Artist Danny Roberts Storybook Character Design Close up of little Girls Face Camille of the trees 2019 redesign


Camille of the Trees – Redesign

Camille is a character I have had in my head for over ten years now. She is in the top 5 of my favorite characters in my brother and my upcoming book. At the beginning of 2018, when I started working on character design for the book, she was the first character I started designing. Even though I have been drawing people for years, I quickly found out I knew very little about character design. My first version of her was heavily influenced by anime
(cause I love anime) but it wasn’t quite right for our book. I took a few character design classes and earlier this year I gave her a redesign and this character was born. Her overall vibe feels right. What do you think of her? Also, this month’s Patreon Rewards are up, so you can download them here.

Close up of little Girls Face Camille of the trees 2019 redesign character designHand writing Cursive Camille 2019
Charcoal Drawing by Fashion Artist Danny Roberts of Mona Johannesson Getting ready


A Night on the Town

I’ve been working on improving how I render light and shadow. I desperately want to master dynamic lighting, so I thought charcoal on tone paper would be a good place to start. The reference for this picture is from Swedish model Mona Johannesson‘s Instagram. The picture had beautiful contrast, and i tried my best to capture the feeling I had when i first saw the picture. I really learned alot working this one. I hope you like it :) “

If you want to try out any of the art supplies I used on this piece I have links to the products below 😊

White Charcoal, Strathmore Toned Paper, General’s Charcoal Pencils 4B, Blending Stumps, Vine Charcoal, Kneaded Rubber Eraser, and MONO Zero Pen-Style Eraser

Detail Close up Mona Johannesson Getting ready Charcoal Drawing by Fashion Artist Danny Roberts
Japanese model Maihee portrait by Artist Danny Roberts


Maihee (まいへえ)

I have been playing around with getting richer colors in my drawings. This portrait is mainly color pencil and then i layered in some extra color digitally. I’m really happy with how my portrait of Maihee (まいへえ) turned out. It is definitely one of my favorite portraits that I have done in a while.

I’ll be giving away this drawing at the end of the month as part of the rewards for the Scholar group on Patreon. Make sure to sign up as a Patron for a chance to win it :)

Artist Danny Roberts Digital painting Portrait of australian blogger Jessica Stein and her daughter Rumi


Jessica Stein + Rumi

I meet Jessica Stein ( a few years ago when she was out in California. She is an incredibly kind person, and when she had her beautiful daughter Rumi, I had to paint them. :) Lately, I’ve been trying different techniques when I paint. Most the experiments have been done Digitally due to the quick turn around time (no paint drying 😏👍). In this painting I was working on blending less and using large blocks of color to imply shape. I’m really happy with how it turned out. It is always fun drawing friends.

If you are a Patron you can download the full version of this art on Patreon.

Artist Danny Roberts Portrait of a girl in a kimono inspired by Risa Nakamura


Kimono Girl

first of all, let me introduce my newest painting in my ‘Portraits of Japan‘ series. Inspired by a Daoko song 🎶 called fireworks 💥 Risa Nakamura (里砂 中村) inspired the look of the model. Selecting the right Kimono fabrics was quite a task. Materials: arches 300lbs cold press paper, watercolors, color pencils, finished the portrait off with gold leaf. I experimented with digital painting on top, working in more lighting effects. I love how it turned out.

Also, If you are interested in buy the original watercolor, it is for sale on my Saatchi store. just click the buy button below to get more info.


finally, thank you to my all of new patrons who signed up yesterday. If you want to become one, click the ‘become a patron’ button. To celebrate my first month on Patreon I’m doing a giveaway or 1 art piece and. 9 days left to be in the running for the giveaway by becoming a patron on my Patreon. Subscriptions start $1 a month.

Artist Danny Roberts Oil painting burnt umber and Dead layer on wood of Codie Young plus face mood Board.


The Dead Layer

I’m currently learning how to oil paint like the old flemish painters. This painting is at the second phase of the Flemish technique called the Dead Layer or the Dead Color Layer. This comes after the brown under painting where I used a thin layer of burnt umber. The dead layer is a monotone layer where you work on getting the values right. I’ve been building my dead layer with a combo of burnt umber, white, and Lamp Black. I’ve been mixing it with a medium I made that is 1 part Refined Linseed Oil, 1 part Liquin, and 3 parts Odorless Mineral Spirits. Once the values are correct, I will start adding color. I’m planning on adding silver and gold leaf after this layer, right before I start on the color layer.

Have you ever used this technique before? If so, I would love to hear any tips or tricks you have on the process. It’s been extremely enjoyable so far. Judging color luminance is something I struggle with, so just isolating the light value before working on color made a lot of sense to me.

The character in the painting is from our book series and is named Veeda Elward. Veeda is a character that my friend Codie Young and I came up with. She is going to be a very interesting character. I used Codie as a visual reference for the character. She is wearing a Valentino dress.

Lately, I’ve been oil painting a lot. I have four paintings currently in the dead layer stage, and I will be posting all of them as they evolve. For many years, I’ve been wanting to do my first art show, but never felt like I had a series of originals that I would want to display in a show. Over the last few months, I’ve been working to put together a coherent collection of paintings.

As I finish each painting, I will put them up for sale on my Art Store. If you haven’t seen my new art store, please check it out. You can find my originals here and my Prints Here. Locating the price on Saatchi Art’s website is a little confusing. The price of each print is found in small light gray font below the original’s price. It took me a while to figure that one out, so I thought I would give you a heads up ;)

Codie Young Oil Painting Deadlayer Details of face by artist Danny roberts Details picture of artist Danny Roberts Deadlayer Oil Painting of model Codie Young
Artist Danny Roberts Light and Color study of Swedish model Mona Johannesson Color pencil Portrait


Mona Johannesson – Light & Color Study

Happy New Year! This post is a Light & Color Study drawing I created over the last 3 days of Swedish model Mona Johannesson. Over the last few weeks I’ve been concentrating on improving my drawing skills by doing a lot of light & color studies of poses and angles that have given me trouble in the past. This drawing was created by using a color pencil on Arches 300 lb. hot press paper, blended with razor blades, colorless blenders, and rubbing alcohol. Below, are some of my take aways learned from making the piece.

My Lessons Learned;
– Pre visualize the final image
– Think through what I’m drawn to & want to express
– Work on transitioning from big to small shapes
– Blend, blend, blend, and than blend some more
– Look at the subject from different perspectives

close up details picture of Artist Danny Roberts Light and Color study of Swedish model Mona Johannesson Color pencil Portrait