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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!


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


Making Minicomics

Making a Minicomic by Dani Jones http://danidraws.com

I am prepping for some shows I will be attending (MECAF in May and Kids Read Comics in June). I didn’t have any new comics printed since last year, so I decided to make up some minicomics featuring my short Zombie Bunny comic. I’m also reprinting my Captain Bacon comic which I sold as a mini last year.

I love doing these quick homemade type books, and I love buying them from other artists as well. They’ve got an indie-artist-handmade-craftiness to them that I like vs. the pro printed books.

I’ve seen other artists make both down-and-dirty-photocopied-stapled numbers and the really-fancy-expensive-paper-individually-screen-printed kind. Mine are on the cheaper side, but I decided to use some colored cardstock to pretty them up a bit. I thought I’d share my process. Enjoy, and MAKE COMICS!
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