Today we’d like to introduce you to Lila Ash.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m from NYC and briefly lived in Georgia before moving to Santa Monica in high school.
After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011, I worked as a sculpture fabricator, carpenter, and decorative painter before committing to being an illustrator. It took me several years of drawings comics and cartoons for my personal portfolio before getting any assignments, but these days, I have been pretty busy as an illustrator.
Please tell us about your art.
I make comics, cartoons and single panel illustrations. I think a lot of my work is feminist-inspired and about the female experience, but I don’t like to pigeon-hole everything that I do. Overall, I see myself as a storyteller, and I’ve tried to refine my way of working to serve this, whether it’s a straightforward narrative or something a little more subtle and between-the-lines.
How can artists connect with other artists?
I would recommend using social media to follow people and support their work. Even though it’s a remote way of connecting, I’ve made some great friends with amazing advice in my field through Instagram. I also would tell people not to be shy about sending an email or message asking to meet with another artist. I’ve done this many times just to learn more about another artist’s career, and it’s a fun way to learn something new and meet someone you may not have bumped into in your everyday life. I work at an art supply store part-time, and I think frequenting places that specifically cater to artists can be helpful as well.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have an Instagram where I post published work and works in progress. I’ve been a regular contributor to LA RECORD magazine since 2012 and just recently had my first cartoon published in the New Yorker’s Daily Cartoon website. I submit every day for that, so keep an eye out for more. I also submit to the New Yorker magazine for printed cartoons weekly. In addition to that, I’ve had a few comics and illustrations published on the Lenny Letter. Hopefully, more of my work will start to surface in print and online as the days go on!
- Website: www.lilaash.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @lila__ash
Diana Gordon’s single “Kool Aid”, Alex Waterston, @awcine