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Stan Lee’s Kids Universe Launches February 2!

This weekend on February 2, the children’s book and comic publishing imprint Stan Lee’s Kids Universe will officially launch. SLKU is publishing my picture books Monsters Vs. Kittens and Once Upon a Time, and they will be included in the first list of titles when the company kicks off!

I’ve updated my website with info for both books. Bookmark these pages for future updates, extras, and news:

Monsters Vs. Kittens by Dani Jones
http://danidraws.com/monsters-vs-kittens

Once Upon a Time by Dani Jones
http://danidraws.com/once-upon-a-time

Here’s a random pic of Stan the Man himself at a recent signing, which I like because he happens to be sitting next to a pile of my books!

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Buy Monsters Vs. Kittens!

You can now preorder the book on Amazon here.


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iPad For Artists Sneak Peek

My book iPad For Artists was released earlier this month. The response so far has been fantastic! Thanks to all of you who have bought the book and sent me comments. I want to see all the great artwork you guys and gals are making on your iPads!

Here is a little peek at the book. In the “Creating a Children’s Illustration” tutorial, I made this illustration of a little pig in his house of straw. I drew it in Sketchbook Pro, which is a great all-around drawing app. I used my Wacom Bamboo iPad stylus to help me out.

Here are the process shots:

Buy the Book!

Check out the full “Creating a Children’s Illustration” tutorial, plus a variety of other tutorials, in iPad For Artists!

Giveaway!

There’s still time to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a free signed copy of iPad For Artists. Rules and details are in this post.

Introducing iPad For Artists + a Giveaway!

I have written a new book called iPad For Artists! It has been published by Ilex Press and is available to order TODAY! The book is filled with tips and tutorials for artists who are interested in drawing and painting on the iPad. I am excited to finally share it with all of you!

As you may know if you’ve kept up with this blog, I love drawing on my iPad. You can check out some of my previous iPad art and videos that I’ve posted before. It has been a big learning experience for me, and now you can grab all my tips, tricks, and knowledge that I’ve gained in one super book.

Learn all about the book and view previews on the dedicated page I made here:

danidraws.com/ipad-for-artists

Here is a short flip-through video:


http://youtu.be/qlA9ESjKr-4

iPad For Artists includes:

  • Lots of tutorials!

  • Many styles of art, including children’s illustration, landscape painting, still lifes, comic art, and sketching.

  • A review of my favorite styluses.

  • A list of my favorite apps and the advantages/disadvantages of each.

  • Articles and interviews with guests artists of a variety of backgrounds and interests.

  • A gallery of iPad art featuring many different artists.

I would like to extend a special thank you to Will Terry, Reed Bond, Fraser Scarfe, Eric Merced, Marc Scheff, and Jorge Lacera for contributing to the book. You all blew me away with your iPad talent!

Learning how to use the iPad for sketching and illustration work has been a rewarding journey for me. I will admit, it was frustrating at first! The iPad is so much different than your typical graphics tablet, but it also has HUGE potential that you can’t get anywhere else. I’m excited that other artists might start creating art on their iPad because of this book. If you are one of those people, be sure to let me know! I’d love to hear from you.

Buy the Book!

You can purchase the book from Amazon here.

Enter my giveaway to win a free book!

Year-In-Review: 2012

I can’t believe 2012 is almost over! I’ve been thinking a lot about how the year has gone, what I’ve accomplished, and where I’m going as 2013 approaches. It’s been a year filled with both failures and successes. I thought a large post in honor of 2012 would be fun and informative, while also helping me map out my goals for the coming year. I might have to make this a tradition (if I even remember to do this next December!).

So here we go…

Art I Made

Stuff I Wrote

Wacom Cintiq 24HD Review
iBooks Author Review
Sketch Card Process
Hourly Comics Day
Dropbox Review
Professional Quality Artwork and the iPad
Kids Read Comics Recap
Art Supply Review
Jot Touch Review
A Guide to Posting Artwork on Pinterest
Nice long FAQ page filled with advice and stuff.

Continue reading

Christmas Super Sale!

Starting today, grab some comics, books, original artwork, and prints in my store and get some great discounts! This is the perfect time to share one of my comics with a kid or friend, or maybe get a unique commission for a special Christmas gift.

Here’s an outline of the deals, available for a limited time only:

BLACK FRIDAY Print blowout

To start things off, this entire weekend you can grab any of my prints for only $10 – that’s over 40% off my regular price. The deal ends on Sunday November 25.

I added some new art to the print section, and if there is a particular piece from my website or blog that caught your attention that isn’t there, you are welcome to contact me and ask about it. (I’ll print whatever I can, but I can’t make any guarantees due to client copyrights and such!)

View all prints here.

MY SISTER THE FREAK Super Pack

If you are a fan of my webcomic, or want to share it with someone you love, this is a great starter bundle! Get the Volume 1 paperback of my comic, plus a watercolor character sketch, two digital PDF ebooks, and a Captain Bacon minicomic for one low price.

Buy here.

The DANI Pack

This is an easy way to grab copies of all my print books in one fell swoop. Includes my comics MSTF Vol. 1, Frosty the Gourdman, Dark Mischief Volume 2 (featuring ZOMBIE BUNNY), and the Captain Bacon minicomic. And to top it off, I will also draw a pencil sketch of any of my characters.

Buy here.

Commissions are OPEN

Get a custom original painting from me. I rarely open up my time for these anymore, so this is your rare opportunity to get some original art from me. I am opening up 10 slots, and I’m closing to all requests on December 8. There are two sizes and price points available.

Learn more about commissions here.

All orders received by December 15 are expected to ship out from me by December 20 via USPS Priority Mail. This means all U.S. customers should get their stuff by Christmas (according to the recommendations on the USPS website). International customers, I recommend you order before December if you are getting a gift.

Thank you, and Happy Shopping!

New My Sister the Freak Digital Edition

For those of you who may not follow my webcomic My Sister the Freak (or maybe you do and in that case you are AWESOME), I just wanted to let you know that I just finished the first chapter of the second book. You can read it all right now, along with the entire first book, over on the comic site mysisterthefreak.com.

You can now download Chapter 1 as a PDF for convenient reading on your tablet device or computer. For the first week (until Nov 20) you can get it for 50% off. Grab it here.

Welcome November

And just like that… October is over. Move over Halloween and make room for Thanksgiving and pie!

This is an illustration that I made for an eye institute in Boston. I actually made it last year, but I realized I never shared it before, so here you go!

Dark Mischief Volume 2

Dark Mischief, a spooky comic anthology put together by Jenni Gregory of Ka-Blam and Indyplanet, has just released its second volume which includes my short comic ZOMBIE BUNNY. Perfect for the Halloween season! You can buy a copy over at Indyplanet here (or if you prefer to read on your tablet, you can grab a digital copy).

There is a wide variety of stories and styles featured in the anthology (check out the Dark Mischief main page for previews!). Last year’s Volume 1 is also available to buy.

I have a very limited number of copies to sell if anyone would like a signed copy by me. I will also sketch zombie bunny in the front and include some stickers. Grab it while you can!

BUY A SIGNED COPY OF DARK MISCHIEF VOL. 2

Sorry I am so late in announcing this (is Halloween a week away already?!), but even if you don’t catch this for October, it is still a great book that includes lots of great creators. Read it any time of year!

Star Wars Uncut

A few weeks ago, my sister showed me the website for Star Wars Uncut. It is a fan remake of the film created by hundreds of different people. They sign up for a small snippet of the movie on the website and remake the scene however they like. The final movie is cut together from these snippets. The first movie was released a few years ago and even won an Emmy. The second film for The Empire Strikes Back is currently in the works and open to submissions.

My sister told me she already chose a clip and signed us up.

So anyway, you can view our finished product now on the Star Wars Uncut website. It was quite a fun challenge because neither of us are trained in animation and have never done anything like this before. We had to hobble our way through the process, but it was fun and I like how it turned out. Let us know what you think!

Please LIKE Us!

The most popular clips get put into the director’s cut of the finished film, so we’d like as much support as we can get. Please take a moment to like, comment, and share the clip if you enjoy it!

May the force be with you!

Goin’ Gold Video

I was recently asked if I wanted to contribute a YouTube video to the Goin’ Gold Childhood Cancer Awareness Campaign. I was happy to oblige. Here it is:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8W-C1O-ru8

About Goin’ Gold:

As you may or may not know (I personally didn’t, until this video), the gold ribbon represents childhood cancer, just as the more popular pink ribbon represents breast cancer. The goal of this campaign is to further promote the awareness of the gold ribbon and what it represents. More awareness = more attention, more research, and more funding which will help the many children fighting this awful disease. I am very much in favor of beating cancer to a pulp, especially where kids are involved.

So I am fighting my little fight by drawing this pirate. Who loves gold more than pirates? No one. Except maybe dragons. But I wanted to draw a pirate, so you get a pirate video today.

Please like, favorite, and share the video to help the Goin’ Gold cause. They’ve set up a whole YouTube channel of videos from a variety of sources. Check them all out if you have a moment!

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Kids Read Comics 2012 Recap

Last weekend, I attended the Kids Read Comics convention in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was super fun! Unlike last year in Chelsea which took place on the front lawn, the artists got to sit indoors at the Ann Arbor District Library (thank goodness for air conditioning because the heat reached 100+ on Saturday!). Once again, I tabled next to the incomparable Jannie Ho and her adorable artwork (not to mention her ADORABLE baby daughter). And I also got to hang around the likes of Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, and Chris Houghton, who were also tabling in the same area. Great to hang around you folks!

Click to read the full recap with photos!

My Sister the Freak Volume 2

I have started updating my webcomic My Sister the Freak again at mysisterthefreak.com. It’s a whole new story and book. I took the opportunity to improve and streamline some things, so you might notice some changes compared to the first volume. I’m really enjoying where this is headed in terms of both the story and art.

In case you haven’t read MSTF yet, it is an all-ages sci-fi story about two sisters learning to deal with life, family, and alien invaders. You can read the entire first volume, and the currently posting second volume, online for FREE at mysisterthefreak.com. You can also buy print and digital copies of the first volume over in my store. You can download the first chapter in digital PDF format for FREE.

Above are the first three pages, and you can keep up with the rest over on the MSTF website. I’m now updating TWICE A WEEK on TUESDAYS and FRIDAYS. Let me know how you like it!

Coming to Kids Read Comics 2012!

Hey Michigan friends, artists, and fans – I am heading to Ann Arbor this summer to participate in the Kids Read Comics festival. It will take place July 7 and 8. I will have a table with books and drawings and free stuff. If you are anywhere near the area in July, hope you come by and say hello. This will be my second year attending. It is a GREAT event for kids and adults alike, and there will be many great artists there. So mark your calendars!

More info here: kidsreadcomics.org