’ve doing it full-time, AND ten years that I have been fairly solidly in the sketch card industry. Well, perhaps “industry” is a heavy word for it, but I can’ think of a better word. As stated on my WIASC page (in French and English), sketch cards – or Art Cards – are rather small, and their right and true ancestral lineage is just a bit shrouded in a certain amount of mystery, though there are those who brightly state they know where the Very First Card came from. Could be as late as the 1970’s – could be as early as the 19th century. Doesn’t really matter, these are things you can really and truly hold in your hands, or hang on the wall, trade them, buy them, sell them, collect them, build houses with them, whatever you wish.
As a complement to other work, I love the sketch card world. People who like these cards REALLY like them, and that is fun. It is also very satisfying to see new collectors come on board.
So I’m ruminating now on some ideas I’d like to try during 2016, because plans usually do like popcorn and explode to silly proportions. Like my short-lived “Showcase!” project, I plan on approaching some people to chat with, interview, hang around with – things like that. Some of which would just be posted here to read, others might be video chats that I’ll provide links to for anyone interested in either attending or just to watch when time is available.
Who would you like to see or read about? I have a long list, and will also re-post those amazing people I already did contact last year. Suggest some names. Individuals? Companies? Artists? Collectors? Let me know. Post here or contact me privately – as you prefer. Next year will be my third “bungee” year in a row (giggle), and I’d like to make it as stimulating as the great ocean tides.
Looking forward to hearing from you!