The “Woman with an Idea (Ink)” by Julia Rothman
These drawings aim to capture the organic process of brainstorming and idea generation. Before each session, Julia asked her model to meditate on the theme of “thinking of an idea,” resulting in natural, personal poses that reflected that feeling. Through a series of short ink drawings and longer painted poses, she overlapped the figures on the paper to depict the overlapping and coalescing nature of the creative process. To Julia, the generation of an idea is not a straightforward linear thought, but a dynamic composition of interweaving concepts.
Ink on Fabriano hot press watercolor paper, 28”x19.25”
100% of the proceeds from this one-of-a-kind piece will benefit the Association for Women in Science.
About the Artist
Julia Rothman is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. She has an illustrated column in the New York Times that focuses on small businesses, which is called Scratch. Her illustrations have appeared on a variety of things: wallpaper, stationery, subway posters, billboards, fabric, and dishes. She has also authored twelve books (and counting). Julia co-founded Women Who Draw, an open directory of female professional illustrators, artists, and cartoonists as an effort to increase the visibility of female illustrators, emphasizing female illustrators of color, LBTQ+, and other minority groups of female illustrators.
More One-of-a-Kind Artwork
In honor of our ten-year anniversary, we commissioned seven artists to create their own interpretation of the M.M.LaFleur icon, which represents a woman with an idea. 100% of the proceeds from these works will benefit social-impact organizations selected by each artist.