Daniel Philip Robinson

Illustrator & Writer, from Ireland & the USA
Today’s @Sketch_Dailies twitter theme was Hellboy. For some reason his trench coat made me think of film noir, and yet I do an image based on the poster for a noir film that doesn’t feature trench coats? 

This was just a quick iPad sketch, I’d like to take a proper crack at a proper inky Hellboy image later on.

Today’s @Sketch_Dailies twitter theme was Hellboy. For some reason his trench coat made me think of film noir, and yet I do an image based on the poster for a noir film that doesn’t feature trench coats?

This was just a quick iPad sketch, I’d like to take a proper crack at a proper inky Hellboy image later on.

Some revisions to my Ukiyo-E style “Godzilla” image, as I didn’t think I quite pulled it off with the first version, but there were enough things I liked that it warranted going back and giving it a polish.
My initial idea for this image was based on the superb early trailers for Gareth Edwards’ new “Godzilla” film, in which the giant creature is never seen clearly, and constantly spills over the bounds of the frame. He is too huge and too terrible for mere humans to comprehend. I thought about teasing this a bit with an image of Godzilla seen from a great distance, but where the haze of the atmosphere itself and the edifices of our ruined cities obscure him from us. A soldier, unarmed, laying in resignation next to his burning tank is the helpless witness to the devastation. 
Does this conjure uncomfortable images from our recent past? That is what Godzilla was originally intended to do. 
The changes I made from my initial version are various and mostly minor. One thing I wanted to keep was the very limited color scheme. Most of the colors in this image appear in more than one element (for instance, the specific red and orange of the tank’s flames reappear in the sun and the sky). I adjusted Godzilla’s colors to obscure him in the haze some more and make him a bit less bright. I added some details to the near buildings to give the image a bit more density, and while I implied a bay or body of water separating the foreground from the background, I felt I needed to punch this up a bit. The waves recede into the fog of the city and towards some flames I added to the distance. To cap it off I added some beach vegetation to the extreme foreground but wound up moving it almost entirely out of frame to keep the image from getting too cluttered. 
Hope everybody likes it!

Some revisions to my Ukiyo-E style “Godzilla” image, as I didn’t think I quite pulled it off with the first version, but there were enough things I liked that it warranted going back and giving it a polish.

My initial idea for this image was based on the superb early trailers for Gareth Edwards’ new “Godzilla” film, in which the giant creature is never seen clearly, and constantly spills over the bounds of the frame. He is too huge and too terrible for mere humans to comprehend. I thought about teasing this a bit with an image of Godzilla seen from a great distance, but where the haze of the atmosphere itself and the edifices of our ruined cities obscure him from us. A soldier, unarmed, laying in resignation next to his burning tank is the helpless witness to the devastation. 

Does this conjure uncomfortable images from our recent past? That is what Godzilla was originally intended to do. 

The changes I made from my initial version are various and mostly minor. One thing I wanted to keep was the very limited color scheme. Most of the colors in this image appear in more than one element (for instance, the specific red and orange of the tank’s flames reappear in the sun and the sky). I adjusted Godzilla’s colors to obscure him in the haze some more and make him a bit less bright. I added some details to the near buildings to give the image a bit more density, and while I implied a bay or body of water separating the foreground from the background, I felt I needed to punch this up a bit. The waves recede into the fog of the city and towards some flames I added to the distance. To cap it off I added some beach vegetation to the extreme foreground but wound up moving it almost entirely out of frame to keep the image from getting too cluttered. 

Hope everybody likes it!

"How’s it going, babe. Folks call me ‘Star Lord’”
I’m sure they do, Peter.
(Revised version of a previously posted drawing. Made using Sketchbook Pro on an iPad mini)

"How’s it going, babe. Folks call me ‘Star Lord’”

I’m sure they do, Peter.

(Revised version of a previously posted drawing. Made using Sketchbook Pro on an iPad mini)

Nike, the Winged Victory

Nike, the Winged Victory

Some life drawings from today’s Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School session here in Dublin, with a Wold West theme of course. All but one of these was drawn with a brush pen from Muji

A couple of quick iPhone sketches yesterday here in Dublin — the bus on the way into town, and the rain falling outside of a coffeeshop

"Key Cutting Beyond This Point"

Drawn on an iPhone 5 while looking out a window in Stillorgan in Dublin. I’ve been getting the hang of Autodesk’s Sketchbook Mobile and it was fun getting the composition and colors right on a small screen. 

I think I was trying to channel Edward Hopper with the mysterious lonely figure here.

"Key Cutting Beyond This Point"

Drawn on an iPhone 5 while looking out a window in Stillorgan in Dublin. I’ve been getting the hang of Autodesk’s Sketchbook Mobile and it was fun getting the composition and colors right on a small screen.

I think I was trying to channel Edward Hopper with the mysterious lonely figure here.

A quick iPad sketch of Cruella de Vil for @Sketch_Dailies on Twitter, had fun turning her coat into a figure eight

A quick iPad sketch of Cruella de Vil for @Sketch_Dailies on Twitter, had fun turning her coat into a figure eight

A @Sketch_Dailies image for today’s theme: “Warlock”

A @Sketch_Dailies image for today’s theme: “Warlock”

Obviously I’m in a monster movie mood! 

Here’s a quick little illustration of Mako from “Pacific Rim”

Obviously I’m in a monster movie mood!

Here’s a quick little illustration of Mako from “Pacific Rim”

Edit: Wow! This has gotten more of a response than anything else I’ve posted! Thanks, everyone! 
GO JI RA
Godzilla bearing down on the Golden Gate Bridge.
Godzilla is fascinating in that it is giving a face and a body to our fear of annihilation. In its 1954 incarnation, that annihilation came in the guise of atomic weapons, instruments of mankind’s insane mastery over the world. In the 2014 Godzilla, annihilation is the recognition that we in the human race are ultimately insignificant.
Whereas “Pacific Rim” was a humanist monster film wherein humanity triumphed through the rejection of ego and embracing teamwork, Godzilla’s latest outing is profoundly anti-humanist (not to be confused with misanthropic, which it isn’t), wherein the human race cannot save itself, and the grimmer forces of the universe are wholly unaware of our existence.

Edit: Wow! This has gotten more of a response than anything else I’ve posted! Thanks, everyone! 

GO JI RA

Godzilla bearing down on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Godzilla is fascinating in that it is giving a face and a body to our fear of annihilation. In its 1954 incarnation, that annihilation came in the guise of atomic weapons, instruments of mankind’s insane mastery over the world. In the 2014 Godzilla, annihilation is the recognition that we in the human race are ultimately insignificant.

Whereas “Pacific Rim” was a humanist monster film wherein humanity triumphed through the rejection of ego and embracing teamwork, Godzilla’s latest outing is profoundly anti-humanist (not to be confused with misanthropic, which it isn’t), wherein the human race cannot save itself, and the grimmer forces of the universe are wholly unaware of our existence.

iPad sketches at the V&A with Procreate. The one on the left is Rodin’s “Prodigal Son”. On the rightmost Samson clubbing someone.

Iron Man, gazing into the New York twilight…

Iron Man, gazing into the New York twilight…

Some selected sketches from today’s Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School life drawing session in Dublin.