Donald Robertson, also known to his fans on Instagram and beyond as “Drawbertson,” started off an incredible career as a creative director by launching iconic beauty brand MAC, then moving on to stints at Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Cargo, and most recently Esteé Lauder. These days, he’s best known for the quirky, playful paintings and illustrations that he posts on social and his website, and for his dynamic collaborations with brands ranging from Bergdorf Goodman to Smashbox Cosmetics to the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood. You can check out his latest projects on Creatively here.
What is the first creative project you remember?
I would paint on rocks at the beach. Then I would pull my wagon along the beach and sell them to sun tanners. People still have them. I was a sell-out from the start.
Describe your aesthetic in three words.
Tongue in Chic.
What was the most fulfilling collaboration you’ve worked on?
A Bergdorf Goodman Art Bombing! I worked with all their fave designers and the entire thing ended up gloriously on Beyoncé and on her blog. Google it if you think I’m fibbing! (He’snot.)
What’s one creative project that taught you something fundamental about yourself?
I painted an upside-down Wheaties Box with Colin Kaepernick on it when Nike signed him. Kids went wild for it, but it was expensive and sold quickly. I decided the message was too important so I released it as a free download. My oldest son did a fancy internship that summer and his boss had the Colin print blown up huge and framed in her office! Wow! WOW! It made me realize that artists are powerful truth tellers.
Do you think creativity is something you’re born with, or something you’re taught?
I have taught all my kids to draw and paint. I have five kids. They are all good at it. None of them practice it. Who knows.
To say that we are living through unprecedented times would be an understatement. As CEO and creative director of alice+olivia, I’ve witnessed the impact of COVID-19 on businesses firsthand. I know alice+olivia will get through this and thrive. I also know others may not be so fortunate. In America alone, over 30 million people have filed for unemployment over the past several weeks—and among those anonymous numbers are countless creatives.
In these uncertain days, I believe the imagination, skill, and ambition of the creative community is more vital than ever. That is why I’m announcing the launch of Creatively, a new job platform designed to connect and help creatives across all disciplines find full-time and freelance work.
Creatively champions and connects the world’s creative community through best-in-class portfolios, collaborative features, and opportunities in a world where remote work will be more part of our lives than ever before. Most importantly: it’s designed by creatives, for creatives, to be a place to showcase work and connect authentically, and for companies and brands to discover amazing talent.
We know what the creative community needs right now is work—and that’s why we made the decision to fast track the launch of Creatively by several months. Our mission is to champion and help creatives. Our beta app and website launch today. Both are completely free.
Here’s what makes our platform so unique:
Immersive Portfolios: Imagine the most beautiful gallery space, available for free. Creatively’s understated design doesn’t compete with your portfolio of work—it elevates it. The platform supports: photography, film, fashion design, branding, illustration, animation, CGI, app and web design, product development, interiors and architecture, emerging technologies, and much more.
Work Opportunities Around the Globe: Creatively’s driving mission is to build connections and opportunities for the creative community, full-time and freelance. Creatives expand their professional network by showing their work—and connecting with collaborators and brands.
A Platform to Connect and Collaborate: Creatively is an active space, designed for interaction, not just reaction—giving creatives a place to truly connect with peers, collaborators, co-creators and colleagues. Plus, our tools allow creators and companies to give co-creators credit, nurturing a community that recognizes the imagination and skill of its many individual members.
An Always-Expanding Creative Network: By recognizing and respecting the work of your past collaborators, you expand your network on the platform –– and invite others to join Creatively to claim credit for their best work.
You’ll find a range of creatives from the world of fashion, marketing, art, media, architecture, design, and entertainment on our beta platform, along with graduates from schools like Parsons, Pratt, SCAAD, and FIT. It is our hope and goal that you will begin to see our many brand partners and companies using Creatively to discover and hire talent for years to come.
As creatives seek to connect, collaborate, and discover opportunities, we believe Creatively will give them the tools they need to achieve their ambitions. If you’re a creative or if you’ve ever built a creative team, you know the truth is other professional networking sites don’t properly serve the community and don’t allow us to discover talent or see their work easily. I’ve experienced this first hand at alice+olivia and truly hope that Creatively becomes my way of giving back to the larger creative community.
Creatively isn’t just a platform, we’re a creative collective. And I can’t wait to see what we can achieve—together.