Why Kim Kardashian Owes One Instagram-Famous Illustrator a New Phone
Artist Donald Robertson explains at Violet Grey's party Wednesday night
While some folks use Instagram to announce a pregnancy or share behind-the-scenes photos of a wild birthday bash, Donald Robertson — otherwise known as @donalddrawbertson —uses the social media platform to showcase his quirky, colorful artwork of lips, Anna Wintour, Beyonce and Pharrell.
"I love my Pharrell [Williams], Beyonce, Kanye [West] — so all my music people help me decide what I’m going to draw," the bespectacled and upbeat artist told Pret-a-Reporter at Violet Grey's "Artist in Residence" party Wednesday night at Cassandra Huysentruyt Grey's beauty flagship store on Melrose Place. "And then, when they share my drawings, that’s the best."
One Hollywood boldfacer who recently shared one of his pieces was Kim Kardashian, who posted his drawing on her Insta before meeting him for the first time at the intimate soiree. "So when Kim Kardashian posted my picture today, that was the best. It’s the first time we’ve met, but Cassandra had sent her the photo I painted of her and she posted it today. It nearly broke my phone," he said jokingly, referring to the amount of attention he received on his Instagram from the reality star's 17 million followers. "Like, my phone started flipping out. Kim owes me a new phone."
Kardashian, who showed up for the evening's festivities wearing a bosom-baring Yiqing Yin jumpsuit, arrived with singer Carole Bayer Sager and mingled with the evening's guests, including Grey, January Jones, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin. Carrie Brownstein and Bob Saget also attended the event, sipping glasses of bubbly, while other attendees admired Robertson's Hollywood-inspired beauty art pieces (think paintings of Edith Head and red puckered lips), alongside the boutique's offerings of Tom Ford lipsticks and NARS foundation.
In addition to being an artist, Robertson has a day job as head of creative development at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. But that's not all. He's also a husband and father of five. He says his kids help him find inspiration with his work.
"Yeah, so basically, I literally steal all my ideas from my kids," reveals Robertson. "I have five kids — they range from 18 to newborn. Kids are what keep you young. My daughter and son are obsessed with Asher Roth, so when Billboard recently contacted me to do a feature, I painted a picture of Asher Roth. I’m like, ‘Kids, who should I paint?'"
Best of all, showcasing his art on Instagram has led him to some major collaborations, including the pop-up gallery at Violet Grey.
He noted: "I really think I’ve managed to find all the nice people in fashion to work with."
SO VIOLET: Kim Kardashian, Cassandra Grey, Carole Bayer Sager and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley