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Summer Wonder – New art and sketchbook!

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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!

VIEW THE FULL SERIES

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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.

MeCAF This Weekend!

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I will be attending the Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland, ME this weekend May 19. I visited the show last year, but this is the first time I will be exhibiting. It is a great show and the location is beautiful! Please come and enjoy Portland and all the great comics artists that will be there. I am looking forward to meeting some of you in person. (Plus, you know, Jeff Smith will be there. You might want to come for him too.)

The show is 10 AM to 5 PM at the Ocean Gateway. Adult admission is $5, and kids 12 or under are free.

MVK Giveaway Winners

Thanks to everyone who entered the Monsters Vs. Giveaway contest. I had my family help pick the winners in order to get a variety of unbiased opinions, but they pretty much all agreed on the winner. And so without further ado…

The Winners

The top pick goes to Kat Valencia, who made this super cute illustration:

Awesome! Congrats Kat! You can find more of her artwork here.

The contest also included one winner randomly picked from the rest of the entries. That winner was Seth Wilks, who also made a superb piece of artwork. Congrats Seth!

View more of Seth’s art here.

Winners, please email me your addresses so I can ship your books to you!

Other Favorites

A shout out to the lone kid entry by Lucien, age 4 (with help from mom Casey):

And this super twist on the theme by Seth Greenwald, in which the kitten gets the better of the monster!

Thanks again to all those who entered!

You can check out more info about my book MONSTERS VS. KITTENS here.


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Monsters Vs. Kittens in the Press

The launch of my book Monsters Vs. Kittens and it’s publisher Stan Lee’s Kids Universe has been great so far! Please let me know how you and your family like the book if you are able to get your hands on one!

Stan Lee’s Kids Universe has officially launched with a new website, a book (MVK), and a game (Goobeez). They held an event at the bookstore Giggles n’ Hugs in Los Angeles to celebrate.

Media Coverage

Entertainment Weekly: http://family-room.ew.com/2013/02/06/stan-lee-kids-universe-new-imprint/

Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/stan-lee-unveils-monsters-kittens-418024

EGM: http://www.egmnow.com/digitalnoob/stan-lees-kids-universe-day-monsters-kittens-and-an-interview-with-stan-lee/

Mashable: http://mashable.com/2013/02/06/stan-lee-new-imprint-kids-universe/

Videos

Stan Lee’s Kids Universe Launch Video
Introducing MVK and other upcoming projects (including my second book)


http://youtu.be/t7ExzIALQ6o

Video of Stan reading MVK at the SLKU launch event:


http://youtu.be/wf9Eher2JbE

Interview with Stan and 1821 Comics’s Terry Dougas at the SLKU launch
with an appearance by actress Jaime Pressly, who hosted the event


http://youtu.be/OHLqdoMEsLg

Pictures

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Remember to enter the giveaway!

Details here.

MONSTERS VS. KITTENS Now Available!

Monsters Vs. Kittens by Dani Jones

I have a new book! Monsters Vs. Kittens is now available in multiple print and digital formats.

Learn more and preview the book!

Monsters Vs. Kittens by Dani Jones

For all things monsters and/or kittens related, you can check out this page: danidraws.com/monsters-vs-kittens/

MVK Featured in USA Today

There was a nice article about the SLKU launch, and a preview of Monsters Vs. Kittens, in this USA Today article over the weekend:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/2013/02/02/stan-lee-kids-universe-childrens-books-games/1885211/

Also, watch Stan Lee read my book!

Monsters Vs. Kittens read by Stan Lee!

SLKU has partnered with the makers of the A Story Before Bed app for a digital read-along version of the book. You can record yourself reading the book, or you can buy a pre-recorded version that is read by Stan the Man himself. To see it, you make an account on the A Story Before Bed website, then purchase the book from the link below. The book is then accessible both on the website and in the iPad app. I may or may not have watched this several times this past weekend. ;)

A Story Before Bed website

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Giveaway!

I’m going to giveaway TWO signed hardcover copies of MVK. Here’s how to enter:

UPDATE: Giveaway is done! Here are the winners.

1) Email me a drawing of a monster with a kitten. Send to dani@danijones.com with the subject “Monsters Vs. Kittens Giveaway”.
2) Include your name, age (if under 18), and website (if applicable).
3) Entries may be posted on my website later, so you have to be ok with that.
4) All ages and skill levels are eligible and encouraged. Kids, please have a parent send your entries.

I will choose two winners – one for the most creative, and one random.

You must email your pic by 11:59 PM ET on February 22, 2013.

Good luck!

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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Follow SLKU

To stay up-to-date on news and announcements from Stan Lee’s Kids Universe, friend/follow/like their media pages!

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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!

Last Push for the Little Women Kickstarter!

Here is ONE MORE REMINDER to pledge to my Little Women Graphic Novel Kickstarter campaign! The funding closes on Sunday morning. I still have not reached my minimum goal, which means it is still up in the air whether or not I will receive the funds and be able to self-print my own book. If you enjoy my work and you can contribute, even just a dollar or two, please consider making a pledge today.

If you’ve already pledged, you can still raise your amount if you so choose. I’ve added some extra incentives to the original art rewards in my last push towards getting this funded (see the top of the Kickstarter page for details).

PLEDGE HERE.

I greatly appreciate everyone who has pledged and has helped spread the word about the project all over the internets. Whether The KS gets funded or not, this has been an overall positive experience and I’ve enjoyed getting to connect with you all over my love of this classic story.

All the best,
Dani

A Visit to Orchard House

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I recently had a chance to visit Orchard House in Concord, Massachusetts. Orchard House was the home of Louisa May Alcott, and was the basis for the March’s home in the Little Women story.

The house is open for tours, and holds many original possessions of the Alcott family including books, artwork, and household items. Needless to say, as a huge fan of Little Women I enjoyed myself immensely. It’s worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.

Here’s a bunch more pictures:

Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to take pics on the inside, but there’s some nice virtual tours up on their website if you want to see more. Get all the info about Orchard House at louisamayalcott.org.

9 Days Left in the Kickstarter!

We’ve still got funding left to raise to reach our goal! Please help spread the word about the Little Women Graphic Novel Project if you can!

And a reminder, I am currently holding a Twitter contest if you’d like to share the project and possibly win some original art!

Thanks!

Dani

Little Women Kickstarter Now Live!

The Kickstarter project for my Little Women graphic novel is now LIVE! Please go take a visit and pledge or share with your friends to help me take this project to the next level!

Pledge here: http://kck.st/QKaCOV

With the Kickstarter, I am trying to fund a comic/sketchbook that contains 3-5 completed chapters from the book, and some concept art. The idea is that I will use this book to pitch a full graphic novel to publishers.

Some of the rewards include PDF and print copies of the Little Women book, prints, and original drawings and paintings. The Kickstarter will close in 30 days on September 2.

Thanks for all your support!

View the launch video!

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

Call For iPad Art!

I’m excited to (kinda) announce a new project I’m working on, and I’m also seeking some digital artists to help me with it! Here’s the gist:

I am currently involved in a book about art on the iPad. I can’t say much about it yet, but part of the book will be a gallery of images. I am looking for artists who draw on the iPad who would like to have their work featured in this section.

Here are all the details and instructions:

  • Any subject matter, genre, or style is welcome. In fact, the more variety the better.
  • This is not a paying gig. I want to be clear that this is strictly on volunteer basis. If you’re not willing to do that, that’s fine. I also don’t expect anyone to spend hours creating brand new artwork for this. Only submit if you happen to have something already made and would enjoy seeing it printed in a book.
  • All artists chosen to be featured will receive a free copy of the book.
  • Artists retain all copyright to their images, and this is non-exclusive. The publisher and I are only asking for rights to print the images in all versions of the book.
  • All artists will be credited with name and website.

To submit:

  • Please send entries to dani@danijones.com with the subject IPAD ART SUBMISSION.
  • Please send it in full resolution (I know iPad art is typically low-res – just send the best you have). If it is vector art, please send the vector file. If you have multiple images or the file is too large to email, you can send a link.
  • Include:
    1) Your name (However you want to be credited. Real names please.)
    2) Your website link, if you have one
    3) Your iPad model (1, 2, or new)
    4) What app you used

**Update**: To answer some common questions,

  • Yes, you can send multiple submissions. Send as many as you want.
  • No, please don’t submit artwork created on other tablets such as Android, Wacom, etc. This is iPad-specific.
  • You may send sketches (it doesn’t have to be finished artwork). However, I’m not taking art that was started on the iPad, then finished on your desktop computer. It must be all-iPad.

All submissions must be received by APRIL 4 APRIL 9!

If your art is selected, you will be notified and given further instructions.

Can’t wait to share more info further down the pipeline. Thanks in advance to everyone who can help me out!

Womanthology Book Release

Womanthology, a HUGE anthology of comics written, drawn, and edited all by women, is going to be available very soon. I believe it will be in comic shops starting today and it is also up for order on Amazon.com. All proceeds from this book go to charity.

I received my copy in the mail yesterday. It is one ginormous book, and it is filled to the brim with comics, artwork, industry tips, and interviews.

I illustrated a four-page story for the book. It is called “Swimming” by Ashley Avard. It starts on page 180. I was really happy that I got to illustrate such a sweet and poignant story.

View the Process Video!

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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

New Video Series Available at Folio Academy

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I’ve created a new video tutorial series called Five Quick Photoshop Tricks for Illustrators and it is now up on the new site Folio Academy.

About Folio Academy

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Folio Academy was co-created by fellow children’s illustrator Will Terry. It contains “online art lessons for everyone” and features video tutorials for everything from acrylic painting, pottery, cartooning tips, and digital art.

I LOVE this concept – easily accessible art instruction from working professionals and art professors, and for cheap! Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for a college or community class, you can grab one of these series for $20-$30. It’s great if you want to learn new skills or simply brush up and see another artist’s take on a subject.

And one of my favorite potential uses for these videos is for kids. If you know a young child who is interested in art, what better way to fuel to that potential than to learn from today’s pros?

You can check out all the courses here. More will be added as the site grows. I plan on making other videos in the future also. If you have a subject you are particularly interested in, let me know in the comments.

Links:

Folio Academy Home

My Videos

Other Available Courses

Folio Academy Blog

Introduction to Folio Academy by Will Terry

About “Quick Photoshop Tricks”

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The video series I created is Five Quick Photoshop Tricks for Illustrators. I chose this subject because while I see a ton of Ps tutorials out there on the web, hardly any of them have any real application to illustrators. They’re either highly specific or simplistic or ridiculous (e.g. How to Create Flaming Text for a Web Icon!).

The five tips I outline in this video series are skills that I use on an almost daily basis as a working illustrator. They can be used for almost any style and involve skills/needs that just about any illustrator can use when they’re working on client work.

The videos include:

1. Preparing Sketches – How to take a scanned sketch and get it ready to color. I outline several ways to do this, including how to clean up the scan, colorize the line, and delete the “whites” from the drawing.

2. Spots and Masks – How to use layer masks and clipping masks to help you make spot illustrations. Easily cut out the shape of an object, or isolate the shape of the image before you start painting so you can easily compose a vignette illustration.

3. Smart Objects – Do you need to compose several illustrations for a book or magazine? I show you how I use smart objects to manage multiple illustrations at once, while also keeping in mind the general layout of the entire spread.

4. Adjusting Color – I’m always changing and experimenting with color while I’m painting in Photoshop. This video outlines several ways that I do that.

5. Texture – Quickly add texture to an illustration, or create a textured “canvas” that you can paint on.

The videos in total are about 70 minutes long. I don’t go in super detail about the inner workings of Photoshop, so I recommend at least a passing knowledge of the software before you begin. However, the tips are pretty simple, but still powerful and versatile.

You can check out more info and sample video here.

Kids Read Comics 2011 Recap

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I just got back from the Kids Read Comics event in Chelsea, Michigan. It was super fun! I’ve attended professional conferences and mingled with other artists and authors before, but this was my first event where I got to meet readers, fans, and kids! There’s no greater thrill for someone like me than seeing someone get excited about your art or walk away with a fistful of comics. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table, shook my hand, chatted with me, and let me draw stuff for you.

And a special THANK YOU to the KRC organizers and Jerzy Drozd for rounding up all the terrific artists and putting together such a fantastic event.

Click for more recap and photos