I’m Dani Kelley,

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The Process of Being.

This Saturday, April 22, I will turn 30 years old. (Want to help me celebrate?)

Frankly, this terrifies me.

All my life, I never envisioned myself living past the age of 28. I figured that either the rapture would have occurred, or I would have killed myself. So you’d think 29 would have been my all-out panic year, but I spent 29 dealing with a lot of other things.

Now, with 30 at my doorstep, I’m caught in its headlights, awaiting its impact with an ever-increasing sense of dread.

There Are No Strings on Me: Work in Progress

This delightfully creepy sentence is Ultron’s motto in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” So, naturally, I decided to sketch and calligraph it. This is the first inking. I’d never really used a flex nib calligraphy pen before, so my shading and everything is just abysmally off. For a first time, though, I was pretty pleased. I…

Late-night Lettering: Eshet Chayil

A friend has commissioned me to work on some tattoo designs for her. One of them is “eshet chayil,” Hebrew for “woman of valor” and popularized by Rachel Held Evans’ book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood. After a couple of sketches, playing with letterforms, I settled on this style of lettering. Next step: cleaning up the lettering a big digitally, then vectoring! I’ll be making it both a print and providing it “actual size” for tattoo purposes.

Eshet Chayill: Work in Progress

Life is Tough: Work in Progress

Working on a commission for a friend with breast cancer. I’m considering switching the black and white to make it a little less heavy, but we’ll see. This is just a rough for now, as I want to fine-tune the lettering a little bit.

I’d love to hear your input, and don’t forget that I’m available for lettering and illustration commissions!

Work In Progress: Intersectional or Bullshit

The famous quote from Flavia Dzodan on Tiger Beatown, toggling between the original scan and the digital work in progress.

The famous quote from Flavia Dzodan on Tiger Beatown, toggling between the original scan and the digital work in progress.

My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit.
~Flavia Dzodan

This is a fantastic quote from Flavia Dzodan’s brilliant piece of the same title that I calligraphed a while ago & am in the process of digitally cleaning up. I like to keep the original scan on a layer as I work so I can click back and forth and see how much progress I’ve made. Still not quite finished, but getting close, I think.

When Beauty and the Beast are both within.

Even though I was able to embrace myself for a few short days back in January, by and large I still hate myself. I’m still cruel to myself. I think of myself as monstrous, hideous to behold, an ugly eyesore to all who know me.

I feel very much like the Beast, when perhaps if I were to step back and be honest, perhaps I have more Beauty in me than I thought.