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Danny Roberts art portrait drawing of Japanese model Miyako 眞鍋 都 (Miiiyaaakooo) アーティストのダニー・ロバーツによる日本のモデルミヤコの肖像

Art Portrait

Miyako 眞鍋 都 (Miiiyaaakooo)

Drawing faces is one of those things that never gets old. I enjoy it so much. Peoples’ faces are so expressive and interesting. It’s such a fascinating subject-matter. Miyako’s portrait was another by-product of stumbling onto a photo that looked too fun to not draw. I couldn’t pass up drawing it. Today I was talking with my friend Katie Rodgers about cutting out those things that affect you negatively, and focusing on activities that lift you and the people around you up. More and more that is something I’ve been trying to do. I’ve been trying to figure out how to spread the hope and joy I have to you all, and encourage you. Well, I hope you are having a great day! ☺️

Artist Danny Roberts Pen and ink Line Drawing of Sucre Musician Stacy King Dupree

Portrait

Dancing Lines

Some images, the moment I see them, I know I will draw them. This one of my friend Stacy King of the amazing band Sucré was one of those images. I loving drawing images from extreme perspective or images with a lot of foreshortening. In the past, I’ve been a bit too intimidated to delve into the deep end of foreshortening and strong perspectives. I finally started playing around with it. Though I still don’t feel comfortable with it, I have really enjoyed working on it.

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Artist Danny Roberts Character Sketch of Yuki Tachibana. Expression Chart.アーティストダニー・ロバーツ橘由貴のキャラクタースケッチ。式チャート。

Design

Curious Life of Yuki

The first chapter of “Lost in the Crowd” is going to be Chapter 0. Taking place 5-10 years before the start of the main story, this chapter follows Yuki, so I’ve been focused on finishing her design. She is a kind, genuine, and a bit curious person. Most of her life has been scheduled out. Life has been work, work, work. She hasn’t had much time off, and desperately needs some. By the time of Chapter 1, she is a very famous pop star. This version of her feels like it is getting close. What do you think?

A Sketch book page of Faces by Danny Roberts. ダニー・ロバーツによるFacesのスケッチブックページ。
drawing of a girl wearing glasses by Danny Roberts Character design. ダニー・ロバーツによる眼鏡をかけた少女のキャラクターデザイン

Drawing

Lost in Sketches.

I decided this year I was going to turn my self filter off, and share my process. I started to notice a really bad habit of only posting final finished pieces. I think the habit started right around when social platforms started, limiting the reach of posts based on interaction, which is one of many reasons I’m starting to slowly leave those platforms. Whatever the cause, I want to share the countless unseen drawings, attempts and failures, that go into every project. This page is my first Sketchbook page when I started working on Character Design for “Lost In the Crowd”.

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Artist Danny Roberts sketch of Yuki Tachibana wearing headphones. アーティストのダニー・ロバーツは、橘ゆきをヘッドフォンでスケッチしています。

When I get working on projects like this, I tend to get what I call “reverse” writer’s block. I get so many ideas, it’s a bit overwhelming. For Lost in the Crowd, it’s a story that I can really relate to, so the ideas keep pouring out. The only way I can deal with reverse writer’s block is doing every idea until my favorite one rises to the surface.

Artist Danny Roberts Sketchbook Portraits study For Manga Character Yuki Tachibana Lost in the Crowd

My favorite part of the process so far is the more I sketch the characters, the more the characters go from these abstract concepts to feeling like old friends. The Study Sketches on this page are super rough mood sketches for the character Yuki Tachibana, and there are two rough sketches of Hachi.

Quick loose Sketchbook Drawing by igor + andre artist Danny Roberts of two girls. 2人の女の子のイゴール+アンドレアーティストダニーロバーツによる素早いスケッチブックの描画

Have you done much writing or character design? I would love to hear about your experiences. Even if you haven’t, I love hearing your thoughts. Let me know which number drawing is your favorite for Yuki. Quick background is She is pop star in her mid 20s. Will tell you more soon. :) Click Here to Comment. I hope you have a wonderful day!

artist Danny Roberts Storybook art featuring Camille queen of the trees in the water

Fairy Tale

Camille’s Midnight Stroll

“Camille has been around longer than anyone alive. One would think that out-living everyone one that you know would be a solemn and sobering experience. Not for her. She has very much enjoyed it. Where she lives, all of the animals adore her. Why wouldn’t they? She is the eternal Queen of the Trees.”

Just a concept for Camille “Queen of the Tree” character design. I she is one of my favorite characters in our up in coming book so designing her has been really fun. She is such a magical and sassy character. I can’t wait for you to read the book.

Artist Danny Roberts Coffee and Pencil Daily Gesture Sketches of model Inka Williams

Drawing

Inka Williams – Study Sketches

I’ve been doing a lot of Character study sketches over the years. This one is of Model Inka Williams of IMG Models. I have so much fun doing these little simple pencil and coffee study sketches. If you haven’t tried it I recommend trying it some time. it’s really relaxing. I hope you all had a fun Halloween last night and have a great weekend, See you on Monday ;)

P.s. It feels so refreshing to be back blogging. Some of the biggest regrets I have is stoping blogging and ever getting started on social media platforms. I slowly have been closing them one by one. My dream is to eventually just be posting here, and no where else :) I’m so grateful to all you out there still reading this blog.

Artist Danny Roberts Illustration of Lady Gaga for lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwick Tyler american horror show

Art

Lady Gaga + Chadwick Tyler

When coming up with what to post on for Halloween, this photoshoot instantly came to mind. A few years ago, my good friend Chadwick Tyler asked me if I would be one of his assistants on his cover shoot for V Magazine with Lady Gaga & the Cast of American Horror Show. I ended up doing all the post production on the shoot as well, processing the digital files, hand developing all the film, scanning, and retouching everything. It was tons of work, but really a once in a life time experience. Getting digital, 35mm film, and 120 film to all look the same was a super tough task, but I’m really happy with how it turned out. I hope that one day a book of this shoot gets released. There are hundreds of incredible photos in the shoot. I snuck a few quick drawings in there. Happy Halloween!

Denis Ohare looking into a mirror in lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwick Tyler american horror show
A Photo of lady gaga for v magazine shoot by Chadwick Tyler American
KathyBates sitting for lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwick Tyler american horror show
A Photo of Sarah Paulson by artist danny Roberts for lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwick Tyler American
Photo of american horror show director Ryan Murphy for lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwick Tyler
Drawing of Wes Bentley holding a knife by artist danny Roberts for lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwick Tyler Photo of Wes Bentley holding american flag for lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwick tyler
Cheyenne Jackson in lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwick Tyler american horror show
Cheyenne Jackson and lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwick Tyler american horror show
Drawing by artist Danny Roberts of DenisOhare and ChloeSevigny  in lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwick Tyler american horror show
A Photo of Matt Bomer by artist danny Roberts for lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwick Tyler American
ChloeSevigny and lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwick Tyler american horror show
Photo of AngelaBassett for lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwicktyler Lady Gaga, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, and AngelaBassett playing cards for lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwick Tyler american horror show
A Photo of Finn Wittrock Lifting lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwick Tyler american horror show
A Photo of Finn Wittrock carrying lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwick Tyler american horror show
Lady Gaga, Wes Bentley, Matt Bomer, and AngelaBassett, and Denis Ohere for lady gaga v magazine shoot by Chadwick Tyler american horror show
Artist Danny Roberts Black and white digital drawing of girl looking at the beach with a dog. アーティストのダニー・ロバーツが犬とビーチで女の子を描いています。

Art

The Girl & Her Dog

I don’t do many sketches directly from my head without any references. I also don’t do many completely digital drawings. This drawing is the exception. I was doing a lot of charcoal sketches at the time. I ended up making a few photoshop charcoal brushes. I was so excited about the brush, I just started scribbling and slowly, like a photo coming into focus, this soft drawing of a girl on a beach with her dog began to form.
It reminds me of a cool, windy, lazy, overcast day at the beach. I hope you are having a great day!

Pen and ink black and white illustration of Darren king and Scarlett King by artist Danny Roberts

Illustration

Darren & Scarlett King

I did this illustration of amazing Musician/Drummer and Friend, Darren King and his daughter Scarlett. I met Darren years ago through his wife Stacy, and have been friends ever since. I don’t know what it is, but sometimes it’s as though the picture draws itself, and other times it’s like I can never get the picture right no matter how many times I try. Do you know what I mean? Does that ever happen to you? This illustration was one that illustrated itself. The moment I saw it, I started drawing it, and from the first line, the texture and the tones came out exactly how I pictured them. You can check out Darren on Instagram.

P.S. I got all the Art up for the next few months! My art store is seasonal meaning a piece will only be up in the store for a few months, then a whole new set of Prints, Limited Edition, and Originals will replace it. :) Check it out and let me know what you think, and which ones are your favorites ;) Also, I’m about a week away from finally launching something I’ve been working on for the last six months. I can’t wait to share it with you :)

Artist Danny Roberts Detailed close up of musician drummer Darren King アーティストダニーロバーツミュージシャンドラマーダレンキングの詳細Close up of Artist Danny Roberts Pen drawing of Scarlett King 画家ダニー・ロバーツによるスカーレット・キングの拡大図