Donovan is an average sized man, with stubble on his chin, and dark sunglasses. He wears a leather hat, and a dark colored jacket, and was seen with three nails in his mouth. Unlike other Foxy Pirates, he does not wear a mask, or striped cap.
At some point in his life, he either was won as a prize, or joined the Foxy Pirates. After Luffy beat Foxy, he was one of the three shipwrights along with Gina and Sonieh offered as a prize, but instead Luffy chose to take the Jolly Roger of the Foxy Pirates.