Drink & Draw at Outlet PDX


Friends, I am so excited to let you know that I am having my first ever Drink & Draw at Outlet PDX on Tuesday, August 8 from 6-9 pm! Join me for an evening of drawing together (bring your own drawing supplies) and make new friends! We’ll sell beverages (both alcoholic and non for sale — please no outside beverages). I’ll also have some posters, books and journals for sale! You can view all the details here, including the exact address (Outlet is located on NE Sandy and 25th). This is an indoor/outdoor event and it’s likely going to be hot, so dress appropriately (aka: no AC).

Please RSVP here as well (if you are on Facebook). This will help us get an accurate count so we have enough chairs and beverages!

See you on Tuesday!



Creativebug Sale!


Friends, I am happy to let you know about a sale going on at Creativebug – 1 month and 1 class for $1. Head here to learn more! $1 unlocks 1-month unlimited access to 1000+  classes on Creativebug PLUS 1 class to keep forever (a $29.90 value). Take any of my classes or other classes on the site!


New Class! So You Want to Be an Illustrator?


I’m so excited to announce my next video eCourse, which launches today! The class is called So You Want to be An Illustrator?, and it’s part of my Lisa Congdon Sessions class series!

What are The Lisa Congdon Sessions?
The Lisa Congdon Sessions is a series of online video classes I am developing and rolling out over the next year. The first class in the series, also available now, is called Idea Generation: Expanding Your Creative Repertoire & Finding Your Voice. The second class So You Want to be an Illustrator? launches today! (Read more about me and the series in the FAQ here).

So You Want to Be an Illustrator is a four-part, easy to follow video e-course designed for you!

You can take this course from anywhere in the world at your own pace! It includes pre-recorded videos, along with a written summary of video content and a list of resources in an easily downloadable PDF.

This course is designed for aspiring, beginning or established artists who are interested in becoming a professional illustrator but want to learn more about what the career path looks like and how to break into it.

Through this video course, I guide you through many topics, including: what it means to be an illustrator, the illustration markets, the basic requirements to launch your career, marketing and building your client base. I’ll also answer many of your frequently asked questions about agents, how much to charge, contracts, digital tools for analog illustrators and art licensing, among many others.

Watch the trailer!

Purchase and learn more here!


Creativebug Bootcamp!


Some of you may know that this past January I launched a brand new class on Creativebug called Creative Bootcamp. It’s six weeks long, and the first round of students has just finished the course! I wanted to show you some of the INCREDIBLE work students (adults and kids alike) have created in the course in this little video I made this morning (this is mostly work from the final weeks).

The course continues to run on Creativebug, and it’s never too late to join in the fun! You can learn more and start a free trial of Creativebug here.

I learned last week that the class has been viewed over 50,000 times! Thank you to everyone who has participated in the course so far. Your work has blown my mind! I hope everyone continues their creative journeys — inside their sketchbooks and beyond!

Have a great week.


We’re Halfway There!


Guess what? We’re already halfway through Creative Bootcamp! Congratulations to everyone who has shown up to the “gym” again this week for more exercises. This week in my Creative Bootcamp we’re going to play with color again, but this time we’re going to use some restraint and work in monochrome. I love working in monochrome because it forces me to play with values, pattern and intensity in a way I might not otherwise.

I’ve been so excited to watch what some of you are creating in the class. I’ve been following along with the #cbugbootcamp hashtag daily on Instagram. Here are a few of my favorite spreads from the last couple of weeks (I couldn’t possibly post them all!).

Luscious colors and layering by @juliehamiltoncreative:

Beautiful palette & another fantastic example of layering by @angiehiltzdesign

Love the pastels here and use of background imagery by @quietlyfiery

I’ve been ogling over this one from @klikadesign since she posted it:

@paulineijle has mastered the Matisse effect here, but totally with her own flair!

I love this spread by @hannekesupplyillustration because of her use of  both bright neon and muted colors and her fantastic composition

This page by @megan_whisner_quinlan would make the most gorgeous fabric pattern!

I am so drawn to the orange and purple combination — and the gorgeous attention to detail and composition of this one by @happychinchilla!

And how about these sunshines by @sara__ponce?? I love the combination of pinks and yellows in the background!

I can’t wait to see what you all create this week in monochrome! I’ll be visiting the #cbugbootcamp hashtag regularly. Show me what you’ve made over at #cbugbootcamp on Instagram! It’s also never too late to join the class. Join us!