Copic ATCs, Anteater Chameleon Stork Hornbill

Oops, forgot to change the order of creatures in the title. Too late now since the memos have been distributed!

Purple Rhinoceros Hornbill, 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copic markers and fine liners

Blue Stork 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copic markers and fine liners


More tiny Artist Trading Cards. I don’t know how long the enthusiasm will last but that’s ten in two weeks.  It is certainly much less daunting staring at a blank 2.5″ x 3.5″ than an 8″ x 10″.  For one thing, much easier to fill in a background, and I like to do backgrounds.

I have a lot fewer smudging problems since I’ve been using colors other than black for the initial ink. Copic has a fairly limited number of colored fine liners so I use Micron and Prismacolor fine liners, too.


Strange Chameleon 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copic markers and fine liners

Blue Anteater 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copic markers and fine liners

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Anteater reference photo, Stork reference photo, Rhinoceros Hornbill reference photo



17 thoughts on “Copic ATCs, Anteater Chameleon Stork Hornbill

  1. C.P.Adorio

    I absolutely love your anteater. I shall return to comment further. I am so sleepy right now but wanted to tell you that these illustrations are terrific!!! You are inspiring me to paint. Thanks for sharing. Good night!

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      Thanks Ces! I like the anteater, too. Such an odd creature (and now a bit odder). :)

  2. Gay McKinnon

    Hey Cindy
    Love the hornbill in particular, and the blue stork! Good to see you’re not slumbering. Working small is a good idea – I can’t tell the difference in these digital versions but it means you do twice as much work in the time! I’m sorry I’ve been slow to respond to your latest – just the old shoulder trouble as usual.
    Thanks for letting me know about your comments on the Illo Friday site. I haven’t quite got the hang of it yet – I guess it’s good for Facebook users. I stand firm against Facebook and Twitter … last of the dinosaurs I know ….

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      If you are among the last, I stand with you! And how about this – I don’t have a cell phone, either. Well, I have one that is supposed to be for emergencies but I forgot how to add minutes. Nice to see you!

  3. Elena Caravela

    My favs are the anteater and the chameleon, but they are all terrific. I think that composition, the diagonal of the figure and the space upper left on the anteater is especially effective!

  4. Laurie Conley

    Your work really lends itself to the little cards; these look really special. I’ve considered making ATCs; it’s interesting to hear you’re really enjoying creating them! The backgrounds do look like fun and they go great with your critters.

  5. ruth

    I like all of these. It’s hard to pick my favorite, but I think it would be the anteater. He is so unusual.

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      I’d love to! Most of these are spoken for over at, and I’m working on a whole set for a swap, but I’d be happy to trade with you once I get caught up. :)

  6. The Beast Tender Post author

    Also, wow, thanks so much for all the encouraging comments! I’m feeling pretty good about these tiny arts and see many more in my future. :)

  7. Ann

    Oh how awesome these turned out to be!!!! Love your happy circle texture! Brillant!
    And as far as your Kingfisher! card that would be my all time favorite. They are my favorite birdie! :D LOVE it!! =)

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