Monthly Archives: July 2013

Friend July 2013 Cover Process

Friend July 2013 cover by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Friend July 2013 cover by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Hey all! I had an illustration published on the COVER of the Friend magazine this month. I’ve done a lot of magazine work, but this is my first cover so I’m excited about it.

I thought I’d show you the process behind painting. Enjoy!

This is the original idea sketch for this cover. The art director gave me some good feedback, such as reversing the girl and adding flowers.

Friend July 2013 cover by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Here is my sketch ready for painting.

Friend July 2013 cover by Dani Jones danidraws.com

The illustration was painted in Photoshop. I blocked in initial colors and gradually added more detail as I went along.

Friend July 2013 cover by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Friend July 2013 cover by Dani Jones danidraws.com

And here’s the finished cover without the type.

Friend July 2013 cover by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Con Pics! MeCAF and Kids Read Comics 2013

This year I attended two comics shows and both were super fun.

MeCAF

First up was the Maine Comics Arts Festival – MeCAF – back in May. If you have never been, it is a beautiful show that takes place right on the water in Portland, Maine. This was my second time visiting, but my first time exhibiting.

Here was my view from my table:

MeCAF 2013 Photo by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Me:

MeCAF 2013 Photo by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Nice crowd:

MeCAF 2013 Photo by Dani Jones danidraws.com

And here’s all the MeCAF photos:

Kids Read Comics and the Kids Comics Revolution Awards

Kids Read Comics was as fun as ever! This was my third year attending. As usual, there were lots of great artists and lots of enthusiasm for comics from kids, creators, librarians, parents, and teachers alike.

Me and my table:

Kids Read Comics 2013 Photo by Dani Jones danidraws.com

I was excited to see my former schoolmate Mike Laughead, who attended the show for the first time. We haven’t see each other since our BYU-I days. Nice catching up Mike!

Kids Read Comics 2013 Photo by Dani Jones danidraws.com

This year, they also held the first ever Kids Comics Revolution Awards. I was honored to receive the award for Favorite Webcomic for My Sister the Freak. My award was almost stolen by the evil Vordak, but he was rescued by a good librarian and it now sits on my desk.

Kids Read Comics 2013 Photo by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Kids Read Comics 2013 Photo by Dani Jones danidraws.com

The rest of the KRC photos:

Fun times! These are the only shows I had scheduled for this year, but I hope to go to these shows again or find some other events for next year. Thanks to all those who came up to me and said hi. I hope I get to meet more of you all in the future. I enjoy it immensely.