Tag Archives: Sketches

Monsters INK and INKtober

Monsters INK by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com

*** UPDATE: Inktober is done! The entire series is available as a digital sketchbook here or as a poster here. ***

I will be participating in a sketch challenge called INKtober throughout the month. Check out Jake Parker’s blog for the details if you’d like to draw along. The gist is this: Make one ink drawing on a regular basis throughout the month of October.

I will be adding my sketches to this post as I go. You will also be able to follow my INKtober updates on my Twitter and Instagram feeds. (And if you want to see ALL the INKtober sketches, search for the #INKtober hashtag on all the major social whatnots.)

Original Art

I will also be posting each original work up for sale as soon as I finish them. Each purchase will also come with a FREE digital sketchbook that will contain all the pieces in the series. The book will be delivered automatically to your email once it is completed around November 1.

You can buy them at this link:

Click here for more behind-the-scenes stuff!

Little Women Watercolor Sketches and Ustream Recording

I held a live Ustream show yesterday to help promote my Little Women project. Thanks to all who stopped by! I ended up drawing and coloring two watercolor sketches, and gave one away to a lucky viewer at the end of the show.

You can watch the recording of the show here:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/25019982



Video streaming by Ustream

I will be holding one more broadcast before the Kickstarter campaign ends. It will be on Friday August 31 at 10 AM EST. I will be making more sketches and giving them away to viewers. Go to danidraws.com/danidrawslive to watch and chat.

Only a few more days left to pledge to the Little Women Graphic Novel Project! The project still needs more funding to reach its goal. I would appreciate any help you can provide to spread the word. Thanks so much!

Best,
Dani

iPad Art

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I have been having a TON of fun lately drawing on my iPad. I’ve had my iPad for about a year now, but I’ve only used it to doodle occasionally. I finally decided to sit down and really see how far I can take a painting on this device. I’ve been very happy with the results.

Here’s a few more drawings I’ve made so far:

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I started a Flickr set where I can keep all my iPad paintings. You can go there if you want to see all my drawings so far, and others I may post in the future: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjvnJPN4
Read on for my answers to iPad art FAQs

Making and Publishing a Children’s Book, Part 3

I haven’t posted an update about my “Once Upon a Time” picture book in a few weeks. Never fear – I AM making progress. Here is the photo evidence:

My desk is covered with sheets of paper, from this project, my webcomic, and my freelance work. Busy busy! I almost have the entire book roughed out. Then, I’m going to head into refining the drawings. I have the roughs in red colored pencil because I am going to draw right over them with a regular pencil and clean them up in Photoshop. After that, it’s just a matter of painting them!

With this series of posts, I am realizing that it is very hard to do a “making of” without giving too much of the story away. But you may notice above that I managed to put in a sneak peek at a new character I haven’t shown before. ;)

Christmas Cards


From now until Christmas Eve, I will be making sketch cards on my Ustream show featuring my favorite holiday characters. The show airs every Tuesday-Friday at 10 AM ET. Come and chat as I draw and paint live.

I will be posting the images at the top of this post as I make them. Check back often to see the new artwork throughout the month.

All artwork will be put up for sale in my store immediately after the show each day. See all the cards that are available here: http://store.danidraws.com/christmas-cards

Please note that while I will send the orders as soon as possible, I cannot guarantee they will arrive before Christmas. I ship them via USPS first-class, so if you’re in the U.S. it will probably take several days.

I hope you all are having a very merry holiday season!

Random Comic Art and Commissions

Here is a mish-mash of some recent sketches and paintings that I’ve been making for fun for various projects.

These are some original watercolor paintings featuring characters from my comic Frosty the Gourdman:

Frostywc Frostyandlilywc

And also some smaller sketch cards, painted with gouache:

Frostyintherain Happyfrosty Halloweenlily

Some of this original artwork is available for sale here: http://store.danidraws.com/frosty-the-gourdman

I’ve also made some paintings featuring characters from my other comic, My Sister, the Freak.

The following paintings were made as donations for the UP! Fair. If you haven’t heard about the fair, it is a new convention/conference for independent comics creators and fans. It is taking place next month in Lexington, Kentucky. If you are anywhere near the vicinity, go check it out! Admission is free.

I packaged each painting with signed copies of issue 1. They will be auctioned off in support of the fair.

Upaliens Upseavers Upart

I also just finished a commissioned piece featuring MStF characters in Hawaii. Very fun! It was very Lilo-&-Stitch-ish.

Mstfhawaii

And finally, these are a few sketch card commissions I made. They have nothing to do with my comics, but I’m a fan of the characters.

Scifiladies

The cards are Chiana and Aeryn Sun from Farscape and Janet Fraiser from Stargate SG-1.

If you’re interested in getting a commission, go here for info and pricing: http://store.danidraws.com/commissions

Mommy Sketches

My mom celebrated her birthday over the weekend. These are a few quick sketches that I made for her. They are based on old photos.

Happy Birthday Mom! You’re the best!

Summer of Heroes

I’m going to kick off the summer with a brand new, all-for-fun, sketch project. I’m calling it the Summer of Heroes. If you are familiar with the Monster-a-Day project I did last Halloween, this will be similar.

Starting this week and for the rest of the summer, I’m going to create a series of sketch cards depicting my favorite heroes from pop culture. Think Superman, Buffy Summers, and Luke Skywalker. The art will be posted here at the top of this post as I finish them. Check back often to keep track of the progress.

As part of the fun, I will be creating these all on my Ustream show, where you can chat with me in real-time and discuss art, movies, and TV with me while I am drawing. Go here to watch the show and look at the schedule.

Watch the Show: http://danidraws.com/danidrawslive/
Buy the art: http://store.danidraws.com/summer-of-heroes/
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In-Progress

Stuart Little WIP

The BFG 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.

Daily Doodles – May 2009

Here are some of my favorite sketches that I’ve made in the last month or so. I am really really enjoying getting to experiment with different media and creating crazy characters. I may just have to start illustrating with traditional paint again.

You can view my complete set of doodles, which I make every day, on my daily doodles blog: http://www.danijones.com/doodles

New Home for Daily Doodles

I recently created a new site for my Daily Doodles. It will feature not only the doodles, but also other original paintings and illustrations. All art will be available for sale. I will still post an occasional doodle here, but if you want to see each and every one that I make each day, please subscribe to the new blog here:
And remember, I draw every weekday on Ustream. Come and chat while I work live. Mondays @ 7 PM EST (NEW night show) and Tuesdays – Fridays @ 10 AM EST. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/dani-draws
Enjoy!