View Full Version : Whales, Orcas, and Dolphins - Hand drawn/Painted - Due March 7

01-03-2012, 05:44 PM
Whales, Orcas, and Dolphins - Hand drawn/Painted
Swap Due Date - March 7

Signup/withdraw date - February 21
Withdrawals after the withdraw date will receive neutral feedback.
Number of Cards - 3 for 3
Number of participants - 30 (my 3rd swap!)
Medium- Hand drawn/painted

For this swap you will create cards that feature dolphins, orcas, or whales. Hand drawn or painted only please. Please do your best work that you would be proud for someone to own.

If you have questions, just ask.

--cards must be standard ATC size, 2.5x3.5in
--include your username, real name, and location on the back of each card.
--hand drawn or painted only, please. Do your best work: Something you would be proud to give and to receive.
--US players: include a SASE with at least .45 cents in postage
--Internationals: Please send a self addressed envelope. I will cover the postage cost for all international traders. I collect postage stamps (new and postmarked) though so if you want to include a loose stamp from your country for my collection, that would be awesome.
--ALL PLAYERS write your user name on the back of your return envelope
--when your returns arrive, remember to leave iTrader for me and rep points for those whose cards you received. Part of the fun of the trade is finding out where in the world our cards ended up.
--if you need to drop the swap you must communicate with me. Withdrawals after the withdraw date will receive a neutral iTrader rating.

--When your cards are finished and ready to send, please PM me for address information.

--Host cards are not necessary but always treasured.

1. Sasjhwa - Washington - Arrived
2. Threshold90 - California - Withdrawal
3. Kyo - Mexico - Cards Lost
4. Lemurkat - New Zealand - Arrived
5. Freedom119 - New Jersey - Arrived
6. BryaAmirault - South Dakota - Arrived
7. Evalila - Germany - Arrived
8. Pauline - Australia - Arrived
9. Jiliyan - Canada - Arrived
10. Kris10satcs - Missouri - Arrived
11. Dulci - Montana - Withdrawal
12. Lea67000 - France - Arrived
13. Catsie - Texas - Withdrawal
14. Happyjappe - Australia - Arrived
15. Shewolf36 - California - Arrived
16. Picky Pie - Oregon - Arrived
17. NickyBlade - New York - Arrived
18. Mellyr - Australia - Arrived
19. Malufean76 - Texas - Arrived
20. Mikesatc - Rhode Island - Arrived
21. BayBird - California - Arrived

01-03-2012, 06:24 PM
Sign me up please!

01-03-2012, 08:04 PM
Welcome aboard a123andpoof!

01-03-2012, 08:54 PM
Add me friend :)

01-03-2012, 09:17 PM
Woo! Threshold90! Welcome!

01-04-2012, 12:59 AM
hi! i´m new here and i want to sign this trade :D

01-04-2012, 02:41 AM
Okay, I would like to join. I should add a Kaikoura set to my New Zealand Naturally art cards, and this is a perfect excuse for drawing for it. I'm going to therefore do species that are found around New Zealand - the sperm whale, the killer whale, long finned pilot whale and maybe dusky dolphins. That's three dolphins and one whale, despite the names! But we'll see, maybe I'll draw a maui dolphin as well (it's a subspecies of Hector's) - one of the rarest sea dolphins in the world.

01-04-2012, 03:28 AM
Kyo! Welcome! I'm honored to be your first swap here at ATCsForAll!!! I don't have any cards from Mexico either so I'm excited to see yours! If you have any questions or need any help with anything be sure to ask. We are a friendly bunch!

Lemurkat! Welcome! I love seeing all the different critters you come up with to illustrate! We have killer whales (more commonly called orcas here) in Washington too. :D

01-04-2012, 07:58 AM
This could be a whale of a good time, oh gosh that was lame haha sign me up...

01-04-2012, 12:02 PM
Bad jokes are perfectly acceptable. :-p Welcome Freedom119!

01-04-2012, 12:13 PM
Could i join? this would also be my first swop!

01-04-2012, 12:39 PM

01-04-2012, 01:26 PM
BryaAmirault! Welcome! Another new member in a first swap! This is very cool.

debs913 I hope you are able to find the time to jump in. The water is fine!

01-04-2012, 01:28 PM
Can I play, too?

01-04-2012, 01:32 PM
Evalila welcome! When people join that I haven't traded with I try to go through their galleries and see what they can do. You have some very gorgeous cards. :D

01-04-2012, 01:46 PM
Thank you:wubclub:

01-04-2012, 03:38 PM
do they need to be thick or thin format?

01-04-2012, 03:53 PM
Paper should be thicker than typing paper. I use bristol paper for most of my cards. I use markers and they bleed through the paper and I want something to contain that a bit. I glue an information sheet on the back that has my name, username, swap name, card name, etc. which thickens it a bit. Some people use watercolor paper or cardstock or other papers. It is really up to you.

If you are using paint, be sure to use a paper that can handle the paint without wrinkling. It doesn't apply to this swap but if you join a mixed media swap use paper that is strong enough to hold whatever you are putting on it.

For my taste I like a card that I can hold in my hand that will not move if there is a breeze.

The site has a pretty good FAQ for new members. Also check out this post. (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1366) It answers your question probably better than I did and lots of others as well, such as how to use the iTrader and You Rock! systems.

01-04-2012, 04:18 PM
THANKS! i use cardstock for all media so far and it works best for me

01-04-2012, 04:22 PM

01-04-2012, 05:19 PM
I would love to sign up for this one.... and it is no use going through my gallery because I dont know how to set one up, but I am now limiting my signups for mainly hand drawn and painted cards, what I love doing best.
Pauline (downunder)

01-04-2012, 05:21 PM
And I will send you some nice Aussie stamps for your collection

01-04-2012, 06:34 PM
Pauline! Welcome! You can't set up your gallery? Have you tried this: http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/faq.php?faq=faq_gallery#faq_faq_images_kind

If you are still having trouble contact a moderator. They'll help you out.

01-05-2012, 07:15 PM
Hurrah Jiliyan! Welcome!

01-05-2012, 07:18 PM
5 of the 10 sign ups are from outside the United States. That is awesome!

01-05-2012, 07:22 PM
I love it! Count me in, please.

01-05-2012, 07:34 PM
Welcome kris10satcs! Hurrah!

01-09-2012, 05:44 PM
Have you started on your cards yet? How are they coming along. I'm not rushing you. I'm just curious about the process. :D Have you selected your animals yet?

I haven't started my cards yet but I've been practicing using markers and acrylic paints in different techniques to create water. My goal is that the 3 cards will be the best three I have ever made and I'm doing several drafts before hitting the final ones. Here's hoping!

I will be doing a humpback whale, an orca, and a dolphin, although I don't know which kind of dolphin yet. After I finish the other 2 cards I will likely do a big google search and hit the picture books at the library for inspiration.

01-09-2012, 11:27 PM
I've received a couple of requests for addresses already. I know there are a lot of new people in the swap (which is awesome!). I want to remind you to look over the submission guidelines in the first post to make sure that you have everything included you are supposed to and that your cards meet the requirements of the swap before you mail them.

If you are able to scan your cards and post them please do. If you want me to scan them and send you a copy I'm happy to do that. Having a few cards in your gallery is sometimes a good incentive to do more cards. For me it is fun looking back to the cards I turned in back in 2008 and seeing how far I've come artistically.

01-11-2012, 03:46 PM
Hi, I am afraid I have to withdraw sorry!

01-11-2012, 04:25 PM
I'm sorry to hear that!

01-11-2012, 04:46 PM
lurking for the moment....love, love, love dolphins!

01-11-2012, 04:50 PM
Be careful how you lurk. People might think you were a shark! :laugh:

I hope you find the time to participate!

01-13-2012, 09:40 PM
I'm a little worried I might have overcommitted myself, but I'll get back to you on that one... Keep me in for now!

01-13-2012, 10:25 PM
Thanks Lemurkat. There is a lot of time still. No pressure.

01-23-2012, 06:08 PM
Please add me to this oh so wonderful swap!! I used to draw orcas and dolphins but haven't for a few years so it's TIME to PLAY!!!

01-24-2012, 09:27 PM
Welcome Dulci! Glad to have you aboard!

01-24-2012, 09:31 PM
Freedom119, your gorgeous cards have arrived!

01-26-2012, 01:22 AM
Please sign me up!

01-26-2012, 03:48 AM
Welcome lea67000! Glad you could be here!

01-26-2012, 03:55 AM
I wanted to be sure I'd have time to make the cards before signing up.

01-26-2012, 02:24 PM
I've just started to sketch. Once upon a time (when I was a teenager) I had notebooks full of dolphin drawings in all kind of positions. My first attempt today was barely recognizable as a fish :confused:.

01-26-2012, 02:36 PM
Catsie! Welcome!

Lea67000, this is a great time to shake the rust off! I've been in your shoes several times and after sketching all over a couple of pieces of paper the old habits come back. I love that ATCs are a great opportunity to grow and stretch as an artist!

01-26-2012, 03:14 PM
They do! I learn a lot of things with ATCs swaps here.

01-26-2012, 03:54 PM
I have found that this site has broadened my skill a great deal. I'm also finding that I am drawing more varied subjects than I did before. Every couple of months I collect the names of all the hand drawn/painted swaps currently open and pick one at random to participate in just to get me out of my comfort zone. Some of my favorite cards have been in those swaps. I'm nowhere near where I want to be artistically but this site has helped propel me forward on the journey and that makes it fantastic. :D

01-28-2012, 02:16 AM
Jiliyan, your cards have found their way to my home! I was beginning to get worried but our letter carrier said quite a bit of mail from Canada has been delayed because of all the snow storms and power outages. Thank you for the extra!

01-28-2012, 02:24 AM
I was browsing through my Facebook page today and noticed that Sea Shepherd has opened a gallery and educational center at their home base in Friday Harbor, Washington. It is only a few miles from my house and I'm going to have to plan a ferry trip this summer to visit it. They had a mural painted for the new place and I thought it might give some good inspiration as you are working on your cards.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/401065_234298146651692_232088823539291_537723_1734 864798_n.jpg

01-29-2012, 06:46 AM
Here are my dolphins ready for the trip!


01-29-2012, 03:28 PM
Those dolphins look happy to be so well depicted! Great job!

02-01-2012, 12:07 PM
Hi Happyjappe! Welcome to the swap. I hope you have a fantastic time!

02-02-2012, 09:53 PM
Hi!!! can you send me your address, please :D

02-02-2012, 11:08 PM
Done Kyo. I'm looking forward to seeing my first cards from Mexico!

02-04-2012, 06:41 PM
I would love to join

02-04-2012, 08:03 PM
Shewolf36! Welcome! I'm glad you are here!

02-07-2012, 12:09 PM
Just finished my cards:

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/2901/small/1_Whales001.jpg (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/2901/1_Whales001.jpg) Short-finned Pilot-Whale

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/2901/small/1_Whales002.jpg (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/2901/1_Whales002.jpg) Narwhal

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/2901/small/1_Whales003.jpg (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/2901/1_Whales003.jpg) Commerson´s Dolphin

http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/2901/small/1_Whales004.jpg (http://www.atcsforall.com/forum/gallery/images/2901/1_Whales004.jpg) Orca

02-07-2012, 12:17 PM
Those are gorgeous Evalila! I'm excited to see them in my hot little hands!

02-07-2012, 01:26 PM
I agree, there are a lot of very talented artists in this swap, yourself included Picky Pie! I am looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with in the next 30 days!

02-07-2012, 03:26 PM
Welcome NickyBlade. I notice you have 0 iTraders. Is this your first swap? I know there are several new folks in it. It always makes me happy when new people get involved. :D

02-07-2012, 04:20 PM
That is great! One of the wonderful things I love about ATCsforALL is that it allows me (compels me?) to draw outside of my comfort zone. I have drawn so many things that I never would have even dreamed about a few years ago. My skill is improving as a result.

02-08-2012, 01:16 PM
My cards went in the mail this afternoon :)

02-08-2012, 01:23 PM
Awesome! Thank you Evalila!

02-08-2012, 01:37 PM
here are mine

02-08-2012, 01:40 PM
Fabulous as always, Nikki!

02-08-2012, 02:01 PM
I am continually impressed by the amazing art that is showing up in this swap! Well done Nikki!

02-09-2012, 01:30 AM
please add me, i love all the cards so far and they are making me join lol

02-09-2012, 03:48 AM
Hurrah! Another joins our little pod! Welcome Mellyr!

02-09-2012, 09:36 PM
Those are very cool cards NickyBlade! I love the composition of each and how you tied them together.

02-09-2012, 10:16 PM
I think it looks great in pencil. There is a lot that you can do with them you can't with markers. I use Prismacolor markers for almost everything I do. A good time to buy them here is when Michael's or Ben Franklin crafts has a 40% off coupon. I also try to buy a single marker a month from my local university bookstore if they have any new ones in stock. It increases the collection for less than the price of a coffee.

02-12-2012, 03:55 PM
I received cards yesterday from Lea67000 and BryaAmirault.

Lea67000 thank you for the host card and the stamps. There were a few countries I don't have in my collection yet! :D

BryaAmirault thank you for the Qatar Riyal. I actually do collect money and have gotten my 6 year old son interested too. I have very little money from that part of the world so this was exciting.

Both of you submitted excellent cards. SO BEAUTIFUL! Thank you!

02-12-2012, 03:56 PM
Someone asked. I do iTrader ratings at the end of the swap once all the cards are in instead of as the cards arrive. It keeps me from repeating myself. :D

If anyone needs your cards scanned just let me know. I'm happy to do it.

02-13-2012, 03:41 AM
Evalila your cards have arrived. Thank you for the extras. :D I'm not sure how your cards could look SO much better in person but somehow they do! Well done!

02-13-2012, 09:19 AM
Thanks for letting me know! I´m glad you like them:)

02-13-2012, 07:26 PM
I seem to be posting a lot lately! And it is awesome! More cards have arrived from Shewolf36 and NickyBlade. Thank you both so much for the host cards.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. This swap has the most amazing artists in it!

02-13-2012, 08:23 PM
I'm in!! PLASE!!

02-14-2012, 02:02 AM
Welcome Malufean76! I hope you have fun creating awesome cards!

02-14-2012, 04:46 AM
So many awesome cards! I'm probably not going to be participating in this one, sorry. I've been hardcore editting my books at present and not had much time or motivation to draw. Sorry!

02-14-2012, 11:08 AM
I'm so sorry to hear that. :( A person needs to have their priorities right though and new books are always good things!

02-14-2012, 08:04 PM
i'm in sign me up

02-14-2012, 09:34 PM
Glad to have you Mikesatc! :D

02-14-2012, 10:57 PM
here are my cards i hope you like them, can i please have your address

02-15-2012, 04:33 AM
Woo Hoo! Great cards! My address is PMing its way to you right now. Thanks!

02-16-2012, 05:49 PM
my oil pastel atcs for the swap

02-16-2012, 09:27 PM
Awesome, thanks Mike!

02-17-2012, 05:33 AM
I would like to revise my earlier withdrawal. You see... I have started on my NZ Naturally Tarot cards in which each suit symbolises a particular habitat, and after drawing a sperm whale as the King of Waves (traditionally Cups) I figured, "why not do a full set". However, there's only going to be three, not four, since the Page of Waves is going to be either a fur seal or a penguin. Probably the former.

Instead of a Host gift, would you like me to send a selection of canceled NZ stamps?

And I guess this means I shall need an address. Also, how many "forever" stamps does it take to post a letter to New Zealand? I've got a collection of US postage here.

02-17-2012, 01:26 PM
I'm always happy to have your gorgeous cards in my swap Lemurkat! I love the idea for your Tarot cards too. Are you going to print them?

First Class international postage for a 3 card set is $1.05US right now. A forever stamp is worth $0.45 so 2 would come in about right. I have a ton of stamps of various denominations to make up the difference. You don't need to feel obligated to do that though as I'm paying for all the foreign swaps this time around. I already have a couple of sheets of international postage. The NZ stamps are enough. :D I have a couple, but I have very few from your part of the world. :D

I'll PM you my address.

02-17-2012, 02:25 PM
I shall have a dig around in my loose stamp drawer, and if that doesn't yield anything, I shall visit our sole surviving stamp dealership (the rest are all in the "red zone" therefore probably just empty lots now). I have a number of stamps from obscure countries - eastern Europe, Egypt, etc, but I tend to hoard those ones.

As for the printing... Not sure - I can certainly print them myself (I have enough ink stockpiled to print several decks, I'd reckon) but I don't know about professionally - if I can find somewhere that will print tarot cards without too much issue, I certainly would - when they're finished, of course.

02-19-2012, 02:36 AM
Your cards are beautiful Picky Pie! :D

Adventurer, you should join the swap. There are a lot of new folks in here. :D There is still time to get cards to me.

02-21-2012, 04:17 AM
Welcome BayBird! Your cards are wonderful! :D

02-21-2012, 04:21 AM
Today is sign up/withdrawal date for this swap. Remember that cards are due on March 7, 2 weeks from now.

02-21-2012, 04:27 PM
Dolphins deserve same rights as humans, say scientists. Some want a "Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans." What do you think? The article is pretty interesting.


02-22-2012, 01:01 PM
PickyPie and MikesATC your cards have arrived. They look fabulous! Thank you both for the extra!

02-23-2012, 11:39 PM
Here are my cards!
hope you like them!

02-24-2012, 12:25 AM
Posted yesterday!

02-24-2012, 01:53 AM
Those are gorgeous Maria!

02-24-2012, 01:02 PM
Thank you Lemurkat and Catsie for the updates.

02-27-2012, 01:22 PM
We are a little more than a week out from the deadline for this swap. It is time to start getting those cards finished and in the mail so they arrive on time.

02-27-2012, 08:39 PM
Malufean76 your cards came in today and they are excellent! Thank you for the bonus card. :D

02-28-2012, 11:08 PM
Lemurkat and Pauline your cards arrived today. So much beauty! Thank you both for all the extras!!!

I'm so excited by this swap!

02-29-2012, 04:09 PM
Count me in.

02-29-2012, 05:00 PM
Sorry RyanJ, this swap is past the sign up deadline. I thought I had moved it from the Open to Active forum but I must have forgotten. My next swap will be wild animal related and I'll be sure to let you know when it kicks off in a couple of weeks.

Edit: The swap has been moved to the correct category now. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

03-01-2012, 07:28 PM
Kris10satcs your cards have arrived. Thank you for the host card! I am loving these cards. I love how you did the waves. It is outstanding!

03-02-2012, 07:09 PM
BayBird, your cards have arrived and are SO pretty! Thank you for the host card too!

03-03-2012, 04:50 PM
mine are mailing out today, thanks :)

03-03-2012, 08:10 PM
Excellent! I'm glad to hear it!

03-06-2012, 04:06 PM
Lol i have too many things going on i tell ya.... I sent them to the wrong person (im such a dummy), some reason i had someone else's screen name down as the host. Ur gonna have to give me a neutral itrader, no way i can get em to u from them in one day. Sry friend :(

03-07-2012, 12:59 AM
There have been a few drop outs in the last couple of days with people who have completed or partly completed card sets. My next swap will be wild animals and any cards from this swap will certainly work for that one as well. I'll start sign ups in a week or two.

03-07-2012, 01:14 AM
I am waiting for cards from Mellyr and Kyo. Mellyr's are in transit. Kyo has not replied to my PMs so may have dropped off the site. I should be able to trade out cards in a few days.

03-07-2012, 01:20 AM
Happyjappe your cards have arrived. They look great! Thank you for the host card.

03-07-2012, 12:22 PM
I heard from Kyo and the cards are lost in transit. I'm going to wait for Mellyr's cards which should be here in a couple of days and then swap out. If the lost cards arrive I'll swap them out. If not Kyo is welcome to put them in the next swap.

I'm excited too NickyBlade. There has been so much beauty passing through my mailbox!

03-13-2012, 04:53 PM
Mellyr's cards arrived today! Woo Hoo! Tomorrow will be deadline plus one week so I will be swapping out cards tomorrow!

Kyo, if your cards arrive I will let you know and we can discuss if you want them back or to add them to my Wild Animal swap (coming soon).

03-13-2012, 05:18 PM
thanks so much for waiting for me, and to everyone for being so patient,much appreciated

03-14-2012, 01:05 PM
All of the cards have been traded out and are going in the mail later today when I can get to the post office! I hope everyone is happy with their returns.

03-15-2012, 07:34 PM
I left iTrader feedback for all the participants. If I missed you, please let me know.

Remember to leave iTraders for me and "You Rock!" for the traders when your cards arrive.

03-19-2012, 01:03 AM
I'm glad to see some cards already making it to people. This has been a wonderful swap and I want to thank everyone for putting in so much hard work to make it special.

As promised, I'm now hosting a Wild Animal swap. Those who were not able to get their whale cards in on time may submit them to that swap if you want. I hope to see many of you join. The link to that and my Avengers Assemble! Swap are in my signature.

03-20-2012, 09:50 AM
Great returns received today!

03-20-2012, 03:52 PM
It looks like about half of you have received your cards including some abroad!

03-21-2012, 05:06 AM
Received awesome cards from Kris10atcs, lemurkat and Pauline yesterday. Thanks to you and of course to our fab host! Off to leave points...

03-22-2012, 10:18 AM
Thank you so much ssjhwa for hosting this wonderful swap! Thank you to Picky Pie, Evalila, and Mikesatc for sharing your wonderful whale and orca art with me--love, love them!

03-26-2012, 01:31 PM
I received beautiful cards from:

Shewolf - "Lovers" - magnificant orca
Baybird - "Dolphin" - lovely pencil work and a charming wee fellow
Evalila - "Narwhals" - gorgeous unicorns of the sea.

Thanks to Michael for hosting!

03-30-2012, 10:09 PM
beautiful cards recieved from

mary walker

and many thanks to our wonderful host