Category Archives: Process

How I Write Comics

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I received an email recently asking how I “write” my comics. That’s an interesting question because seeing as My Sister, the Freak is my first comic ever, I am still learning how to do this myself.

However, I thought I’d write this blog post anyway just to give you all a sneak peek into the way I work and write. It’s been a big learning experience for me, and I’m sure you can learn from it too if you’re trying to tackle your own graphic novel.

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Stuart Little WIP


I’ve started a new personal project to create a series of illustrations based on some of my favorite kid lit books. These are a couple that I have started based on E.B. White’s Stuart Little and Roald Dahl’s The BFG.

Though I’m pleased with my progress so far, I am not entirely happy yet, so I’m looking for feedback from all you artists out there (non-artists are welcome too!). Please send any critiques and suggestions my way. I need your help to make these illustrations stellar.

Video #18: Hockey Chicken


Video: Hockey Chicken (Quicktime, 2:52, 8.68 MB)

This is one of my Daily Doodles that I drew during an episode of my Ustream show. Created with ballpoint pen and watercolor.

This is a good example of the kinds of sketches I make on my Ustream broadcast. The show is currently on break, but returns soon on July 20 at 7PM ET. Come by and chat!

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Paint, Paper, and Pencils

Niji Waterbrush


Over the past several months, I have shared my painting process on my Ustream channel, and have received a lot of questions about my art supplies. Here is a comprehensive list of the traditional painting materials that I have used thus far, if you are interested in trying them out for yourself.

You can watch me paint and draw live every weekday. Please view the Dani Draws Live info page to stay up-to-date with the show schedule. To see examples of the work I’ve made with these materials, visit

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Hello world. It’s me, Dani.

I rarely draw pictures of myself, but someone suggested I make a self-portrait in my cute drawing style, so I did. Sketch was done with ballpoint pen and watercolor.

The sketch was done during a live uStream session. Here’s the video:

Also includes a small tour of my workspace and a sketch of a cute bunny. Note that there’s no audio for the first 8 minutes because I forgot to turn the mic on. Sorry.

I draw live every weekday at 10 AM EST, if you care to join me.

Illustrating a Children’s Story, Part 6


Whew! After starting this back in FEBRUARY, I’ve finally gotten this project done! I’ve received lots of good feedback – I could have tweaked and tweaked this forever, but I decided I’ve got to stop somewhere and send it out already…

In case you haven’t followed along with this project in my other posts, here is the entire series:

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Illustrating a Children’s Story, Part 5

I recently wrote another post about Starting Over. Well, there was a reason that subject was on my mind.

It’s been awhile since my last Three Little Pigs post, and there’s a simple reason: I didn’t like it. Something irked me about the project and I lost all excitement for it. So I was left with a choice – I could completely abandon it or finish it. I’ve already made so many posts about the project that I feel an obligation to see it through, so that is what I’m going to do. (That was, after all, one of the reasons I put my process out in the public eye – so in that way, at least, I was successful. Hurray for me.)

Going forward, I could either take the sketches I already had and finish it, or do some major revisions. The first choice would be easier, but I’d be miserable doing it. The second choice would take more work, and would probably also make me miserable for awhile, but I’d like the product better in the end.

I almost went for the first choice. I was really really close. And you readers out there probably would have never known any different. But I didn’t.

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Illustrating a Children’s Story, Part 1


Alright…enough of these serious productivity, business, and worst-case scenario musings on this blog for the time being. It seems I’ve been writing more than drawing lately, and since this site is called DaniDRAWS, I think I’ll go and pick up a pencil already!

Because I haven’t had a lot of time for self-promotional work recently, I’ve decided to start up a new project, out of which I hope to get a few good portfolio pieces. In a previous post, I mentioned that I once made a small booklet of the story of Little Red Riding Hood, which worked out well for me. Well, I want to do something similar and document the process here.

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