New E-Course: Building a Robust Portfolio

09/28/17

Friends, I’m so excited to announce my brand new video E-Course: Building a Robust Portfolio. This is a three-part, easy to follow video e-course designed to help you prepare to build a portfolio that best showcases your work.

This course is designed for aspiring or beginning artists who don’t yet have an online portfolio and are unsure of where to start. It can also be helpful for experienced artists who have been out of the game of working professionally for a few years. This class answers questions like: What exactly is a portfolio? What should go in my portfolio? How should it be organized? Should I create one myself or hire a designer? How do I approach building my portfolio when I haven’t any or much professional work yet?

Through this video course,  guide you through practices for building your portfolio, including how to organize it, what to include in it, pros and cons of doing it yourself versus hiring a designer and building a body of work to include in your portfolio.

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 resources in an easily downloadable PDF.

The class has three parts:

Part One: In the first class video, I cover what a portfolio is and why it’s important to have one as a working artist.  I’ll talk about what we mean by the term “portfolio.” I’ll also cover what other information should accompany your portfolio on your portfolio website.

Part Two: In the second video of the class, I will cover the criteria for deciding what should go in your portfolio, different ways to organize your portfolio and a few key design principles.

Part Three: The third and final video, I focus on how to approach building your portfolio when you are just starting out and don’t yet have client work, along with tips, tricks and best practices for creating a cohesive body of work.

PLEASE NOTE: This class is not about the technicalities of how to build an online portfolio. There are many platforms out there that allow you to do this easily (and some for very little money) without knowing code or complex programs, and there is a list of the best of the best of those platforms in the class PDF for you to research. In the second video I do discuss the two different ways to approach building a portfolio: either by hiring a designer to do it for you OR by using one of the online do-it-yourself platforms (or a combination of the two). There are pros and cons to each approach and I’ll discuss some of those.

This class will prepare you to take the next steps.

Register here.

Still not sure? Read an FAQ about my video courses here.

As always, email me at hello@lisacongdon.com if you have any questions at all!

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A Glorious Freedom // West Coast Book Tour

09/05/17

I’m super excited to be doing a West Coast book tour for my latest book – A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives (see pre-order & purchase details here)! Other dates around the U.S. to come later in the year and in 2018. If you live in Seattle, Portland or the Bay Area of California, I hope you will join me for one of my kick-off events! I love meeting people, and I’d love to meet you!

October 14, SEATTLE WA. I’ll be at Elliott Bay Book Company for a reading, conversation with book contributor Shauna Ahern and signing! 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, 7:00 PM

OCTOBER 16, PORTLAND OR. I’ll be at Powell’s Books (Downtown) for a reading, a conversation with book contributor Jennifer Maerz, and a signing! 1005 W Burnside Street, Portland, 7:30 PM

OCTOBER 20, San Francisco: I’ll be at Booksmith for a reading and Q&A and a book signing. 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, 7:30 PM

OCTOBER 21, Richmond, CA: I’ll be at Kaleidoscope Coffee for a conversation with Betty Reid Soskin, who I interviewed in the book. In her late 90’s, Betty is the oldest park ranger in the National Park Service! Join us at 109 Park Place, Richmond, 6 PM

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Drink & Draw at Outlet PDX

08/02/17

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!

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Creativebug Sale!

06/06/17

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!

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New Class! So You Want to Be an Illustrator?

03/08/17

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!

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