It seems that everything artist Donald Robertson touches turns not only into gold, but a bevy of bright, poppy colors. Known as “@Drawbertson” to his 172,000 Instagram followers, his feed is constantly updated with witty fashion-inspired doodles and paintings. Snapshots of his family and five kids also boast many “likes,” and his shot to social media stardom has led to collaborations with Bergdorf Goodman, Brian Atwood, Assouline and more. Oh, and did we mention Iris Apfel and Beyoncé are fans? Also the senior vice president of global creative development at Estée Lauder, Robertson has recently moved to L.A. after growing up in Toronto then living in New York for 25 years. Here, he shares his favorite moments about California, or as he would say, #supercali!
A change of scene
I recently moved my family to Los Angeles from NYC because I love the Sunset Tower Hotel so much. It inspired our leap to the sunny side of the country. It makes me feel like I’m Walt Disney in the 1930s (the guy, not the place) and that I’m working as an illustrator in old Hollywood. It’s like a time machine hotel. My wife and I went so far as to hire the guy who decorated it—Paul Fortune—to do our new house in Montecito.
One for the books
You have to see the book that Dewey Nicks, Jeff Klein, Gabé Doppelt and I just finished for the Sunset Tower Hotel. Totally inspiring.
A day in L.A.
First I would suggest hiking the hills behind the hotel because it’s the best cheap workout and Runyon Canyon Park is closed right now. Then go have lunch at Jon & Vinny’s. It’s a crazy perfect pizza parlor with epic food—CALI style. Then come back and sit by the Sunset Tower pool until dinner at the Tower Bar. When you’re there, hug Dimitri [Dimitrov, Hollywood’s most famous maître d’] for me. He’s friendly.
Drink Martinis. Gawk at celebs. Watch Dimitri bow and scrape. (I love Dimitri.) AND SCHMOOZE.
Favorite item of all time
The Sunset Tower Hotel pj’s. So great.
Pack like a pro
Don’t be a super pressed kind of person—be slightly wrinkly: it takes the pressure off packing.
The party’s all here
I was recently at Brad Grey’s birthday party in the Tower Bar. I’m friends with him and his wife. Cassandra Grey. There were so many celebs there—too many to mention.
I can’t travel without . . .
My two-meter iPhone charger. Hate a short cord!