Tag Archives: Process


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.

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. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/dani-draws

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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Real Paint!

I have been working digitally a lot lately. One exception is this piece. I decided to paint it because it needed to be BIG, and my computer just couldn’t handle it as nicely as I wanted. It was a nice excuse to break out the paint, anyway.

Here is some detail shots that highlight my traditional process.

The original drawing…

A block-in, done in gouache…

Finished with oil and colored pencil on top…

Making of the Witch

I’ve decided to try something new. I used some cool software to record my screen while I was painting. I liked how it turned out and thought I would share it. Let me know what you think.

Video: Painting the Witch (Quicktime, 3:07, 3 MB)

Update: Some answers to frequently asked questions…

What software did you use to make the video?
SnapZ Pro X (Mac OS X), with edits made in Quicktime Pro

What brushes did you use?
– Most of the brushes I use are from Photoshop’s “Natural Brushes” set. I don’t modify them very much, but I usually apply my own texture to them.

How did you create the drawing?
– It was created by drawing over a scanned sketch in Photoshop. It sits on a separate layer above the rest of the painting.