Blue crab with arms outstretched

Crab

His flailing claws were either exclaiming, “Hug me!” or “Get off my lawn!”

From my daily drawings
Crab – pen and inkwash. Drawn with a TWSBI Mini fountain pen (extra fine nib) using Platinum Carbon Ink and shaded with a Kuretake no. 8 fountain brush pen filled with Noodler’s Lexington Gray ink (diluted 4 parts water to 1 part ink). Digital scan adjusted and edited in Photoshop. Color applied in Illustrator.

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Crab design decorating a Redbubble art board
Crab design decorating a Redbubble throw pillow
Crab design decorating a Redbubble studio pouch
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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.

First version of the fez fish

A few months later, the fish appeared in a surreal fantasy comic that I created for a comic book contest.

Page 13 from the Little Dreamers comic book

After the contest, I returned to the original sketch book drawing and redrew the fish in Adobe Illustrator. I smoothed out the linework and applied shadows to add depth.

Second version of the fez fish

Jumping forward to 2017, I decided to revisit the fez fish in an attempt to better express the Victorian-era mystery of this character.

Sketches of the fez fish, part 1 of 2

Sketches of the fez fish, part 2 of 2

I scanned my sketches and did the final drawing and coloring in Illustrator.

Redbubble version of the fez fish

Sometimes it takes time and patience to get where you want to go. Even when you are travelling through your imagination!


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Redbubble version of the fez fish

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Society6 version of the fez fish

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Pen and brush pen kiwi bird drawing

Kiwi Bird

From my daily drawings
Pen and watercolor fox portrait. This kiwi bird was drawn on Canson XL mixed media paper using a TWSBI Mini extra fine nib fountain pen filled with Platinum Carbon Black ink and shaded with a Kuretake no. 8 fountain brush pen filled with Noodler’s Lexington Gray ink (diluted 4 parts water to 1 part ink).

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Kiwi bird design decorating a Redbubble tote bag
Kiwi bird design decorating a Redbubble sticker
Kiwi bird design decorating a Redbubble throw pillow

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Society6 version of the fez fish

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Colorful house sparrow

Sparrow Spectrum

This house sparrow dreams of color.

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Sparrow Spectrum design decorating a Redbubble phone case
Sparrow Spectrum design decorating a Redbubble women's t-shirt
Sparrow Spectrum design decorating a Redbubble sticker

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A fez-wearing fish holding a tea cup

Night of the Cuppa

A fish, a fez and a cuppa.

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Redbubble t-shirt featuring the fez fish
Redbubble phone case featuring the fez fish

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Society6 version of the fez fish

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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

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Society6 version of the tiger

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Pen and watercolor drawing of a running tiger

The Tiger

A Bengal tiger design based on one of my daily drawings.

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Society6 version of the tiger

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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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