I've been meaning to share some of the drawings that you see in my videos on Instagram and YouTube. Well, today, I'm releasing my first of soon-to-be-many wallpapers of my most recent drawing.
Please note that all of my illustrations are copyrighted and only intended for personal use. Don't be a POS like some of the people and brands out there that have been monetizing off of my work. But that's a discussion for another day.
As always, thanks for all your love and support!
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Earlier this year, Mynte Green Co. and I collaborated to create a unique vinyl graphic mural for Northstar Café (Short North location), a local gem in the heart of Columbus, OH. It truly has become a part of the culture and identity of this city for the last 15 years. So it was an extremely humbling experience for me working alongside the brilliant minds behind Mynte Green Co. and Northstar Café to help them visually tell their story.
For those of you who are local to the area, I hope that you'll go check it out at the Short North location!
So much has been going on these days that I haven't been able to put out any new process videos. I moved into my new studio last week at 400 West Rich, a sanctuary for the arts in Columbus, Ohio.
I'm pretty pumped to finally get things set up and have a home base to freely create, so I hope to share some new projects in the coming weeks once I'm officially settled in. For now, please enjoy a little compilation video I put together of some of my recent one line drawings.
Cheers! – Dane
It’s interesting how the curvature of our hands fit seamlessly along the sides of a dog’s face.
I’ve imagined this piece ever since I began interacting with the dogs at the local shelter a few years ago.
It’s an indescribable feeling when a dog you’ve never encountered before makes eye contact and allows you to pet its face in this manner. It’s as if all of the noise and stressful environment inside those walls are tamed by a moment of trust and stillness.
Graphite pencil on the most beautiful 100% cotton, Arches Aquarelle 300gsm paper, 16x20”
Hey, all! I’ve been sharing some videos of my one line work utilizing the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil on my Instagram page.
As a graphic designer for most of my career, I am no stranger to implementing digital techniques into my workflow. Some may see this as “fake” art, but to me, it’s simply another form of medium I have in my arsenal. Call it what you will, but as long as we’re creating through expressions in all forms, i.e., music, dance, photography, etc, then that is the foundation of what art is.
Since I've been receiving tons of messages about the tools I use, I'll create a separate blog post explaining more in detail. Stay tuned :)
Lately, I’ve been detaching myself from my usual routine of music, podcasts, and youtube videos in exchange for working in silence. This has really allowed me to be present in my environment and aware of the familiar sounds that I’ve unintentionally ignored for so long, like the ticking of the wall clock, or Holly snoring in the sunlight that’s beaming across her bed, or the soothing sound of a stroke from a paintbrush.
These are a few of the sounds that resonate through my space that I’ve taken for granted because of all the distractions I created.
However, sometimes I think it’s good for us to bring in some of that background noise to help get us in the flow of our work. I’m curious to know if you have a routine or what helps you get going? Please share.
Want to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported me in my journey in 2018, not just professionally, but more importantly, personally.
This piece titled, The Lone Wolf, will probably be the most personal thing I’ll share here. Although it wasn’t the life I chose to live these past 8 months, it’s one that I’ve been slowly learning to embrace. It has been minimal but truly meaningful.
A large chunk of why it has been so meaningful is due to the handful of friends, connections, and of course, my four-legged companion, Holly, who have picked me up and helped me through one of the darkest moments in my life. Through them, I realized that the worst thing that can happen to you, can sometimes turn out to be the best thing.
Never take your past for granted. Instead, be grateful for the experiences and from there, begin the next chapter in your life. Just make sure it’s a meaningful one. Beauty will inevitably emerge!
As one of my close friends recently said, “Remember, you’re in control. Live a life with GRATITUDE, KINDNESS, & LOVE.”
Thank you, all, from the bottom of my healing heart for your friendship, stories, & memes.
Time certainly flies and not a day goes by where I don’t think about Riley. It’s been two years since her passing and I have found so much peace and comfort over the past year due in part to what With One Line (WOL) has grown to become.
When WOL got off the ground, I never intended to receive countless commissions for pet portraits, but I quickly learned how many people out there were searching for a way to ease their pain and keep the memories of their lost companions alive just like I was. I’ll never forget that a customer once told me that Riley’s memory lives in each piece that I create. It was such a blessing to have read that, because, for those of you who don’t know, Riley was the impetus to WOL and a way for me to help cope with her passing. What started out as therapy for me has now evolved into something beyond any words that I can conjure up.
I am utterly grateful for all those who have shared their stories and allowed me to play a small part in their lives. I hope that the portraits help serve as a reminder of the memories you have shared with your pet(s).
Today, Mother Nature is a little less whole with the passing of the world’s last male Northern White Rhino, Sudan, who died Monday, March 20, 2018 at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. I am deeply sadden by the event and my heart truly goes out to all of the keepers at Ol Pejeta Conservancy who cared and guarded for Sudan’s life.
We are so fortunate to be given the opportunity of living on this planet alongside many majestic species. Yet, I am constantly sadden by human’s display of greed and corruption, which has caused the number of species, particularly rhinos to fall dramatically.
In honor of Sudan, I created a few one line drawings and completed a few days before his passing.
Since the launch of WithOneLine and its efforts to bring awareness to animal shelters and wildlife conservation, I’ve dedicated some time each week to help make an impact in our community. Back in March, after going through an extensive orientation, safety class, and one-on-one training, I became an official volunteer at the Franklin County Dog Shelter (FCDS), located in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio. It was an easy decision for me to choose to commit my time there, because it was where I adopted Riley from when she was just 7 weeks old. FCDS helped give me the best 8 years of my life, so I want to make sure to give the dogs at the shelter the best opportunity to find their forever home!
Every day, there are over a hundred dogs on the floor ready to be adopted at FCDS. Some dogs are fortunate enough to leave the shelter within a few days, but others are less fortunate. They either get overlooked because of their breed, size, age, etc., or they get returned after being adopted out. Whatever the case may be, the consequence of a dog that has been there for an extended period of time can result in severe mental break down. During my short time as a volunteer, I’ve witnessed firsthand the struggles some of these dogs are faced with and it’s utterly heartbreaking. The effects that these dogs have to endure when left in a stressful environment like the shelter and kept in isolation with very little human contact and interaction is tragic. Luckily, there is a great group of ongoing volunteers who help mitigate this and I highly encourage anyone who is looking to make a difference in these dogs’ lives to sign up and become a volunteer. Because a shelter is only as good as its volunteers are plentiful.