Lila Ash, the #metoo stories illustrator. 🔞✏️👊
Lila Ash has become one of the voices of the #metoo movement with illustrations that give life to stories of women who have suffered sexual harassment. We asked Lila a few questions to discover the inspiration behind her art.
Would you please introduce yourself in few words. How did you become an illustrator?
I'm an artist from New York City and I live in Los Angeles. I went to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and studied painting. I graduated in 2011. I've always wanted to be an artist and never considered being anything else! It's been a lifetime of drawing and painting, with a few years of carpentry peppered in for good measure...get it?
Why did you start to illustrate the #metoo stories? What was your motivation?
I was inspired to create the series after reading about the whole Harvey Weinstein mess and reflecting on my own experiences. I've made a lot of comics about sexism and sexual harassment since I'm a victim of workplace sexual harassment. The movement has always been very personal to me. When the hashtag came out, my sister told me that I had to make some artwork that utilized #MeToo, so I got to work almost immediately.
Where did you get inspiration in terms of drawing style?
In college, my senior thesis project was a comic book and it laid the groundwork for my style. I was most inspired by all of R. Crumb's comics and I read them all voraciously. Other artists that helped me to develop my style were Julie Doucet, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, and my mentor, Joe Petruccio, among others. My classmates, Edo Rosenblith, Kyle Norris, and Armando Veve were also a big influence on me and they continue to inspire me through their current work. My boyfriend, who is a glass artist, also helps me push my work to the limit.
What your next project?
My next project is one that I started in 2016, a children's book about one of my dogs, Bo, exploring Venice Beach. I drew and painted it all using traditional media, and now I am working on recreating the whole thing digitally. It's called "Bo by the Beach" and I hope that it will kick off a whole series about all of the family dogs I've had and their adventures in LA and NYC.
🗓 👍 You can see Lila’s work along with 39 other artists at Empowerment by Creative Debuts and Nasty Women Exhibition that will take place at 7-11pm on 8 - 10 March in London. Tickets start at £5.86 and includes entry, a goodie bag, and a charity donation for End Violence Against Women Coalition.
She’s also happy to receive your #metoo stories here.
Credits Photos : Lila Ash