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Hourly Comic Day 2014

On February 1 of every year, comic artists around the world participate in Hourly Comic Day, where we record our happenings throughout the day. This is the third year I’ve done it. You can see 2012 and 2013 here and here.

Here’s my comic for this year. Enjoy! (Warning: VERY rough drawings!)

Hourly Comic Day 2014 by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Hourly Comic Day 2014 by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Hourly Comic Day 2014 by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Hourly Comic Day 2014 by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Hourly Comic Day 2014 by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Hourly Comic Day 2014 by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Hourly Comic Day 2014 by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Hourly Comic Day 2014 by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Hourly Comic Day 2014 by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Hourly Comic Day 2014 by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Hourly Comic Day 2014 by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Hourly Comic Day 2014 by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Hourly Comic Day 2014 by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Year-In-Review: 2013

Art I Made

Some of my favorite personal art moments:

I completed a personal project and published a sketchbook.

The Road by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Amazon link
http://danidraws.com/summer-wonder
http://danidraws.com/2013/12/11/summer-wonder-new-art-and-sketchbook/
http://danidraws.com/2013/09/19/painting-experiment/

I particularly liked my Hourly Comic Day from this year:

Hourly Comic Day 2013 by Dani Jones Page 12

http://danidraws.com/2013/02/02/hourly-comic-day-2013/

And I had a lot of fun during INKtober.

Monsters Ink - Chef by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com

http://danidraws.com/2013/10/01/monsters-ink-and-inktober/
http://danidraws.com/2013/11/05/spooky/

Plus you can now wear my art on a Star Trek t-shirt!

Starfleet Girl shirt design by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com

http://danidraws.com/2013/11/05/starfleet-girl-tee-now-available/
http://www.welovefine.com/6879-starfleet-girl.html

The best of the rest

Easter illustration, Friend Magazine by Dani Jones danidraws.com Felis Catus shirt design by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com My Sister the Freak Vol. 2 Ch. 2 by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com thelake_bgpainting Igor by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com The Lake by Dani Jones danidraws.com The Storm by Dani Jones danidraws.com Band cover by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com Front Porch Summer by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com mtmonadnock cloudyfield2013-04-16_vol-2-ch-02-16 2013-05-03_vol-2-ch-02-18 2013-09-18_vol-2-ch-03-04 MySisterTheFreakVol1_characterposter legendofkorra-korra legendofkorra-tenzin frozenanna colorsofthewindpainting frozencastle hogwartspainting

Stuff I Wrote

Advice for New Illustrators and Art School Graduates
http://danidraws.com/2013/04/30/advice-for-art-school-graduates/

Managing Time and Being More Productive as a Creative Professional
http://danidraws.com/2013/08/13/managing-time-and-being-more-productive-as-a-creative-professional/

How to Find an Illustrator For Your Picture Book, Part 2
http://danidraws.com/2013/01/12/how-to-find-an-illustrator-for-your-picture-book-part-2-the-self-publishing-edition/

And I started a new website specifically for iPad art related reviews and questions.
http://ipadforartists.com

Notable Events

I had several books released!

Monsters Vs. Kittens

Monsters Vs. Kittens by Dani Jones

Monsters Vs. Kittens is my first authored/illustrated children’s picture book. It was released as the first title for the new publishing company Stan Lee’s Kids Universe. Yes, THAT Stan Lee, of Spiderman and lots of other comics and movie cameo fame.

http://danidraws.com/monsters-vs-kittens
Amazon link

Because the book and company launched at the same time, I got to see lots of fun things surrounding MVK, such as this cool video of Stan Lee reading the book to a roomful of kids.


http://youtu.be/wf9Eher2JbE

Once Upon a Time There Was a Pig

Once Upon a Time by Dani Jones

Once Upon A Time There Was A Pig is my second picture book, also published by SLKU. It was released just recently in paperback and digital formats.

http://danidraws.com/once-upon-a-time
Amazon link

iPad For Artists

iPad for Artists cover

And on a completely different note, I wrote an instructional book about drawing on the iPad called iPad For Artists. It was published by Ilex Press early this year. It has achieved pretty good sales and feedback. I started up a new website where I can continue to share tips and reviews about making art on the iPad at ipadforartists.com.

http://ipadforartists.com
http://danidraws.com/ipad-for-artists
Amazon link

I went to MeCAF and Kids Read Comics.

Kids Read Comics 2013 Photo by Dani Jones danidraws.com

http://danidraws.com/2013/07/03/con-pics-mecaf-and-kids-read-comics-2013/

My comic My Sister the Freak won an award for Favorite Webcomic! Here’s the video of the ceremony (my category is 21 minutes in):


http://youtu.be/NYcCa44tRCU?t=21m=

I also got my first magazine cover published!

Friend Magazine July 2013 cover by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com

http://danidraws.com/2013/07/17/friend-july-2013-cover-process/

Fun Stuff

Favorite Movies:

frozenposter monstersuniversityposter savingmrbanksposter thorthedarkworldposter catchingfireposter

FROZEN!

frozenelsasketch

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, I think it is no secret that I am in love with this movie. Music. Art. Sisters. Feels. Yup.

Here’s the rest of my top 5. Go see them!

Monsters University
Saving Mr. Banks
Thor: The Dark World
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Favorite Books:

nothingcanpossiblygowrongcover unitedwespycover allegiantcover giantsbewarecover asingleshardcover

Shamefully, I am dreadfully behind on my reading. So many great books came out this year, but a lot of them are still on my shelf waiting. However, I did read…

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen
A fun story about teens, robots, and evil cheerleaders. Plus there’s stellar art by Faith Erin Hicks.

United We Spy by Ally Carter
This is the last book in the Gallagher Girls series. I was sad to see the series end this year, but was happy for this book. If you haven’t read them, it is a fun series about a secret spy school for girls. I am ever in favor of all books that feature independent kick-butt leading girl characters, and this has got plenty of them.

Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth
These did not come out this year, but the third book Allegiant did. I haven’t read Allegiant yet, but I thoroughly enjoyed the first two and am looking forward to the Divergent movie in 2014.

And a couple older titles I just got to:

Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado

Ok, this is not THAT old (released in 2012). It is very very funny with gorgeous art and awesome characters you will love as soon as you start reading.

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

This book came out ten years ago. My sister made me read it this year. It is probably one of my favorite books ever now.

What did you enjoy this year?

I include these lists not just for the fun of it. As someone who is in the business of creating, making art, and telling stories, I want to encourage others to support those who are out there doing it too and doing it well. Go watch/read/buy these super things, and encourage your friends too!

Up Ahead for 2014

Little Women

Remember my Little Women Graphic Novel Project? It kinda went on the backburner this year, but it has not disappeared. Look forward to more March sisters in 2014.

New books!

I am deep in the trenches of a new as-of-yet-unannounced picture book. If all goes well, you should see that released in 2014.

I illustrated a couple readers for Simon & Schuster that will be released in March. There are page previews up on Amazon right now.

Do Not Open! on Amazon
The One-Eyed People Eater on Amazon

Goals

Looking back at 2013, I got a lot done and hit a lot of milestones. For 2014 I’m hoping to get back into comics and writing. Besides making slow progress on my webcomic, and getting a sketchbook published at the end of the year, I didn’t do a lot in 2013 on this front. I got a lot of freelance work this year, which is a good thing, but it will be good to get back in the habit of more personal projects and original work.

Hope to bring you lots in 2014! As always, thanks for reading.

Summer Wonder – New art and sketchbook!

The Storm by Dani Jones danidraws.com

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

BUY THE PDF SKETCHBOOK

BUY A PRINT

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.

Spooky!

Igor by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com

This is a quick doodle I did in Photoshop. I totally meant to post this on Halloween but alas I forgot. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it anyway.

This is one of my ink drawings I made for Inktober last month. I just completed the entire series which you can see in my last post. Plus you can buy the art via originals, sketchbook, or poster! Check it out.

This is what the poster looks like:

monstersink_poster

HAPPY (late) HALLOWEEN!

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!

Painting Experiment

The Lake by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com

This is a new painting I just finished. It is part of a series that I am currently working on. I wanted to try a painting experiment that merges both digital and traditional painting. It has been a big learning process, but fun too.

I really like to paint with gouache and do a lot of landscapes and sketches for fun. However, I’m more comfortable working digitally for more complex illustration work. So, I’m trying to merge the two processes together and create something painterly and colorful. The way I’ve decided to do this is to paint the backgrounds traditionally with gouache, just like my typical landscape paintings. Then, I adjust the painting and draw the characters on top with Photoshop.

Here’s some of the process…

This is the rough sketch and the color comp, drawn in Photoshop:

thelake_sketch

thelake_comp

Then I painted the background with gouache:

thelake_painting1

thelake_painting2

And here’s the resulting scan of the background:

thelake_bgpainting

This is a work-in-progress shot with the characters drawn on top:

thelakewip

I think I have a lot more things to adjust to with this process, but I’m liking it so far. I have a few more paintings planned for this series of illustrations and am excited to share them with you when they’re done!

Star Trek T-Shirts!

STARFLEET GIRL Star Trek shirt design by Dani Jones danidraws.com

As a bit of fun, I decided to enter a contest over at We Love Fine to design a Star Trek t-shirt. You win the contest by getting lots of good ratings, so if you’re a Trek fan and want to see my art on some geeky t-shirts, head on over to welovefine.com and rate my designs! Rating is open from 8/20 to 9/17.

My Designs

The first design is my homage to the Trek ladies…

Starfleet Girl shirt design by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com
RATE STARFLEET GIRL!

The second features a cat (of course).

Felis Catus shirt design by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com
RATE FELIS CATUS!

And lastly, I couldn’t resist drawing a cute Riker.

Hey Riker shirt design by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com
RATE HEY RIKER!

And also…

Please rate these other shirts too, if you please! They were designed by my sister Nicole and I think they are super cool and I want to wear them on a t-shirt really badly.

Beautiful & Deadly Star Trek shirt by Nicole Jones nicolejinjones.com
RATE BEAUTIFUL & DEADLY!

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE Star Trek shirt by Nicole Jones nicolejinjones.com
RATE RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!

Friend July 2013 Cover Process

Friend July 2013 cover by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Friend July 2013 cover by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Hey all! I had an illustration published on the COVER of the Friend magazine this month. I’ve done a lot of magazine work, but this is my first cover so I’m excited about it.

I thought I’d show you the process behind painting. Enjoy!

This is the original idea sketch for this cover. The art director gave me some good feedback, such as reversing the girl and adding flowers.

Friend July 2013 cover by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Here is my sketch ready for painting.

Friend July 2013 cover by Dani Jones danidraws.com

The illustration was painted in Photoshop. I blocked in initial colors and gradually added more detail as I went along.

Friend July 2013 cover by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Friend July 2013 cover by Dani Jones danidraws.com

And here’s the finished cover without the type.

Friend July 2013 cover by Dani Jones danidraws.com

Welcome November

And just like that… October is over. Move over Halloween and make room for Thanksgiving and pie!

This is an illustration that I made for an eye institute in Boston. I actually made it last year, but I realized I never shared it before, so here you go!

Goin’ Gold Video

I was recently asked if I wanted to contribute a YouTube video to the Goin’ Gold Childhood Cancer Awareness Campaign. I was happy to oblige. Here it is:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8W-C1O-ru8

About Goin’ Gold:

As you may or may not know (I personally didn’t, until this video), the gold ribbon represents childhood cancer, just as the more popular pink ribbon represents breast cancer. The goal of this campaign is to further promote the awareness of the gold ribbon and what it represents. More awareness = more attention, more research, and more funding which will help the many children fighting this awful disease. I am very much in favor of beating cancer to a pulp, especially where kids are involved.

So I am fighting my little fight by drawing this pirate. Who loves gold more than pirates? No one. Except maybe dragons. But I wanted to draw a pirate, so you get a pirate video today.

Please like, favorite, and share the video to help the Goin’ Gold cause. They’ve set up a whole YouTube channel of videos from a variety of sources. Check them all out if you have a moment!

Important Links You Should Click On:

New Little Women Page and Video

danijones_littlewomen05

During the Ustream show I held on Monday, I drew a new Little Women page and demonstrated some of my digital drawing/coloring techniques. Above is the finished page from that session.

I recorded the show, but unfortunately problems with Ustream and my internet connection cut the video short. However, you can still view a good portion of it here:


http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/24682447

The next show will be on Tuesday August 28 at 12 PM EST. Come watch me draw more Little Women art and maybe win a free sketch. Visit http://danidraws.com/danidrawslive to watch the show and view the full schedule. Hope to see you there!

The book is almost 1/3 funded! We’re going at a good pace. THANKS to all who have pledged so far. Please help spread the word about the project if you can so we can reach our goal!

To make a pledge, visit the Kickstarter page.

Best,

Dani

A Sketch, a Video, and an Art Supply Review

Here is an ink and watercolor sketch I made of my comic character Frosty the Gourdman. I recorded the making of the entire sketch and made some comments about my process. You can view the video here:


http://youtu.be/J_mqeFLm_pw

If you would like to hang this painting up on your wall, I have the original up for sale in my store here.

I used this sketch to try out and review some art supplies I received from Pentel. Overall, I was very happy with them!

Click for the full review and pics!