Romani Maiden and Spook the Cat, ATCs

Romani Maiden, 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, fine liners, gel pen

Her family discovered Nadya had the gift of fortune-telling at age nine when she convinced them not to take a ship that was lost in a violent storm two weeks after leaving port. But she always preferred horses to people, and by sixteen she discovered a gift for training horses.  Nadya is number 14 in the 100 Maidens Project and was made for a trade at

The topic I chose from the ATC preference list for this trade was “gypsy or bohemian woman”, and in reading about “gypsies” I was reminded that some Roma consider this an insult. My imperfect understanding suggests “Romani” is the feminine adjective, and I hope anyone reading this post who knows otherwise will correct me.

Spook, 2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics and fine liners

Spook’s mother was the goddess Bastet and his sire a powerful Sphynx cat, companion to a ruling pharoah. Every October, this ancient and magical creature rises from a deep slumber and begins his search for thirteen worthy black kittens on which to bestow the magic of All Hallow’s Eve. Made for a Halloween swap at

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Reference photo.  Cat reference photo.

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20 thoughts on “Romani Maiden and Spook the Cat, ATCs

  1. clara nilles

    OMG – THe sphynx cat is awesome! THe contrasting color, texture of the skin, and glowing eyes! I have never tried copics nor gel pens……what interesting effects. Are they water soluble? And what is an ATC??

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      I started using a white gel pen for eye effects (still trying to get those just right, although I think these are not too bad!), and more recently for fine, bright details. Copics are permanent and alcohol-based. And an ATC is an Artist Trading Card sized 2.5″ x 3.5″, and traded with other artists. An ACEO (Art Cards, Editions and Originals) are the same, except they are sold instead of traded. I’ve been an ATC fiend lately, courtesy of Over 50 in about a month and a half.

  2. shirley

    Goodness, your maiden is simply GORGEOUS! What wonderful work you do. Thank you so much for poppin’ by…you have been such a gem! I hope you have a wonderfully creative rest of the week ahead!

  3. Beth Parker

    WOW!!! These are amazing! I especially love Nadya! You sure can get a lot of wonderful detail in that small little space. I am loving your ATCs!

  4. Karen Sagovac

    Wow – these are both gorgeous! Love the colours and pattern detail on the Romanian girl (especially her hair) and of course absolutely love the cat with his wrinkly skin and big green eyes. Definitely your best cat yet… mreow ;)

  5. Richard Ewing

    The best thing about the maiden is that you chose to leave the face untextured. This give a needed visual break so we can more enjoy the supporting textures surrounding her.
    nicely plotted.

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