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This is a Picture of Model Sophie Ward in front of Danny Roberts painting of her


The Lady Sophie Ophelia Frida Claire Ward

Hello my friends, Well, dropped off the magical Miss Ward in LA last night. I have to say, i don’t remember the last time i had so much fun as the last few days with Sophie. She truly is amazing. Do get familiar with her writing; i think she is going to be one of the greatest writers of our day. Also, if you could get the word out on her blog. We also met in regards to Paper Castle Press and the direction of the Company. I can say, there are some exciting things coming up. :) So, what do you all think of how Sophie’s portrait is coming? The oils are starting to dry and i can’t wait to lay some more layers down on it. I really really really hope i can capture her lovely demeanor and cheery outlook. I shall keep you all up to date on it. Happy Sunday :)

The painting is part of a How to Series. Click the links below to see this piece come to life
The Under painting (current post)
Layer work
Finished painting

Australian Model/ Writer Sophie Ward sitting and Posing for My Painting

Guest Writer Studio

Lady of The Paper Castle Visits Danny from Igor & Andre HQ

So I am at the maestro’s house! It’s incredible! Everyone should always be so lucky. Here I am bigger than life size on a wooden board being coated in oils. Magnificent. Danny’s studio is amazing: I have been having a sleep over while I pass through LA on route to Australia, watching CNN all day on a giant flat screen, getting kinda high off oil-paints, drinking milk and way too many Halloween chocolates. You know, I have never experienced the magic of a Baby Ruth before, but was drawn in by its reference to The Sandlot Kids – obviously. Legend in a chocolate!! The Pellegrino is flowing, inspiration is booming, Neko Case is swooning from giant speakers, paintings are looming over me from all four walls and dimensions. Did you know Danny can do 3D paintings? One painting is wearing real clothes. The apple I am holding in the picture below remains uneaten, I don’t know why, but I am eyeing it off, along with all the old LIFE magazines from the 60s with covers declaring the first man on the Moon, the Kennedy assassinations, Martin Luther King, even Batman, Superman and the Marquis de Sade wait patiently. I feel like Peach from Mario Kart in a multicolored universe of many dimensions: A bowl of cereal at her feet, coffee and compliments delivered daily by the beaming inhabitants of this magical land. If I have shared even a fraction of the greatness it is to be here, I hope you feel it: Danny’s paintings hold magic in them. And every morning I wake up having dreamt amongst them, having been spoken to by the beautiful women in ink that surround me. If I was a flat-lander in a 2D universe, I wouldn’t mind being one of Danny’s imaginary creations, just to live in this studio and watch him work all day. What a cool dude. Great life, great-ness.

The painting is part of a How to Series. Click the links below to see this piece come to life
Outline (current post)
The Under painting
Layer work
Finished painting

This is artist and Fashion Blogger Danny Roberts sketch on the elepant tunnel

Concept Sketch

In to the Elephant Cave

Hey everyone, How have you been? Life for me has been busy but exciting. Been working on some fun projects lately. Oh, and i get to pick up my good friend, Miss Sophie Ward, tonight at the airport. She’s going to be here for a few days. It’s going to be really fun. i’m sure there will be some pictures from our adventures. :) Hope you’re having a great day!

This is Artist Danny Roberts first oil painting

Drawing Process

A Little More

Well, there is definitely a learning curve with this oil painting thing… i sure hope i can fine tune it and pull it off..

This painting is Artist Danny Roberts first oil painting.

Drawing Process

Too Big?

hahah Well, say hello to my first attempt at oil painting… i hope it comes out. It’s going to be of a queen riding through a forest. She’s being chased by an unknown character, but she has an expression like she is in control…. i’ll keep you posted on it. It’s 5 ft by 4.4 ft on wood.

This is a sketch from Artist Danny Roberts

Concept Sketch

Out To Sea

Hey Yawl, Thought i would post this little sketch i did at work when i was bored… hahah.. Hope you like. :) …. Oh yea. i bought a bunch of oil paint equipment… Never done it before, going to try to teach myself. i’ll keep you posted.

This drawing is a study sketch from Artist Danny Roberts, in Sophie Wards Ginger Marmalade Toastmiester

Concept Sketch

Cat Eyes

Good morning. :) Thank you to all who commented about Miette. We talked to the pet hospital and she will be released this afternoon! Hopefully, she will have a steady recovery. :) This drawing is another study sketch of Joey as Ginger Marmalade Toastmeister. i was seeing what cat eyes would look like on him… haha Hope you likes it. :)

this is a drawing Artist Danny Roberts did for Sophie Wards Childrens book

Concept Sketch


Hey there friends. The drawing up there is a early concept sketch i did for Sophie Ward’s kids book. She had the idea of basing the cat character of this boy i coach named Joey. This was me trying to figure out how to do that…. hahah Don’t worry, Joey makes an appearance a few pages into the book… :)

A musical film short by danny roberts at the Norton Simon Museum of Art
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My First Time at a Museum.

Morning Friends. Yea, so this year i finally went to a museum for the first time! Wow, there are some amazing paintings out there! hahaha i went to the Norton Simon Museum of Art with my mom. It was amazing, but i used my mom’s still camera (which shoots movies) and i filmed while i was there…. and edited this little movie. You might need to click the higher res version.. haha i hope you like it.

This is pages 191 and 192 out of dirty glam magazines interview with Artist Danny Roberts


Dirty Glam

Sorry, no post yesterday. i had to go into work and help out on a few projects. A few weeks back, i had the honor and the privilege to do an interview with the lovely Miss Louis AKA Miss Pandora. She is now working for Paris based Dirty Glam Magazine and the interview is in this issue of Dirty Glam. It’s a great magazine. My interview is pages 191-196. For those who can’t speak French, i posted the English version below. i hope you like it. :)

My Interview with Louise Ebel

1. Who are you, and what do you do ?
My name is Danny Roberts, I would say I am an artist/ illustrator and a thinker. Not sure what came first, though, being a illustrator or a thinker... I guess it's like the age old question, "What came first, the chicken or the egg?"

2. How did you develop your art? What's your approach?
I think my art developed by a lot of practice. It was a few years back, I got determined to get better at drawing, so I would spend 16 hours a day practicing. Most of the time, I would draw till my hand was swollen closed. I was just practicing blind contours, and my style started to develop. My art is kind of like handwriting; whenever i draw, it always comes out looking like my style. It is nothing I try to do, it just is the way I draw. I guess that's the only way I can explain it.

3.How did your blog come about?
It's kind of funny how it came about, because I actually was always intimidated by blogs. I didn't know much about them. Back in April of this year, my brother was doing internet research for the company he worked for, and he ended up talking me into doing a blog so he could practice things he learned at work. Then I started having fun with it, and Voila, the rest is history. It's really been fun blogging and getting to know people all over the world.

4. Why use fashion as your subject?
Actually, I started school at the Academy of Art University, majoring in Fashion Design, and the first class I took was Fashion Illustration. I fell in love with doing fashion illustrations and decided then that I didn't want to be a designer, but an illustrator. I'm not sure why, but there is something about fashion that really inspires me. Fashion is kind of a door into a dream world for me, and I like entering that dream world, so it kinda works out. hah

5.What techniques do you use?
I love experimenting and developing new techniques, but at the core of my drawing, I mostly always use Blind Contour Cheating a little. Blind Contour Cheating basically means that you try to keep your eye on the subject matter that you are drawing and not the paper, and the only time you look down is when lifting the pen. I actually have a video Documentary up at (click on videos). In the Video, I show the full process of my main drawing technique.

6. What inspires you?
I'm inspired by almost everything for one reason or another. New experiences and people inspire me a lot. I would say women inspire me more than anything. That's why the majority of my art revolves around women. I also find genuine innocence very moving. Oh, also, anything from the 1920's.

7. Why have you chosen (style) bloggers as your models? How do you chose each one ?
When I first started my blog, I began exploring other blogger sites. It was like discovering a new world. I would just click from link to link and blog to blog. I started to find that there were so many blogs that inspire me. I then decided that I wanted to give back to those who have inspired me by drawing a picture of the blogger from their site. I guess there isn't any one reason or set rule on which blogger I draw, except that if it inspirers me, I end up drawing from it. For example, when I first stumbled on to your blog, I loved your style and the playful "dress up" tone to it. It was something that instantly inspired me, and I drew you that moment.

8. What other activities do you engage in parallel to your art?
I love writing music, and making short films, and I coach wrestling.

9. What projects do you have currently and in the works?
Wow... yeah, I've been working on a few long term projects and a few short term ones. For the last two years, I've been working on a book called "The Character Sketchbook". It is a book that journals my journey on learning how to draw. I made it to help encourage people that anyone can learn how to draw with enough practice. I have a lot of those drawings up on my blog. Right now, I am working on the last drawing, which is the 200th drawing, which I should finish this week. Also, I'm finish up illustrating Sophie Ward's children's book. It's my first book for Paper Castle Press. I'm really excited about it. I've also been working a little with doing some designs for a clothing company.

10. Who else would you like to work with?
Oh, my! There are so many people; I would love to work with Steve Miesel. He is one of my favorite photographers.

This is pages 193 and 194 out of dirty glam magazines interview with Artist Danny Roberts This is pages 195 and 196 out of dirty glam magazines interview with Artist Danny Roberts