SXSW // Vote for Us!



Friends: My editor Bridget Watson Payne and I are pitching a panel on artist/publisher collaboration to SXSW 2016, and we need your votes to make it happen! If you attend SXSW and/or this is the kind of panel you would be interested in seeing, you can learn more about our discussion topics and vote to add our panel to the roster for SXSW 2016 here.

Thank you for your time and have a great weekend!


New Online Course // Tell Us Your Experience



Hello friends!

I am in the process of designing a three-day intensive online course that will launch this January, 2016. The course will focus on overcoming the things that hold us back as we work toward finding our voice, building confidence and growing our creative careers. The course will offer practical tools and advice for taking your art practice and/or career to the next level and offer an in-depth, interactive exploration of some of the material I cover in Art Inc, along with some exciting new material. The course will include video, live video chats (with me) each day, reading material, exercises and a community forum for discussions and questions. This will be a business & “mindset-shifting” course, and NOT an art class. Though we will do creative exercises, I will not be teaching art technique in this class (just a note to avoid any confusion).

I am in the process of gathering information from potential participants about how you identify as an artist and where you find yourselves the most “stuck” as you work toward launching or building your art practice or career. If you are an artist or an aspiring artist who thinks you might be interested in taking my course, I would be so grateful if you could take this very short five question survey. If you are not a candidate for the course (you are not an artist or an aspiring artist, never take online courses, or would never take one from me), no need to take the survey. I am particularly interested in hearing from potential participants about their experience and struggles so that I can design the best possible, most relevant curriculum.

If you take the survey, you can also sign up to be on the mailing list to get up to date information on the course and course registration (including early bird discounts).

Thank you again for your input, and I look forward to hearing what you have to say!



The Hello Sessions



Friends, I am so excited to let you know that I will be speaking at The Hello Sessions in October! This new conference is being held in Portland, Oregon on October 9. My session will be all about creating and sustaining personal “passion” projects. I’ll talk about all of the passion projects I’ve embarked on (Collection a Day, 365 Days of Hand Lettering and The Reconstructionists), how I approached them, and how they led to amazing new lucrative opportunities in my career. I’ll also talk about how you can create your own!

There are many other really cool sessions with amazing speakers, and I hope you will check out the line-up! Lastly, I am offering a discount code, just for you. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to grab it before signing up!

The Hello Sessions: What is it?

The Hello Sessions is about creating hands-on, interactive experiences with some of the most successful bloggers and creative entrepreneurs, which will offer participants the tools they need to stand out in a noisy online world. Their approach is simple, friendly, and intimate, with a day focused on having fun while learning. 

From The Hello Sessions: “Each of our workshop leaders have seen success by building brands that go beyond blogging, taking on book deals, appearing on television and radio, and creating products that you’ve seen in your favorite stores. At The Hello Sessions, our speakers aren’t just telling you how to become successful–they’re SHOWING you–with activities that will get your wheels turning!”

Who should come to The Hello Sessions?

This conference is for bloggers and creative entrepreneurs who are ready to answer the question “What next?” for their blogs or online businesses.

It’s for more advanced bloggers, artists or makers who are ready to make money, get featured by the press, write books, or launch shops, our workshop leaders will help you to fill your toolbox with the ideas, tips, tricks, and skills they’ve gathered on their paths to success.

For early bloggers, artists or makers who are interested in growing their websites and social media presences, The Hello Sessions is a launchpad that will give you the tools to take your work seriously, help you to craft a distinctive online identity, and provide you with a welcoming community of experienced bloggers who want to help you to grow.

What the day will look like

The day will be divided into three workshop periods, during which three workshops will occur simultaneously. When you purchase your ticket, you’ll be whisked off to register for your top three workshop picks. Each workshop only has a limited number of seats, so if there are particular workshops you’re interested in it’s smart to register as soon as possible to reserve your seats!


Ready to sign up? Go here. I am offering a discount code to my followers. Just enter LISACONGDON10 to get 10% off your registration fee through July 30th! More questions about the conference? Read more about it, the speakers, where to stay, etc., here.

Have a great Thursday, friends!


Sketchbook Explorations Class // Relaunch



Hello, friends! I just returned from a whirlwind of a week in sunny San Francisco, where I taped my next set of classes with Creativebug. A new set of Sketchbook classes will launch early this fall, and a drawing-a-day class will launch in January. Stay tuned for those!

In the meantime to whet your appetite, I’m so excited that Creativebug has officially relaunched my four-part sketchbook class, Sketchbook Explorations. This is a great chance for you to participate – whether it is your first time participating or you’ve taken this class before.

Summertime is the perfect time to crack open your sketchbook and explore new mediums. In this multi-part series, I’ll share techniques to incorporate pen, watercolor, collage, brush pens, and more. These exercises will help you to deepen your creative practice and play with approaches that go beyond your comfort zone.

Also, we want to see your work! Show off your sketchbook drawing skills and join the #cbugsketchbook Instagram contest. Read all about how to win a subscription and Micron pens here!

To celebrate this relaunch, Creativebug posted an exclusive interview with me, where I chat with Liana Allday (Senior Content Editor) about my artistic process and the Sketchbook Explorations series. You can listen to the interview here (scroll to the bottom for the recorded interview).


Have a great week, friends!


Dress Workshop with Cal Patch (& Me!)



Friends, I am so happy to let you know that I am going to be in Hudson, New York at an artist residency between August 12 through 30 this year at Drop Forge and Tool. Mostly I’ll be drawing and painting my heart out for those three weeks, but also relaxing, getting inspired and catching up on some much needed sleep. I cannot wait! While I’m there, my friend, the amazing Cal Patch. is coming up from her home in Upstate New York for August 22 and 23 to teach a dress making workshop. This isn’t just any dress-making workshop, though. It’s a two day immersion, where you will learn, step by step, how to make a dress from scratch. You’ll learn how to draft a pattern (using your own measurements) for your own custom shift dress with sleeves, make a muslin to test the fit, alter the pattern, and then sew a real dress with an invisible zipper.

I’ll also be there and will give a brief talk at the beginning of the workshop about my fabric designs and process.  If you attend the workshop, you will also have a chance to visit my studio space and see what I am working on at Drop Forge & Tool.


More about Cal: Cal Patch is one of my favorite people and makers. She sews, crochets, spins, embroiders, knits, prints, makes patterns, dyes, hence her moniker: *hodge podge*. Cal has taught all of these subjects for over a decade, and loves showing people new skills. After seventeen years as a New York City dweller, she now resides in the Catskills. She teaches at creative retreats around the country and is a fellow Creativebug teacher. Her first book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified, was published by Potter Craft (and is a treasure-trove!).


If you are interested in signing up for the class and learning more about it, just go here.

Have a great Tuesday, friends!


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, 7-9 pm

University Book Store, Seattle, WA September 28 – 7-9 pm

Linfield College Library, sponsored by Third Street Books, 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!