Hello! Today I’m talking to a very talented and imaginative artist. Daniela paints watercolours beautifully, but that’s not all- she has a very imaginative side to her creative process! She uses everyday objects- oranges, paper, fruits, the sky, origami, eggs, tic tacs, spools of thread, candy, you name it!- with her drawings and the effect is just so colourful and pleasing. You have to see her instagram feed to get the full scoop!
As artists, what happens to a lot of us, is that we get limited by our own knowledge and stick to what we know when it comes to painting/ drawing. But not Dani! I like how she transitions so smoothly between her beautiful watercolours she makes and her innovative doodles. She uses her imagination and steps out of her comfort zone overtime- to create her wonderful artwork.
So, let’s hear what she has to say.
Please tell me a little bit about yourself.
My name is Daniela M. Lima; I am 28 years old. I’m an architect and I work in an office. In my free time, I love to draw and paint.
I love how you add different objects in your drawings! Do you plan these or does it happen naturally?
I usually use food, especially sweets, and objects that can associate the shapes of objects and characters. This process is something not really planned, ideas come and I make them happen.
What makes you happiest in your creative process?
I just love when I’m relaxed, eating, watching movies or anything else, and I think, “I could do something using this!” The fact is the whole creative process is something that makes me very happy.
What are some themes/topics that are inspiring you nowadays?
Basically movies, series, music and books and sometimes manga and comics.
What is your usual process for illustrating a piece?
At first, I sketch with pencil on paper, then I use nanquim (indian ink), erase the traces made the pencil and use colored pencils or oil pastel. I really like to use white ink pen. For my watercolor paintings I do the same process, only without nanquim and only with watercolor paint.
How do you balance your creative pursuits as well as your regular life duties?
I usually do my arts on weekends and sometimes at night when I come home, but if I had more time I would do more work.
What inspires you to keep illustrating?
Nature, beautiful landscapes and starry nights will always inspire me.
What art tools and materials do you use on a daily basis?
I usually draw free hand, but use the tablet to see references. Sometimes I use rulers, triangles and a compass. My favourite art supplies are watercolours and coloured pencils.
How long have you been drawing? Just out of interest, what was the first thing you remember drawing that made an impact to you?
I started drawing between 14 and 15 years, and I painted a lot of canvases. I took a break from my creative process when I was in college, but I did architectural sketches. I do not remember very well the first impactful drawing I made; I think it was a self-portrait when I was 15 years.
Do you have any advice for artists out there?
My advice is: To let the imagination flow, try to create more and copy less.
Just for fun: what’s your favourite food and colour?
It’s to difficult to say this, because I love so many foods, haha! I love pizza, yakisoba and acarajé (Brazilian food). My favorite colour ever is red, but I like violet and green very much too. 🙂
Since you live in Brazil, has the place inspired you and your art in any way?
My hometown is Brumado. It’s a peaceful place, there I feel so good and inspired.
Thanks for sharing Dani! Wishing you all the best ahead! -Aaria
Find Dani and her clever art here on Instagram.