You know the popular photos you see on Instagram? Those of the cool girls, the beauty products and travel destinations? Coraline Danthez creates illustrations that represent those but with a cool and calm twist.
Her illustrations instantly catch your eye and become immediately recognizable. If you haven’t heard of her, she will now be one of your favourites just like us!
Could you briefly introduce yourself?
My name is Coraline. I am an illustrator and I live in Paris!
How did you start illustrating?
When I was a kid I tried many activities like piano but it always ended with me drawing on the partition instead of learning them. At some point, I took this passion more seriously and I was sent to an art school. During my time in art school, I was very happy but everyone was telling us that drawing wasn’t a “real job” so I studied in Art and Communication and became a junior Art Director. After two years in an AD agency, I realized that drawing and being an illustrator was a real job. So I took my chances and quit my job to come back to my first passion !
What inspires you the most?
When I was a child, my grandma used to take me with her to the multiple museums in Paris like Orsay or Le louvre… I was completely fascinated with what I saw. I truly believe that there is still a part of me that is influenced by this period of my childhood. Later at school, I was touched by the work of Picasso (blue period), Matisse, Hopper… Today, it can be anything. A piece of art I discover, a souvenir, or sometimes even something I hear in a podcast, see on Instagram or in a TV Show…
As I grew up between Paris and the sea, getting out to get some fresh air is something that helps me a lot. I need moment of calm to start creating. I am not at all someone that is inspired by mayhem and can create out of chaos. This is why, I like to draw in a calm, quiet and soothing scene. I want to create “paused” scenes that bring calm, peace of mind and a moment of escape.
How would you describe your creative process?
Every morning I start with a coffee and go through my Instagram feed which is filled with very very talented people ! Then there is at least two options :
One: I start to work for a client (I love to be challenged on different themes). In that case I try to own the brief as much as possible, make a lot of researches and mood boards before I start to draw.
Two: A personal illustration that starts from an inspiration that I will dig, twist, test to sometimes end up on a totally different drawing that I like better.
In these two situations, I need calm, a good playlist and a tidy desk !
Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?
I still feel like I an an aspiring artist! But, according to my experience :
- Try to never be disheartened nor discouraged by hurdles and preconceived opinions.
- There is more than one way to get where you want to be, making mistakes and failing are a big part of the process. Critics can be constructive too.
- It’s very important to have trusted advisers and support.
What are your three favorite Instagrammers?
There are so many talented people it’s hard to choose! But i’ll go with :
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