Monthly Archives: February 2008

Illustrating a Children’s Story, Part 1

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Alright…enough of these serious productivity, business, and worst-case scenario musings on this blog for the time being. It seems I’ve been writing more than drawing lately, and since this site is called DaniDRAWS, I think I’ll go and pick up a pencil already!

Because I haven’t had a lot of time for self-promotional work recently, I’ve decided to start up a new project, out of which I hope to get a few good portfolio pieces. In a previous post, I mentioned that I once made a small booklet of the story of Little Red Riding Hood, which worked out well for me. Well, I want to do something similar and document the process here.

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Spec Work and the Pixish Debate

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Earlier this month, a site called Pixish popped up on the radar of illustrators everywhere and has ignited a lot of criticism and debate.

The problem? Spec work. When I first heard of this website, it was the first thing to come into my mind. But Pixish has denied the claims. I’ve waited to write anything about the subject so I could do the appropriate research and really gather my thoughts, but after all that, I’ve found that my original gut feeling was not too far off.

I know many of you readers are students and amateur illustrators. If you do not know about the issue of spec work, I would encourage you to take a moment and familiarize yourself. In this article, I’ll give you a little review, and also let you know why Pixish worries me so much.

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A Sketchbook History

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100 pages. Twelve years in the making.

I wanted to digitally archive some of my old drawings, and it turned into a huge sketchbook scanning bash. In this post, I’ve collected 100 pages and laid them out chronologically. It was a great project, and I ended up learning a lot; it’s probably more fun for me than for you, because I get to walk down memory lane a bit, but hopefully you’ll gain something from my little experiment.

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Book of the Month: 100 Days of Monsters

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I just ran across Stefan Bucher’s 100 Days Of Monsters. Stefan runs a popular blog called Daily Monster where he draws, you guessed it, a monster a day. The best part is he records the making of each one in a series of very well-done and fascinating videos.

Along the way, the Daily Monster started to attract fans and many of them created backstories and histories to go along with his monsters. The extra participation has made Stefan’s little project widely popular. Now, his book featuring 100 of these creations and their stories is being released at the end of the month. Included is a DVD with all of the corresponding videos, plus some cool extras.

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