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Kids Read Comics 2011


This weekend, I will be heading to Chelsea, Michigan to attend an event called Kids Read Comics. It is a free comic convention especially for kids and teens. Not only can you meet tons of great artists and comic creators, but there are also lots of other activities and workshops going on throughout the weekend. And did I mention it’s FREE?! Yes, free.

I will be there in the artist alley selling books and art, and will be participating in some of the activities. I would love to meet you if you can make it. I will even draw you something!

There are also a TON of other great artists attending, including Raina Telgemeier (Smile, The Baby-Sitters Club) and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy).

Kids Read Comics is June 18-19 at the Chelsea District Library in Chelsea, Michigan (near Ann Arbor). You can go to their website for all the details, directions, and full list of artists attending. http://kidsreadcomics.org

Dani Draws LIVE Returns!

Due to hectic schedules and deadlines, it has been awhile since I have done a live artcast on Ustream. Well never fear! I’ve decided it’s time for me to dust off that webcam and broadcast again!

If you are unfamiliar with my live show, I use a site called Ustream to broadcast live video from my studio while I draw, paint, or whatever. I also like to giveaway sketches and other fun stuff. There is a chat room where people can ask questions, make comments, or just chat. It is an awesome unique experience because I can interact with people in real time and have actual conversations with the audience.

You can watch the show at http://danidraws.com/danidrawslive or on my Ustream channel page.

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Once Upon a Time Debuts!

My personal picture book project Once Upon a Time is DONE! If you haven’t been following my blog recently, I’ve been explaining the process of making this book in a series of posts here. I will put up a more detailed update about the launch and future plans once I have a bit of spare time.

In the meantime, you can read the entire story online for free! Check it out here on the book’s main page here: http://danidraws.com/onceuponatime

The digital book is available for sale in both my site store and at The Illustrated Section. It looks great on the iPad! ;)

“My Sister, the Freak” Issue 3 Digital Edition Now Available

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The digital version of My Sister, the Freak Issue 3 is now available. You can download it in PDF and CBZ formats from my store here. Also, remember to check out Issues 1 & 2. Issue 1 is FREE!

The Illustrated Section Limited-Time Sale

The PDF is also available through The Illustrated Section, an online store containing digital comics and books by MANY different artists and creators. To celebrate the launch, I am offering the download for $.99 this weekend only, and only through The Illustrated Section. After that, it will go up to the normal price of $1.99. Download it at sale price here.

What is My Sister, the Freak?

In case you don’t know, My Sister, the Freak is my ongoing webcomic and it updates with a new page every Saturday. You can read it for free at mysisterthefreak.com. If you haven’t read my webcomic or are behind a few weeks, these digital editions are a nice handy way to catch up. I’ll be starting up Chapter 4 (the last chapter for this particular story) very soon, so this is an ideal time to read the previous issues. :)

Interview on Escape From Illustration Island

Thomas James of Escape From Illustration Island recently interviewed me on his podcast. The episode is available now. Go check it out!

If you’re not familiar with it, the EFII podcast is one of the best (if not THE best) podcasts about art and illustration. I’m very honored and grateful for the opportunity to be a guest on the show. In the ep, I discuss how I got into illustration, some of the projects I’ve done over the years, and also what I’m planning for the future.

Hint: There is a MAJOR announcement at the end of the interview, specifically about my next big web/publishing experiment. It will involve and help many of YOU, so please check it out.

I will be posting more information about this project in a more extensive blog post soon. For now, go take a listen. Let me know how you liked the interview and any thoughts you have about my “next big idea”!

zero2illo Community Super Sale

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Jonathan Woodward, creator of the fantastic motivational blog for illustrators at zero2illo.com, recently relaunched the website with a fresh design, new articles, and plans to provide even more resources for artists and illustrators in the coming year. To celebrate the launch, Jonathan is holding the Zero 2 Illo Super Sale, which includes my PDF 10 Ways Artists Can Improve Their Online Presence.

The Super Sale is a collection of ebooks, audiobooks, kits, etc. about art and illustration. If you are a beginning artist trying to set up an illustration career, or a veteran looking to revamp your business, check this sale out.

The whole package, normally costing $250+ is for sale for only $47. You will not find such a goldmine of information and advice for such a great deal anywhere else.

And most importantly, the sale will only last for 48 HOURS.

The sale is open from 9 AM EST on January 10, 2011 until 9 AM EST on January 12, 2011. Get it while it lasts!

Here are just a few of the products joining 10 Ways in the Super Sale:

    15 Steps to Freelance Illustration by Thomas James – A step-by-step guide to starting an illustration business. (I’ve recommended this before. I can’t praise it enough.)

    Art Licensing Beginner Basics Teleseminar Replay by Tara Reed – Learn the basics about art licensing from one of the best in the field.

    The Artist’s No Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion by Alyson B. Stanfield – “Go after your career with gusto” with one of the foremost experts of art marketing.

    Jonathan’s own zero2illo 12 Week Challenge Kit – Ebook, templates, tutorials, and resources to help set up an illustration business.

    and many more. Go check out the full details and contributor list here.

Jonathan has proven himself to be a fine contributor to the artistic community and a generous teacher, helper, and innovator. Even if you are not interested in the sale, please check out zero2illo.com, Jonathan’s artwork, and the great crew of artists/contributors he is so nicely promoting with this sale.


Frosty the Gourdman, my newest comic project that I announced a few weeks ago, is now available to read online!

Frosty is a spooky tale about a monster who comes alive in the pumpkin patch on Halloween night. It was co-created by me and my sister Nicole.

Read it here: http://www.frostythegourdman.com/read/

If you enjoy the comic, please help us spread the word by sharing it with your friends or buying books and art. We appreciate your support!

Happy Reading!


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Artist Kelly Light was devastated by the news of the recent oil spill in the gulf. So, she decided to do something about it!

Kelly started a site called Ripple. On it, she is selling sketch cards created by her and many other artists, with 100% of the proceeds going toward helping the animal victims affected by the spill.

The above pieces of artwork are my contributions to Ripple. Visit the site to buy some great artwork and help out a good cause!

Store Re-Launch

I recently renovated my store page in an attempt to make it easier to browse and purchase stuff. There are currently a few prints, original artwork, and downloads available, and I intend to update and add stuff on a regular basis.

New Features and Notable Changes

  • A simpler shopping cart built into the site will make it easier to keep track of stuff. Payments are still processed through PayPal.

  • All shipping is FREE.

  • I’m starting to sell digital downloadable products. This is exciting because you can buy and receive stuff instantly. There is currently only one product (a PDF of my NESCBWI workshop), but I intend to fill this section with tutorials, videos, and digital comics in the future, so keep an eye on this page.

  • People can now leave comments or reviews on the product pages. If you buy anything from me, I would love to hear any feedback, good or bad, about the what you purchased. It will help me improve the products and store in the future, and will also help shoppers as they make buying decisions. Thanks for your support!

To browse the store, go here: http://store.danidraws.com

A Good Friend

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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.

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A view of the spreads:

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I’m Making a Comic!

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That’s right. I’m making a comic. And I’m really excited to share it with all of you.

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For the past several months, I have been furiously writing and drawing an original story called My Sister, the Freak. It will be an all-ages sci-fi story about two sisters who run into some alien invaders. Good times.

Here is the site: http://www.mysisterthefreak.com

The story will officially launch on March 12, 2010 and update with a new page every Friday.

In the meantime, I will use the site to spill some sneak peeks, development work, and art. I will also work on pages during my Ustream show. Subscribe, tune-in, and follow me for all the updates, and tell your friends to keep a look out too!

I’m really excited to share this with you all. This is the biggest, most-intensive independent project I have ever done to date, and I feel I’m creating some of my best work. I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I do.

A Monster-a-Day

October is here! I have a fun little project planned… Throughout the month, I am going to be painting one monster per day. I will be painting each one live every weekday on my Ustream show. Come by and chat and see the fun Halloween-y artwork.

I will add the images to this post as I complete them. Visit the site throughout the month or watch the live broadcast to see the artwork as it is being created.

Each piece will be painted with gouache on bristol, measuring 2.5″x3.5″ in size.

Ustream Fun!

As part of the festivities, I will be giving away a monster doodle every Friday. All you have to do to qualify is show up and login to the chat room with your Ustream account. One user will be chosen randomly at the end of the show. See the Dani Draws LIVE page for rules and info about Ustream giveaways and deals.

Buy Monster Art

The finished monster art will be made available for sale for $20 each. Please visit the store if you would like to purchase one. I will also make the links available here as I post each image.

Because this is a personal project I am doing for my own fun and goals, I will be painting subjects of my own choosing. However, I’ve decided to open up a week’s worth of painting for requests if any of you would enjoy a custom commission.

    UPDATE: All custom monster commission slots have been taken! Thank you to those who ordered.

    Commissioned pieces will be painted on the Ustream show during the week of October 19-23. Episodes will be recorded in case you miss the live show.

Here’s the artwork: