This is a Photoshop texture experiment that turned into a sketch that turned into a final painting.
Gosh, I wish that happened every day.
This is my Illustration Friday submission for the week. It’s kinda based on the YA novel The Giver, so I thought it was appropriate. Comments and critiques are welcome.
What kinds of resources are your fellow DaniDraws.com readers using? Well, thanks to my Amazon Associates account, I have a little bit of a clue. Through Amazon Associates, when anyone clicks on one of the Amazon.com links on my site and buys a product, I receive a commission. I receive a report every month, part of which includes which products were bought.
Sure, this list includes some random things like music CD’s and novels, but because of the nature of this site, many of my readers are buying some pretty interesting art books. Some of these items I have never heard of, but upon looking at their description seem really interesting. So, don’t take my word for it — take a clue from your friends and peers…
Here is my entry for this week’s Illustration Friday. This is from my picture book Elfis. This is my sister’s favorite illustration from the book.
Here’s a close-up of Elfis:
And here’s a few process sketches:
I experiment with a lot of different brushes when I am painting, but there are a few that I go back to again and again. So, for those of you who are curious as to what I use, here’s a little sneak peek.
Here is my version of Charlotte’s Web. I posted the process behind this in an earlier post. Thanks for the comments Scott and Brandon. I always appreciate the help. If anyone else has any further suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
Reader Dan recently emailed me with this:
[I] think it would be a great idea to share some of your discoveries in the realm of brushes. I have been experimenting since I got my Wacom but still would love to hear what you have to say about things like opacity, flow, jitter…
So, in this tutorial, I’m going to give you a tour of the brush palette and some other simple brush settings. Working with just the standard round brush, I’ll show you how a few little tweaks can help get a more natural feel in your digital artwork.
This week marks the 5-month anniversary of my first post here at DaniDraws.com. In that short time, this site has grown steadily in both readers and content, and I am very pleased with how it is going. Many of you have written comments and emails, which I’m very grateful for.
In honor of the occasion, here is a special post where I review the best of what has been covered so far, give you a tour of some special features on the website, and let you know how YOU can help the site live on for months to come…
I created this little sketch the other day, so now I am painting it for fun. Here is the sketch and a color study. I’ll post the finished painting when it’s done. Stay tuned…
DaniDraws.com has just received a facelift. I’ve tried to make things a bit more organized and a little prettier. If you find any broken links or anything, let me know. I hope you like it better… See ya later!
This is a piece that I just finished today. It came as a result of this sketch:
And this is a small color sketch I did for it:
Earlier this week, I talked about some ways that artists should be using the internet. If you’ve already taken that first step and created your own website for your portfolio, take a moment to consider some of these notes. Your website might be driving me up a wall.
Are you taking full advantage of the opportunities the internet offers you? The art and illustration industry is quickly becoming a part of the digital world. If you are starting out in this business, you simply have to know your way around the net. Here’s a list of five tasks you must keep in mind while you are surfing the web.
No one is greener or more evil than the mighty King Koopa!
I painted this today. It is gouache on paper. Totally fun to do…
This piece is for this week’s Illustration Friday theme.
If you are going through the process of digitizing your traditional paintings, you have undoubtedly noticed that not all of your artwork fits onto the standard 8.5″x11.7″ glass of your flatbed scanner. Have no fear! With a few minor Photoshop tips, stitching together your large paintings doesn’t have to be such a hassle.