Category Archives: Process

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:

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Then I painted the background with gouache:

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And here’s the resulting scan of the background:

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

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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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iPad For Artists Sneak Peek

My book iPad For Artists was released earlier this month. The response so far has been fantastic! Thanks to all of you who have bought the book and sent me comments. I want to see all the great artwork you guys and gals are making on your iPads!

Here is a little peek at the book. In the “Creating a Children’s Illustration” tutorial, I made this illustration of a little pig in his house of straw. I drew it in Sketchbook Pro, which is a great all-around drawing app. I used my Wacom Bamboo iPad stylus to help me out.

Here are the process shots:

Buy the Book!

Check out the full “Creating a Children’s Illustration” tutorial, plus a variety of other tutorials, in iPad For Artists!

Giveaway!

There’s still time to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a free signed copy of iPad For Artists. Rules and details are in this post.

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!

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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!

Super 8 Sketch Card Process

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!

Doctor Who Christmas Carol Fan Art

This is a piece of fan art I made based on last year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, A Christmas Carol. I love this episode! It has quickly become one of my favorite things to watch around the holidays. I recently re-watched it, and I might have to do so again before the season is over. It is brilliant. Thanks Steven Moffat.

You can check out the entire painting process in the vid below. It was done in Photoshop. Actual painting time was around four hours.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRgNHdMWn-I

And for your further enjoyment:


Watch it if you haven’t yet! [iTunes]

Merry Christmas!

Sleepy Hollow Illustration Process

On Halloween, I shared a new illustration that I recently finished featuring Ichabod Crane from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Here’s some of the process work that went into the painting:

The original sketch, drawn on a regular sheet of paper. I used a red pencil to rough it out and then went over it with a regular pencil line.

Before I started painting, I did a few studies to figure out what direction I wanted to go with the color.

The initial color block-in:

Texture, shading, and details:

Final painting, with effects like wind and stars added:

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

Harry Potter Gouache Painting Process

Ron and Hermione

Most of my illustration work is digital, but sometimes I get the hankering to just sit down and work with actual PAINT so I decided to get out my gouache and make a painting just for fun.

Well, I’m a BIG Harry Potter fan and I am super excited about the last movie coming out this weekend, so for my fun little painting I decided to paint two of my favorite characters and cutest couple ever – Ron and Hermione.

My sketch is just a small thumbnail in my sketchbook. I didn’t even bother refining it; I just scanned it, blew it up in Photoshop, adjusted the color, then printed it out on a piece of heavyweight bristol paper. I then taped it down to a board and painted right on top of it.

Click for photos and video!

The Making of a Comic Page Videos

I broadcasted on Ustream last week. It was tons of fun! It was nice to be back and chatting with friends again. I will be broadcasting again this week – Wednesday June 8 at 12 noon ET and Friday June 10 at 10 AM ET. I’ll be making some more comic pages. Stop by, chat, and ask questions. You can watch at http://danidraws.com/danidrawslive. Hope to see you there!

Here are the full videos from the two broadcasts. The first is sketching and drawing the line art of a comic page, and the second is me coloring it in Photoshop.


http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/15097856


http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/15135036

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. ;)

Making and Publishing a Children’s Book, Part 1

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I’ve been writing, ranting, and debating about books, art, self-publishing, and digital publishing non-stop since launching The Illustrated Section a few weeks ago. It’s time to stop talking and start CREATING.

I’m going to make a picture book!

This is the first in what will be a regular series of posts that will go through the entire process, from sketch to sale. So here we go…

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