Danièle Archambault: Visual Storytelling, Graphic Novel, Illustration. Mixed Media.
Danièle Archambault, Ph.D. (Linguistics). I am an artist, author and researcher interested in visual storytelling as a way to document a society’s cultural, history and linguistic landscape. I am the author of three main graphic memoir series: Stairway stories, Québec-California, and Une année sans alcool (A Year Without a Drink). My illustration series, Procrastination Art has been published in books and calendars and exhibited at the French Alliance of San Francisco, in the exhibition En cases et en bulles (2019). In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, I started a series of humoristic illustrations on the new and challenging aspects of life in confinement. This collection of work will be published in a book, paper and electronic versions, in the spring of 2021.
I usually start my artwork by first penciling my drawings on high quality art paper and then adding black India ink on top of the pencil drawings. It’s in the coloring process that I tend to do the most exploration. While I like experimenting with new types of digital art and digital painting, I often use a simpler and more traditional medium like colored pencils and watercolor pencil to enhance the personal and intimate aspect of a story.
I have had solo and group exhibitions (juried) in Canada and in the United States. I am a regular guest speaker on documenting culture and dialects through comics at various educational and cultural institutions. I teach graphic novel and illustration at the Palo Alto Art Center and other educational venues, from primary school to university level. Originally from Montréal, I have been living in Palo Alto for over twenty years, now.
Zoom fatigue. Archambault 2020. 11 x 14 Watercolor and India ink
Blue umbrella and Bird. Archambault, 2019. 9 x 12 Watercolor and India ink
Fillette au béret. Archambault 2020. 9 x 12 Watercolor and India ink
For more information, visit Daniele Archambualt's Website and the web comic, Une Annee sans Alcool (A Year Without a Drink).