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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Happy Batman Day! from Daniel Grant Newton (DGN Productions)

'Catwoman and Batman' by Daniel Grant Newton

Hey Friends!  Today is 'Batman Day', a day designated to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman, so I sketched this picture for the day.  I used a pacer and a pink highlighter for those playing at home.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

My Top Nerdy Memes - 200th Blog Post Celebration

In celebration of my 200th post (last post), I have decided to share my top nerdy memes I have created for Twitter to date (e.g. Batman, Arrow, Stargate, Doctor Who memes, etc).  Here I go:











Hope you enjoyed those memes, and if you'd like to see more, connect with me on Twitter at: twitter.com/dgnproductions 


Saturday, 28 June 2014

New Painting and Stop Motion Capture Video by Daniel Grant Newton

New Yet-To-Be-Titled Painting by Daniel Grant Newton
Hey there.  

Another blog entry, and guess what???

This is actually my 200th entry. So proud to have broken the 200 mark with my faithful readers.  

If I had a Spartan for every blog entry I wrote, well I'd be 100 Spartans away from taking on Persia. But not really. In reality I'd need a lot more to be historically accurate.

However, I have something better than 200-almost-300 Spartan warriors. I have blog readers - YOU! The very best this planet has to offer. The Justice League + Avengers of my life.

So thank you again for sharing my journey, my dreams and my creations with me. And my jokes that are the most hilarious thing ever said, and that you've ever heard... EVER. Even more funny than Eirik Lodbrok's jokes.

Anyway, next post I will post something a little different to celebrate the big 2-0-0, but in the mean time, I'd like to share with you a new painting I have done (above).

And below I have included a stop animation video of me painting it, to the beats of Voodoo Dred.  Hope you enjoy!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Need a little help for my new comic I am creating...

Hello my faithful fans and friends, I hope you can help me.

I'm reaching out to you, like...

I'm a super villain holding on to the edge of a cliff after we have just done battle, and you are a super hero with Golden Age of Comics morals who cannot let me die despite holding the city, nay the world, nay the universe, ransom with my oversized death ray which is not making up for anything thank you very much.  That sort of reaching out, kind of.

So dear friends.  Don't let me die friends.  Please.  Well... Not literally die mind you, rather creatively die.  Well, not so much 'creatively die', but can you please help me make my comic just that little bit better.

That was so long winded you'd think I was Hugh Grant.  And in a way, aren't we all Hugh Grants inside?

No.  We aren't.

As you no doubt know, I am creating a new comic based on some of the characters appearing in my book The Last King of Shambhala.  In fact, if you are a long time reader, you would know that here and there I've kept you in the loop about my progress.

I started with quite realistic depictions of the characters.  See:

But then quickly moved toward a Tintin inspired look.  See:

And now, I want your input.  Below I've got two versions, one very much inspired by Herge's Tintin (a modern day version without the racism), and one inspired by the version inspired by Herge's Tintin (the one that looks a bit more realistic).

If you could write in the comments, or email me at danielgrantnewton @ gmail . com I would be so so so so appreciative.  So appreciative, I might do something cool and crazy on this blog to show my appreciation.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

'Space Floss Circus and the Umpa Welcoming Ceremony' by Daniel Grant Newton

It's Friday!  Friday!!!  The day before Saturday and the day after Thursday.  

Thanks must go out to R. Black for clarification on that.  (That's Rebecca Black's rap name I've decided, in case she wants to take her educational lyrics about the names of days of the week, change genre and team up with R'n'B legend R. Kelly.  Boom!  Instant hit and potential power couple.)

Anyway, hope your week has been fantastical, and you are ready for a magical weekend full of sunset drinks, late night partying and wizards with long green beards - that kind of magical.  

I have swirled my tea leaves around to see your future, actually I am drinking coffee, so coffee beans... and the beans never lie...

And it says you WILL have an amazing weekend as a result of casting your enchanting and attractive eyes on the Space Floss Circus and the Umpa Welcoming Ceremony, my new fantastical dreamlike (surreal even) picture made for you.  It's like pictorial honey for a potentially sore throat weekend.

'Space Floss Circus and the Umpa Welcoming Ceremony' by Daniel Grant Newton
And as you can see in the picture, the Umpa welcome you.  They're the little people with big heads welcoming the girl with the magic lamp on her head and the girl with the mask and stripy socks, for those wondering.  The girl with the lamp and the girl with the mask found their way to this edge of space on the toy spaceship on the box.

But I'm pretty sure you knew that already.

Oh okay.  Yes, good question.  I'm glad you asked.  And I was getting to that.  That was the imaginary voice in my head if you heard it too.  

Do you often hear other people's imaginary voices?  You should probably get someone to check that.  Someone professional with a degree on their wall and glasses they needed after straining their eyes staying up all night reading big text books with small writing.  One of those professionals.  

Not a professional that get paid for performing athletic feats in competition, or for magical illusions and cheesy jokes in front of cheering crowds.  

Or ones that tick that box on surveys but nobody is really sure what they are professional in doing.  Perhaps they are professional kale growers.  There is a market for that.

So if you heard the imaginary voice in my head, please see the other type of professional.

Unless of course you are psychic.  Then maybe you need to join a school for X-Men and X-Women.  Or be tutored by a crystal ball reading soothsayer.

But in case you didn't hear the voice in my head, it asked, "can we get a print of this intricate artwork?"  And the answer is 'yes'.  You can get one at DeviantArt by clicking here and having a portal to Awesome Dream Land on your wall.

Presuming you live in a castle, it would look something like this on your wall.

So, what was the point of this post.  Hmmm...  Well, I said it was Friday.  Check.  I read your coffee beans future.  Check.  And it was good!  Check.  I suggested you see a professional or Professor X or a crystal ball psychic if you heard the voices in my head.  Check.  And you saw my art piece and that it was available on the artist network known as DeviantArt.  Check.

Good then.  Would wish you a happy weekend, but no need.  The coffee has spoken and said it is so.  So see you next week, and put something freaky deaky like studio 54 on your wall for me, even if it isn't the art above.

Best wishes from Planet Crazy and the Ninja Monks of Shambhala.


Sunday, 25 May 2014

Some cool posts coming your way, but in the meantime...

Hey there, long time no speak.  But I've got something very special to make up for it.

Actually, I've got some really, really special stuff on their way ... but I'm still working on those posts.  It is taking me much longer than I'd expected.

So, in the meantime, here is something cool, special and different to my usual to make up for it.  I have taken a couple of views off my balcony at home, and photoshopped them for your entertainment.

Your welcome.  :-) lol


P.S. I do not own the rights to these characters, and they are only being used for the sake of parody.

P.P.S. No superhero was hurt in the making of these photoshopped images.

Astro Boy photoshopped onto a sunrise.

Bat signal photoshopped onto city skyline.
Superman photoshopped onto exploding sunrise :-)

Monday, 12 May 2014

'Riding an Elephant through the Dreamscape' by Daniel Grant Newton

Hey friend,

Here is a picture I drew in Haiti (and mentioned in a previous blog post), but have now coloured in.  

I have kept the dream feel by mixing semi-realistic with representational, using a vivid yet unusual palette, and creating a fuzzy, surreal, fun energy about it.  

Last night I had a lucid dream which inspired me to go back to this piece and finish it.  

I will be selling a limited number prints of this through a few select vendors, as well as potentially the DGN Productions website we are launching.  Making it available online is really up to the response from my online friends - YOU!


P.S. Remember, if you like this art piece, and would like to receive more fantastical art and stories, put your email in the box at the top of the page.
'Riding an Elephant through the Dreamscape' by Daniel Grant Newton

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

New Portrait With Coffee + Paint - by Daniel Grant Newton

New Portrait With Coffee + Paint - by Daniel Grant Newton

Salut friend!

New portrait I made for one of my fans.  I used a mixture of coffee, and brown, white and silver paint.  Still getting used to painting with coffee.  It never seems to go where I want it to go because it is so runny.  :-/

But this turned out alright after I used paint to *cough* *cough* fix it.

I hope your week is going well.  Today is 'Hump Day' Wednesday.  As in, the middle of the week, and now it is down hill until the weekend.

Mind you, if you are lucky enough to love what you do, every day is an awesome day!

Want to see more artwork, as well as read and listen to great stories?  Then what are you waiting for?  Join the growing DGN Productions/The Last King of Shambhala family by putting your email in the subscribe section at the top of this page.

I shall post again soon.
Daniel :-)

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

'Girl with the Panda Hat' (AKA 'Butterflies and Music') by Daniel Grant Newton

'Girl with the Panda Hat' (AKA 'Butterflies and Music') - Painting by Daniel Grant Newton

Bam! ... kapow!  A new painting for the week, called 'Girl with the Panda Hat'. 

(I dedicate it to you and all my blog readers, because I want the fun and freedom and love for art and connection expressed in the artwork, for you.)

So I was talking with a fellow artist (and multi-location gallery owner) who is looking to display my new work (more on that later if it pans out).  And he was a big fan of my painting 'The Green Fiddler runs through my mind...', particularly because of the movement, spontaneity and creativity.

Unlike my other paintings which had taken planning to execute (e.g. sketched out the idea on a pad, then on the canvas) before attacking the canvas, the green fiddler piece was just attacking the canvas with a very limited plan of attack.  I'd been inspired by an artist, and hurried with the paints and got that inspiration on canvas.

And so was this one.  I also kept it more loose, being more concerned with the feeling and flow than accuracy.  I also didn't take myself away from the paints to document my process with the camera.

Anyway, it was very fun to paint, and I might add some more loose, unplanned eruptions of inspiration into my portfolio.  So watch out.

Peace, love and butterflies to you, your family and your friends,


P.S. I've got some really exciting stuff planned for this blog this year that I'm a bit tight lipped on at this point in time, but if you want to ensure you get them when they come at ya like Cleopatra, then ensure you use the subscribe option at the top right of this page.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

'On Either Side of the Whispering Wall' - Painting by Daniel Grant Newton (DGN Productions)

'On either side of the Whispering Wall' - Painting by Daniel Grant Newton (DGN Productions)'

A new painting this week.  I had the progress photos for this painting, but they mysteriously disappeared.  Maybe they are on the other side of a magic wall.  Maybe they slipped through the slits of time and space.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this painting, and it stimulates you to think and to imagine and to grow.  Yes, that is quite a hope, but let me let you in on a secret.  I hope all my artwork and stories inspires you to stimulate your imagination, growth and thinking.  That's the sort of big time dreamer I am.

Until next time, goodbye friends.

(That goodbye sounded a little more serious on paper than I had hoped.  I was looking for a passing gesture of momentary separation, perhaps like we were talking at a party and somebody passed between us, breaking the conversation, but only for a moment before we cheerily come back to where we left off.  

Not the teary farewell at the train station where one runs after a train through the bellowing smoke with a hanky waving in the air, trying to savour each curve and angle of the other's face to play in one's imagination until next time.  That was not the send off I was going for.

But perhaps, to ensure this goodbye is the former, and not the latter, and to ensure you think, grow and imagine some more with me, put your email in the box above above above right and join my blog family.  Or, if you have already, find something you really like on my blog and send it to a friend.  After all, the more of us thinking, growing and imagining together, the more fun it is!

Okay, this time I'm saying goodbye for real...

No, you hang up.

No, you do.

Okay, fine then.  We'll do it together.  On three.  1, 2...)