I’m Dani Ward,

and I do lots of things.


It’s dangerous to go alone. Take these!

It’s absolutely no secret that I’m a giant Legend of Zelda nerd. I’ve even worked on fan art in the past, based on Majora’s Mask and Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. But recently, I wanted to create a more universal design that would broadly encapsulate so much of the franchise. I’d initially began a rough sketch of this idea…

Headphone Hipster Illustration

This illustration was created using a stock photo from deviantART artist TwiggXstock as a reference. I used Dr. Ph. Martin’s India Ink (a mix of black and a tiny bit of purple, actually) in a fine-tipped Pentel Aquash water brush along with clean water in a medium-tipped Pentel Aquash water brush on Canson 140# cold-pressed watercolor paper (9×12). For my first real foray into ink/fashion-ish illustration, I’m pretty pleased — and really excited about what I may be able to do with some practice.

New in the Portfolio: Web, Lettering, and Print Items

After putting it off for far too long, I’ve added several pieces — old and new — to my portfolio. As you can see, my work spans a wide range: logo development, hand-lettering and calligraphy, web design, copywriting, brochure design, ad design, and self-mailers. I love my job, and I’m so proud of the work I get to create for such a wide variety of clients and even for my own artistic drive. Hope you enjoy!

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!

Throwback Thursday, Lettering & Illustration Edition.

dannalee—the journals of a Christian punk


When I was 15, I went through this massive illustration/hand-lettering phase. And I was a goth/punk kid. So that explains these.

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Yes, that’s a self-portrait. It was my typical wardrobe at the time (though I admit to embellishing the hoodie with the ring of fire). Also, “dannalee” was going to be my musician’s name. Because, you know, I was going to be a world-famous singer/songwriter. Ah, the dreams of my youth!

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.