What country do you live in, and if applicable, what state?
I live in East Sussex in the UK, my village is somewhere near the cities of London and Brighton.
How do you choose what Miis you're going to make? Do you have a process?
I don't really have a system, I normally just make miis of characters, animals or things that I like. I try to check here and browse the Mii Contest/Check Mii Out Channel regularly so that I have some idea of what/who's already been made into a good mii and can avoid doing something too similar myself.
I like to be ambitious with my subjects too, and will frequently attempt to make things that I know are going to be really tricky to make recognizable. It's always more fun this way and I think it makes me come up with more creative and original ideas. The finished miis don't always turn out brilliantly when I do this, but I often discover new mii techniques that I would never have found otherwise so it's always worth trying.
I actually only just realized this, but thinking about it, I start working on most of my miis (like Rafiki, Kermit, Marge Simpson, Flower the skunk and most of the canvas ones) by figuring out how to make them the right colours. Sometimes, I think it might even be the other way around, and I just think up random colour combinations that I can make with the mii tools and then try to think of a character/animal/object which is those colours. I occasionally do the same thing with shapes as well, I came up with the head shape for my Slitheen mii before I knew what it was going to be. I've found that most colours and shapes can be made, or at least suggested, by using the facial features and accessories in different ways.
Which Mii do you feel is your best so far?
I think that my skeleton is my best mii, it's a good example of a mii which I made mainly because I knew it would be difficult to pull off. Since there isn't a white hair option, I had to make the background from the facial features and use the negative space to give the skeleton picture - I think that's what made it so hard to make.
What one (and only one) Mii piece would you add to the Mii Channel if you could?
Like many other artists here, I like the challenge of the limited range of features and enjoy using it the way it is. If I had to suggest one thing though, it might be some kind of update to the hair section since there seem to be quite a few common styles and colours missing. Maybe putting in a feature which lets you add or control fringes/hairlines separately would help, especially as they can heavily influence where you place the other facial features.
Do you do any sort of art by trade? What other creative outlets do you pursue apart from the Mii Channel?
I do take on some art commissions from people, usually for mixed-media abstract work, but ill health currently prevents me from taking this as far as I'd like. I'm hoping to study art once I've recovered a bit more though. I've always loved sketching and painting things, especially animals, but I like playing around with random media like papier-mache too. I regularly help out at the local playgroup (kindergarten), so I get to mess about with stuff like play dough, paint and glitter there too (when I'm not washing it off the kids anyway!).
What's your favorite experience with the Wii so far?
Experimenting with the Mii Channel - I suspect that I spend more time on it than I do playing games these days. Gaming highlights would probably be Okami, Twilight Princess, Super Mario Galaxy, de Blob, Wii Sports and Zack and Wiki. Also, since the Wii is the first Nintendo console I've owned, it's been great to have the chance to play some of their classic N64 and Gamecube games.
What game do you feel is missing from the Wii line-up most right now, given the Wii's unique control mechanic?
I can't think of anything specific that I'd like to see. I suppose I'd just like there to be more fun, well-made games like the ones I mentioned above.
Any additional props, plugs or comments?
I'd just like to say thanks to the community here for all the supportive comments and for entertaining and inspiring me with their marvellous miis. Also, thanks to Jose Nintendo for making and developing such a brilliant site.
You can find more of D. Maria's Miis on her user page.