Category Archives: Artwork

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!

Super 8 Sketch Card Process

When I’m not busy making children’s books or comics, I like to make sketch cards for fun, often featuring geeky fan art of my favorite TV or movie characters. (You can check out previous cards I’ve made here, here, and here.) I recently made a set of six cards featuring the gang of kids from the movie Super 8, which was my favorite movie of 2011 (probably one of my favorite movies ever actually). Anyway, I thought this would be a good opportunity to show a little process stuff.

Click to see how I made the cards!

Doctor Who Christmas Carol Fan Art

This is a piece of fan art I made based on last year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, A Christmas Carol. I love this episode! It has quickly become one of my favorite things to watch around the holidays. I recently re-watched it, and I might have to do so again before the season is over. It is brilliant. Thanks Steven Moffat.

You can check out the entire painting process in the vid below. It was done in Photoshop. Actual painting time was around four hours.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRgNHdMWn-I

And for your further enjoyment:


Watch it if you haven’t yet! [iTunes]

Merry Christmas!

Womanthology

I had the opportunity to contribute to a project called Womanthology. It is an anthology graphic novel featuring stories written, illustrated, edited, and organized all by women. Over 140 people have worked on this book, including everyone from young girls to industry professionals. It is being released under IDW publishing and all the proceeds from this book will go to charity.

I worked on a four-page story called “Swimming” by Ashley Avard. It is a simple yet powerful story and I’m proud to have worked on it.

You can pre-order the Womanthology book and the accompanying process sketchbook now on Amazon. It will ship early next year. All profits go to the Global Giving Foundation.

Click to see the process behind my Womanthology comic

Sleepy Hollow Illustration Process

On Halloween, I shared a new illustration that I recently finished featuring Ichabod Crane from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Here’s some of the process work that went into the painting:

The original sketch, drawn on a regular sheet of paper. I used a red pencil to rough it out and then went over it with a regular pencil line.

Before I started painting, I did a few studies to figure out what direction I wanted to go with the color.

The initial color block-in:

Texture, shading, and details:

Final painting, with effects like wind and stars added:

Happy Halloween!

In honor of the holiday today, here is a spooky illustration of Ichabod Crane from “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” that I recently finished for a client.

Have a safe and happy holiday everyone! Eat lots of candy.

Zombie Bunny and Dark Mischief

I’m happy to announce a new short comic that I just finished called Zombie Bunny. Here is a preview of the first two pages:

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Update 10/21/2011: Here’s one more page for you!

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If you’d like to see the rest, the comic will be included in an anthology called Dark Mischief. Dark Mischief will be a collection of spooky comic stories. Other contributors include Jenni Gregory, Sara Turner, Kim Holm, Mark Rudolph, Mitch Byrd, and AP Furtado, among others. Check out more info, news, and previews at darkmischief.com.

The book will launch on Halloween and will be available in print and digital formats via Indyplanet.com. However, you can order it TODAY on the project’s Kickstarter page and get access to exclusive bonus materials like original artwork and hardcover editions that will only be available through Kickstarter. Pledges end on October 26. The money earned will go toward helping pay the contributors.

Go make a pledge now!

iPad Art

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I have been having a TON of fun lately drawing on my iPad. I’ve had my iPad for about a year now, but I’ve only used it to doodle occasionally. I finally decided to sit down and really see how far I can take a painting on this device. I’ve been very happy with the results.

Here’s a few more drawings I’ve made so far:

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I started a Flickr set where I can keep all my iPad paintings. You can go there if you want to see all my drawings so far, and others I may post in the future: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjvnJPN4
Read on for my answers to iPad art FAQs

Harry Potter Gouache Painting Process

Ron and Hermione

Most of my illustration work is digital, but sometimes I get the hankering to just sit down and work with actual PAINT so I decided to get out my gouache and make a painting just for fun.

Well, I’m a BIG Harry Potter fan and I am super excited about the last movie coming out this weekend, so for my fun little painting I decided to paint two of my favorite characters and cutest couple ever – Ron and Hermione.

My sketch is just a small thumbnail in my sketchbook. I didn’t even bother refining it; I just scanned it, blew it up in Photoshop, adjusted the color, then printed it out on a piece of heavyweight bristol paper. I then taped it down to a board and painted right on top of it.

Click for photos and video!

Christmas Cards


From now until Christmas Eve, I will be making sketch cards on my Ustream show featuring my favorite holiday characters. The show airs every Tuesday-Friday at 10 AM ET. Come and chat as I draw and paint live.

I will be posting the images at the top of this post as I make them. Check back often to see the new artwork throughout the month.

All artwork will be put up for sale in my store immediately after the show each day. See all the cards that are available here: http://store.danidraws.com/christmas-cards

Please note that while I will send the orders as soon as possible, I cannot guarantee they will arrive before Christmas. I ship them via USPS first-class, so if you’re in the U.S. it will probably take several days.

I hope you all are having a very merry holiday season!

They Draw and Cook

They Draw and Cook is a wonderful blog that features illustrated recipes by many different artists. Anyone is free to submit a recipe. These are a couple of my own illustrations that I submitted recently. It is tons of fun. Go over to the site and check out all of the other awesome artwork. Be careful though – it will make you hungry!

Update: Here are the links to the recipes on the They Draw and Cook site.

Hot Chocolate: http://www.theydrawandcook.com/2010/12/hot-chocolate-by-dani-jones.html
Apple Pie: http://www.theydrawandcook.com/2010/11/apple-pie-by-dani-jones_17.html

Random Comic Art and Commissions

Here is a mish-mash of some recent sketches and paintings that I’ve been making for fun for various projects.

These are some original watercolor paintings featuring characters from my comic Frosty the Gourdman:

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And also some smaller sketch cards, painted with gouache:

Frostyintherain Happyfrosty Halloweenlily

Some of this original artwork is available for sale here: http://store.danidraws.com/frosty-the-gourdman

I’ve also made some paintings featuring characters from my other comic, My Sister, the Freak.

The following paintings were made as donations for the UP! Fair. If you haven’t heard about the fair, it is a new convention/conference for independent comics creators and fans. It is taking place next month in Lexington, Kentucky. If you are anywhere near the vicinity, go check it out! Admission is free.

I packaged each painting with signed copies of issue 1. They will be auctioned off in support of the fair.

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I also just finished a commissioned piece featuring MStF characters in Hawaii. Very fun! It was very Lilo-&-Stitch-ish.

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And finally, these are a few sketch card commissions I made. They have nothing to do with my comics, but I’m a fan of the characters.

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The cards are Chiana and Aeryn Sun from Farscape and Janet Fraiser from Stargate SG-1.

If you’re interested in getting a commission, go here for info and pricing: http://store.danidraws.com/commissions