I woke up this morning needing to do a pen with flat color drawing. Here’s what I did. I think my brain is subliminally giving me the message that I need a vacation. Maybe to a warm, sunny place with a beach and palm trees. Somewhere I’ll need a swipe of zinc on my nose?
I’m beyond excited to share the work of my incredibly talented friend Rubi Jones. She just wrote this gorgeous book called The Art of Hair: Your Ultimate DIY Guide to Braids, Buns, Curls, and More” and you can pre-order it now!
The Art of Hair: The Ultimate DIY Guide to Braids, Buns, Curls, contains 50 hair tutorials that represent all of the incredible and unique hair textures women have. Whether you have naturally thin, pin-straight short hair or long, thick layers with curls, Rubi included the tools that will ensure you’ll only have good hair days from here on out.
The book includes step-by-step photos alongside illustrations by me (squeal!). I love collaborating with Rubi and was so honored to contribute to her genius book.
Above is the cover, an illustration from the book (get the book to get the step by step guide that goes with the picture) and the endpaper pattern I designed.
As a commercial artist I get bogged down with projects which is lucky and really great but sometimes puts me in a bit of a loop. Sometimes I need to force myself to be playful and free. I love working abstractly simply because I’m mostly commissioned to do figures and places and words.
Last week I went to the art store and picked up some new paper. I was playing around with it and doing abstract circles and shapes and then realized one of them looked like a head of hair, so naturally I drew a little face below it. Now I’m hooked on this series. I create a different hair-do with colorful strokes and add lips. It’s fast, fun and free. I’m adding some to instagram each day if you’d like to follow along, using #hairapparent.
I learned via The Paris Review that yesterday, in 1925 was the day Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf was published. I love that character and the book. I knew I had to paint her for my book Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines. There were so many good Clarissa Dalloway quotes to choose from but I chose: “What a morning—fresh as if issued to children on a beach”. I find it so evocative.
You can get a framed limited edition print of my portrait of Mrs. Dalloway and that lovely quote here.