SEALED WITH A KISS Discover the wit and tongue-in-chic panache of the illustrator Donald Robertson in a fashion-filled new volume
Donald Robertson’s affectionately playful wit is beloved by Bazaar and legions of his fashionable fans
Known as ‘Drawbertson’ to his 190,000 Instagram followers, the Canadian-born illustrator Donald Robertson has spent decades chronicling the fashion and beauty world with his characteristic brio and humour. Having tried his hand at living in a garret in Paris, Robertson relocated to America and promptly became the first artist-in-residence at MAC. He’s now a selfstyled ‘creative disruptor’ at Estée Lauder, where his projects range from the elegant to the eccentric. ‘I covered a Cadillac in the red lips I designed for Smashbox cosmetics and drove it around Art Basel, just for fun,’ he says.
His magpie eye and passion for elevating the everyday are celebrated in a new book that documents his work. Dubbed ‘the modern Andy Warhol’, Robertson has produced a prolific output that includes hand-embellished Whole Foods bags. These unusual artworks have become coveted collectors’ items, even featuring in Bazaar ’s annual art supplement. ‘There are seven of us in my household, plus two dogs, so you can imagine how many groceries we get through,’ says the father of five, when asked what inspired him to use brown-paper bags as a canvas. ‘I really have the best of both worlds: fashion and family.’ cg
‘Donald: The Book’ (£60, Assouline) is published on 11 September.
This page: a selection of Donald Robertson’s
artworks. Bottom right: the illustrator