Inspired by space, sex, Star Trek, fashion, feminism and the occult, Robin Eisenberg is an illustrator and designer from Los Angeles. Combining elements of everyday life (hands up if you’ve ever eaten pizza in the bath) with otherworldly elements and a neon-clad colour palette, her unique illustrative style is bold, bright, sexy and strange. Her work manifests itself in dream-like visions of the things she loves from wolves to mermaids to fearless alien superbabes – so naturally we just had to find out more!
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
Hey! I’m an artist/designer/nerd from Los Angeles. I’ve been sketching for as long as I can remember. (I have some reaaally bad unicorn drawings from when I was 5). I was actually an English major in college, but spent most of the time drawing instead of taking notes. About 5 years ago I decided to try and be a “professional” artist since it was basically all I was doing anyway. So far it’s been one of my best decisions!
What influences your work?
Space, fashion, feminism, sex, makeup, Star Trek, books, bands, the occult, makeovers, dogs, the beach… Also the idea of appreciating the weirdness in beauty and vice versa.
What’s your creative process?
I’m constantly making notes on my phone with ideas for drawings. If anyone ever read them, they would sound ridiculous. (“glam shark / hands in underwear / door in space / pink orange swirls over black with white letters”). When I get home, I look through all my notes and start drawing.
We love your use of colour, how do you decide on the colours and why?
Thank you! I love bold pinks, purples, greens and blues. For a really long time, I only drew in black and white with pen. Eventually I got super bored of my own work and started adding color… It felt like I was finally able to draw what was in my head. I love weird contrasts and mixing neon with pastel. I try to imagine the color palette for an 80s spaceship run by alien superbabes.
A lot of your work features female characters, what’s your opinion on the representation of women in art and is your work influenced by this?
I love that right now there are so many amazing artists creating work that features strong, vibrant women – it’s so rad and I’m so proud to be able to contribute. I draw female characters who I hope can inspire other women to embrace their own weirdness and be unafraid of their own sexuality.
What are you currently working on?
Right now I’m updating my whole website and launching a shop where I can start selling pins, patches, stickers, prints, zines, etc. I’m so excited because I just ordered my first batch of pins! And there’s a Scully pin. And a Live Long and Prosper pin! I’m basically making pins so I can wear them myself, haha.