Inktober 2017 prompt list

Inktober 2017

This year, I participated in the Inktober ink drawing challenge.

Inktober was created by Jake Parker in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. Participation in Inktober is simple: Draw something in ink, post it online, and repeat the process each day during October. Over the years, Inktober has grown from one artist’s personal challenge into a worldwide annual event that is enjoyed by thousands of artists! Continue reading “Inktober 2017”

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Collage showing the history of the fez fish

Evolving Art

When we first see a drawing, we might imagine a flash of inspiration leading straight to the finished artwork. Many times that’s what happens, but not always.

One of my favorite drawings took a few years and several versions until the art finally matched up with my imagination. The fez fish began as a 2013 sketch book drawing that I scanned and colored in Photoshop. Continue reading “Evolving Art”

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Portrait of Linwood

How to Create a Vector Portrait with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

This tutorial will walk you through the steps that I take to create vector portraits using Photoshop to prepare a source/guide image and Illustrator to draw the final artwork. Continue reading “How to Create a Vector Portrait with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop”

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“The Tiger” on Redbubble

Pen and watercolor drawing of a running tiger

There’s a new design in my Redbubble artist shop. The design is based on a Bengal tiger pen and watercolor that I drew as one of my daily drawings.

My wife is a Clemson football fanatic and the tiger is Clemson’s mascot, so I felt compelled to create this monument to orange and purple!

Visit Redbubble, to get the Tiger as a sticker, art board, t-shirt, scarf, and many other items.

sticker
classic tee shirt

Visit my Society6 shop to purchase this design as an art print or home decor item.
Society6 version of the tiger

Follow my daily drawings on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

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Instagram for Artists

For the past two-and-a-half months, I have been posting my drawings on my Instagram account. Many artists participate in Instagram’s media sharing community, due to the ease and speed with which images can be posted and seen using mobile devices. I’ve found Instagram to be a valuable way to enjoy other artists’ creations and to share my art projects.

Here are a five of my favorite Instagram images. [click an image to see its Instagram post]
Pen and watercolor drawing of tuxedo cat, Kordell
Star Wars fan art drawing of Chirrut Îmwe
Pen and watercolor drawing of Faye's
Pencil drawing of John Glenn
Pen and watercolor drawing of Mouse the dog

Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/dantabata/.

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Four of Dan's Redbubble designs

Redbubble Artist Shop

I’m pleased to announce that my Redbubble artist shop is officially open.

Redbubble is an online marketplace that enables independent artists to sell their creations as quality print on demand products. I spent a couple months comparing competing print on demand platforms before selecting Redbubble to host my favorite illustrations. Using Redbubble’s manufacturing services my designs can be produced as framed prints, phone cases, tote bags, tapestries, stickers, clothes, and many other items.

I invite you to visit my Redbubble artist shop to see if there’s something you might enjoy!

Thank you,
-Dan

spiral notebook
tote bag


throw pillow
sticker


art print
ceramic mug
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