Mousey the dog

Goodbye, Mousey

Our little dog, Mousey (aka Mouse) brought joy to our family for almost nine years (April 10, 2011–February 15, 2020).

Mousey, I’m still not sure who got the better deal—you for taking over our home and hearts, or me for getting to draw inspiration from your strange dog-like ways! Goodbye, Mousey…I’ll miss you always.

[links below lead to pages on my websites: dantabata.com and thepawses.com]

Pet Adoption (2012)

Playing Ball (2012)
Playing Ball

How Mouse Got His Name (2013)
How Mouse Got HIs Name

Doggie Bag (2014)
Doggie Bag

Hero (2016) [click title or image to view two-page comic]
preview panel from Hero short comic

Pet Thoughts (2017)
Drawing of a loving dog

Little Dog Waiting (2018)
Little Dog Waiting digital watercolor painting

Poppy Dog (2019)
Poppy Dog illustration

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Inktober 2017 prompt list

Inktober 2017

2018 UPDATE
Visit the Inktober 2018 Drawings galley to see my drawings from 2018. Instead of strictly following the official prompt list, I did a combination of my own prompts and a few of the official ones! It was another fun October of ink drawing!


This year (2017), 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

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