When I’m not busy making children’s books or comics, I like to make sketch cards for fun, often featuring geeky fan art of my favorite TV or movie characters. (You can check out previous cards I’ve made here, here, and here.) I recently made a set of six cards featuring the gang of kids from the movie Super 8, which was my favorite movie of 2011 (probably one of my favorite movies ever actually). Anyway, I thought this would be a good opportunity to show a little process stuff.
Click to see how I made the 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!
Video: Pirate Frog (Quicktime, 2:48, 8.46 MB)
Created with ballpoint pen and watercolor. You can buy the original artwork in my store.
This is a good example of the kinds of sketches I make on my Ustream broadcast. The show broadcasts every weekday. Stop by and chat!
Here is an Illustration Friday entry for the theme “Impatience”. I decided to play around with watercolor instead of my usual digital painting.
The original painting is available for sale in my store.
You can also view the making of this painting on Ustream.
I drew these last night on my Ustream broadcast.
Video: Hockey Chicken (Quicktime, 2:52, 8.68 MB)
This is one of my Daily Doodles that I drew during an episode of my Ustream show. Created with ballpoint pen and watercolor.
This is a good example of the kinds of sketches I make on my Ustream broadcast. The show is currently on break, but returns soon on July 20 at 7PM ET. Come by and chat!
Nowadays, almost all of my illustration work is digital. This has been a conscious decision on my part because I it is easier for me, and I think my work comes out better. However, I’ve recently been re-visiting a lot of traditional media, and I thought I would do a little experiment.
I made one sketch and finished it multiple times, using a different medium for each painting. I thought it would be a good way to see the unique qualities of the mediums, and help me get a sense of the advantages/disadvantages of each.
For more info about the paint and supplies that I use, check out my previous post Paint, Paper, and Pencils.
Over the past several months, I have shared my painting process on my Ustream channel, and have received a lot of questions about my art supplies. Here is a comprehensive list of the traditional painting materials that I have used thus far, if you are interested in trying them out for yourself.
You can watch me paint and draw live every weekday. Please view the Dani Draws Live info page to stay up-to-date with the show schedule. To see examples of the work I’ve made with these materials, visit danijones.com/doodles.
Sketching is the way artists practice their skills. How do you make the most of it? Here are my own guidelines for how I spend my drawing time.
Do you have a favorite brand of paper? Have you found a particular surface that works well for a specific medium? Have you ever used an unusual material in order to save money?
Leave all your tips and tricks in the comments section. For my answer, read on…
Have you ever had trouble finding just the right sketchbook? Maybe you can’t find the right kind of paper, or they are just too darn expensive. Well, it’s probably easier than you think to make one of your own, and everything you need might already be lying around your house.
Why Make Your Own Sketchbooks?
Use your favorite paper. Why settle for the same old white paper when you can use toned, textured, heavy weight, watercolor, or lined paper instead? Or, this is a great way to get rid of all those half-used sketchpads you know you’ve got tucked away somewhere.
It’s cheap. Since most of your materials consist mostly of scraps, paper, and glue, this project is pretty easy on the wallet.
Style points. No more boring black sketchbooks! Choosing the colors and patterns to use for your sketchbook is half the fun. I once made a sketchbook that was entirely pink, just for the heck of it.
Some things you have to learn the hard way.
Like painting skills that are not taught in the classroom or listed in the typical handbook. It’s not all about mixing colors and priming a canvas. Here are a few lessons that I’ve learned while painting, but are often overlooked and under-appreciated.
Here is a bit of an explanation behind the making of my “Tough Teddy” painting, which I posted as a video earlier this week.
My traditional painting process is a lot like my digital work in that I like to experiment. As a result, a lot of my traditional paintings are done with mixed media. I like the interaction of the different materials and being able to use each of their advantages to create a one single great image. In the making of this painting, I used a whole mess of stuff, including gouache, oil, colored pencil, and acrylic.
In this post, I’ll explain which media I used and why, and hopefully you’ll be inspired to do a little experimenting yourself. Happy Painting!
Here is the first non-digital DaniDraws.com painting video. This is a small character painting I did for fun. You will see me use various media, including acrylic, gouache, oil, and colored pencil.
The original painting is for sale. Find details at danijonesillustration.blogspot.com.
Video: Tough Teddy (Quicktime, 2:27, 4.19 MB)