Wednesday Indie Artist Fixx with Danny Brito

wednesday indie artist fixx interview

I’m not sure when I first came across Danny Brito’s work–it was probably his Polaroid Project–but I was an instant fan. I adore his sweet and charming pencil drawings & paintings (I can’t believe how he makes his drawings look like paintings!). I’ve featured Danny before on Indie Fixx, but I thought it might be time to interview him for my Wednesday Indie Artist Fixx series.

P.S. This will be the last Wednesday Indie Artist Fixx interview for 2010. The series will return in 2011!

Tell us a little about yourself and your work.

My name is Danny Brito and I live in a little house in Miami, Florida and work out of the room I sleep in because of lack of space! I’m mainly a color pencil artist, but I also like to paint and sew. People are usually surprised when they find out my work is all pencils, but I find that I can get the most detail and exactly what I want with pencils.


What are your biggest inspirations in your art and life?

I love the 1950s and 1960s and some of my art is directly inspired by 1950s fashion. I also love the vibe of 1960s painters and their ability to make something cute look really gloomy and sad, which is what I always strive to achieve.

Share a recent highlight of your career.

Honestly, I think 2010 was just the biggest highlight. It was such a good year for my art. I had my first solo show, did several arts and craft fairs, and my etsy shop opened in May.

What do you like to listen to while you work?

Some of my favorite bands are Rilo Kiley, Slow Club, Emmy the Great, Matt & Kim, Emily Haines, Mirah, Sufjan Steven…I really could go on and on. I really love music with hand claps, acoustic guitars, and keyboards.

What blogs and mags do you like to read?

I really love pikaland, the dainty squid, oh joy, susie bubble, and booooooom. As far as magazines, Readymade, Craft, Juxtapoz and Hi-Fructose are the best.

What do you LOVE about what you do? What do you not some much love about what you do?

I really like how pencil to paper I am. I do love digital art, but I find it boring to do. I guess that could be my “what I don’t love about my work”. I wish I enjoyed drawing on the computer more–that’s one thing I want to try more of in the new year.

Share 3 things that you are crushing on right now from other indie artists/crafters/designers.

These little coin purses by One Little Red fox, I REALLY want one.
Devon Smith’s hand painted brooches are BEAUTIFUL, especially this one.
Olivia Mew’s Oh Dear No plushies, so cute.

What’s new or in works?

I’m working on new accessories and working on offering a lot more vintage hand painted purses. The vintage purses were always a hit at craft fairs but this is the first time I put them on etsy. I’m also working on a mini zine, and a collaborative group zine with my friend Neil (Neiljrook.com). Readers can keep up to date with whatever I’m doing by becoming a fan of my art on Facebook.

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