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!

Darth Maul and Commissions Open

Darth Maul

From 2014 (gads, already two years… ridiculous how time flies!), an AP from Topps’ Star Wars: Masterworks 1. This is, of course, Darth Maul, and he is up for a 5-day auction on Ebay. If you wish, Click the image or the link HERE to see the auction.

After next week, I will have a bit of time if anyone would like to commission artwork from me, be it sketch cards or larger pieces. If you are interested please contact me at either: ingridhardy32@gmail.com OR ingrid.hardy.1@sympatico.ca

Thank you!

Darth Anakin, and other Strokes

Not in too much of a chatty mood these days, these are (personally) trying times. But life goes on, what can one say.

A couple of new pieces are complete, and there will be several new ones to show soon too! Have been working on Perna Studios’ “Spellcasters II” set, and should soon have a couple of previews approved.

Ending on Ebay later today is my last “Journey to the Force Awakens” artist proof card, my version of Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker. Ending tomorrow is my first “Force Awakens series 2” artist proof card. The number of artists doing cards on the series 2 set is, if I’m not mistaken, even smaller than on the first set, so these cards are likely very rare indeed. Thank you for looking!

Desert Planet Jakku,     Darth Anakin,      All Selling

Auctions – The Last of Force Awakens 1

As snow falls yet again(!), my very last cards are up on Ebay now, one ending tomorrow morning. Please contact me or any reason, I answer everything. My last “Journey to The Force Awakens” artist proof is nearly complete, and will feature Darth Vader. Ebay jedipencil Auctions    

Aside from Star Wars, things are moving along on the next set for Perna Studios, and the next large format painting is underway. Two horses are also nearly complete, and there will be a couple of dinosaurs soon! Dinosaurs are cool (on paper, at least).

Below is the list for The Force Awakens 2, and I’m on it!! The artist count is very low…

Hits List

Cards in Progress – My Life as a Rabbit Hole

TFA X-Wing Artist Proof - sketch stage

TFA X-Wing Artist Proof – sketch stage

Being your own boss has its ups and downs, as most people surely know in this day and age. In my life, I’ve had two careers: groom and horse trainer, and Illustrator, for a couple of years at the same time. For the latter part of my time working with horses, I was pretty much my own boss as well, counting three, four, sometimes five clients/stables simultaneously, but usually just two. Inevitably, boredom sets in and one looks for ways to make the job more interesting or to improve one’s skills, because there is ALWAYS room for improvement.

intermittently – when starting out in the working world, I had a few “regular” jobs: worked nights in a bank sorting cheques (paid well), did some time working in a framing shop (that was cool), washed dishes (hated that job), was an ESL teacher (terribly stressful), and gave riding lessons. Every single job taught me something (Joy dishwashing liquid does NOT make your hands softer!), but the most important thing they taught me was this: most run-of-the-mill jobs do not let you, and often don’t even encourage you, to grow… To move forward and ask questions, change your mind about things or reaffirm something you have learned. Time moves on without you and suddenly there is no more time for questions.

Being your own boss is undoubtedly the scariest job there is – except for being a parent – from the point of view of job security, because of course there are jobs MUCH more frightening, in a life-threatening way. However, there is one thing that makes up for all that. If you have a question about something, or develop an interest in a new way of doing your job, or you feel you want to explore deeper something you are currently doing, by golly there’s a darn good chance your boss will let you.

So where is this post going? No where in particular, except to say that today, no matter what your job is – a “regular” job or a self-employed one – think of something about the job you’re doing that you’d like to learn more about. Go with it. It might lead you somewhere interesting!

Okay, done with the chatter. The sketch up top is  my very last Artist Proof card from Topps’ The Force Awakens 1 trading card set, in the pencil stage. Below is the finished result. It’s up on Ebay for a 3-day auction finishing Friday afternoon. The previous Artist Proof from this set is in my store – it has not appeared on Ebay, and so far the plan is to keep it here. If you are interested in that card, let me know!

Work on the next set for Perna Studios has begun, and one card for that set in particular is one I cannot wait to show. The card stock is a bit different and I think it looks pretty cool. I’m also doing more Lord of the Rings cards, from the 5 Armies as well as the older movies, below is one of three cards sketched – as soon as they are complete they will be posted.

In closing for this week, thank you for reading, and here’s to finding new rabbit holes to follow! 🙂

Personal Sketch/Art Card, Éowyn, sketch stage

Personal Sketch/Art Card, Éowyn, sketch stage

TFA X-Wing Artist Proof - final stage

TFA X-Wing Artist Proof – final stage

TFA X-Wing Artist Proof - proper scan

TFA X-Wing Artist Proof – proper scan

Brief Update – Short Read – Two Links

Extremely brief update as my best use of time at the moment is to actually get things done. And it’s working. The Force Awakens Too actually took more time than I’d anticipated, as well as another small set I decided to take because it’s a topic I don’t often do, and don’t really have an affinity for. Why’d you take it then, you ask? Well, since you asked, I thought it might be a good way to try and learn something – try to find ways to take a subject I’m either not familiar with or don’t necessarily “trip” on, and make it interesting at least to myself. That way, perhaps someone else might find something interesting in it…

Not sure I succeeded (actually, pretty sure I failed), but I learned A LOT than can be applied to everything else. And that’s the point.

I’ll try to have a more detailed update soon, interesting stuff happening, but for now – thank you for reading, thank you for your patience, and hope you return! 🙂

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