Monthly Archives: May 2007


I don’t really have time to make a full illustration this week, but I was recently tagged by m.b, and since this seems to be an Illustration Friday thing, I’ve decided to paste it onto my “Cars” sketch.

So, here are seven random things about me:

1. My favorite type of food is Mexican, followed closely by fried chicken.

2. I am a triplet. I have two sisters who are identical to me. No, we never tried to fool our teachers while we were in school. However, one of my sisters and I made the other cry when we tried to fool her.

3. To blow off steam, I like to play Contra.

4. I am currently subscribed to about 195 art related blogs. Yes, I look at each new post; yes, it takes a lot of time; and yes, I need a life.

5. There are four or five other more important jobs that I can be working on right now instead of writing this post.

6. My favorite flowers are lilacs.

7. I hate drawing cars.

Record Your Art

Record Your Art

Have you ever wondered how I create my videos for this website? This tutorial is for every artist who has ever wanted to record their digital painting process in order to share with others, or simply watch for fun later. Here, I will cover the screen recording software I use and how I go about shooting, editing, and distributing my digital illustration demos.

This post is quite a doozie, and it answers one of the most commonly asked questions that I get from you readers. Enjoy!

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Reading Friends

Look at that…it’s taken me over a week to recover from the NESCBWI Conference and put up another post. It was a lot of fun and I met several great people.

This is a little illustration that I made the other day, just for fun.

What Do You Hate to Draw?


I recently got an assignment to illustrate a small educational reader. One of the illustrations contained all of the following objects: a bicycle, a house, a car, and a horse.

I’m sure I let out an audible groan.

The thing is, I hate drawing every single one of those objects. Do I have something against them? No…but the thought of drawing them multiple times in various perspectives gives me a headache (and if you’re not a fan of perspective, a bicycle can be your worst nightmare, believe me!). I enjoy drawing little cuddly animals and cute kids. Most everything else, I can do without.

Every artist will come across this problem, and probably quite frequently. If you are a working illustrator, you can’t just push it aside.

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I am currently working on my second picture book, The Best Mariachi in the World. This is a small piece of the illustration that I have been painting today. Only a few more to go…whew!

I am also trying to get stuff together for the New England SCBWI conference this weekend. This is my first conference, so I’m kinda psyched. If you happen to be there, go ahead and introduce yourself.

I thought this was a good time to get some business cards printed. Here’s what they look like:

Illustration Link Feast


This is a collection of my favorite art tutorials, resources, and advice that I have found around the web…with a little bit of silliness thrown in.

Some of these links have been around awhile, and some of them are pretty new, but they are all enlightening nonetheless. I’ve tried to target specific pages or sections, as opposed to entire websites, so each will bring you straight to some source of learning, inspiration, or fun. Enjoy, and click away!

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Dani’s Videos #11: Digital Ink and Paint

This is a small line and color job done on the computer. I first created my drawing using Adobe Illustrator, then copied it into Photoshop to put some basic paint onto it.

For more information about this process, see my previous posts here:

Download the video here: Digital Ink and Paint (Quicktime, 3:45, 12.41 MB)

Book of the Month: Crumble Crackle Burn

Crumble, Crackle, Burn by Von Glitschka

Crumble, Crackle, Burn by Von Glitschka is set to be released later this month. I am so looking forward to getting my hands on this book. I love the idea behind it…Von has put together a team of artists and given them each a different texture. Each “spread” in the book features a picture of the texture, and the illustration that utilizes it. As a bonus, the book will also come with a DVD of the texture files in high resolution so you can use them in your own work.

Recently, Von featured some sample spreads on his blog, which has got me even more excited. So, mark your calendars for May 16, or go ahead and pre-order it on

To feed your appetite until then, here are some great texture links for you:

Update: Von has emailed me to let me know that those who purchase the book and email him a copy of the receipt can also receive a DVD with 30 additional textures! Also, keep an eye on, which will soon have more information about the book.