Fortune Favors the Brave // Coming in August!



Hello friends! I’m so excited to let you know that my latest book, Fortune Favors the Brave: 100 Courageous Quotations Hand Lettered by Lisa Congdon will be released on August 18. You can pre-order the book here or on Amazon.

This sequel to Whatever You Are, Be a Good One includes quotes entirely focused on the topic of bravery and being yourself.

Mark your calendars! I’m also happy to announce my book tour dates as they currently stand (and I’ll provide more info on each of these events soon, as some will include speaking and/or Q&A, along with any additions to the tour):

Drop Forge and Tool, Hudson, NY, August 26, 2015 6 pm (I’ll be there on residency!)

Rare Device, San Francisco, CA, September 18, 2015 6-9 pm

Nathan & Co, College Ave, Oakland, CA, September 19, 2015 2-4 pm

Reading Frenzy, Portland, OR, September 24, 2015 (time TBD)

Seattle TBD

Vancouver TBD

Linfield College Library, McMinville, OR, September 30, 2015 7-9 pm

Have a great Monday, friends! #fortunefavorsthebravebook


Portland Pride Exhibition at Wieden & Kennedy Gallery



{My contribution to the W&K Pride Exhibition & Silent Auction this Friday!}

Portland! Come kick off Gay Pride Weekend at Wieden+Kennedy’s gallery (address below) this Friday, June 12 at 6 p.m.  Local artists (including me!) have created original artworks for a silent auction, with half the proceeds benefiting P:EAR, a local organization that builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation.

Drinks will be offered at the event thanks to the generous support of For a Song Wines, Snowdrift Cider Co., Citizen’s Gin, Capitol Vodka, Skippers Rum and BG Reynolds Syrup. See you there!


Have a great Wednesday, friends!


SURTEX & Stationery Show // NYC



Friends! I’m so excited to announce that I am speaking at Surtex this year.

My session is called Art Business Boot Camp Review: One on One with Art Inc. author and artist, Lisa Congdon, and it’s being held Tuesday, May 19, 11:30- 1:00pm. If you are attending Surtex this year, you are welcome to attend my session and ask any questions you have about making a living as an artist.

Each year Clay and I attend Surtex and the Stationery Show, which happen simultaneously at the Javits Center in Manhattan. This year I am not exhibiting at either, but I will be walking both shows for inspiration and to meet people at companies we are interested in building working relationships with. Walking Surtex and/or the Stationery Show is a great way to get to know the licensing and stationery industries & to meet contacts. I highly recommend attending! Here is more about registering. To boot, a pass to Surtex gets you into Stationery Show and vice versa. You also have access to ICFF, which is a fantastic show of contemporary furniture. These shows happen every year, so if this year doesn’t work for you, there is always next year!

Here I am with my dear friend Claudia Pearson last year at her booth at the Stationery Show. Can’t wait to see all my friends at this year’s show!

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Have a great Wednesday, friends! And hope to see you this coming week in New York!


Maker Mentors Online Conference



Calling all creative entrepreneurs! I’m super excited to let you know that I am participating this week as a speaker at this year’s Maker Mentors Online Conference. The organizers of this new conference for creative entreprenuers have brought together some of the smartest business experts and best creative business owners together to create a totally unique experience.

The conference is happening this week: May 14th-May 16th. Everyone who signs up gets access to 20+ live sessions with creative business experts, an interactive forum and tons of new resources to help you grow your business. Don’t worry if you can’t make it live—all of the content is recorded so you can access it anytime. Register now with discount code “LISAVIP” and get $50 off of your registration fee.

At this conference, you will learn from creative business mentors and have access to:

  • 20 live-streamed sessions with an amazing lineup of speakers
  • Access to interactive community forums
  • One-on-one access to the mentors
  • Tons of resources to help you grow your creative business

My talk is a Q&A style format with Maker Mentors founder Cassie Boorn and will air on Thursday May 14th at 1pmPT/4pmET.

I hope you will join the event!

Register here with the promo code “LISAVIP” and see you at Maker Mentors!


Pattern Camp with Jessica Swift is Back!



Have you ever wanted to learn to create gorgeous repeat patterns with your artwork or drawings, either just for fun or for illustration and licensing opportunities? If the answer is yes, then Jessica Swift’s Pattern Camp is for you!

Pattern Camp is an intensive, 2-day online workshop that will teach you how to create your own repeat patterns in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop in just 2 days. Live participation is not required — all the lessons are video-based and written, so you can work through the material at your own pace. Access to the course and all the lessons will be available for one month after the end of the weekend. A private Facebook group is a fun and important community component of the course, and participation in that is encouraged.

Jessica Swift is an experienced and successful pattern designer and a wonderful teacher (I’ve taken her class myself & loved it).

When: Saturday and Sunday June 6-7, 2015  //  8am – 4pm PST each day

(note: participants can also work through the course at their own pace; participation in the intensive weekend portion is not mandatory)

Where: the course takes place online in a private classroom area of the Pattern Camp website

Price: $239 USD // Register here.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!


Have Some Fun with Sketchbook Explorations!



Do you enjoy drawing in your sketchbook or doodling your way through the day?  Last year I launched Basic Line Drawing (which you can take or re-take at any time) and this year my newest class is called Sketchbook Explorations. Both classes are great for avid or aspiring drawers or doodlers.

You can watch the preview of Sketchbook Explorations below:

The class is divided into four parts. You can make your sketchbooks looks like mine (I’ll teach you some techniques) or use the inspiration to create your own totally unique spread. That part is up to you.


In addition to drawing, we’ll also do some mixed media collage with paper in our sketchbooks too! Throughout the course I share  my process and you have the opportunity to learn alongside me. I cover the materials you’ll need, composition and technique. You take the course at your own pace — it lives on the internet forever, so there is no rush!

Head over here to learn more, watch preview videos, sign up for my class or get a Creativebug’s subscription if you don’t have one already. It’s a steal at $4.95 a month (and you can take as many classes as you like and can cancel any time).

In the past students from my course have posted images of what they’re making on Instagram. If you do take the course, be sure to follow me @lisacongdon and tag me & use the hashtag #cbugsketchbook in your images so that I can see what you’re making!

Hope to see you in class & have a great Thursday!


Linework NW This Weekend in Portland!



Friends in the Pacific Northwest! Don’t miss Linework NW, a comics and illustration festival in Portland Oregon at Norse Hall this weekend.

This year, I am a “special guest” at the festival, along with luminaries Daniel Clowes, Lisa Hanawalt and Jay Howell. I will be at the festival Sunday, April 19 from 12 pm to 8 pm, selling and signing books and limited edition prints. Come find me at my table! From 2:30-3:30 pm on Sunday I will be on stage in conversation with fellow artist and illustrator Jason Sturgill for an intimate conversation about my work and process.

Come to the festival to peruse and purchase the work of tons of comics artists and illustrators, meet special guests and hear folks speak.

There’s more! There is also an opening party and exhibit of the work of all of the special guests (including me), which opens Friday, April 17 at Hellion Gallery from 6-10 pm. Hellion Gallery is located at 19 NW 5th Ave, Suite #208 in the Pearl. You can RSVP for the event on Facebook here or just show up! I will have EIGHT framed original drawings for sale at the opening:


If you do come to the festival, please say hello. I love meeting people.

Have a great Tuesday and see you this weekend!


Alt Summit :: Keynote Address


Alt Winter 2015 Brooke Dennis

As some of you know I had the privilege of delivering the opening keynote address at this year’s Alt Summit in Salt Lake City. A video of my talk is now available for viewing, and I thought I’d share it if any of you are interested. Unfortunately, the slides of my talk were not recorded, so you cannot see them in the video! But fortunately what I have to say doesn’t rely too much on the slides, so it should be easy to follow along. The Q&A after my talk was also recorded (excuse my squinting through this – the lights on the stage were super bright!).

My talk focuses first on all of the things I do as part of my art career (my “art” identity), and then the trajectory of my career (how I got from where I was to where I am now) and finally (and I think this part is the most interesting) I talk about four big lessons I’ve learned over the past several years. I hope you enjoy.

ALT Winter 2015 Thursday Morning


Smart Creative Women Course :: Monica Lee



One of the things I love most about being in a large creative community are all of the opportunities for learning there are with the experienced people in the community. One of my favorite experienced people is Monica Lee. Monica is the voice behind the Smart Creative Women Podcast (I’m an upcoming guest, so stay tuned!). Monica, a successful illustrator for many years (and now podcast host and creative coach) is launching a new online course called Smart Creative Style. What I love most about Monica is her down-to-business, no-nonsense approach and her great sense of humor.

Smart Creative Style is a creative business online course that leads participants through a series of lessons and mood boards that help them to unearth their own unique look and style. If you’ve read my book Art Inc, you know that that finding your voice and developing a personal branding style is critical as you launch your creative business. “With visual imagery coming at us 24/7 it is all too easy to water down who we really are,” says Monica. “Businesses and brands need to have a distinct aesthetic voice and look to stand out now more than ever.” Monica’s hands on 6-week game is your opportunity to distinguish yourself and tap into your originality.

Do you struggle to know, own or capture your personal style or the style of your business? Your “creative style” is who you (and your business) are — in things like your blog, your website, your products and your messaging. This course is designed to help you capture your aesthetic and unique style. It is a course for any creative entrepreneur who wants to define or redefine their creative style.

The course starts March 9. Learn more and sign up!


Right Brainers in Business Summit // Coming Soon!



Calling all creative entrepreneurs! I’m so excited to let you know that I am participating as a speaker at this year’s Right-Brainers in Business Video Summit! If you’re ready to build a profitable and sustainable business on your own terms, come join me at the free 5th annual summit March 9th through 20th. You can grab your no-cost pass here and get practical business-building resources that will help you decide what’s next for your creative venture.

Each day will include interviews with successful creatives and coaches. My interview will air on March 9th. I hope you will join me live in the chat room!

Some of the things you’ll learn from the fabulous line-up of speakers include:

  • How saying no to your business can create a big YES to what’s next

  • Proven strategies for getting your products into the media + retail stores

  • How to create a conscious and compassionate relationship with your money and achieve financial freedom. It’s more right-brained than you may think!

  • The power of starting small to become big and why listening to your customers is gold

  • How to diversify and maximize your money making methods over time

Register here and see you at the Summit!


Pattern Camp Starts This Weekend!



Friends, you may remember a few weeks ago I told you about Pattern Camp. Well, this amazing class starts this weekend and it’s not too late to register! My friend Jessica Swift will teach you how to make repeat patterns, which is not only a lot of fun, but also a useful skill in the world of illustration, licensing and surface design. You can learn more and register here.



Linework NW // Special Guest



Friends, I am so excited to announce that I am an official Special Guest at Linework NW 2015, an illustration and comics festival in Portland Oregon, April 18 & 19 at Norse Hall.


The coolest thing of all is the Special Guest company I’ll be keeping: illustrator & comics artist Lisa Hanawalt, animator, character designer and illustrator Jay Howell, and one of my heroes, Ghost World creator, Daniel Clowes (!!!).

I’ll keep you posted on the events scheduled for the weekend and when I’ll be hanging around and what I’ll be doing closer to the dates. For now, mark your calendars!! It’s FREE!!

Have a great Tuesday, friends!


Heading off to Alt Summit!



Friends, I’m headed to Salt Lake City tomorrow morning to Alt Summit, a business conference for bloggers and creatives. I was asked back in early December by the organizers to give the opening keynote address (gulp!) for the conference, and I am so honored. I attended Alt in 2012 and never could have imagined that I would be flying to the same conference three years later to stand in front of hundreds of attendees!

And that’s the thing: you never know what life will bring. “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable,” Mary Oliver once said.

If you are attending Alt Summit, I hope you will say hello.

While I’m away I’ll be blogging, so stay tuned for regularly scheduled programming.

Have a great Tuesday, friends!


Some Recent Sketchbook Spreads



As you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I keep a regular sketchbook in which I create intricate spreads with various mediums. Today I thought I’d share with you some of my recent work in my sketchbook. For all of these, I used some combination of Sakura of America pens: Gellyroll pens, Koi brush pens or Micron pens.

If you enjoy keeping a sketchbook or would like to start, I offer a Sketchbook Explorations class through Creativebug and it’s never too late to start!





Have a happy Tuesday, friends!


Sketchbook Explorations // Week 2



Friends, tomorrow begins Week TWO of my latest class on Creativebug called Sketchbook Explorations. If you are interested in taking this class, it’s not too late to sign up! In fact, this class will live on the Creativebug site forever, and you can take it at your own pace whenever you like.

This week we’ll be diving into creating collaged backgrounds and layering over with line drawings of flowers. This week there is also a live video chat with me on Thursday at 11 am PST where you can ask questions!

Have a great week!