Monthly Archives: March 2011

Kidlit4Japan Benefit Auction

I, along with the rest of the world, was quite shocked and saddened to hear about the recent earthquakes and tsunamis that have devastated Japan. In a generous effort to help out, children’s author Greg Fishbone has gathered children’s and YA authors and illustrators for a benefit auction called Kidlit4Japan.

I have contributed a “My Sister the Freak / Frosty the Gourdman Book and Art Pack” for the cause. It will go up for auction later this week, tentatively Thursday morning (check the Kidlit4Japan website for schedule updates). The auction will last about a week. Here is what is included:

The whole pack is worth around $170, but I will happily send this pack to the winner regardless if the winning bid reaches this amount or not. If you are interested in the pack, please take a moment and bid any amount that you can once the auction goes up.

You can also take a look at all the other Kidlit4Japan auctions to see if there is something else you might be interested in. There are authors, illustrators, editors, and agents offering things like signed books, manuscript critiques, original art, and even the chance to have a character named after you in a book! New auctions will be going up every day by the hour for the next 2 or 3 weeks, starting today. Be sure to check them out.

Making and Publishing a Children’s Book, Part 3

I haven’t posted an update about my “Once Upon a Time” picture book in a few weeks. Never fear – I AM making progress. Here is the photo evidence:

My desk is covered with sheets of paper, from this project, my webcomic, and my freelance work. Busy busy! I almost have the entire book roughed out. Then, I’m going to head into refining the drawings. I have the roughs in red colored pencil because I am going to draw right over them with a regular pencil and clean them up in Photoshop. After that, it’s just a matter of painting them!

With this series of posts, I am realizing that it is very hard to do a “making of” without giving too much of the story away. But you may notice above that I managed to put in a sneak peek at a new character I haven’t shown before. ;)

New Facebook Page

I recently started up a new Facebook page where you can network with me and keep up with various news and projects. You can “Like” it here: http://www.facebook.com/DaniDrawsPage

I’ve been on Facebook for awhile, but I never made it public because I don’t use FB much for work stuff. My main social network of choice has been Twitter. However, I thought it was silly to lose out on so much conversation and discussion from the many of you that may prefer Facebook, so now I have the public page where I can talk with you all about art and technology and other random stuff.

FYI, the FB page will pretty much just rehash my Twitter account, so if you follow me on Twitter you’re probably not going to miss out on much. You’re free to choose one or the other or both!

Also, with the public page in place, I am no longer accepting friend requests on my personal account from people I don’t know. If you find my personal account, please use the page to network with me instead. If you are already a friend of mine on FB and I don’t know you, please migrate over to the page as I don’t use it to talk about art and I may even start deleting friends soon (Please don’t be offended if I do. I just need to separate work and life a bit).

Also, if you are unaware, I also have other FB pages that I set up previously for other projects. Like them too if you want!

My Sister the Freak Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/mysisterthefreak
The Illustrated Section: http://www.facebook.com/theillustratedsection

Thanks! I’m looking forward to talking to you all on Facebook!

“My Sister, the Freak” Issue 3 Digital Edition Now Available

Mstf0103 Cover

The digital version of My Sister, the Freak Issue 3 is now available. You can download it in PDF and CBZ formats from my store here. Also, remember to check out Issues 1 & 2. Issue 1 is FREE!

The Illustrated Section Limited-Time Sale

The PDF is also available through The Illustrated Section, an online store containing digital comics and books by MANY different artists and creators. To celebrate the launch, I am offering the download for $.99 this weekend only, and only through The Illustrated Section. After that, it will go up to the normal price of $1.99. Download it at sale price here.

What is My Sister, the Freak?

In case you don’t know, My Sister, the Freak is my ongoing webcomic and it updates with a new page every Saturday. You can read it for free at mysisterthefreak.com. If you haven’t read my webcomic or are behind a few weeks, these digital editions are a nice handy way to catch up. I’ll be starting up Chapter 4 (the last chapter for this particular story) very soon, so this is an ideal time to read the previous issues. :)

Original Art Sale – Store Cleanup Time!

In an attempt to clear out my store page to make room for new projects and art, I am holding a big sale on all the original art and sketch cards that I have listed there currently. AFTER MARCH 15, I AM DUMPING ALL THIS ART. Get it while you can.

Most of the sketch cards are from my Summer of Heroes and Christmas Cards projects that I did last year, plus some miscellaneous sketches I did for fun. All of them are now $10, reduced from $20 and $30.

Buy the art here.