Coffee and Tea

September 24, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Coffee and Tea

I liked coffee and he liked tea and that’s why we never could be.

Lounging

September 17, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Lounging

Perfect weather for lounging on a lawn with some wine and a good book, wouldn’t you say? Let’s hope it stays this nice for the weekend!

Floral Prints in the Shop

September 10, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Floral No. 1

Danielle Kroll - Floral No. 2

Danielle Kroll - Floral No. 3

Danielle Kroll - Floral No. 4

I just added four floral prints to the shop!

These were made when I splurged on a big pack of color-aid paper and started playing around. My Grandma always told us, “never skimp on buying food.” As a working artist I say, “never skimp on buying art supplies.” You’d be surprised how much better your work can look when you invest in the expensive paints and paper. My brands of choice are Holbein’s Acryla Gouache for paint. For paper I like Bockingford tinted paper in cream and Arches watercolor blocks. Personally I like a textured paper but different styles call for different materials so shop around and find what feels right for you!

Map Paintings

September 1, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Map Paintings

Danielle Kroll - Map Paintings

These are some oldish pieces I did for the beautifully designed World Cup issue of Howler Magazine. The written cities are where matches took place in a specific year. Sadly I don’t know much about geography (or soccer) so it was cool to do some research for these! Lots more maps in the magazine.

Inspiration

August 29, 2014

Danielle Kroll - inspiration

I’m really into red lately. Can you tell? I bought this issue of Flair magazine on ebay a few years ago – maybe the best $20 I’ve ever spent! I’ve flipped through it so often that most of the pages have fallen out. No matter! Now I can hang the pages on my wall without feeling bad for tearing them out.

George Giusti / Paul Rand / Flair MagazineRene Gruau

Desktop Wallpapers

August 27, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Desktop download

Danielle Kroll - Desktop download

Danielle Kroll - Desktop download

I have a few summery desktop wallpapers you can download over at designlovefest. I know we say this every year… but September already? Where did the season go!! I’m not complaining too much though. The end of summer means fresh apples, falling leaves, and my annual viewing of Hocus Pocus!

Midnight Painting

August 15, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Midnight Painting

From my sketchbook last night. Midnight is my favorite time to do some painting. I think those awful all-nighters I used to pull in college must have conditioned me to be more productive at night. As my brother says, “sleep is for the weak!”

This Week in August

August 8, 2014

Danielle Kroll - This week in August

A sketch that reminds me of a dresser I had when I was little. I was too short to see in the mirror so I’d stand on the bottom drawer. My mom would always yell at me when she caught me doing this… and then one day it cracked and broke. Whooops!

Danielle Kroll - This week in August

Some pageant magazines I found at an estate sale in New Jersey. Love that typography.

Danielle Kroll - This week in August

Roses in Greenpoint. Even though it’s sometimes hard to live in a city with all that cement and asphalt… the little flower gardens tucked in between the buildings always make me feel better.

Danielle Kroll - Lately

At home in the kitchen.

Print + Color

August 4, 2014

Daneielle Kroll - Print + Color

Daneielle Kroll - Print + Color

I was sifting through my archives and found these patterns I made a few years ago for an Anthropologie Print + Color event. These were unused but I still like them.

Pink Panther

August 1, 2014

Danielle Kroll - Pink Panther inspiration

Danielle Kroll - Pink Panther inspiration

Danielle Kroll - Pink Panther inspiration

Danielle Kroll - Pink Panther inspiration

This week I was excited to find the old Pink Panther cartoons steaming on Amazon. I don’t know about you, but I have such respect for classic animation. I think the shorts without any dialogue hold up the best, though they are all pretty great in their own way. My favorite has to be The Pink Phink. It was the first animated short film to win an Academy Award, that’s how good it is! The textures are so perfect but you have to see it in motion to really understand. As a fellow pink fanatic, I can really relate to that panther.