Daniel Isles, also known as the illustrator DirtyRobot is in the process of building a fascinating, futuristic world through his drawings, and he plans to put his fresh characters in motion through comics. The illustrator is more than 2 weeks out of completing his 365 project, which featured a plethora of creative and fluid comic figures in a colorful, energetic, and mysterious world. The visuals have been steadily developing reoccurring objects, elements, and conflicts that DirtyRobot says he will unleash in a narrative. As of the 4th of July, the artist posted a GIF on his site, saying to stay tuned for July 28.
How has living in Japan affected your creative work?
Living in Japan has really allowed me to focus and hone my craft. As a person that’s easily distracted, I feel this is the right environment for me to create.
What about your personal atmosphere do you think influences your drawings the most?
That’s definitely my family and close friends. They constantly continue to push and support me. A lot of the time they’ll spark conversations that pretty much become the next illustration or new project.
How does combat between characters fit into your art style?
For the 365 project it was a case of just drawing something each day. But, as time went by I could see something being built. The plan was always to do comics after the project was complete, and now I have a nucleus of characters that I can put in a ton load of different scenarios.
Do you have a favorite sci-fi object or concept design you like to depict or experiment with?
Not really, but these days I’ve been playing around a lot of with floating geometric shapes, which I plan to make the primary focus when I start writing the stories. These things will be different beings and entities that assist or protect the user in many different ways.
What qualities do you think give character designs longevity?
For me personally I try not to tie them to any particular time or place, this of course presents it’s own set of challenges. But, I feel this is what gives them that timeless element as well as being easily accessible to any and anyone.
What’s next for you with the completion of your drawing project? Do you plan to develop the new content you’ve created further right away?
I plan to focus on comics using most of the characters from the 365 project. Giving them more depth and throwing them in to crazy scenarios. I’ll also begin work on putting the book together and hopefully at some point get some animated work done.