FAQs

03/09/14

Did you really not start painting or drawing until you were 32 years old?

Yep.

Where can I buy your work, products and books or sign up for classes?

You can find links to my current classes here.  You can find links to a variety of products (and different ways to purchase them) here or go directly to my Etsy shop. I also have a retail shop (an actual brick and mortar shop) in Portland, Oregon. It’s located at 687 N Tillamook Street, and is open every Wednesday and Friday from 12-5 pm.

Where can I review your portfolio & client list?

You can view my online portfolio here & client list here.

Are you hiring an intern or assistant?

I have an awesome employee. I am not hiring at this time.

I would like to write you an email. Can I expect to hear back from you?

If you are a potential client, my studio manager or I will always email you back within 24 hours M-F. I try to write personal responses to the personal emails I get from readers and people who enjoy my work, but sometimes I don’t have the time to respond right away and so sometimes my studio manager will write you back in my place. I do read all of the emails I receive, and I am so grateful for all of the love and support!

Can you give me advice on how to become an illustrator or how to promote myself as an illustrator?

Here are a few resources: First, order my book Art Inc: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist! You can take my Skillshare class called Professional Practice in Illustration. You can also purchase my online class Become a Working Artist and watch it at your own pace. I also have a class called So You Want to Be an Illustrator.

Will you have coffee with me or talk to me on the phone so I can pick your brain, get feedback on my work or ask you for some career advice?

As much as I love the invitations to have coffee or tea and as much as I love meeting new people and talking about the world of art and illustration, my life is very full, and I rarely have time to take coffee dates, especially with people with whom I’m not already acquainted. I also don’t do paid career consulting sessions, since I want to focus most of my energy on making art. As a matter of policy, I don’t give personal career advice. That said, I do offer many resources for aspiring artists. See the question above for some of them! If you’d like to meet me, I am often at my shop in Portland on Wednesday and Friday afternoons (no guarantees, but I’m usually there). Come to say hello!

Do you accept advertising on your blog?

I do not advertise on my blog.

Will you donate art to my fundraiser/promote my Kickstarter?

I try to donate to as many fundraisers as I am able, but I get a lot of requests and can’t always participate in all of them. I am most apt to donate to causes that are near or dear to my heart or sponsored by people I know. Please email my studio with your request and we’ll let you know if we are able to help.

Can I visit your studio?

I take studio visits from gallery owners, curators, and people interested in purchasing my original work (if I have any available). If you fit into one of those categories, feel free to email me about setting up a visit. I do have a shop located at 687 N Tillamook Street in Portland that sits in the front of my studio. If you visit my shop, you might just get to see my studio! It’s open Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-5 pm.

I would like to interview you for a school paper I am writing/my blog/a print publication. Do you do interviews?

I feel honored that people are interested in featuring my work, and I try to do as many interviews as I am able for as many different purposes as possible. Your best bet is to give me a lot of lead time and make the process as simple for me as possible. That said, even in the best of circumstances, I do not always have time to do interviews, so often I have to say no.

Do you take fine art commissions? Will you make a painting for me or someone I know?

I do take fine art commissions, after I’ve had a discussion with the client about what they’re looking for and we can agree on a size and concept. If you’d like to commission me, just send me an email at hello@lisacongdon.com

Do you design logos or blog headers?

No, I do not design logos or blog headers. Blogs and logos are personal. Blog headers and logos need to show who you are, and I’m never sure my artwork can show who someone else is. Also, I’m not a graphic designer, so layout and incorporating text are not my skill sets. I think it’s best to hire a graphic designer or illustrator who specializes in this kind of work to design your blog header or logo.

Will you design a tattoo for me?

No. I love tattoos. I have a whole bunch of them on my own body. Tattoos are so personal and, well… permanent. I tend to get really anxious when I design tattoos, and I realized it’s because I feel enormous pressure to get them just right, which is practically impossible.