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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Alien Baby Close to Death in Mother's Arms While Alien Father Races Against the Clock to Bring Him the Herb that will Hopefully Save Him ... By Daniel Grant Newton

Created by Daniel Grant Newton

Another new piece of art for my wonderful readers!  The title tells the story.  As of September 1 I will be attempting my art piece a day for a year challenge.  Quite a considerable challenge considering all the other projects I have on the go, so quite a number may only be conceptual ideas and sketches in my book.  Still, I am excited to really push my creativity to the next level.

And then, at the end of each week, I will post some/all of the week's art for your viewing pleasure.  At the same time I am working on a comic for a client, illustrating a very interesting collection of children's stories, as well as The Aleksandra Adventures (my comic that is a prequel to The Last King of Shambhala), The Mysteries of the Black Sun (the novel sequel to my The Last King of Shambhala), and a book that currently has no working title but uses myth and history of Ethiopia.

Glad we could catch up.  So look out for my first attempt at a week's worth of art.  I'll let you know how it goes!

Your friend and fellow citizen of Shambhala, Daniel

Thursday, 22 August 2013

My Hero, Fan Expo, and one for the kids!

(F.Y.I. New picture at the bottom) ... 

Hello again, I am so excited.  Why Daniel? I hear you ask with a chorus of school kids.

Why?  I think the better question is why are you with school kids.

Anyway, to answer your question and the class of 2B, Fan Expo is tomorrow and I will be meeting my hero Richard Dean Anderson.  That's right, the guy from my three favourite TV shows - Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Macgyver.  If he were in the Ninja Turtles and Avatar: The Last Airbender too, then he would be in my top five and the universe as we know it could not handle it and would end, not with a whimper but a freakin' huge ass boom (sorry T. S. Eliot).

Plus he seems like an all-round great guy who does lots of great work in the community and around the world.  So BOOM!

I am over the moon excited, literally.  I am going to die of no oxygen if someone does not retrieve me.  

And, also, if you are in Toronto tomorrow, and you come to Fan Expo (like, as if you wouldn't!), and you see me, come and say hello.  I'd love to chat.

I am not in a booth or anything (this time), just walking around with some stupid smile on my face.

I should really have put this update earlier to give you time to find a cosplay outfit and get your hair spiked like Goku.  Do not use the toaster in the bath as a short cut P.S., that only works in Looney Tunes cartoons!

So yes, that is the news about my absolute top hero, and Fan Expo, so that only leaves "one for the kids" ... See below my new art piece that pretty much every single kid in the entire world (no, universe!) would love and think is the best thing their eyes have ever seen, and thereby go blind as they would not want to spoil the image with anything hereafter.*

*This is very much an overstatement.

What monster casts this shadow?  That, my friend, is for you to conjure in your mind.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Warrior on a Bridge by Daniel Grant Newton

More warm up for my art piece a day challenge (which, it should be noted, will not take away from the usual programming).

This picture I feel should be from some future epic I write. It looks very ethereal and 'Jet Li your ass' at the same time.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Mami Wata and Mani (Thoth) from Akashic Records Series

My depictions of my characters from the Akashic Records, and of course from Myths around the world. You may remember that Mani is the moon djinn that Ariella-Maria channels.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Proof that Ninjas tried to attack my blog

Bam!  Just dodged a flying kick.  Why?  Blog ninjas.  That is why.

Don't believe me.  See below.

It's a drawing inspired by the very first article I ever wrote on this blog ... and the ninjas that clearly attacked it with ninja skills (as proven by my subsequent drawing).


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Girl looking through library shelves...

New drawing for a new day for my favourite blog reader - YOU.

Wasn't 100% happy with yesterday's pic, so I will post this one up, wiggle my fingers, and everything can all be well again... And the munchkins can finally sing again.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Tears of the First Nation - A sketch from my pad

As promised, I am going to begin sharing some drawings I have done, which is a 'warm up' to a big challenge I am going to set myself starting next month: to create an art piece everyday for a year!

Here is the first 'warm up' piece I am sharing.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

DJ Panda - The World's First 'Beat Painting'

Before I went to Haiti, I teamed up with a producer Lazy Beatz in Toronto, and we created what we are currently calling a 'Beat Painting'.  Essentially he created a beat whilst I painted, and because neither of us had any hard and fast planning beforehand, we influenced each other's expression.  

We taped this expression, and the recording is what can only be described as a unique 'Beat Painting'.  This time we were in the same room, but our future plans are to do it via Skype from different and interesting parts of the world.

The video is in post production, but for those interested, here is the painting I did in those two hours.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Superman vs. Batman (Dark Knight)

Hi my favourite blog friend, 

Hope you have been well, or super duper fantastic.  As you will not know unless you are part of the CIA, for the last number of weeks I have been in Haiti, and while I have been working on some interesting ideas, I have not had the internet connection to share them with you.  

As a result, I have scoured the mountainous lands for an illusive internet point, and only now, after climbing to a summit and speaking with a wise blind goat herder, have been able to post (this is utterly completely true except for the part about the climbing the mountain to speak to a wise blind goat herder).  

Anyway, now here we are.  And...  Here is a picture I drew in my pad and taken with my phone.  I will share more when I get back to Canada.

Highest salute!