Donald Robertson Playlist

Donald Robertson, Be a warrior not a worrier     #donaldthebook

Before becoming the fashion world’s favorite artist, Donald Robertson was a middle-aged suburban dad with a nine-to-five job, a daily commute from Westchester to N.Y.C., and little interest in social media. But he also had a compulsive drawing habit and an assistant who, in 2012, set him up with an Instagram account—and suddenly a new art star had arrived. Online, he is @drawbertson, and his witty, almost cartoonlike depictions of everyone from Anna Wintour to Kanye West to Karl Lagerfeld have won him more than 140,000 followers, collaborations with J. Crew, Smashbox, and Bergdorf Goodman (to name a few), and the kind of multi-platform career usually mastered by the likes of Beyoncé—who’s a fan, by the way. In May, when she uploaded a photo of herself holding a custom-made Drawbertson handbag, “I nearly fell over,” he says. “Beyoncé holding that up—it’s like a halo over everything else.” Robertson, now 53, is most often compared to Andy Warhol, though he’d prefer Pharrell Williams—everything infused with warmth and joy. He never takes a day off, never runs out of ideas, and never feels exhausted—this from a father of five. (His toddler twin boys, Henry and Charlie, are popular subjects on his Instagram feed.) “The whole sleeping thing—I’ve decided to write it off,” he says. “There are so many things I want to do. Picasso said he spent his whole life trying to paint like a child. To have these big-kid ideas and not think too much—that’s the best.”