The Lily x The Emmys

For one of my most recent projects, I was commissioned by The Lily to help them out with some illustrations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards. This was such a fun project to work on, for a publication that I really enjoy and am super stoked to align myself with. 

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I created seven pieces, each revolving around each of the programs nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, and their female protagonists. Ok, drawing cool ladies, against a cool backdrop, no colour - perf.

A few of these took a bit longer in the early stages, as I hadn't seen a few of the TV shows before (not a huge drama fan), and wasn't very familiar with the characters/locations/faces. If there's anything I am good at though, it's squeezing in an entire season of a TV show into my work week. All in the name of concept research. 

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The most difficult part was getting the facials correct, and drawing everybody's hands! I'd often move from initial concept, refined to sketch, to final art without the faces or hands drawn in completely, and leave them until last because I knew if I tried to tackle them too early on in the piece, I would get frustrated and discouraged. Hey, it worked out fine. 

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Ruth and Fran

As some of you may know, I am an older Jewish lady from New York at heart, so I am obviously a huge fan of both Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Fran Lebowitz. I always imagine these two hanging out (because that's what cool people do in their spare time, right? Yep), so I decided to have a crack at illustrating them together. 

I opted for a power pose with chummy vibes, because they are both wonderful badasses whom I'm imagining are secret pen pals. As you can see, I stuck to a classic monochrome palette, because colour is for losers - kidding! Don't come for me.

Anyway, if you're not familiar with either of these ladies:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is currently an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the US, and is only the second female Justice to be confirmed to the court. She's liberal, holds strong views on a woman's right to abortion, fights against gender discrimination, search and seizure, and a bunch of other sick things. A legal trailblazer, if you will. Ruth notably served as an Associate Justice for the case of Bush v Gore in 2000 (after Bush effectively rigged the election with his 'war on drugs'... I really cannot get into this now. But pls message me if you want to talk about The Man further). Anyway, Ruth has become somewhat a pop culture icon over the last few years, no doubt because she's terrific in every way. She is also referred to, in certain internet circles, as Notorious RBG.

Fran Lebowitz is an author and social commentator, often noting the foibles of today's New Yorkian with cutting sardonicism. She is New York. Witty and cynical, Fran is not religious in the slightest, and wears badass suits all day every day. Jacket, tortoiseshell glasses, Levi's, boots. Fuckin' boom!

Listen to any interview with her, and it's a god-damn delight. I find her fascinating and admire her way with words. A modern-day Dorothy Parker (who is also the shit, if you're not already on board, look her up). 

Here's a timelapse of the piece. I almost gave Fran a cool cap, but decided against it, as not to hinder her beautiful mane. Also, hands are really hard, ok? Don't judge me, guys.