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Ammon’s Horn

Happy 2020! I’m happy to start this New Year post with an inspiration Friday post. If you are new to the blog, the way Inspiration Friday works is I pick a song that inspires me, then as I’m listening to the song, I find images that I feel fit the vibe of song. It works as a visual essay inspired by a song. This month’s song is Ammon’s Horn by the Honey Trees. I hope it inspires you.

Images Sources: 1. Hedi Slimane Diary, 2. Lillian Bassman & unknown Source, 3. unknown Source, 4. Alain Delon& Romy Shneider, 5.unknown Source, 6.unknown Source

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Lillian BassmanGirl thinkingAlain Delon and Romy Shneidergirl sitting the the shadow of laceCouple Kissing
Artist Danny Roberts manga Lost in the Crowd Character Line up.

Character Development

Character Height Chart – WIP

For the last few months I’ve been working trying to finish all the character design for “Lost in the Crowd“. It’s taken me a lot longer than I thought it would, but I’m starting to make a lot of progress on it. I thought I would post my progress. I was working on the background the for the last few days. I only have 5 out of 23 characters done. I was trying to get all the characters done before January. My plan was to submit this project for Adobe Creative Residency Program. I wanted to live in Tokyo, Japan, for the next year to write and begin drawing “Lost in the Crowd”. That is still my goal. After reading the adobe application, I was pretty bummed that I couldn’t submit the application cause I don’t qualify on two of the pre-requisites. So right now, I’m kinda scrambling looking for a different artist residency program. If you know of any I would love to hear ;). The sad thing is, I feel like this project is perfect for the Adobe program. Thanks to Katie Rodgers for telling me about the program.

Artist Danny Roberts manga Lost in the Crowd Character Line up height Chart
The panel face Girl. Multiple faces combined into one.


The Panel Girl

This piece was quite the experiment. It took me several months to get the colors and textures right. The concept was cutting up my portaits of Rasa Zukauskaite, Laura O’Grady, and Tanya Dziahileva and putting them together to make one face. I used oil paint and oil pastels on nine individual one foot canvases. It was really difficult to replicate those portraits, but I’m really happy with how the textures turned out. I wish you could see it in person.

Artist Danny Roberts post-it sketch of model Julia Hafstrom green black and red


Julia Hafstrom Post-it Sketch

I keep a couple of stacks of post-its sitting on my desk, just for when I get the urge to draw I can quickly get my fix. This sketch was from a photoshoot I did with Julia Hafstrom years ago. She is such a sweet and beautiful person inside and out. I have also thought she would be a good reference to base one of our book characters, Sarah Finn, on. This sketch, though really simple, I feel captures the vibe of Sarah Finn. I’m excited to work more on her character design. I will get on with designing the book characters after I finish the Manga characters. I’ve been learning a lot doing all this character design.

Artist Danny Roberts details picture of a post-it sketch of model Julia Hafstrom
Artist Danny roberts Art of character design of for Knightcat


Knightcat Redesign

I’m excited for finally showing you the redesign of my brother and my book character Knightcat. She might be my favorite character to write scenes for. She is an amazing character and her character design felt close, but not perfect, thus the redesign. She is going to make a guest appearance in “Lost in the Crowd“, so I started redesigning her last week. I love how she came out.

Details close up Artist Danny roberts Art of character design of for Knightcat

Her markings were really difficult to design. I did a lot of research and did tons of sketches till a pattern finally worked. Her markings are a form of magical protection. Also her weapons have great back stories. I can't wait to tell you more about it.

Details close up Artist Danny roberts Art of character design of for Knightcat
Artist Danny Roberts Fashion Illustration of Lily Cole, Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour And Tanya Dziahileva


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


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


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


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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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
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.

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
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.


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.

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.

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
New Worlds

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


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

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.

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
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.


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
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.

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

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


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

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