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


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!

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  1. Petra | Reply

    It’s so true what you say about social media changing what we post. It’s been such a slow transition so I’ve not even realied it! But I also prefer to blog and write things with a bit more substance! 😊 (and show the process not just the result)

    November 5, 2019 at 11:55 pm
    • Danny Roberts | Reply

      Awe thanks for Commenting Petra! ❤️😊
      Yeah I feel the same, Social is a bit to noisy. It so nice to see posts at a slower pace and be able to enjoy them. Another thing i love about blogs is how each on looks and feels so different. We aren’t force into making art a certain size or ratio. Pure Freedom. ;) Hope you are having a great Day!

      November 6, 2019 at 7:48 am