Danielle Rhoda’s Works Pack a Punch of Personality Despite their Minimalistic Style
For Danielle Rhoda, an illustration-focused creative based in Manchester but originally from Poland, it’s the flexible nature of illustration that she loves most about the medium. Her portfolio to date reflects this, jumping seamlessly between 2D illustration and animation, ceramics, 3D work and more. It’s even led Danielle to adopt her own title of “a maker of things” – a way to embrace the endless possibilities, and simply a “great way of quickly describing the role of an illustrator,” she tells It’s Nice That. “There is no need for boxing ourselves in when illustration can be translated into a range of different media… There are so many ways of telling a story and I love to experiment with various means.” Danielle’s love for making things began, like many, at a young age. Explaining an interest in art and drawing, working with shapes, paper or clay “for as long as I can remember,” it wasn’t until she studied an art foundation that she settled fully on illustration, opting to pursue it further at Manchester School of Art. There her work developed into what is now her recognisable style, filled with thoughtful characters which each portray her love for “work that is quite minimal but also rich in texture,” as she puts it. “I love seeing almost impressionist-like depictions of people and places and try to emulate that in my own work.” This approach can be seen in the tiniest of details in Danielle’s pieces, through minimal line work so thin you can picture her drawing out a quick figure. Personality is then added due to the illustrator’s able eye, mixing and matching outfits or expressions, sometimes hinting at a wider backstory too. “I’ve always been taken with the idea of portraying things that at first glance might not seem special or out of the ordinary, and found that with it comes a lovely way of telling a story,” she says. “Just walking through town I’ll notice an older lady walking with a cane, or a man in a hat waiting for his bus, and I become fixated on the shape. I try to always have a notebook on me so I can quickly note that figure and use it for the base of my drawing later, or when being cheeky I’ll snap a quick picture.” » Read More
Like to keep reading?
This article first appeared on itsnicethat.com. If you'd like to keep reading, follow the white rabbit.