Wednesday, March 30, 2011

GDG Artist Spotlight - Maria Danalakis

This week, we talk to GDG's Maria Danalakis, one of our New York based members! Keep an eye out for more of her amazing artwork in upcoming shows and in one of GDG's many upcoming projects!

Welcome to the Girls Drawin Girls Spotlight, Maria!

1. What's your name? 
 Maria Danalakis

2. Where are you originally from, and where do you live now?
 From Brooklyn NY, still living in Brooklyn, NY

3. What do you do for a living when you're not drawing sexy pinups?
I am a graphic artist for a childrens clothing company in New York City

4. What's your favorite medium to work in?
My first and most favorite is oil paint, but I also love working
with Illustrator. i like the graphic look of it, and i like that you
don't have to wait for it to dry :)

5. Why do you think the pinup girl has such a timeless, wide appeal? 

Because everybody likes looking at images of young, cute, carefree
girls being happy and having fun. I think pin up art is an escape from
real life.

6. Define what "sexy" means to you.
Hmmm i'm not sure, but a confident attitude, healthy body image and
perfectly applied red lipstick can't hurt!

7. What's your biggest goal/ambition as an artist?
Mostly I want to keep drawing what I enjoy drawing and hopefully
get more exposure for my artwork, do some more gallery shows and open
up an Etsy shop. I enjoy my day job for the most part, so finding a
balance between the two is also very important for me.

8. Why do you like drawing ladies?
I have always been drawn to the aesthetics and design of the 1950s,
so that's a big part of it. I also really like the happy, carefree
spirit pin up girls convey.

9. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I have always wanted to take a trip across the US, there is so much
to see here!

10. Name three artists who have influenced you and/or you admire.
My favorite artists vary. I'd have to say I love the work of many
of the artists of the golden age of pin up such as gil elvgren, zoe
mozert etc. I also love the art of the northern renaissance painters
such as jan van eyck, Hieronymous Bosch and Robert Campin. Kind of
random, i know!

Thanks Maria!!

Check out more of her work at her website:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Excelente ilustración,
me gusto mucho, te felicito