When Keith Richards started writing a children’s book about his grandfather, he wanted to keep the project in the family – so he hired his daughter.
Theodora Dupree Richards provided illustration for “Gus & Me,” out on Tuesday. The 29-year-old model visited the London home of Augustus Theodore Dupree – her great grandfather whom she was named after. Theodora also went through a number of family photos to find inspiration.
“People have said that I’m too sensitive to be on this Earth, but it was very emotional,” she said.
Her father was impressed with her work.
“I was quite amazed because immediately she wanted information and was questioning me about grandfather,” he said. “She even went to the street where I was born and got the whole feel for it and all the places I had mentioned where he would take us for walks.”
The book tells the story of Keith discovering the guitar thanks to Gus. The book is the first project the Rolling Stones guitarist has completed with one of his four children.
“Dad was incredibly supportive and he let me do my own thing,” Theodora said. “I’m so happy it was me who got to be the artist to tell this story.”
“Gus & Me” is the first book Theodora, who attended various art schools, has worked on. She says she wants to do more illustrations
“I don’t know if I'll be accepted in the art world, but at the same time, you just have to knock down that door and do it. So, I’m going to,” she said. “I dipped my pinky toe in the world of illustration and I love it.”