Violin Practice Mom
Age: 40-55 The urban equivalent of soccer mom, Violin Practice Mom has her kids focused on academics and after-school activities rather than sports. Her attitude shapes her taste in footwear - she’s more likely to buy expensive brands than her suburban counterpart. Status is getting her kids into the right college and being the first to wear Minimus at her Hot Yoga Class. Violin Practice...
Queen of the Manor
Age: 30-45 Queen of the Manor is focused on getting her daughter to horseback riding lessons and everyone dressed for the occasion. Wherever she lives, she always tries to find more time to be at the country house. Combining elegant style with premium quality, Queen of the Manor buys her Burberry jackets and shoes at Neiman’s. She’s a trophy wife and doesn’t mind letting everyone know it....
Suburban Soccer Mom
Age: 30-45 Suburban Soccer Mom drives an SUV or mini-van, schlepping kids to and from school, sports or after school activities. Always busy, always on the go, She is a combination of working mom and inappropriately named ‘stay at home’ mom. Suburban Soccer Mom is one of six consumer profiles commissioned by Francis Klaess for Formula4 Media.
Age: 30-45 Forget jeans, this shopper lives in her Lululemons. Thank goodness they don’t sell shoes. Yet. Fitness is a major priority. Lululemon Lass runs, goes to the gym and finds time for at least one yoga class a week. She’s always the first to get the newest Nikes. Lululemon Lass is one of six consumer profiles commissioned by Francis Klaess for Formula4 Media.
Grown-up Granola Girl
Age 30ish Back in the day she listened to the Dead and Phish. Now she chooses durable anti-fashion brands such as Birkenstock, Frye and Naot. Grown-up Granola Girl is one of six consumer profiles commissioned by Francis Klaess for Formula4 Media.
Hemingway and Gellhorn
Rumour has it that San Francisco based Philip Kaufman will be directing an HBO film about Ernest Hemingway and his relationship with Martha Gellhorn entitled Hemingway and Gellhorn, starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman. Reportedly shooting begins this year using SF locations such as Pier 80, which is surprising because no one knows of Hemingway spending any time there. Key West, Cuba, Paris,...
The Gentrification of Dogpatch
The historic district of Dogpatch lies on the eastern side of San Francisco with some of the oldest houses in the city, dating from the 1840s. In the last twenty years Dogpatch has attracted a growing community of artists and designers, becoming the latest SF neighbourhood to be colonised by loft studios and chic boutiques. San Francisco magazine commissioned this portrait of siblings...
Louise Bourgeois RIP
This is an image I drew whilst queuing up for ‘I Redo’, one of the three steel towers Louise Bourgeois created for Tate Modern’s opening exhibition in 2000. A spiral staircase coiled around a central column, leading to a platform surrounded by circular mirrors. The towers were both intimate and spectacular, exploring themes of childhood and family then opening out into multiple views of the...
The Not-Dead and The Saved
Prospect magazine commissioned this illustration for a thought-provoking story by Kate Clanchy about parental love and sacrifice in a hospital ward. The Not-Dead and The Saved has been awarded this year’s V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize and the BBC National Short Story Award. Clanchy’s poignant writing has been praised for its “rich lyricism” and “deeply affecting...