My friend Danielle had an epic party last weekend where I saw her incredible studio and artwork and crafts and I also suffered a badminton injury to the head. I love seeing artist spaces and she is killing it in the craft fair world, and Etsy as well as getting freelance illustration work. I have known her and her husband for about tens years she and I went to FIT together same time for illustration and she’s one of those pure illustrators that draw and paint and use the computer at the end by scanning the work to upload, needless to say her skill is sharp and neat and I’m envious of her discipline.
She’s also a very generous and beautiful person who wears glasses (that’s a huge plus to me) and throws incredible get-to-gethers at her uniquely decorated home she shares with her artist/teacher/designer husband. Oh and their wedding invites were insanely well done, I love the style these two do. So she let me take pictures and showed Anna and I some of her technique and I asked a few questions on how her artwork sausage gets made:
WM: What is your process and favorite Materials/Techniques?
DLG: My process consists of sketches first, then final drawing, then I get started on transferring the final drawing to watercolor paper of my choice, then painting in layers and finally inking at the end. Lately I have been liking Artistico Fabriano papers. I use a variety of watercolors such as Winsor newton and Turner paints. The entire process takes a couple weeks at best, and years other times. I might leave a sketch or drawing for months months and months and then go back to it when I have inspiration.
WM: What inspires you?
DLG: Animals are the main source of my inspiration. I watch a lot of nature documentaries and I am a cat enthusiast. My two cats Gus and Bruce are constant sources of cuteness and inspiration to me.
WM: How did you begin your climb to success on Etsy?
DLG: I began selling prints on Etsy at first to see if I could even sell one. Eventually my sales gradually progressed,so I began to venture into new avenues. I started with postcards, then greeting cards and now I make and sell earrings and brooches of my watercolor paintings. Every now and then I collaborate with my husband Josh Green to make custom wedding invitations.
WM:What do you like about Etsy as a whole for artists/designers?
DLG: I enjoy Etsy it’s a great place to find a market that otherwise might have been impossible to reach. It’s a great place to start, I hope to continue growing moving into wholesale and boutiques. There is nothing more flattering than someone wanting something you made with your hands hung on their walls or sent to their loved ones or worn on their bodies.
WM: Any advice to the aspiring artists out there?
DLG: Never give up …yay!
Check out her Etsy, Tumblr, and Website!!
Then we joined the party and had food and fun and stayed up late on the Sunday night before work. This is Cris (my husb) wearing his Germany jersey!! GO Deutschland and two people in the pool, Anna and I being the skeleton art…