Welcome to our Illustrator Interviews feature! Each week we bring you insight into the industry through shared advice and experiences gleaned by our amazing #IllustratorTeam.
This week we are excited to introduce Illustrator Daniela Frongia. Daniela is a professional and full-time Digital Artist who specializes in children’s book illustrations, characters design, concepts and visual development art for video games, APP and films. She has illustrated over 60 children’s books and is currently working with different Publishers, Art directors and Authors from all around world.
QK: Daniela, thank you for taking the time to share with us today. To begin, can you tell us about your journey into illustrating and what led you to pursue your passion?
DF: I have been drawing since I was four years old and never stopped. Once I graduated from art school, I performed in some exhibitions in London. Then, after I did airbrushing on motorcycles and cars, I finally found my calling : cartoons. Today I create illustrations for books, but also concept art for animation films and video games.
QK: Illustration can be a tough a market to break into. As you developed your career, what helped you most?
DF: Yes, it is a difficult and fully competitive market. I always tried to focus on quality. I continue to try and perfect my style today.
QK: We see you favor using digital tools in your art. Can you describe your technique?
DF: I draw all my illustrations with a Wacom Cintiq 13″ HD, because it is an LCD graphic tablet. It’s like drawing on paper 🙂 For the software, I only use Photoshop with a single brush tool. That’s it!
QK: Is there a medium you love but don’t get a chance to use often in your work?
DF: I love to use airbrush. I have one Iwata Custom Micron CM-B2 and I like to airbrush helmets and motorbikes. 😀
QK: How long does it take you to complete a project, typically and how do you decide when it is done?
DF: Time frame can change based on many factors, like how many illustrations there are, how many details are in each illustration and how many corrections are required from the author. Depending on how many projects I have ongoing at that moment, one book usually takes around 2 months.
QK: Any projects from your portfolio you are especially proud of and would like to share?
DF: I’ve illustrated a lot of books, but one in particular that I’m proud is, “The Adventures of Camellia N.” by Debra L. Wideroe (www.debbiewideroe.com) This book is having a lot of success in the USA and is a winner of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Gold Award. You can find it on Barnes and Noble and Amazon.
QK: While working on so many wonderful projects, have you been inspired to write a picture book of your own?
DF: Yes, I’ve written two books actually. One is for ages 10 and up, and an other one is a picture book for smaller children around age four. At the moment, I have a new story in mind. But since I work on several book illustrations at once, I don’t have so much time for my own projects. XD
QK: Are there any new projects you’re working on that you’d like to share with us?
DF: I’m collaborating with an Executive Producer working in Nickelodeon Animation Studios. We are doing a children’s book that we hope, in the future, to see developed for T.V. as an animated series. 🙂
QK: Are there any professional goals that you have not yet reached? What do you see for you future?
DF: Actually, I like my job. But I would like to create more concept art for animated series in the future.
QK: Do you have any advice or insight for illustrators who are trying to break in?
DF: Only never give up 🙂
QK: Daniela, thank you so much for sharing. We are excited for your future endeavors!
You can discover more of Daniela Frongia’s work on her portfolio at Qamber Kids and the following links:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/caisarts/