The introduction letter to artist danny roberts Character Sketchbook.
Drawing Number 1 in the Character Sketchbook of Lily Cole by artist Danny Roberts

The Lily and Gemma book

Character Sketchbook 1

We all have to start somewhere. For me, this is where I started. On October 30, 2006, I decided that drawing was something I really wanted to learn how to do. I’ve always loved doodling on paper and coloring growing up. I was never the best artist in the class. Almost 12 years ago to the day, I began drawing Lily Cole and Gemma Ward everyday, since I had the most fun drawing them. All I can say is I’m so glad that I did. I got to experience some incredible things just because I decided not to give up and chose not to get discouraged. Giving up is the easiest thing to do, but like my dad told me my freshman year in high school, “If you give up now, it will be that much easier to give up on the next thing, and the next thing.” There have been so many times where I’ve lost my confidence, or been frustrated with my drawing ability. That combined with the frustrating financial rollercoaster that comes as a result of working as an artist, there have been moments that I have considered giving up… But this journey has been too amazing, and sharing it with you all has been life-changing. Thanks you so much.

p.s. Over the last few weeks, I finally got organized, where I am going to be blogging every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5pm pst. It’s my dream to create an amazing blogging community once again. If you can share with someone you think would love Igor + André, that would be incredible.

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  1. I have always adored your illustrations. I have them dotted through my apartment, and one on my desk. Am excited to see your posts coming up again. And that was solid advice from your Dad. xx Jenelle |

    October 21, 2019 at 8:39 pm