Behind the Brilliance 119: Andrea Pippins


This episode is  lovely continuation of my Black History Month themed interviews although anyone can appreciate the humor and wisdom in this episode. I sat down with the multitalented artist Andrea Pippins to discuss everything from life as a creative to minimalism to living abroad. This conversation will be a shot of inspiration for the creatives.

Say hi to Andrea and tell her what you thought of this episode: @andreagpippins



Andrea Pippins | Designer + Illustrator + Author

Andrea Pippins is a designer, illustrator, and educator who began harnessing her artistic talent into a BFA in graphic design and later earned her MFA at Temple University-Tyler School of Art.

After teaching design full-time for five years, Andrea took a break from teaching to work on freelance illustration and design projects.

In November 2015 Andrea published her first book, I Love My Hair, with Random House Children’s Books/Schwartz & Wade. I Love My Hair is a coloring book featuring her illustrations celebrating various hairstyles and textures. In 2016 will release her second book, Becoming Me, for young women to color, doodle, and brainstorm their way to a creative life. Andrea is based in the Washington, D.C. area, but currently in Stockholm.

TOPICS COVERED (partial list)

-How Andrea got her start as a designer + illustrator

-How Andrea faces her fears

-The serendipitous story of Andrea’s book deal

-Andrea’s natural hair journey and what inspired her book, I Love My Hair

-the joys and complexities of splitting time between the United States and Sweden

-work/life harmony


-and much more

STUFF MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE (clickable links below)

Andrea on Twitter

Andrea’s Website

Andrea’s Blog

Becoming Me – Andrea’s latest book

I Love My Hair

The War of Art

Island Beneath the Sea


  • Chase Robey

    Hi Lisa, I have been waiting with bated breath only to hear the interview with Damon once again. Equally awesome the second time around but always look forward to your new conversations. Luv your work and mad respect – Cee

  • Shailendra Tiwari

    Design and women are essential parts of diversity in our living and culture