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Artist Danny Roberts Fashion Illustration of Lily Cole, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour And Tanya Dziahileva

Thanksgiving

Happy Belated Thanksgiving

I meant to get this up on Thanksgiving, but I got too busy cooking and hanging with family. It was such a fun day. We sat around working on a puzzle I made just for Thanksgiving from my drawing Rooftops. It was one of the most fun puzzles that we’ve ever put together. I hope you are all doing well. I’ve been working hard trying to finish all the Main Character designs for Lost in the Crowd. I can’t wait to show you.

Artist Danny Roberts Painting of Gemma Ward wearing benenciaga based on photo by nick knight

Portrait

Gemma in the Sky

I’ve been loving going back through my old drawings and re-drawing them. It’s been very interesting to see the changes in my style and approach. This piece I originally drew back in 2009, you can see it here. It felt like it needed a reboot. What do you think of this version? I learned a lot making it.

Close up Artist Danny Roberts Painting of Gemma Ward wearing benenciaga based on photo by nick knight
Red tone paper Charcoal and white  of a girl laying on her back sketch by Artist Danny Roberts

Art

The Red Lady

I was taking an exploration of charcoal & chalk on different color tone paper, and this piece happened. For some reason, something just clicked when I was drawing it, and the textures and tone came out exactly the way I wanted. I’d like to pretend like that happens to me a lot, but it really doesn’t happen as often as I would like. I like the vibe of the finished sketch. It reminds me of a mix between Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. I plan on taking more excursions into tone paperland in the near future. Let me know what you think. I hope you are having a great day. This piece is for sale, so let me know if you are interested :)

Details Close up of Artist Danny Roberts Charcoal Sketch on red tone paper
Artist Danny Roberts influence map images of images representing concepts and themes

Inspiration

My Influence Map 2019

I’m currently taking the Schoolism class “Story-Driven Illustrations” by Djamila Knopf. One of the first assignments is to produce an influence map. I’ve never heard of an influence map before doing this, but it’s a cool idea. I’m planning on making one every year or two because it’s a healthy thing to re-evaluate those things that are driving you. The way an influence map works is you start out with a template covered by 30 squares. Each square gets filled with an image that represents a category, theme, idea, etc. that is currently influencing your work. The size of the image represents the amount of influence those concepts have on me. It’s a really fascinating task, particularly because if I would have made one of these right when I started my career, my map would have looked completely different.
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One
Rosy Cheeks

This one might be pretty obvious, considering almost all my drawings have them, but it’s something I’ve always loved. Can’t explain it and can’t deny it ;)

Elegant bouquet by Gustave Jean Jacquet
detail close up of Albrecht Durer etching of dogs
Two
Fine Details

I’ve always been drawn in by fine details. I love high resolution scans, complex systems, hidden meanings, secret codes, tons of variety. Whether I'm adding fine details to my work or looking at them, details bring me so much joy.

Three
Fairy Tales

Growing up with Grimms' Fairy Tales, Aesoph’s Fables, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the OZ series of books, magical lands and classical stories have always captured my imagination. I hope to write and illustrate ones that capture yours.

Nadezhda Illarionova beautiful illustration art of a princess sleeping
Zelda Cover art
Four
Classic Games

It was a funny realization that old NES and Super Nintendo games like Zelda, Final Fantasy, and Metroid have had such an impact on me. The time spent playing those games as a kid had a big impact on my imagination.

Five
Voyages

I think it is due to the fact that I moved around growing up, I have always connected to themes of long voyages, traveling to distant lands, getting lost in new places, second chances, and new starts.

Josh Hartnett  and Gemma Ward in Mario Testino fashion editorial for vogue
John Bauer breathtakingly beautiful childrens book illustration of a couple in love.
Six
Romance

I’m definitely a romantic person. I’m a sucker for good romantic stories or paintings. I love the feeling of creating artwork where you can feel the connection between two people.

Seven
Sincere Lines

I fell in love with sincere confident lines when I first discovered Egon Schiele’s work. You can tell his contour lines were put down once, confidently, and not reworked. I strive to keep that strong line in my work.

Edith women sitting with red hair and tights by Egon Schiele
Gorgeous photo of colorful starry night sky with some clouds
Eight
New Worlds

I love looking at landscapes that make me feel like I’ve been transported to a new magical world.

Nine
Patterns

I love old fabric patterns, repeating pattern designs, and various textures.

Very detailed blue white and gold repeating flower pattern
photographer Amber Ortolano surreal colorful photo os girl walking through a dream
Ten
Dreams

Dreams & Nostalgia have a large influence on my work. Years ago, I started a dream journal where I write down my dreams the moment I wake up. Since I started that, dreams have been the starting point for a lot of my story and illustration ideas.

Eleven
Old Movies

Movies from 1920-1950 have sparked my imagination and have had a huge impact on my work. I think I’m a bit of an old soul, and I often think and concept in my head in black and white.

still black and white photo from the movie Casablanca of humphrey bogart and ingrid bergman
Old production sketch from the old Disney animation Bambi
Twelve
Old Disney

I love watching old Disney movies. They return my mind to nostagic memories of being a kid, which helps relax my imagination. I have three beautiful Disney production books that I draw a lot of inspiration from.

Thirteen
Color

I love fun, playful, colorful paintings and images. Color is something I’m very timid working with, so I admire people with strong color work, and it pushes me to step out of my comfort zone.

Artist Rick Leong vibrant colorful and magical river lagoon.
A close of drawing of Kaori Miyazono  from the anime Your lie in april. アニメ「時は君の嘘」から宮園かおりの絵
Fourteen
Anime & Manga

Back in 2012 after my trip to Japan, I started watching Animes and reading Mangas. Since then, it’s been my favorite form of television. I watch an Anime every day and am constantly amazed and inspired.

Fifteen
Distant Lands

I love the concept of undiscovered distant lands. Growing up, I wanted to be an explorer and find new places. When I found out that the world had been discovered, I started building my own imaginary story world. I can’t wait to share it with you.

A photo of a the sea, the sky, and clouds. the Sky pale orange but the clouds and ocean are dark black
Black and white Mysterious photo of a shepherd with sheep in the mouth of a stone carved face
Sixteen
Mystery

Mystery and the Mysterious get my imagination going. I love digging and researching and finding amazing strange mysterious places, people, and things.

Seventeen
Mythical

I’m captivated by all things Mythical. I love studying old mythologies, or reading about mythical creatures.

Enoki Toshiyuki's Beautiful painting of a women kissing a unicorn.ユニコーンにキスする女性の榎俊幸による美しい絵画
Credits

I hope you enjoyed reading through what makes my art tick. Please share with someone who you think this post will bless ;) Have a great Sunday. The images source are the following:

1. Elegant bouquet by Gustave Jean Jacquet, 2. Aubrey Beardsley, Albrecht Durer, 3. Nadezhda Illarionova, 4. the legend of Zelda Cover, 5. Josh Hartnett & Gemma Ward in Vogue by Mario Testino, 6. Painting by John Bauer 1915, 7. Egon Schiele Painting, 8. Not sure the Artist, 9. Not sure the Artist, 10. Amber Ortolano, 11. Casablanca (1942), 12. Disney production sketch from Bambi(1942), 13. Rick Leong, 14. Artwork from the anime "Your Lie in April", 15. Not sure the Artist, 16. Not sure the Artist, 17. Enoki Toshiyuki

Artist Danny Roberts Art work for Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers artwork for love

Collaboration

Love – Harajuku Lovers

It being Thursday, I thought I would do a “Throw Back Thursday” of one of my first client jobs I’ve done. This illustration is of “Love” for my second collaboration with Gwen Stefani‘s Harajuku Lovers. This is my favorite illustration from that collaboration, the colors and expression came out really nice. This project feels like a life time ago. I’m going to be forever grateful to Jolie, Gwen, and everyone one at Harajuku Lovers for working with me. It was a very special project.

DannyRoberts painted Collage of Chadwick Tyler stereo gram
DannyRoberts painted Collage of Chadwick Tyler

Art Collages

Under Water Collage

This collage was a fun little experiment I did with my friend Photographer Chadwick Tyler. We had wanted to play around and try things to merge our two styles. One of the first experiments I was curious about trying was hand tinting the photo, so I printed Chadwick’s pictures on transparency paper and painted with oil paint on both sides of the transparency. It gave it a really cool look. I hope you like it :)

Fashion Artist Danny Roberts of shoe designer Amina Muaddi

Art Portrait

Amina Muaddi

I just finished up this portrait of shoe designer Amina Muaddi a few hours ago. I’ve been working on this over the last few days. For the portrait I used watercolor, chalk pastel, color pencil, and gold paint pen. I kept layering it until the tone and expression were right. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I hope you like it. I’m making a video that will be out soon. Any suggestions for a song for the video of this portrait?

Details Drawing of by Danny Roberts of Amina Muaddi
Artist Danny roberts charcoal sketch of Ballerina Cate Hurlin photo by Katie Rodgers

Ballerina Sketch

The Autumn Ballerina

I never know when inspiration is going to hit, but I’m very happy when it does. The inspiration for this piece came from my friend Katie Rodgers‘ (PaperFashion) Instagram story a few months back. She had hosted a sketching workshop and asked two ballerinas to model for it. The workshop was in New York. Even though I’m way over here in California, the beauty of the internet made it as though I was there. (Not really… well kinda… ha ha) The pictures from the event were too beautiful not to draw, so I picked up my toned sketch pad and some charcoal, and this sketch of ballerina Cate Hurlin was born. I hope you are having a beautiful Monday. I’m currently a little sick, so laying low today trying to shake it.

sketchbook page full of Artist Danny Roberts Sketches of girls faces. アーティストのダニー・ロバーツのスケッチブックのページは、女の子の顔のスケッチです。

Sketch

Finding Yuki through Trail And Error

Finding the right balance of styles for “Lost in the Crowd” has been a lot of trial and error. I’ve been trying to find my drawing rhythm. When I say rhythm, I mean my natural flow when I draw. I know for just the first chapter there are over 200 panels. With that much drawing I need find a look that is easy to draw, but also fun to draw, something that will keep me excited each time I draw a scene. This sheet was on my early explorations on Yuki‘s design. None of these made the cut, but I wanted to share the journey with you. The good, the bad, and the dank ;)

Danny Roberts Sketches of girls faces in sketchbook. ダニー・ロバーツスケッチブックの女の子の顔のスケッチArtist Danny Roberts Sketches of girls faces in sketchbook. アーティストのダニー・ロバーツのスケッチブックに写っている女の子のスケッチ