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06 June 2008, 11:14 AM
Hi all!!!
I want to show you some of my drawings,from my old and my new sketchbooks.
I've scanned the pages I like most.
Some are from photos, some from real life...someone invented...
And I'll post some of my digital sketch as well.
I use Photopaint and a Wacom tablet for digital paint.
I hope to update this sketchbook frequently...

Only old man and bikini girl are from refs

Only Batman is not from references... :-)

No refs for those pages

I use a real life references for the couple on the bench, and for the man with
moustache on right page

I used some photo reference of military veicle for the details in the sketches on the right

...some digitals...
all the digitals sketches in that pages here are from photoreferences with a little bit interpretation.

Bye bye!

06 June 2008, 11:29 AM
oh I completely love your sketching... I hope to reach that kind of cleanliness in my drawing (I am a messy sketcher :P always trying to improve on my lines)

The digital is also quite nice, though I like the sketches more... they somehow feel more real to me. Can't explain.

I'll be looking forward to more :thumbsup:

06 June 2008, 11:37 AM
wooow, absolute lovley! The sketches are super! But why do you use motion blur on your colored images?

06 June 2008, 09:36 PM
Nice, looks like a quality thread! Likewise, the sketches are great! I think if you cleaned up just a tad, you could create some really stunning work, the digital sketches are really good as well, the blur adds another effect I havn't seen in many artists work, it's kind of a unique touch and gives the picture a little extra something, but it may be a little too strong. Good work, looking forward to some future updates.

06 June 2008, 10:39 PM
Your sketches are sweet!!! :thumbsup:

07 July 2008, 08:40 AM
Hi, thanx fo replies and compliments!

The blur effect it's due to a soften edged brush!

Some others images from my sketchbook

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Envs study, no ref.

I used a photo reference for the face of the fat man on the bottom left page


Ehm... no refs :-)

photo ref

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07 July 2008, 04:54 PM
your traditional sketches are stunning, you are able to capture details and life in a really nice clean and expressive :bowdown:
I felt in love for the castle scketches, you captured such a strong perspective there!
Digital sketches also are good, they reveal your painting attitudes...
btw, great! Hope to see more from you (and to learn from you ^^)

07 July 2008, 03:00 AM
Amazing Sketches, want see more

07 July 2008, 03:44 PM
Many Thanx Ataulfo and alicelefay !!!

Others pages!!!

I used a pair of photo references for the man with glasses on left pages

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And some digitals...
Photo reference

photo reference

No ref :-)

Cheers! :-)

07 July 2008, 04:50 PM
ciao daniele,ho visto il tuo sito,devo dire davvero materiale di gran spessore!!!
complimenti vivissimi!
cercavo il tuo Cv per capire che studi avessi fatto,pero mi sono perso ,come un bambino, trascinato dalle stupende immagini nelle gallery e nn ho trovato il cv...
cmq mitico!

se non ti dispiace vorrei aggiungere il tuo sito ai preferiti del blog....lo trovo un link essenziale....e magari ti regalo un po visibilita ulteriore al tuo sito...(nonche sul mio ci siano migliaia di utenti,sia chiaro eh!!! :-P)

ciaoooo Luca

07 July 2008, 07:05 AM
I like the girl ... a cute point of wiew and nice colours. I'm trying to figure out what kind of brushes do you use, the final effect is blended and so painted...i love!!! :)
Please let us see more, you rock :D

07 July 2008, 04:55 PM
CAVALARS: Ciao Luca, grazie! Aggiungi pure il mio link se ti va, thanx!

alicelefay: thanx again here you find a little example of some of my brushes.
but they are only standard brush of Photopaint...!

my brushes

Some new sketchbook pages!:

no refs :-)

some digitals one!
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Thanx again!

07 July 2008, 05:14 PM
Voglio disegnare come te!!! buaaahhhhhhhh ^^

Again, I love your sketches...the pencil one are wonderful, gratz again!
(I use photoshop, I'm stealing your brushes :D thankyou for posting )

Let us see more please :)

07 July 2008, 04:26 PM
Some new stuffs!

From traditional sketchbook...

Refs for the asian girl images on the left

Refs for the body of the man with glasses and the old man with cap

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And some digital environments sketches...

Photo ref

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bye bye!

07 July 2008, 05:10 PM
I really like your sketches. Above all the traditional sketchbook pages.
:buttrock: Keep it up

07 July 2008, 08:46 AM
Nice... still very nice... I so want to be able to do this too... Have you got any tips to get such clean lines?
I really want to get rid of my sketchy habits of drawing lines.

Thanks for sharing!

07 July 2008, 03:05 PM
matsman : ...just exercise! ...but, honestly,I have a little trick. I'll try to explaine in English......
I'm a commuter. Since 1998 I spend about 2 hours a day on train. And I spend some of that time on drawing. Actually the 80percent of my sketchbook drawing are made on train.
I think the instability of support give me more confidence on my lines. On the train you can't esitate, you must be speed and strong! :cool: ...but this is only a theory...and train life has a bad side effect: like mental disorder and so on... :banghead:

07 July 2008, 10:38 AM
:) that is so funny that you say that, since back when I was in Highschool I actually had to travel 2 hours a day on the train, for about 5 years, And the best stuff I did was actually made in the train...
But that has mostly to do with the fact that I can concentrate very good with all those people chatting around me without actually saying anything that I can understand, I find it very relaxing.

However I really love perfect curves in a drawing and am always looking for those, I really have to force myself to keep the first or second stroke as a final since I always think it can be better...

Let me ask something different: I can mostly kick my own head in when I have a drawing that is very nice, so nice I want to ink it... but then I notice I have already used multiple tones for shadows and darker colours that I don't want to be in the ink but when I don't ink those the drawing loses a lot of its appeal for me... do you have any experience with that?

And do you also keep drawing the people that are with you in the train?


07 July 2008, 11:26 AM
Yes, train is certainly a big source of human ispiration, but italian trains are not so relaxing.
In this period ( summer ) we reach boiling temperature or in the case of air-conditioning the hibernation is sure, no way out!

I think you should not try to find the perfect stroke in few lines. IMHO is not the right way.
The bigger artists in the history of art marked a large number of stroke to find the right shape. I think that speed and hand confidence are simply consequences of the exercise.

The shadows and dark tone in the ink (I mean black and white or grey tone inking) it's a big subject of discussion.
I'm not an expert...but I think there are a pair of strong point to keep in mind.
First of all, the sensibility for the volumes and then the tecnique.
There are various way to give volumes in shadow and "color" tone; you should find the right tecnique for you and then study it to give volumes and tone.
The sensibility, as speed, it's a consequence...we all have a self sensibility but it could be trained.

Yes, sometime I copy train people or I use the detail I find interesting for inspiration.

I hope you understood my foolishness in my very horrible english :p

Bye bye


07 July 2008, 12:30 PM
Some new stuffs!

A pair of my colleagues caricature, from real life.[/url]

The images on right was ispired by a photo of a man with a monster mask (the first up on page)


From various panorama...

this is inspired from a photo of italian photographer Michele Trecate[url=""] (

Bye bye :)

07 July 2008, 02:18 PM

sorry completely missed your last post :) read it now!

So... since those great artists used many strokes, why shouldn't I do the same? Or are you saying I shoudn't try because the lines will become better with time and practise? That last thing is certainly true... but it doesn't go fast enough :P like everything I want to become good at :)

Like the animal heads and the girl with the back over her head. Tell me did you spend a lot of time studying anatomy? Have you been to art school?

And the landscapes look a little dull and static. The mountain shot has a very empty place right in the middle where a character or building... mountain peak would look nice.
The photo inspired one can use a little more close detail to give it a bit more 3d feel to it I think.

Also love the different styles you got going on the full page. I see cartoony and realistic and even a little fashion style there.

Thanks for the images!

07 July 2008, 03:11 PM
it's always a pleasure and a great source of inspiration to see your sketchbook :) thank you again ;)

07 July 2008, 11:49 AM
So... since those great artists used many strokes, why shouldn't I do the same? Or are you saying I shoudn't try because the lines will become better with time and practise?
I mean both the things! :-)
I have frequented art school, comix and illustration courses, I worked in advertisement and as a cartoonist, and now I'm Lead Artist in one of the leading Italian realities in the videogames field (Artematica) but I never stopped drawing!
Thanx for your time.

alicelefay: thanx again dear... ;-)

07 July 2008, 03:31 PM
A quick update! ;-)

Traditional sketches...
No refs for left pages. But I use a photo reference for Sayid Jarrah :-)

Photo ref for Benjamin Linus (Ben from"LOST") and for the face of the vampire girl on the rigth page

Only some ref for the legs study on the left.

No refs for these pages


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07 July 2008, 06:17 PM
Love the topless inky girl in the jeans... it just shouts "jeans-commercial"

And thanks for anwsering my questions, I shoud've looked at the job description... lead artist is not something I can aspire to be yet :)

But all that training and time you spend is clearly a lot more then me so I will go back to the grind and spend some more xp on drawing skills. And also try to keep my first lines :)


07 July 2008, 08:38 AM
hey DANKA,

you have really nice drawings, sketches on this thread. I am amazed by the richness and details you have in your sketches. And you drew them on train wich is even more amazing. I recently tried to scribble while driving in a car (co-driver :)) and it was horrible. But I have to admit that my pen and paper skills are bad at normal desk as well. I don't know why but frustration comes way faster when I draw on paper. Maybe because I think I have to nail it with the first few strokes.
Well anyway. I'm really impressed by your stuff and I'm looking forward to see more

08 August 2008, 01:31 PM
Hi all!
I'm just come back from holiday...and I cant wait for post a big update!

Traditional no refs

Digitals sketches

some steps by traditionals drawings to digital color:
from photos


08 August 2008, 01:40 PM
And others sketchbook pages! :-)

No refs... except for the face on the left inspired by John Buscemi photo

No refs...except for the ugly Britney on the right...

No refs here...

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08 August 2008, 11:47 AM
Ok, I think you enjoy my last two post...

...silence gives consent :-)

and I give you some more...

some characters drawings from photo reference

and some coloured versions...

Other sketch out of my "official sketchbook"
next time I'll start with the pages from the new one! Check them out!!!

I'll wait for your reply!!!

Bye bye

09 September 2008, 10:42 AM
Oh DANKA, thanks for sharing once again...

Completely forgot to post... (got email notification so I tune in as soon as I can after you have posted new stuff)
This thread is really an inspiration.

Love the sketches once again. And also the sketch and colour of the girl in the leather jacket.

But the photographic referenced drawings on the last post are suffering from what I was talking about, they feel dull (boring is going a bit far) and not at all alive... exactly what I am experiencing after inking my sketches. And even the colour can't help that I think.

On a more positive note that last drawing would be great with some desaturated blues and reds and a little copper I think. Great Concept!

Looking forward to that new sketchbook! Please don't let me replying late detain you from posting :)

Thanks again, great work!

09 September 2008, 12:05 AM
Wow, just wow. I'm glad you never stopped drawing cause you've got some very wicked skillz man! I really like your caricature work, the coloring is ok, but your drawings are full of personality. Great Stuff!

09 September 2008, 04:22 PM
wicked work danka:applause:

09 September 2008, 09:36 AM
AWESOME sketchbook!

Here, have a drink: :beer:

09 September 2008, 07:45 AM
Hi everybody!

matsman,Rabid1,jpedro,NR43... Thanx for replies and comments! many thanx!

And than... some sketch from my new sketchbook!

no refs...robots mania!

I studied some works of "Claire Wendling" for the horses in the left page.
No ref for the right one.

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...and a pair of digital study from bladerunner screenshots!

original size crop...

Bye bye!!!

09 September 2008, 12:24 PM
OMG, there is so much to learn from you. But the most I like your industry design, it's incredibly good >;)

09 September 2008, 09:00 AM
Thanx!!! :-)

09 September 2008, 12:19 PM
Hi again!

I did a pair of digital-exercices after studing an amazing book I bought on line

"LUMINAIR" techniques of digital painting from life MONET IN THE DIGITAL AGE
By Nick Pugh
published by DesignStudioPress
I was fun pretty much with it!

Bye bye

09 September 2008, 09:34 PM
the water image looks nice. The one with the tree has nice feel of depth. Both pics make me currious to get that book.

10 October 2008, 07:36 AM
TedNindo: Thanx! I advise you tu buy's not much "didactic" but pretty good!

Hi all again!
Other two pieces from my sketchbook with an old vintage-postcards look.
Pencil digital colored and retouched!

Bye bye

10 October 2008, 07:18 AM
Great vintage style sketches, although the bg could use just a tad more texture imho (eg some inkdrops or something)
But you know I'm just being a wise ass coz they are really awesome!
Thanks for the tip on that book, will certainly add it to my wishlist now that I've seen your studies

11 November 2008, 04:20 PM
Hi's a bit of time without post her some update from my new traditional sketchbook.

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Some reference for the left page

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11 November 2008, 10:27 PM
Great drawing - a five star thread for sure!!!


11 November 2008, 03:56 PM
Thank You!

Love seeing your sketches. Particularly like the lying guy on page one, the right side of page 2 and the girl head on page 4.

Also the last page has some scribbles, which is good since it's good to remember your human too :p


11 November 2008, 10:03 AM
Inspiring as always :)
The vintage serie is really really nice; and, as always, I love your line...Thank you :))

06 June 2009, 11:58 AM
Hi's a bit of time without post her some update...

alicelefay: thanx
matsman: thanx again
Gord-MacDonald: thanx...but no stars for now... :(

Something from my sketchbook with a digital touch...
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a pair of ref for the girls...
ref for the old woman's profile...

Bye bye

06 June 2009, 05:08 PM
Your sketchbook is suberb and awe-inspiring. I'm really glad you're posting on this thread :)

06 June 2009, 03:18 PM
Have to agree with Dan, its GREAT that you are posting here again! The ideas coming out of your sketchbook are so fresh and full of personality. Def eye candy! The digital touchups are cool too... you can push the ideas into a more 3D form that way.

06 June 2009, 07:13 PM
Oh dear... I just fell off my chair :argh:

So good!

07 July 2009, 09:46 AM
I'm still here...I'm still drawing!...

Please my friends! leave a message on my blog! one do it! :-)))) ah ah...thanx!

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some ref for the girl lied down on the right page

some photo refs for the right page

reference for the sexy girl on right

reference for the guy with glasses

no refs...a touch of watercolors for the guy on the right...(I did it!)

photo ref for the cow...guess which of the two...

ref for the guy in shorts

no colors

bye bye!


07 July 2009, 10:19 AM
Been following your blog for a while now.
Even posted a msg there now :D

your sketches are very solid.
Love how you are able to give the forms a very prominent 3D feel wiith such minimal shading.
I really have to learn not to overwork my sketches (ARGH!)
Thanks for sharing, post more please :bounce:

07 July 2009, 07:16 AM
very awesome stuff again. is some of that ballpoint pen?

sweet sketching, keep going mate!

07 July 2009, 09:21 AM
have now bookmarked your blog... will try visit a little more regularly.
Love the updates... especially nice to see some of the more hard shaded drawings. I have that as a personal quest... the problem always lies in the fact that your facets become one with good lighting which makes me need to cheat without it looking fake... and I have fun doing so.

Oh and I absolutely love the guy in the glasses on the right page just above the cow. He has so much character I think I know him to be one of my old professors... nah... probably not.

Thanks for the update! Always a pleasure!

09 September 2009, 04:21 PM
Dan this is one of best sketch book i ever have great command on anatomy...lines are amazing...keep going friend....:)

09 September 2009, 05:07 PM
very nice stuff Danka! I have to admit that the way you are able to sketch the human figure is something I want to reach someday. Really great stuff. I startet a blog recently to get me to draw a thousend figures. ( I hope this training will make a better artist out of me.

10 October 2009, 04:29 PM
I want to thanx again all you for your kind words on my work! I need feedback, comment and critics because they push me to do better every time I "grip" my pencil...
I would like to post more digital concept but the greater number of that drawings are maid on train and I've not much time to sketch on digital...
Anyway enjoy some new sketch...
...first ( of all a photo of my desk with some of my sketchbooks...

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ref for the first girl on right page

ref for the X-girl (a Megan Fox photo...i think...)

a big upload as soon as possible!
bye! :-)

10 October 2009, 05:07 PM
Dan Awesome big fan of your anatomy and pencil flow... don't know what to comment...your all sketches become learning material for defined lines..thanks for sharing friend..... :bowdown:

10 October 2009, 04:17 AM
Heh that character Howard looks so awesome!
It's probably just me being ignorent but some of the lower legs on the girls seem just a tad too small?

Anyway, quite inspiring sketches, as usual!
So thanks for sharing :)

10 October 2009, 07:19 AM
amazing kick ass drawings DAnka. great linework.

10 October 2009, 01:59 PM
Ciao a tutti!
Hi all, and thanx again and again!

here the BIG new upload I promised you! traditional pencil drawing with a digital touch of colors...enjoy

no refs here...

no refs...but the dude with's me... :-|

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photo ref for the girl in bikini on the up right page

only a ref for my collegue "pinto" :-)

The girl curled up and the sleeping girl on the right pages are inspired by two paintings of the great Lucian Freud


10 October 2009, 02:43 PM
Unbelievable sense of form and flow, I am in awe everytime I see it!

10 October 2009, 02:54 PM
Well done, the figure sketching is really good, especially majority has comic style in it. Like the females eyes and lips, almost like Marvel - DC - TopCow style.

Do you practice daily? When do you sketch during your day, for example is there a certain time that you start sketch or whenever you feel like it? For example, if you run out of idea, or if the day you dont have mood, what will you do to your sketch book? Simple doodles? Would love to hear your opinion.

Keep posting, would love to see more of your sketch!! Good job!! :)

10 October 2009, 04:00 PM

ltken84: Thanx! I draw almost every day.
I work out of my city. I usually do it during train journey there and back. It's a one-hour journey(2 ours a day) and I try to spend that time in productive way.
Then I drawing almost one our for day (some mornings I spleep...)
If I'm ispired I make new character or something original...but frequently it's only an exercice, and I "bound" myself to do it...(but everytime it's funny for me!) in that case I draw everything my brain suggest to me...
Hope this is a full answer for you..and sorry for my bad english! :-)

10 October 2009, 04:42 PM
Dan my friend..thats so nice updates....your figure study and characterization is superb..i really like the flow and the rendering style...keep up good work .i appreciate the way use your times...thats really appreciable...i really respect that attitude..yes u should respect what your brain suggest.... don't worry about that..keep em coming...(daaamm i almost stop pencil sketches...).hey you have done any traditional animation course?? because i can see the shapes the way we use in traditional animation drawings... :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

Keep inspiring us Dan..thanks for posting.. :thumbsup:

10 October 2009, 10:17 AM
I can tell cos i do traditional drawings too. You might wanna check out my site:

12 December 2009, 04:19 PM
naresh ( Thanx again my friend

Jydekris: Thanx, you have some nice work in your site!

It's time for a little update:::

Some study for a giant refs

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I bought a nice brush marker some example on right page...
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Other brush marker sketches on right...
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some photorefs for the right page

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Thanx all for your replyes!

coming soon!

12 December 2009, 04:22 PM
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Hey Danka!! First of all, Happy New Year to you though its the 2nd week of 2010 :D. Dont be sad, cheer up mate!! Your drawings are definitely well done, seriously Im no joking and I cant achieve the comical look of your drawing. Especially how females characters of yours stand out from others artist. Keep drawing man!! Would love to see some with full colors, especially sexy female characters :love: You know what I mean? ;)

Keep up the spirit!! You can do better than this, Im busy with job at the moment, sigh cant post as much and as nice as yours!! CheerS!! Smile man!!

01 January 2010, 03:29 PM
Hey Ho Danka, you dó have admirers and fans!
I am one of those but because I usually don't have anything constructive to say, I was starting to feel more like a spammer so I decided not to reply every time ;)

Please post more?

01 January 2010, 04:09 PM
Danka, you're right, a killer update such as your last deserves more response. the drawings are awesome and just a joy to behold, your line and stylization are top notch. keep em coming!

01 January 2010, 05:06 AM
Dan Your Anatomy and gesture study is amazing..your new update always inspiring me to start drawings...keep inspiring us friend...there are lot of nice character designs....specily that ghost catcher... :bowdown:

01 January 2010, 09:23 PM
Oh I was just looking through your thread at CA today! Or was it yesterday..well, whatever. Glad to have you back!
For sure looking forward to seeing this thread grow some more :)

01 January 2010, 10:45 AM
Whoa the lines and designs are wicked man!

01 January 2010, 11:33 PM
man, your thread is all kinds of awesome, your ink work is so beautiful and whamInTheFace... I love that.


02 February 2010, 10:09 PM
As always, awesome sketch work! I really dig the little sketch of the man curled up in somebody's skull. Imaginitive. :)

02 February 2010, 10:19 PM
ah ah...thanx all!
Your kind words are very important for me, thanx!
I will post more soon!!!

08 August 2010, 11:06 AM
ah ah...thanx all!
Your kind words are very important for me, thanx!
I will post more soon!!!

Danka, I have to tell you what I am thinking now,you are drawing so hard,and I guess I am too lazy and seak,I need do more practise. I will get notice on your sketch book in the future,Good luck,man.

04 April 2011, 02:25 AM
:love: :buttrock: :eek: :drool:

04 April 2011, 02:58 PM
Totally agree with soundwaves :)

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