Jillian Tamaki

Andys for New York Magazine

May 23rd, 2011

Seriously though, drawing Andy Warhol for New York Magazine? Awesome.

Whenever I draw a portrait of someone, I form a tiny connection to them. For me, celebrities are kind of divided into two camps: I’ve drawn them or I haven’t. I did weekly portraits for the CBC’s Arts page for about 5 years, so that’s a lot of people. The process of researching and studying someone’s face really allows you to reflect on a person and what they have achieved.

The loose idea for this multi-portrait was to portray the different ways he projected himself and was seen by others. I had read a long time ago that Warhol suffered from very low self-esteem as a young person, so I wanted the full-body Andy to be very dashing.

AD Raul Aguila.