Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Holiday Cards



The one thing I enjoy most about Christmas is designing holiday cards for friends and family. Here are the cards I illustrated this year at the Met Museum! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! -Danielle


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Urban Sketchers

I have been a part of Urban Sketchers since the summer of 2009. Urban Sketchers is a network of artists from around the world that draw the cities where they live and places they travel to. Last month it officially became a non-profit organization. Below is a print that I have donated. If you wish to donate please visit the link below! Congrats to Gabi Campanario for all his hard work!-Danielle

http://www.urbansketchers.com/

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Holiday Drawing Four


Today really got me into the holiday spirit. I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the Dalvero Academy to draw the beautiful Christmas tree. I haven't been out on location in a couple of weeks with my friends so I was really excited just to be sitting there drawing with them, and having coffee! You can forget how calming and relaxing it is. This tree is always loaded with angels which have caught my eyes for years!-Danielle

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Around New York

During the past few weeks I have been cleaning out and reorganizing my studio. I have found tons of artwork and drawings that I have done over the past eight years. It has been exciting to find these!

Be sure to check out my Flickr Page! for more "Around New York" drawings.

The Peking at South Street Seaport

Central Park Boats

Holiday Drawing Three(2003)


In 2003 I started to learn about going on location. It was December to be exact of 2003 and my mentor would send me out to different locations once a week around NYC. I remember one week I was sick and he refused to let me go out and draw. (haha I tried to hide my cold with no such luck that week!) He said to me, "Next week you can go, next week because once you get sick that's it!" My whining and begging did not change his mind! It was on Wednesday mornings he would send me out to St. Patrick's Cathedral, or Rockefeller Center. I remember being excited to get the assignments. This was at a time I did not consume any coffee so I was running on natural excitement at 9 in the morning. I remember sitting in front of Radio City music hall drawing in the freezing cold. My hands were freezing and my face was getting frostbit but I was absolutely determined. After drawing until about 2pm I went back to him that afternoon with my drawings and pagination and was excited by his excitement. Even if they weren't the greatest drawings he knew you made your best effort and he knew it was the best you could do at that time. When I found these drawings a few weeks ago I still felt his excitement in them. It made me remember a lot of things that he had taught me about drawing. He knew I had tried my best and whenever I draw around Rockefeller Center or St. Patrick's I get that same feeling I felt 6 years ago.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holiday Drawing Two

Yesterday I got out of work early and was able to walk around the city a little. It's so nice to see all the holiday window displays, and to hear the Christmas music play in the background. I love how the city is all lit up! As a kid Christmas was always big with my family. Especially with my mom and grandmother. They both love Christmas music, decorating the tree and doing holiday shopping. I have such fond memories of it. I think the ice skating is my favorite. I never ice skated as a kid so my best friend Rosa and I went a couple of years ago, and she taught me how! I can't wait until we go this week for more ice skating and hot chocolate!

Here is a drawing of grand central I did one morning on my way to work last week.

I did this drawing a few years ago of the ice skaters at Rockefeller Center.