365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 117



It’s Happening




As some of you know, I am planning a trip to Scandinavia and Iceland in September. Last night I made the first official step in making that trip happen.

I bought a plane ticket! And I almost cried when the transaction went through. This is all so significant to me on so many levels:

+I have been so moved by the natural landscape, design and music of Scandinavia and Iceland for years and years. Traveling to these places is near the top of my “life list.”  I have made entire bodies of work inspired by Nordic countries, yet I have never visited one.
+I have not traveled outside the US since 2004.
+I have never traveled alone in a foreign country for more than three days, and I am going by myself for three weeks.
+I have gone through times as a self employed artist over the past few years when I didn’t know how I was going to afford food, much less a three week trip to Northern Europe. I have scraped and saved and worked my butt off. And as a result, I get to do this.

The trajectory of the trip should look something like this: Iceland for a couple days (to acclimate), then combination of Sweden, Denmark, and Finland for two weeks, then back to Iceland for another week.

I’ve asked this before, but if you have any suggestions for me (things to see, people to meet, places to stay) in any of these places, shoot me an email.

Thank you for sharing in my excitement. More to come on my travel plans over the next few months.

{Note: Yes, my name is Elisabeth. I have gone by Lisa since I was a small kid, but Elisabeth is still my “official” name!}


365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 116



Dream Projects


I have been so lucky in the past couple of years to get dream project after dream project. The latest one with Chronicle Books. I can’t say much about it until it’s released, except tell you it’s a book with 42 of my illustrations and the writing of someone very famous (sneak peek of one of the illustrations, above). The thing I love most about this job is that they have given me so much creative bandwidth (and, yes, there will be neon throughout). The final illustrations are due in early June, so I have been working my fanny off. But it’s the kind of job where I wake up in the morning and can’t wait to get to work, and my partner has to pry me away from it at night. I love working with Chronicle. I’ve been working with them on various projects since 2007, and they are some of my favorite people in the industry.

As if this project wasn’t enough, I’m also working right now with Hygge and West on some wallpaper designs which will be released later this year. Another dream client, another fantastic collaboration with smart, kind and generous people.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself. I did not come into this career until late in life (more about my story here), and I feel enormously lucky that it has been so awesome so far.


365 Days of Hand Lettering: Day 115