Outside of drawing, my other favorite thing is reading. Sometimes the books I read inspire an illustration, which gives me good editorial practice as well as an excuse to talk about books on Instagram. Here are some of my favorites.
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
Bowman falling through the star gate.
A Curious History of Sex by Kate Lister
Bicycles were associated with sexual promiscuity among Victorian moralists.
Unlike horses, bikes cannot be ridden side-saddle, and therefore it was worried that a bike seat would be sexually stimulating.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Vignes sisters and their separate yet intertwined lives.
Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead
Owning a furniture store means you have plenty of rugs on hand to roll corpses up in.
FALL, or: Dodge In Hell by Neal Stephenson
Dodge’s body breaking apart into chaos in the digital afterlife.
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Shadow realizes that the bonfire is truly a bone-fire.
Parable of the Sower/Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler
Lauren Olamina’s notebook, her desire to be proactive about her survival, and her quest for freedom.
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hiram’s conduction powers.
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
Millie’s spirit duplicator/duplicator spirits.
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Danny and Maeve habitually parking outside the house, obscured by the linden trees, in Maeve’s various station wagons.
Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
“I know what ‘nothing’ means, and I keep on playing.” – Maria