Over the weekend, I created a gallery on Zazzle.com to include in my new Store. Through this site, you can create custom products like clothing, stickers, and mugs. Well, I had tons of fun making these Halloween-themed t-shirts inspired by some of my sketches. They are now available for sale if you would like to grab one for yourself!
You can find my Zazzle gallery here: Zazzle.com/danidraws, and I hope to add new products regularly. If any of you have requests for something featuring one of my existing illustrations, or even something completely new, you’re welcome to contact me.
With all the illustrating, blogging, working, and business stuff that I do, I rarely have time to draw for FUN anymore. Weeks (or months!) can separate one page in my sketchbook from the next, and blog posts around here have become much too infrequent. That is just ridiculous!
So, I have recently resolved to creating at least one drawing a day, just for me. I just finished the first week. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
I am really liking the results. Just the one little sketch per day is doing wonders for my creativity. I like the cute, and sometimes very random stuff that is coming out.
I have also added a store to my website, so I will also be selling the original sketches. Just browse right on over there if you want one. I’ll keep posting new ones weekly, too.
I just received copies of my second picture book, The Best Mariachi in the World. It’s great being able to see the finished product for the first time! The book should be officially released in October. Keep your eye out for it, or request it from your bookstore.
I’ve posted a preview of the book on my dedicated Mariachi site here. Enjoy!
Video: Sailor Sketch (Quicktime, 1:18, 157 KB)
Here is a bit of a quickie sketch that I made a few weeks ago. It is pretty straightforward, but it is significant because I created this painting during a live broadcast at Ustream.tv. The site enables you to create live video streams that users can interact with through chat. I am still experimenting with it, but if you have suggestions or have had experience with this service before, I would be happy to hear any comments you may have! Hopefully, I will have more Ustream experiments to share soon.
My Ustream profile page: http://www.ustream.tv/danidraws
Hire an Illustrator!, a portfolio site for illustrators, recently posted an interview with me as part of their illustrator spotlight. Check it out, especially if you want to know what kind of sandwich I like.
My Hai! Gallery: http://hireanillustrator.com/v2/gallery?g2_itemId=5998
I was recently sent an email from reader Lorraine, who teaches an illustration class at Sheridan College in Toronto. She asked me a few questions regarding the illustration industry today, and what advice I would give to her students who are about to enter the field. Here are her questions and my answers.
So, I’ve already made it known that I love to change the look of my websites – and maybe a bit too often. But I think it was due for a change around here. It was getting much too cluttered.
I hope you enjoy the new look. If you’re reading this from a feed, drop by the home site for a visit.
- simpler look
- comprehensive site index to help browse articles and find specific topics
- and hopefully more posts in the near future. Drop me an email if you have requests/questions.
Also, don’t forget this recent addition:
- my Twitter feed – a great way to ask questions, share links, chat, or just find out what I’m up to.
UPDATE: Based on feedback, it seems that the site isn’t working properly in Internet Explorer. I don’t know how to fix this yet, so sorry for the inconvenience. If any web-saavy readers out there know of a fix, please let me know.
UPDATE #2: Okay, IE issues should be fixed now. Thanks Jared and Mitch for your help!
I was going through my archive of old site designs the other day, and I was amused and appalled. I thought it would be fun and educational to share them here, even if there is a slight risk of embarrassment.
I have had a pretty brief illustration career – under 4 years – but in that time I’ve had eight website designs. Eight! That is not something I would recommend, and if I were to go back in time I would have exercised a little more restraint. However, I learned a lot about web design, which has been an invaluable skill for showcasing my portfolio, building blogs, and marketing myself on the internet.
So, here it is – the history of danijones.com. If you’ve been following my work for a while, you might even recognize some of these. I hope you are able to learn from my successes and failures.