New Notebook in the Shop!

10/21/14

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Now in my shop: my 5×7 inch “mega” screen printed notebook/sketchbook (front and back pictured above).

Filled with 48 blank pages for your doodling or sketching pleasure and originally designed for my sketchXchange event in Portland in October 0f 2014, this notebook (beautifully printed by Scout Books) is now available for purchase here in my shop.

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Have a great Tuesday, friends.

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Editorial Illustration for Design Observer

10/15/14

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I was pretty excited last month when I get an email from esteemed journalist Rob Walker, who writes for The New York Times and Design Observer, among other prestigious gigs. He asked me to be part of his latest project: the “Spawn of the Gerrymander” — in which he asked some of his favorite illustrators to use their talents to highlight the true shape of political mapmaking in the twenty-first century. You can read the introductory essay here and browse the whole series here on Design Observer.

I illustrated North Carolina’s Gerrymandered Fourth District to look like a Leafy Sea Dragon. You can see the illustration in all it’s glory and read about my interpretation here.

Have a great Wednesday!

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New Print in the Shop

10/14/14

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Friends, I’m now offering this Harriet Beecher Stowe hand lettered quote as a print in my shop. Get it here.

Have a great Tuesday!

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New Coloring Books Available in My Shop

10/08/14

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Every now and again you get a really amazing illustration job — something that you can’t wait to get up and work on every single day. One such job came my way last year, and it was to contribute three coloring books to a new series by Rockport/Quarto Publishing: Just Add Color (there are also books by other illustrators in the series, which you can see here). One of the coolest things is that they let me choose the subject matter for the books, and, as you might have guessed, I came up with Geometric Patterns, Folk Art, and Botanicals for my three books (because they are three of my favorite things to draw).

I’ve now got these three coloring books in my shop! And retail shop owners, you can purchase these books via Hachette distributors.

UPDATE! THEY ARE SOLD OUT. But coming back in a week to ten days. Stay tuned!

Happy coloring! And have a great Wednesday.

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Words for the Day :: No. 41

09/16/14

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Have a good Tuesday, friends!

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Words for the Day :: No. 39

09/09/14

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Have a good Tuesday, everyone!

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New Letterpress Print & Art Inc. Now in my Shop!

08/20/14

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Friends, I’m so happy to announce that I am now offering signed copies of  my new book Art Inc. in my Etsy shop! You can purchase them here. I do ship these overseas!

I’m also offering for the first time online this limited edition letterpress print, hand lettered by me and printed by SF Letterpress shop The Aesthetic Union. Get it here.

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Have a great Wednesday!

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Words for the Day :: No. 34

08/14/14

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I want to thank EVERYONE for all your kind words, tweets, Instagram photos, Facebook and blog posts, emails and messages about Art Inc. Book release day on Tuesday was a great success.

Hope everyone is having a good Thursday.

 

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Words for the Day :: No. 32

08/04/14

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Hope everyone is having a great Monday!

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Words for the Day :: No. 30

07/29/14

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PS: I’m sending out my first email newsletter soon! To stay up to date on my events, classes and sales, sign up here.

Have a great Tuesday!

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Sketchbook as Surface Design

07/25/14

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{I made this spread while sitting at my friend Ron’s pool on a hot July day earlier this summer.}

I am admittedly not a traditional sketchbook user. I don’t sit and sketch the people or places I see — at least very often (though I think that is a valuable exercise for sure — and one I should probably do more of). Instead, I use my sketchbooks as a way to play around with composition, color, and design elements in my work. The great thing about sketchbooks is that they are, by nature, personal work — they are for the user, not a consumer. Sure, I sketch concepts for clients all the time, but those don’t end up in my sketchbook. The majority of people don’t even show what is in their personal sketchbooks. So your sketchbook can really be a fantastic playground for anything you want it to be — traditional sketches or abstract exploration. There are no rules.

On October 10, I’ll be giving a talk sponsored by WeMake Portland for the closing of Design Week. The talk, part of sketchXchange, will focus on — you guess it — my sketchbooks! I’ll be focusing on “sketchbook as surface design,” since 8 times out of 10 I end up filling the entire surface of a spread in my sketchbook with something — a collage, an intricate line drawing, or some random lettering like the one pictured above. I’ll talk about my process, my motivations and what is going through my brain when I am creating my sketchbook spreads. Tickets go on sale soon, and I’ll keep you posted!

While I was on vacation in Portland a few weeks ago, I spent a lot of time with my sketchbook. That’s the thing about “sketching for fun & exploration” when you are a working artist. Unless you have time to build it into your daily work schedule, this kind of fun, free form sketching only happens when you are not working. And since I work most of the time, I don’t have much time to sketch — except on weekends, late evenings and, you guessed it: vacation.

Here are some of the spreads I finished while I was there.

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This one above I made with micron pens and Koi brush pens (also by the Japanese pen company Sakura). I use these pens almost exclusively.

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This spread above I created entirely from one Ladies Home Journal Magazine from 1969, scissors and a glue stick. I did it all while sitting on the guest room floor at my parents’ house watching bad cable TV shows.

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As you know, I love drawing buildings! This time I colored them in. I drew this spread while I was visiting Astoria, Oregon.

And this one took forever! I finished it last night:

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Do you keep a sketchbook or a book of daily or weekly paintings & drawings? Email me at lisacongdon@gmail.com with a short description how you approach your own sketchbook and 2-3 images and I may include it in my talk for Portland Design Week!

PS: I post fairly regular photos of my sketchbooks on Instagram, so if you don’t already, you can follow me there.

Have a great weekend, friends!

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Seven New Prints in the Shop!

07/16/14

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Friends, after a three week vacation, my Etsy Shop is back open! And I’ve got seven new prints for sale, six of which are limited edition and printed on velvety German Etching paper.

1) LOVE CONQUERS ALL PRINT. Celebrate marriage equality with this new print! I had so much fun drawing this one! Get it here.

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2) LIMITED EDITION “LIVE EVERY DAY” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.
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3) LIMITED EDITION “THE STOMACH CARRIES THE HEART” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

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4) LIMITED EDITION “VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

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5) LIMITED EDITION “BE KIND” PRINT. Limited edition of 20 (new colors!), signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

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6) LIMITED EDITION “WE SHALL FIND PEACE” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

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7) LIMITED EDITION “ONCE IN A GOLDEN HOUR” PRINT. Limited edition of 20, signed and numbered. Printed on archival quality German etching paper, heavyweight 310gsm. Get it here.

Have a great Wednesday friends!

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Words for the Day :: No. 27

07/10/14

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Have a great Thursday, friends!

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One Year Later

06/26/14

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One year ago today and really exciting thing happened in the lives of thousands upon thousands of people: in a historic pair of 5-4 rulings on the final day of the term for the United States Supreme Court, the justices struck down the sixteen year old Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal benefits to gay couples married under state law, and let stand a ruling that found Proposition 8 (a 2008 voter initiative that ended same-sex marriage in California) unconstitutional. What that meant for me was that Clay and I (along with thousands of other couples) could get legally married. Elated, I wrote about the ruling the next day here. And Clay and I did get legally married in July. It was a very exciting time in our lives and a time I will never, ever forget.

To commemorate the anniversary of this historic date and to advocate for the legalization of same sex marriage all over the country, I made a new piece of art, entitled “Love Conquers All” pictured above, which will be for sale as a print in my Etsy Shop starting July 16 (my shop is closed for the time being while I am on vacation). Sign up for my mailing list to be alerted when the print is available in July!

I wanted to also recommend a fantastic documentary, which I saw a week ago at the opening night of the LGBT Film Festival in San Francisco: The Case Against 8, which documents the fight against Proposition 8 in California. It’s a gut wrenchingly fabulous film airing now on HBO that follows the plaintiffs and attorneys in their multi-year struggle which ended this day last year. If you do watch, bring your tissues!!

Have a happy Thursday everyone! To marriage for all!

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Words for the Day :: No. 23

06/13/14

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I’m off to LA this weekend! Hope to see some of you there.

Happy Friday!

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