Redheads have historically been muses for some of the world’s most famous artists. Whether it’s in Rossetti or Botticelli’s work, there’s no doubt that red hair is a gift to be celebrated, but a whole book of illustrations dedicated to gingers?! We’re feeling pretty special right now.
A Field Guide to Redheads by illustrator Elizabeth Graeber is a quirky and cute take on the wondrous aspects of being a redhead, offering an insight into life with red hair. The 160-page hardback book is packed with more than 100 gingerful illustrations, including famous gingers, literary references, and even carrot cake, to name a few.
A Field Guide to Redheads is a work of love from start to finish. And why wouldn’t it be, when it’s created by a proud redhead herself?
Elizabeth Graeber is a (naturally ginger) illustrator living in Washington DC, USA, where she draws daily in her sketchbook and dreams of beautiful things (probably redheads). Her inspiration for creating A Field Guide to Redheads came from her long list of favourite redheads (who are all in the book) and her pride of standing out from the crowd. Being the only redhead in her whole family, Elizabeth wanted to celebrate what sets her (and her genetics) apart from 98% of the rest of the world.
In the book, Elizabeth reveals many facts about ginger, including such nuggets as redheads being more likely to be left-handed. plus other genetic oddities and cultural myths.
It’s all about celebrating the general awesomeness of red hair, and the exclusive club of less than 2% of the world’s population we belong to.
A Field Guide to Redheads: An Illustrated Celebration is now available to buy online. Visit elizabethgraeber.com for more information.