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Quarantine, Carving, & Social Break

This year so far has been a pretty strange one (under statement I know 🙃).  When Quarantine started, I took a massive break from all social media. I’m currently still on that break. Not sure when or if I will go back.  It’s been a super refreshing time, which made me realize life has been whole lot better without it. I’ve mainly been spending my days painting and carving. Yes carving… haha over the last few 5-6 months I’ve been carving a little bit a day. I’ve really enjoyed it. Two weeks ago I finished carving the relief of the, “The Day Boy and Night Girl“.  I’m currently preparing the wood for gilding and to be oil painted. I filmed a timelapse of the carving that I will post when the video is done. My computer is painfully slow (I’m trying to save up for a new one) so I can’t promise the video will be up anytime soon. And though I’m taking a social media break I’m not taking a break from people 😉 So, please comment or dm me below. I love hearing from you. I hope you are doing well and thank you for your support.

the day boy and night girl Painting by Artist Danny Roberts

Fairy Tale

The Day Boy & Night Girl

I started this piece 2018 with a really raw thumbnail sketch (see below). A few months later I tried to develop the concept more for a few weeks and felt like I didn’t have the skills to pull the drawing off. Fast forward to the start of this month, I finally felt up to the task. This piece is inspired by the 1882 fairy tale novel “The Day Boy & Night Girl” by George MacDonald. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. It is one the most magical stories. I loved the idea of depicting moment of when day crosses over into the night. I had such a clear picture of what i wanted, so I kept redrawing this piece till it felt right. I’m planning on carving a relief/oil painting of this piece. I really hope you like it.

I created a limited edition print of the piece. If You’re interested click here to check it out. 😉

Day boy night girl Concept Sketch
Danny Roberts Painting sketch of steven meisel Famers Photoshoot for Character Sketchbook volume 3 drawing 201

Volume 3

Character Sketchbook 201

Good Afternoon! Shoot, i think all the late nights caught up to me today! Ended up over-sleeping by a few hours today, so i’m playing catch up right now so i have to make it short, because i’m trying to finish up a painting for you all… Hopefully, have it up tonight! :) Today’s post is the first mixed media drawing out of Volume 3 of my Character Sketchbook. I really like how volume 3 was turning out… i need to start back working on it again. The photo was from one of my all time favorite fashion photographers, Steven Meisel, and it was from his “Amish” editorial for Italian Vogue which is one of my favorite photoshoots. I hope you like it, and hope you’re having a great day.



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

p.s. if you are viewing this post on bloglovin make sure to click through to be able to see all the images ;)

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.