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Artist Danny Roberts Portrait of model blogger portrait of Aimee song of Song of Style.

Blogger Portrait Series

Aimee Song – Song of Style

It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years since my last portrait in the Blogger Portrait Series. I’m happy to bring the series back to life with my friend Aimee Song. I meet Aimee back around 2008-2009. She is kind, amazing, and a hard working person. Check out her blog songofstyle.com.

This painting is drawn in pen and colored digitally.

Lastly, I’m uploading the a Coloring Book Version of this piece to Patreon. There are 3 days left to be in the running for the giveaway of one of my original drawings by becoming a patron on my Patreon. Subscriptions start $1 a month.


Artist Danny Roberts Portrait of a girl in a kimono inspired by Risa Nakamura

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Kimono Girl

first of all, let me introduce my newest painting in my ‘Portraits of Japan‘ series. Inspired by a Daoko song 🎶 called fireworks 💥 Risa Nakamura inspired the look of the model. Selecting the right Kimono fabrics was quite a task. Materials: arches 300lbs cold press paper, watercolors, color pencils, finished the portrait off with gold leaf. I experimented with digital painting on top, working in more lighting effects. I love how it turned out.

Also, If you are interested in buy the original watercolor, it is for sale on my Saatchi store. just click the buy button below to get more info.

Patreon

finally, thank you to my all of new patrons who signed up yesterday. If you want to become one, click the ‘become a patron’ button. To celebrate my first month on Patreon I’m doing a giveaway or 1 art piece and. 9 days left to be in the running for the giveaway by becoming a patron on my Patreon. Subscriptions start $1 a month.

Patreon Video Thumbnail danny in Japan

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I’m on Patreon!

I’m so excited to finally be on Patreon! I have really fun content for you on there. With your support you get access to full res downloads, behind the scenes videos, coloring book pages, .PSDs and more. So glad to finally get to share it with you. Thank you to my new patrons. If you want to become a patron check out the link in my bio.

https://www.patreon.com/dannyroberts

I had so much fun making this video. It was great going through old and new projects, and revisiting amazing trips 🇯🇵. Made me miss Japan. I need to make a video from my trip there.
The song is by Imogen Heap. Special thanks to Nick Bowser for the Tiffany and Company footage.

P.S. The full version of the ballerina animation is pre-released on Patreon. ;)

Artist Danny Roberts Underpainting of model Julia Hafstrom Sarah Finn. Girl Laying down in a forest in leaves beauty

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Julia Hafstrom Under Painting

Another underpainting I’m working on this week. This painting is of a photograph I took of the lovely Julia Hafstrom. I was trying something a little different with this one. I wanted to experiment more with technique, so I’m working on channeling my inner John Singer Sargent. I wanted to learn how to be more confident and bold in my brush work. It has been really stretching, but I’m loving how it is coming out so far. I hope you enjoy following along as all these paintings transform.

Artist Danny Roberts Oil painting burnt umber and Dead layer on wood of Codie Young plus face mood Board.

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The Dead Layer

I’m currently learning how to oil paint like the old flemish painters. This painting is at the second phase of the Flemish technique called the Dead Layer or the Dead Color Layer. This comes after the brown under painting where I used a thin layer of burnt umber. The dead layer is a monotone layer where you work on getting the values right. I’ve been building my dead layer with a combo of burnt umber, white, and Lamp Black. I’ve been mixing it with a medium I made that is 1 part Refined Linseed Oil, 1 part Liquin, and 3 parts Odorless Mineral Spirits. Once the values are correct, I will start adding color. I’m planning on adding silver and gold leaf after this layer, right before I start on the color layer.

Have you ever used this technique before? If so, I would love to hear any tips or tricks you have on the process. It’s been extremely enjoyable so far. Judging color luminance is something I struggle with, so just isolating the light value before working on color made a lot of sense to me.

The character in the painting is from our book series and is named Veeda Elward. Veeda is a character that my friend Codie Young and I came up with. She is going to be a very interesting character. I used Codie as a visual reference for the character. She is wearing a Valentino dress.

Lately, I’ve been oil painting a lot. I have four paintings currently in the dead layer stage, and I will be posting all of them as they evolve. For many years, I’ve been wanting to do my first art show, but never felt like I had a series of originals that I would want to display in a show. Over the last few months, I’ve been working to put together a coherent collection of paintings.

As I finish each painting, I will put them up for sale on my Art Store. If you haven’t seen my new art store, please check it out. You can find my originals here and my Prints Here. Locating the price on Saatchi Art’s website is a little confusing. The price of each print is found in small light gray font below the original’s price. It took me a while to figure that one out, so I thought I would give you a heads up ;)

Codie Young Oil Painting Deadlayer Details of face by artist Danny roberts Details picture of artist Danny Roberts Deadlayer Oil Painting of model Codie Young
Danny Roberts black and white Digital Concept painting of mona johannesson as princess Josette , alexander mcqueen, simon ungless, lily cole

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A Parting Gift – Digital Painting

For those following my instagram stories over the last few weeks, you have got to see the birth of this piece. It started out as one of my daily gesture sketches of an old editorial of Mona Johannesson. I had made the mistake of using printer paper to do the drawing and as I started to shade it the paper wasn’t holding up. I ended up scanning it and finishing the drawing via Digital Painting. There was something I liked a lot about the sketch so I decided to develop it further. I’ve been really into 1500-1600 century painting and tapestries. Based on those inspirations, I started to concept the piece to be a scene from my brother’s and my up coming book series. There are a lot fun little details in this piece. Also, some guest appearances in the tapestry of Lily Cole, Alexander McQueen, and Simon Ungless. I hope you like it. I’m planning a color version right now, then I will oil paint it.

P.S. I want to thank Mona for letting me use her dog Selma in the painting. It is one of my favorite parts of the piece. :)

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Artist Danny Roberts Light and Color study of Swedish model Mona Johannesson Color pencil Portrait

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Mona Johannesson – Light & Color Study

Happy New Year! This post is a Light & Color Study drawing I created over the last 3 days of Swedish model Mona Johannesson. Over the last few weeks I’ve been concentrating on improving my drawing skills by doing a lot of light & color studies of poses and angles that have given me trouble in the past. This drawing was created by using a color pencil on Arches 300 lb. hot press paper, blended with razor blades, colorless blenders, and rubbing alcohol. Below, are some of my take aways learned from making the piece.

My Lessons Learned;
– Pre visualize the final image
– Think through what I’m drawn to & want to express
– Work on transitioning from big to small shapes
– Blend, blend, blend, and than blend some more
– Look at the subject from different perspectives

close up details picture of Artist Danny Roberts Light and Color study of Swedish model Mona Johannesson Color pencil Portrait