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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Drawing Without Headphones

Well I am finally getting back into a painting groove. Spending some quality time with my sketchbook and have gotten another 3 pages fleshed out in the past two days.

I found out today that going out to Starbuck's to draw without my headphones is like going to the gym without headphones. And like the gym, Starbuck's plays terrible music. In spite of not being able to tune out the conversations, tapping of keys on all the laptops and the 2 girls next to me figuring out their geometry homework, I did manage to get a painting done... I do know that X = 1 to the Xth... or something...

Since most of these are for my book I don't usually post full pictures but damnit I've got hamsters in lederhosen and I just gotta share the whole picture!

The caption: Being such a large beast, Bernard was use to this sorta thing...




Monday, April 22, 2013

Back To It!

Whew! What a whirlwind couple of weeks it's been with this move! Combining two apartments into one was not an easy endeavor but I think we've got a good handle on it now. We were busting at the seams when we got all of our stuff in one place! Of the many challenging tasks associated with this move the biggest was getting our workspace somewhat organized so I could get back to work on this book! We got me an extra work table, my computer is set up and some of my toys adorn my walls making it feel a little more like home.

There is still much to do in terms of getting our new place completely settled... in the meantime I took a little time out of the unpacking to sit down with my sketchbook, it feels like forever since I spent quality time with my spiral bound mistress... hrmm... that sounded kinda strange. ANYWAY... soon I will be working at full capacity on my book! Here's a little preview of today's sketchbook painting!


:Danny

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Break From Packing

It just occurred to me that it has been 5 solid days since I've cracked open my sketchbook. My focus has been solely on packing for my move to Valencia in 4 days. I've reached the point where I've got a good handle on getting the big stuff in boxes and I'm entering the "just throw everything in boxes" phase of the move. So, I decided to sit down and scratch out an idea my beloved Dina came up with. She really likes this gentle giant of a monster and I've grown pretty fond of him as well. We will be seeing more of him in the future. Here's the one I did tonight.


Nighty night!
:Danny

Starbuck's Drawing With A Good Friend

I went drawing with my friend Glenn Arthur and did another drawing of the kindly beast and his little hamster companions. I forgot to post this the night that I did this drawing so here it is... better late than never! :D This move has my brain pretty fried... but I can still draw on fried brain...




Thursday, April 4, 2013

One More Before Bed.

As part of what have been many farewells this week - I went drawing this evening with two of my former coworkers for what might be the last Wednesday night drawing hangout for a long time. Kevin, Danny and myself. We didn't get much time to draw, kind of a late start but it wasn't about the drawing tonight... we just wanted to hang out and chat about whatever. The outpouring of support and encouragement I have received from family, friends and followers has touched me deeply. This became apparent as I scribbled, erased, scribbled and erased, trying to find something clever to draw. I set out to come up with a new page for my book but no ideas presented themselves.

Before I knew I had a gentle looking old monster listening, intently, to his furry little hamster companion. I'm the hamster in this image - I realized - balancing on the strong hand of support of a wise and caring friend.

                                                                                                                                :Danny

Here Goes Nothin'...

*Writers note: I am writing this at 2am with somewhat scattered thoughts so bear with me... :) 

Ahh my first blog entry... do I wax intellectual and philosophical about the changes happening in my life right now? Should I write about the scary new road that lay before me? Naaaah! It's exciting and invigorating! It's a new chapter in my life and I couldn't be happier. I am positive but realistic but most of all, fortunate. Fortunate to have the love of my life and her support in all this. She's my best friend, my biggest fan and cheerleader... and so much more.

Aww man, I am getting all squishy with all this...

SO, I said farewell to my cushy job at Blizzard Entertainment... "yikes" you say? Yeah, I would be inclined to agree with that sentiment. Off to pursue the delightful (and treacherous) world of illustration for children's books I go! I spent 4 wonderful years there and made some great friends. I am mostly positive on my experience there. Not every job is gonna be 100% perfect. Over the past year or so I have found my happiness in what I was always happiest - drawing cute and weird things.

It just kept going and evolving into something I could see as I book. I know, lots of people say that, but I just know it! I feel it in my bones! I can see it in each new illustration I create for it. There's gotta be something to it - it just  feels special! Aww well... so here goes nothing... my new website to promote my endeavors and find work, a new blog to chronicle my efforts, twitter, facebook, instagram, and every other social networking site under the internet's sun... and plans, oh I've got plans and lots of them. I will meet rejection and I like to think I am prepared but, I know it's gonna sting. You can't make an omelet without having some eggs broken on your head.

...wish me luck!

:Danny