Name: Danielle Weires
What you Draw: Mostly fantasy
Agent: Moe Ferrara
What genres do you illustrate?
I’d have to say mostly fantasy. I grew up reading mostly fantasy books, in the supernatural creature range, so witches, werewolves, vampires, etc. I’m very heavily influenced by the media that I consume. I do very much enjoy floral aesthetics and the language of flowers as well!
Plotter or pantster?
I suppose this can still apply for illustration. For something long term, definitely a plotter. I have sketchbooks filled with notes and thumbnails for projects I’d love to do in the future. Although sometimes I have that spark of creativity hit and it’s a complete pantster moment where I’m making it up as I go.
Do you have an illustration playlist or a vision board? If so, what’s on them?
Absolutely! I can’t work without music, so my Spotify is full of different playlists. I have certain ones that help set the mood for a piece, though my go-to playlists are generally orchestral movie soundtracks.
As for vision boards, that depends on the piece. I certainly keep references, but I do sometimes have a little pinboard of images that give a feel of what I want to portray in a piece.
Drink of choice when drawing? When not drawing?
Coffee. All day, every day. Whether I am drawing or not, there is usually a (cold) cup of coffee on my desk.
Day or Night drawer?
I am a night owl, for sure. Though, there is something to be said about being able to draw during a warm day with the windows open and a nice breeze.
Twitter or Instagram? Or Facebook? Where can we find you?
I am primarily on Twitter! Though I do use Instagram.
If you could meet any artist, living or dead, who would you want to meet and why?
This is incredibly hard, as two come to mind immediately. I would have to say Alphonse Mucha, who was a prominent lithographer in the late 1890’s, during the Art Nouveau period. I wish that lithography was more pronounced in the art world, but it is somewhat of a dying form of art, not many universities teach it anymore.
I was fortunate enough to learn in college and it’s a media that has stuck with me since. If I could have merely watched Mucha work, that would have been enough for me. His flowing forms, the detail put into each piece, his flower symbolism, and the decorative work of the borders, he was a brilliant artist and would have been a privilege to meet him.