We are really proud to say that we managed to interview a great artist for this week. We were lucky enough to talk with Dani Jones – children’s book illustrator, traditional artist, digital artist, writer, and author of “iPad for Artists“. Her drawing and painting style is simply amazing. She combined traditional and digital painting techniques in a way in which it gives you a unique and warm feeling about her artwork.
Let us introduce you to an artist who makes children happy 🙂
Tell us something about yourself. Name / Where are you etc.
My name is Dani Jones. I am an artist and writer. I am from New Hampshire, in the U.S.
What is your favorite color?
What is your dream?
To make pictures and write stories, so I am living it.
What’s your background?
I’ve been drawing for as along as I can remember, since I was a kid. I ended up going to school at Brigham Young University – Idaho and got an art degree there.
How did you start as an artist?
Out of school, I visited a few publishers and showed them my portfolio. I also signed with an artists’ representative very early in my career. Those things, plus making a website and sending out postcards, got me my start in illustration.
Why did you focus on comics?
I love comics because it allows me to tell stories in addition to drawing pictures. I like being able to tell larger, more cinematic stuff that you can’t do with shorter children’s books or one-off illustrations.
Draw a lot and share it with as many people as you can. – Dani Jones
There are not many artists who think iPad is great for drawing, what can you say to them?
I would say to browse around the internet and check out all the awesome art that is being created on the iPad. The evidence is right there.
How did the idea for “iPad for Artists” come to you?
I was enthusiastic about the iPad ever since it was first announced. I was already posting iPad drawings and tutorials over on my blog when the publisher approached me with the idea for the book. It was lots of fun to write.
Did you have a mentor?
All of my teachers at college. They are great and taught me lots.
How did your skills change over time?
My skills are always evolving and getting better. I look at my old stuff sometimes and cringe, but that’s how I know that I’m growing. It allows me to see how far I’ve come.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Everywhere. This is always a hard question to answer specifically.
How kids react when they see and read your stories?
I don’t get to see a lot of kids’ reactions! I wish I did. But most of the time I create this stuff alone in my office, then it gets released to the world and I don’t get to see where it goes. However, I’ve read my books in classrooms once or twice, and I love seeing the live reactions and seeing what bits they laugh or get excited at. I like meeting readers in person at events and conventions. I also get an occasional email or Twitter message with comments or fan art and stuff, which is fun.
Do you listen to music when you create?
If I am writing or thinking intensely about something, usually at in the early conception stages, then no. But when I am casually painting or just running through the process of getting comic pages done, then I’ll blast the music.
Draw a lot and share it with as many people as you can.
As with anything, practice. Drawing on the iPad is a little strange at first, even for experienced artists. It just takes getting used to.
Name three artists you admire.
Norman Rockwell, Mary Blair, Bob Peak.
How can people contact you?
The contact info on my website. I look at Twitter a lot too.