Category Archives: Videos

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!

Womanthology Book Release

Womanthology, a HUGE anthology of comics written, drawn, and edited all by women, is going to be available very soon. I believe it will be in comic shops starting today and it is also up for order on Amazon.com. All proceeds from this book go to charity.

I received my copy in the mail yesterday. It is one ginormous book, and it is filled to the brim with comics, artwork, industry tips, and interviews.

I illustrated a four-page story for the book. It is called “Swimming” by Ashley Avard. It starts on page 180. I was really happy that I got to illustrate such a sweet and poignant story.

View the Process Video!

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!

Announcing Frosty the Gourdman!

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Today, I launched the site for my newest project – Frosty the Gourdman!

Frosty is a short story comic that I wrote and created with my sister Nicole. We are in the midst of putting the finishing touches on the artwork and plan to post the entire story in October. For now, we’ve got the site up and running with a few teaser images and a nifty trailer. Go check it out here:

FROSTYTHEGOURDMAN.COM

Trailer:



Download the trailer here.

As we get ready to launch next month, please help us spread the word by sharing the link, embedding the trailer, twittering about it, etc. etc. Nicole and I are so excited to share this with you and hope you’ll enjoy it.

Video #18: Hockey Chicken

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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!

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Video #16: Sailor Sketch

Video: Sailor Sketch (Quicktime, 1:18, 157 KB)

Here is a bit of a quickie sketch that I made a few weeks ago. It is pretty straightforward, but it is significant because I created this painting during a live broadcast at Ustream.tv. The site enables you to create live video streams that users can interact with through chat. I am still experimenting with it, but if you have suggestions or have had experience with this service before, I would be happy to hear any comments you may have! Hopefully, I will have more Ustream experiments to share soon.

My Ustream profile page: http://www.ustream.tv/danidraws

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Dani’s Videos #11: Digital Ink and Paint

This is a small line and color job done on the computer. I first created my drawing using Adobe Illustrator, then copied it into Photoshop to put some basic paint onto it.

For more information about this process, see my previous posts here:

http://danidraws.com/2006/12/13/video-notes-bake-sale-brush-tool/

http://danidraws.com/2007/01/08/creating-line-drawings-in-adobe-illustrator/

Download the video here: Digital Ink and Paint (Quicktime, 3:45, 12.41 MB)

Dani’s Videos #9: Fairy

Working with paths in Photoshop isn’t quite as extensive as Adobe Illustrator, but it is enough to create some pretty fun images. In this video, I experiment with the pen tool in Photoshop, utilizing shape layers to create my basic shapes. The beauty of using Photoshop is that I was then able to use the brush tool to add texture and color.

I have been experimenting with more ways to make my technique and methods clear to you viewers. I tried to zoom in on the menus and palettes, and I included a more variety of views to get an overall feel for my workflow. I hope this looks a tad better. Let me know what you think.

Video: Fairy (Quicktime, 4:38, 6.1 MB)

Dani’s Videos #8: Painting a Hero

Painting a Hero

This is a head study that I painted in Photoshop in an attempt to create a more traditional painterly image. You’ll probably recognize this guy if you watch the TV show Heroes.

I’ve done something a bit different for this video than I’ve done previously. Here, I’ve recorded my entire screen so you can see what I am doing in Photoshop. I’ve also encoded this video at a larger size so you can see it better. I hope you like the changes. Enjoy!

Find notes for this video at DaniDraws.com.

Video: “Painting a Hero” (Quicktime, 3:20, 1.1 MB)