Art Smart: Fashion Illustrator Danny Roberts Talks Style & Inspiration
With his unique illustrations making a mark on a world once eclipsed by photography, Danny Roberts has become a well-known name in the fashion industry (he’s collaborated with Gwen Stefani for crying out loud). We’re totally obsessed, captivated and every other synonym for “in love” with his work.
So we just had to pick his brain a little. How did Danny become a fashion illustrator? What’s his personal style like? Get all the deets down below…
STYLUST: When did you first become interested in illustration and fashion?
DANNY: In junior high I started a T-shirt company, which I guess was the start of my interest in fashion. As the little shirt company started to grow, I decided to design clothes and teach myself how to sew. When it was time for college, I decided I’d like to study fashion design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and one of my first classes was fashion illustration. My teacher told me to stick with it and I did.
STYLUST: What are your favorite types of looks to draw?
DANNY: My favorite looks to draw are the doll faced and innocent types.
STYLUST: What inspires you as an illustrator?
DANNY: 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 and am inspired by anything from the 1920s.
STYLUST: What’s one thing most people don’t know about you or your work?
DANNY: That I am still learning every day.
STYLUST: How would you describe your personal style?
DANNY: I think it slightly changes daily, but there are a few main themes that definitely run throughout my style like sailors, 1920s kids and 1950s prep. I think at the core everything I wear has a spin off from that.
STYLUST: Do you have any parting advice for aspiring illustrators?
DANNY: I would say be true to yourself and enjoy every moment of learning. Also, let art inspire you. At the beginning it can be hard to stay true to yourself and easy to look at something you like and copy it. But I would say the key to staying unique is to be yourself. We all are made differently, which means if we all stay true to ourselves each of us will be entirely unique.