Darci Johnson

 

Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently

 

I was born in Eugene, Oregon and grew up in Tacoma, Washington. I have called Portland home for the last 15 years.

 

 

What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures

 

I had a collection of "Serendipity" books as a child. I still feel the same awe and fascination when looking at the art of Robin James as I did when I was a kid. Especially when revisiting "Trafalgar True" and "Flutterby". These and many other illustrated books inspired my quest of drawing pretty pictures.

 

 

Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding

 

My only real tie to skateboarding was that in high school I dated a guy who was a rollerblader, and most of the boys we hung out with were as well. (I know, I know, its hard to make good decisions in high school!) I was the only driver in the group so, I would drive them to various skate parks around Tacoma and would spend the day photographing all of the skaters. They would also bring me to local skate shops where I was fascinated by stickers and all of the amazing art on skate decks.

 

 

Who is your favorite artist, living or dead?

 

Currently my favorite is my friend Gustavo Rimada

Who is your favorite artist, living or dead? 

 

 

For many years, I have considered Olivia De Berardinis at the top of my list of favorite artists. I love her ability to paint the female form so realistically, and her stylized simplification of props or items of clothing. 

 

 

When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing

 

When I'm not "arting" I enjoy reading, watching movies, hanging out with my husband, playing with my dog and making fun of my fat cat.

 

 

Who are your biggest influences

 

About 9 years ago, a series of events lead me to a 7 year creative dry spell where I had no confidence or drive. Instead I relayed on my camera to capture the world around me rather than create the world inside of me. Through this medium, I re-discovered street art. Especially the stickers stuck to the back of signs along my 13 block walk from work. The idea that people could create something so temporary and just give it to the masses inspired me. After documenting my nightly walk for long enough, I decided to make myself draw at least 1 thing every day. This lead to drawing at least one sticker a day, and that eventually lead me to start painting again. If it weren't for many of the local street artists I might never have started drawing again. The best part about this journey, though, is through the magic of stickers and instagram, I met Chelsea Rose (AKA Lucid Rose). She challenges and inspired me regularly. Without our weekly "Lady Date Nights" and our "Creature Lady Challenges" many of my newest designs would not exist

 

 

What mediums do you enjoy working in?

 

My first love is watercolor, but for the last year I have worked mostly with acrylics. (I tend to use them like watercolor anyway.) Also I enjoy drawing with Faber-Castell fine point and brush pens, and coloring with Copic and Touch markers.