ABOUT A GIRL:
Langley Fox is a seasoned model and sought after illustrator, and she also happens to be one of our favorite girls to draw inspiration from when it comes to style. We chatted with Langley about her artwork, the influences she's drawn from her home state of Idaho, and her favorite L.A. haunts.
I feel that the fantasy of nature inspires my work. Nature is a crazy thing that doesn't seem possible.
Hi Langley! We're big fans of your work. What draws you to the fantastical and slightly creepy characters you create?
Thank you so much! I think I'm just attracted to those things; your art is essentially a reflection of your personal likes and dislikes.
Much of your work is inspired by nature. You grew up in Idaho ― did that help spark your interest in nature?
I feel that the fantasy of nature inspires my work. Nature is a crazy thing that doesn't seem possible. It is visually the most stimulating, it provides us with clean oxygen, fresh water, creatures of all kind and we repay it by destroying it. I definitely think that growing up in Idaho imbedded that strong devotion to the environment from playing outside, taking hikes, going in the river, and utilizing the different things around me. It's like having a little slice of heaven and I try to reflect that in my work.
We've read that you were shy as a child; how has drawing and making art helped bring you out of your shell?
Truthfully, I don't think drawing has helped me come out of my shell. I'd say modeling has forced me out of it. If I were just drawing all the time, I'd be at home doing it, hanging out with my cat, and going to bed early. I think the mix is what keeps my head on straight.
How has your work evolved and changed over the years? Where would you like it to go from here?
I think it's funny to describe how your work has changed. It's pretty much like your hair growing: You don't notice it until you see a before picture of sometime in the past. I think it's been a slow evolution of becoming more photorealistic and pushing myself to do things I wouldn't necessarily pick. If I could have it go anywhere it would be bigger in size.
Who are some of your favorite artists, or artists you look up to?
I enjoy a lot of old etchings and such. I like the minds of Edward Gorey, Tim Burton, and Salvador Dalí. On a less specific note, I follow a lot of art Tumblrs and get inspired by different artworks everyday.
You've done quite a few collaborations with fashion companies, as well as lots of modeling. Is fashion a big part of your life?
Well, I went to school specifically for fashion design but just kind of started drawing only when I got out. I never said no to design, but I think it's easier to do freelance illustration than freelance design. I personally love fashion because it's like drawing an unknown person and giving them a persona; every day I can create a new persona with the things I put on.
I personally love fashion because it's like drawing an unknown person and giving them a persona; every day I can create a new persona with the things I put on.
Your art is essentially a reflection of your personal likes and dislikes.
What's an average day like for you, living and working in L.A.?
On an average day, I wake up around 6:30 a.m., eat a healthy breakfast, answer emails, go for a hike, and then start drawing. I take breaks to clean my apartment, have snacks, or go to meetings, maybe take a catnap... Sometimes I meet up with friends at night if people are getting together but most nights I go to bed ridiculously early. Most days I'm like a 60-year-old grandma but others I venture out into the social world (I've been getting better at it).
Do you have any secret, amazing go-to spots around town?
I feel like I spend most of my time in my house at my desk so I always struggle with this question. But anyway, here it goes: I like Caffe Vita for coffee, Naturewell in Sunset Junction for juices and snacks, The Black Cat for drinks, Stories in Echo Park for books, Erewhon health food store to spend too much money, Bronson Canyon for hikes, and friends' houses for good chills.
What's next for you?
I've got a few exciting drawing projects I'm working on. Maybe some travels back home to Idaho this summer. I currently just got back from my first visit to Big Sur for a fun photo/girls trip with photographer Amanda Charchian, book creator Paula Goldstein, and Rebecca Dayan (I guess it was for work but I'm pretty sure it was a vacation). I'm excited to see how the pictures turn out and add to the book with some illustrations for Paula's magical travel scrapbook.