More Sketchbook Explorations // Part Three



Friends, today launches PART THREE of my latest class with Creativebug, More Sketchbook Explorations! This week we create a color-blocked background with watercolor and layer over designs in micron pen and gel pens. I think you will really love this exercise!

If you aren’t familiar with this four part class (part four comes next week), you can watch some videos and learn more about the class here before signing up. You can start the class now — the class lives on Creativebug forever so you can take the class at whichever pace feels right.

Enjoy and happy sketching! Can’t wait to see what you create!


Seattle & McMinnville: See You Next Week!




I have two more book events next week and I’d love to see you there if you are nearby!

The first is a book signing and Q&A event at University Books in Seattle from 7-9 this coming Monday!

The second is a book signing and Q&A event at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon this Wednesday from 7:30-9.

I’ll also be at Reading Frenzy in Portland TONIGHT (September 24).

I love signing books and meeting new people (and seeing familiar faces too!). Hope to see you there!



More Sketchbook Explorations // Part Two



Hello friends! We are off to a great start over at Creativebug for Part Two of my new class More Sketchbook Explorations! It’s never too late to begin this class (it’s now open in perpetuity!) and it’s something you can do at your own pace. You can sign up here for Creativebug if you aren’t already a member (it’s super easy and affordable) or begin taking the class if you are already a member.

In Part Two we an all-over flora and fauna motif with micron and brush pens!

See you in class!


Portland Book Signing and Q&A



Portland! This Thursday evening at 7 pm — to celebrate the release of my latest book — Fortune Favors the Brave, I sit down with fellow Portland illustrator Kate Bingaman-Burt for a Q&A, followed by a book signing. This event will be held at Reading Frenzy on Mississippi Avenue. It’s appropriate for all ages and will start promptly at 7 pm. Get there early to get a seat! You can purchase a book to sign at the event or bring your own copy (of any of my books!).

Spread the word & bring your friends! See you Thursday!

Psst: I am coming to Seattle next Monday the 28th and the to  McMinville, OR on the 30th! More info here.

Have a great Monday, friends!


More Sketchbook Explorations // Starts Today!



Friends, I am so excited to announce my next four-part class with Creativebug, a brand new sketchbook class called More Sketchbook Explorations. This class is a follow up to my previous Sketchbook Explorations class (which you can view here) but taking the first class is not a prerequisite!

In this new four-part class I take you through five different projects. In the first three classes we explore different mediums inside the sketchbook and in the final class we take our materials outside the sketchbook and onto different surfaces.

The class rolls out over four weeks, starting today. In this week’s class I show you how to create a lush background using Koi brush pens and then we’ll layer over with Micron pens to create a floral motif.

Post your images on Instagram and tag them #sketchbookexplorations so I can see what you’ve been up to!

Don’t have a Creativebug subscription? It’s fast, super inexpensive and easy. Just follow the subscribe links on the class page!

Each week I’ll be back to let you know what’s coming next. For now, you can watch this lovely trailer for the class.


Fortune Favors the Brave // Bay Area Events!



Friends & followers in the San Francisco Bay Area: I am coming this weekend for two different Fortune Favors the Brave book events, and I hope to see you at one of them!

San Francisco: The first is a book launch party at Rare Device at 600 Divisadero in San Francisco. That event is taking place this Friday evening from 6-9 pm. This party is open to the public! At the party, you can purchase copies of the book (and I’ll be there say hello and sign them for you), have a drink or a snack, and shop Rare Device for all their wonderful goods.

Oakland: The second event takes place the next day at Nathan and Company on College Avenue in Oakland from 2-4 on Saturday. At this event you can purchase copies of the book & I’ll be there to say hello and sign them especially for you. Nathan and Company (another of my favorite stores) is also chock full of gorgeous wares.

Both of these events are kid-friendly. Hope to see you this weekend! Bring your friends.




New eCourse // I Am an Artist




Some of you may remember that I invited you to complete a survey earlier this summer that would help inform an online course that I’m designing and launching.  Over 600 people completed the survey and there were some really common themes in your responses. To those of you who completed it, I wanted to say thank you! I gathered so much helpful information. And I am happy to announce that my new course, entitled I Am an Artist: Taking Charge of your Path to a Thriving Career will launch in January. Registration will begin in November.

More about the course & save the dates:

I Am an Artist: Taking Charge of your Path to a Thriving Career is a three-day intensive online course that will run from January 8-10, 2016. The course is designed for aspiring and beginning artists or those who are further along but who currently feel stuck, lost or need a good push.

The course focuses on identifying and overcoming the obstacles that hold us back as we work toward finding our voice, building confidence and growing our creative businesses. I Am an Artist will offer action-oriented, in-depth, interactive exploration, including tools and advice that will help you make concrete strides toward your art business dreams and goals (and if you don’t yet have dreams and goals, we’ll help you develop those too).

I Am an Artist will include videos, daily live video chats with me, new and exciting reading material, reflection and planning exercises and tools, and a private community forum for feedback, discussion and questions. Stay tuned the 2nd week in November for registration and a special discount code.

The course can be taken from anywhere in the world and at your own pace. The course will be most active from January 8-10, and I will be an active part of the course environment on those days, but the course environment and content will be open until early February. We are also offering five VIP spots which will include private follow up with me the week of January 11.

You probably have a lot more questions (how much will this cost? what if I’m not available during those days? etc etc), which we’re going to answer when our website is up. To stay informed about our registration launch, dates, fees and promo codes, you can sign up for this special email list just for the course (Psst: if you already signed up for this email list via the survey, no need to do so again! You’re already on it.)

Again thank you for your interest and support! Can’t wait for class to start!



Art Inc. Lives Among Us // Installment 6



Hello! I am so excited to share with you my SIXTH Art Inc Lives Among Us Installment! Thank you to everyone who submitted photos of your copy of Art Inc with the hashtag #artinc on Instagram. It was again very hard to choose just 25!

You can see all of the Art Inc Lives Among Us Installments here. Want to be included in a future installment of Art Inc Lives Among Us? Tag your photo of Art Inc #artinc (creatively shot & well lit images are best) for a chance to be included in the next 25!

Are you interested in becoming a working artist, either part time or full time? Art Inc: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist might be the book for you! If you are interested in purchasing a copy, you can get yours here on Amazon, in my Etsy shop (signed copies available there) and anywhere books are sold. The book is all about launching and sustaining a thriving career as an artist, including the ups and the downs.

Also, just a reminder to aspiring illustrators that I have launched a new online professional practice class for beginning illustrators called Professional Practice in Illustration: Following a Creative Brief and Executing an Assignment. You can view & participate in the class through Skillshare here.

Have a great Wednesday, friends!


New Online Class Launches Today!



I am thrilled to announce my new class with online learning platform Skillshare: Professional Practice in Illustration: Following a Creative Brief and Executing an Assignment!

What the class is about:

When I was first starting out as an artist, I wanted to become an illustrator, but the world of illustration seemed very mysterious to me. The first few assignments I took felt a bit confusing. I wondered: What was I supposed to do exactly? What were the steps? What was expected of me?

I faked my way through for awhile, but after I had a handful under my belt, I realized there was a certain rhythm to most illustration jobs that, regardless of the type of illustration I was doing, followed an ordered flow. After almost 10 years as an illustrator and over 60 clients later, the phases remain essentially the same. This class teaches the basic flow of an illustration assignment (working with a client) so you know what to expect. You learn the flow by participating in a  mock illustration assignment (including making a mock book cover).

This is a professional practice class, not an art technique class:

It’s important to remember that this is a professional practice class, not an art technique class. That’s right: I won’t be teaching art technique. The focus is on learning the steps in the illustration process more than it is coming up with a clever cover for The Story of the Three Little Pigs (though, if you do both, you are golden). Practicing making the sketches and final artwork is an important part of the class, however. It’s really important to dig in and practice the process, including practicing writing a good email. That way, you’ll be much more prepared the first time you get a real assignment.


Who this class is for:

This 40 minute class is designed to introduce aspiring or burgeoning illustrators to the rhythm and steps of a typical illustration assignment – what they look like and what the expectations are. The assignments will take you anywhere from 2 hours to 8 hours, depending on your medium and level of experience.

You can take this class at your own pace, whenever you like. There is no specific time frame and the class will be available in perpetuity.

My interaction:

I will be logging in regularly to check the questions and comments in the class forum.

Hope to see you over at Skillshare! Sign up for Skillshare (and the class) here. You can even try the class with a free trial membership!

Have a great Tuesday friends!


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