Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Hello again.

I thought I'd share some of the art I made for various ROUND ROBIN related events in the past year. 

The first image is a compilation of bookplate paintings; bigger ones that were exhibited, and smaller ones that come with our special edition box sets. The second image is from ROUND ROBIN 2. Read about the making of it HERE. The last painting is from ROUND ROBIN 3. You can see more about it HERE.

To find out how to get original ROUND ROBIN art by myself, Jenn or Katy, visit http://roundrobinbook.blogspot.com/


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Back to the beginning

Good morning. How are you? Good to see you! It has been so long since my last post, that Google has changed the Blogger interface and it took me a few minutes to even FIND my blog. :) But the good news is that I'm back, and I intend to stay. Thank you all for your continuing visits, and for all the kind comments. 

Here is a quick update on what's been going on here. For the past 2 years, in my day job, I've been working on a Pixar movie titled "The Good Dinosaur". (Before that I spent 1 year on the upcoming Monsters University.) TGD has been an awesome challenge and a true test of endurance, as some of my responsibilities have increased on this film. There is a strange paradox about making these super fun, entertaining films, which is that it takes (sometimes) grueling work and very long hours to get there. But it's always fun, always worth it. Anyway, this is partly why I'm mostly there, and not here.

In my (spare?) time, I've been busy finishing the art and self-publishing of Round Robin 3 with Katy and Jenn, which culminated in a beautiful box set of the 3 books, a small exhibit at Rare Device in San Francisco, then a bigger one at Galerie Arludik in Paris. I'll tell you more about that in a separate post.

Having also just moved in my very first house, I haven't really drawn that much lately, except for some quick sketches from Scotland and Portland.
In Scotland, I drew in a bite-sized sketchbook that Jenn gave me, as we drove through the Highlands. These are quite literally thumbnails, so I'm adding some photos for context.

Then last weekend it was James's birthday so we took a quick 4 day trip to Portland where I half-drew-half-wrote in these great postal Moleskine sketchbooks I found at Powell's Books.

I hope you enjoyed these! I'll be back soon with Round Robin tales, old and new.


P.S. Being busy means not a lot of blogging, but I am often on Instagram & Twitter (@firstnamedani), where it's faster and more spontaneous for me to post news about upcoming films, art shows, professional and personal work, as well as images from my trips, and sketchbooks.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Rare Device gallery opening UPDATE

Update, update!

Today's gallery opening was a great success! We'd like to thank everyone who made it, and those who made it happen: Giselle from Rare Device, Asaki who made a beautiful window display, our friend Liz who helped pull this off in such a short amount of time, and James for expertly driving nails. A special shout-out to my two fellow robins, Jenn and Katy, for raising the bar high with their amazing art.

Almost all paintings are gone, so stop by before Nov. 8th to see the show and maybe pick up one of the remaining ones.

Monday, October 31, 2011

ROUND ROBIN Book Signing and Gallery Show

Rare Device, a modern design shop and art space, will host a ROUND ROBIN book signing and gallery opening for us!

Along with the books, we will exhibit 8 new original bookplate paintings (4"X6"), and 11 sequential prints (11"X14") from both books. Also, our friend, the amazing display artist Asaki Oda, is creating our window display (sneak peek below).

We are very excited to partner with Rare Device and we hope to see you there!

ROUND ROBIN Book Signing and Gallery Opening Party
Rare Device, 1845 Market Street, San Francisco,
Nov 5th, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Art show Nov 5th - 8th

Friday, September 30, 2011

APE 2011 and ROUND ROBIN 2 update

The books are here!
We'll be at the Alternative Press Expo in SF this Oct.1-2, table 328, next to our generous host and multi-talented artist, Scott Morse.

Stop by, say hello and get a book. We'll draw something in it for you!

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Howdy. It's been so long, I almost forgot how to post!
Things in Dani-land have been busy. Something to do with an "Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs"...

But here we are again at the doorstep of this year's Alternative Press Expo, and Jennifer Chang, Katy Wu and I have brought ROUND ROBIN 2 to the potluck.

Here is an image I made for the new book, inspired by Bulgarian Folklore. And some progress shots for good measure.

Hope to see you at APE, Oct 1-2!
(Stay tuned for table # and details.)

Acrylic on Board, 10" x 12"

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Special Edition ROUND ROBIN for Japan

UPDATE: All paintings are SOLD!
Thanks very much everyone who has been supporting our efforts to raise funds for Japan! We have donated 795$ to Red Cross (that's 1590$ with the Disney match)!!! Thank you, thank you!

In an effort to raise funds for the victims of the heartbreaking crisis in Japan, we would like to offer a limited number of Special Edition ROUND ROBIN books, and donate all the proceeds to Red Cross. Our contribution will be matched dollar for dollar by the Walt Disney Company.

Each Special Edition Round Robin book will come with an original painting, and will be sold for 65$. This is a great chance for you to own original art while contributing to a worthy cause.

Please email us your choice of painting at
katy-wu (at) hotmail.com
We will process the orders on a first-come, first-served basis.

Let us know if you'd like:

1. Book only 25$
2. Painting only 45$
3. Book and painting 65$ (5$ off)
4. Painting only, if already purchased the book 40$ (5$ off)

Thank you in advance for your support and solidarity!

-Dani, Katy and Jennifer


Art 1-6 by Daniela Strijleva, 3" x 4", Gouache, Pencil and Pen
Art 7-11 by Jennifer Chang, 3" x 4", Watercolour and Pencil
Art 12-13 by Katy Wu, 3" x 4", Gouache

If you wish to donate through other venues, please consider the "Artists Help Japan" fund, organized by friend and co-worker Dice Tsutsumi and the Give2Asia Organization, or Red Cross.

Artists Help Japan
Red Cross

Monday, March 14, 2011

"Art Blocks For Ghana" Auction Begins

Howdy friends!

I'm taking a minute from a swamped work schedule to tell you about the impressive "Art Blocks For Ghana" auction taking place this week. For those who haven't heard of the project, here is their mission statement:

"The Picture Book Project Foundation presents Art Blocks for Ghana – a charity art auction of original works created by top artists within the animation and illustration community to provide boarding and education for orphaned children in Ghana, West Africa. Online art auction coming March 12-20. 2011."

In addition to this, The Picture Book Foundation will also be donating part of its proceeds from Art Blocks to raise awareness and support Dice Tsutsumi's "Artists Help Japan and Tsunami Fund" and Give2Asia.

Art Blocks For Ghana
Artists Help Japan

Bid on and see all the artwork HERE