Danica Da Silva Pereira Is an illustrator & graphic designer from Goa, India

Danica Da Silva Pereira is an illustrator and visual artist from Goa India, whose artworks reveal an unique and imaginative way of portraying stories rich in culture and tradition, and also enveloped in nature!

Danica has completed a BFA in Applied Art from the Goa College of Art, a residency in Illustration and Visual Storytelling at the School of Visual Arts, New York and most recently, an MA in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University where she wrote, illustrated and designed non-fiction and fiction picture books.

Previously creating graphics for e-learning based video animations and illustrating prints for fashion apparel. Keep reading to find out more...

When did you start illustrating?

I have always loved to draw but I officially began illustration in the fourth year of my BFA when I chose to specialize in illustration. Since then there has been no looking back.

Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?

My family has always supported my career choice and my partner and best friends are my biggest cheerleaders. Choosing to leave a full-time job and become a freelance illustrator and later moving continents to pursue a Masters in Children’s Book Illustration was quite a tough decision to make, but I was lucky to have their constant support and encouragement to keep working hard.

Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?

I always knew that I would delve into a creative career because as a child I experimented creatively with dance, music, painting, sculpture and much more from which art seemed to always have stood out for me: It was always meant to be!

What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?

Recently, I am enjoying themes related to nature. The natural world is full of hidden wonders, which I want to make myself more aware of and then turn the information into illustrations. I also love illustrating stories about my heritage because coming from a diverse and culturally rich country like India, I have stories to tell that the rest of the world may not have heard before.

How would you describe your style?

I don’t really know how to explain this entirely because I feel like my work is constantly changing and evolving. Recently, I have been working with various media like pencils, acrylics and water colours to create layers which I then assemble and colour digitally. This is inspired by the process of screen printing and as I have no current access to a print room, I make these so called “fake screen prints”!

What is your favorite collaboration to date?

That would be a chapter book I illustrated called The Little Rainmaker by Roopal Kewalya for Penguin Random House. The story was charming yet informative and is such a good read, it surprised me, made me laugh, taught me about the environment and even brought me to tears!

What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency?

As I am of Indian origin having recently moved to the UK, I was looking to widen my roster of clients globally, but the illustration and publishing industry in India, being quite small doesn’t open many doors globally. For this reason, I love that Illo agency has chosen to focus on diverse illustrators as I feel we are under-represented in the industry just because of our circumstances. I also love working with diverse characters and topics in my illustration work which is what Illo Agency celebrates.

Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?

I watch a lot of good movies and follow a huge bunch of illustrators, but I can never pick just one!

Are you working on any personal projects you can share with us?

I have recently completed a series that explains the ill-effects of three linear infrastructural projects that are planned to go through an eco-system in Goa, India. This project aimed to educate the public about forest fragmentation and urges them to raise voices against these projects. Next, I have chosen to delve into the world of different animals that work together. This may turn out into a series or a non-fiction dummy book,
who knows, but for now I’m having fun learning about their co-relations and turning it into imagery.

Do you listen to podcasts? If so, do you have a favourite?

Not really, but lately I have been listening to audio books while I work and am currently listening to Becoming by the super inspiring Michele Obama.

If you have any questions, or a project in mind for Danica, please do get in touch: [email protected]
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