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Summer Wonder – New art and sketchbook!

The Storm by Dani Jones danidraws.com

I’m happy to announce my latest finished personal project SUMMER WONDER. It is a series of illustrations, plus sketchbook.

The project was born during the Art of Personal Projects course that I took over the summer, put on by the Lamp Post Guild and taught by Cory Godbey. The class was a huge inspiration and fun to participate in. Thanks for the great class LPG!

I was excited to experiment with different subjects and media. I used a combination of gouache and digital techniques to do the paintings. I explained a lot of the process in my previous sneak peek blog post. I’m really pleased with the results!

Check out the project!




P.S. I have a print book in the works. It should be available soon. If you want to be notified when it is, you can sign up for my newsletter.

UPDATE: I’ve put up a preorder link for signed copies of the paperback book here. Wide release on Amazon.com and other distributors should go up soon.

Painting Experiment

The Lake by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com

This is a new painting I just finished. It is part of a series that I am currently working on. I wanted to try a painting experiment that merges both digital and traditional painting. It has been a big learning process, but fun too.

I really like to paint with gouache and do a lot of landscapes and sketches for fun. However, I’m more comfortable working digitally for more complex illustration work. So, I’m trying to merge the two processes together and create something painterly and colorful. The way I’ve decided to do this is to paint the backgrounds traditionally with gouache, just like my typical landscape paintings. Then, I adjust the painting and draw the characters on top with Photoshop.

Here’s some of the process…

This is the rough sketch and the color comp, drawn in Photoshop:



Then I painted the background with gouache:



And here’s the resulting scan of the background:


This is a work-in-progress shot with the characters drawn on top:


I think I have a lot more things to adjust to with this process, but I’m liking it so far. I have a few more paintings planned for this series of illustrations and am excited to share them with you when they’re done!

Star Trek T-Shirts!

STARFLEET GIRL Star Trek shirt design by Dani Jones danidraws.com

As a bit of fun, I decided to enter a contest over at We Love Fine to design a Star Trek t-shirt. You win the contest by getting lots of good ratings, so if you’re a Trek fan and want to see my art on some geeky t-shirts, head on over to welovefine.com and rate my designs! Rating is open from 8/20 to 9/17.

My Designs

The first design is my homage to the Trek ladies…

Starfleet Girl shirt design by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com

The second features a cat (of course).

Felis Catus shirt design by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com

And lastly, I couldn’t resist drawing a cute Riker.

Hey Riker shirt design by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com

And also…

Please rate these other shirts too, if you please! They were designed by my sister Nicole and I think they are super cool and I want to wear them on a t-shirt really badly.

Beautiful & Deadly Star Trek shirt by Nicole Jones nicolejinjones.com

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE Star Trek shirt by Nicole Jones nicolejinjones.com

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

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:


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!

Important Links You Should Click On:

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.

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

Summer Fun

I can’t believe it’s mid-August already. It’s sad to see summer go.

These are a couple summery illustrations I made. Let me know what you think.

You can also buy these images as prints in my store.

A Good Friend

Ceasefromanger Girls

Here are a few images that were recently published in the Friend, a religious magazine for children. They were featured in the January and February issues. I also have illos coming up in April and May so if you happen to subscribe, look out for them!

I’m always happy to work for the Friend. They were my first paying client I ever had, and I’m always humbled and grateful that they keep coming back again and again.

Ceasefromanger Happy


A view of the spreads:

Ttblj Jan2010