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Lisa Congdon: 365 Days of Hand Lettering

Lisa Congdon - 365 Days of Hand Lettering

On January 1, Lisa Congdon began an incredibly ambitious project. She set out to post a new hand-lettered illustration every single day for the year.

I suck at anything that has to be done every single day. Honestly I don’t even brush my teeth every day.

But she did it! Today Lisa posted her 365th hand-lettered illustration.

Check out the entire project on her blog. Here are a handful of my favorites from the project.

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Traverse City Art Show

Traverse City Art Show Poster

I’m happy and proud to announce a new solo art show opening this Thursday at the Ledbetter Gallery in Traverse City.

Earlier this year I had several other themed shows on music and film, but I’m looking forward to this chance to display a lot of various works that many who only made it to those other exhibits might have missed.

I’ll also have some new work like St. Eustace on display that I’m really excited about.

Everyone in northern Michigan is invited to come get a high-five and some artwork for holiday gifts. There will be art available from a wide variety of prices (from $5 – $2000), so something for everyone!

Preview some of the artwork that will be available at this Traverse City show in my portfolio, and RSVP on Facebook.

See you there!


Traverse City Art Show · Ledbetter Gallery

Thursday, November 29, 2012
5:30pm
1129 Studio C
Tru Fit Trouser Building
Woodmere Ave.
Traverse City, MI 49686

New Painting: The Conversion of St. Eustace

St. Eustace artwork painting of St. Eustace

You might recognize the stag with a cross in his antlers from the Jägermeister logo. What you may not know is that the mark is a reference to St. Hubertus. This 7th century bishop has become a patron saint, but his story is intertwined with another earlier mythological church figure that I find even more interesting—Saint Eustace

The Legend of Saint Eustace

According to the legend, a lascivious 2nd century Roman general named Placidus was deep in the forest hunting when he saw a vision of Christ in a stag’s antlers. He immediately converted to Christianity, was baptized along with his whole family, and changed his name to Eustace.

After enduring a lifetime of trial, including temporarily losing his wife to a pirate captain and his boys to wolves and lions, the family miraculously persevered through it all to finally be reunited. Their joy was short-lived, however, when they were burned to death by the emperor for refusing to offer a pagan sacrifice.

St. Eustace and the Church

For hundreds of years before being dismissed by the Catholic church as fantasy, Saint Eustace was the patron saint of hunters, hence his and Hubertus’s veneration by Jägermeister—a digestif brewed from a variety of forest roots and  herbs.

About the Piece

For whatever reason, I’ve connected with this guy Eustace. Real or not, I can identify with his suffering and his connection to the forest, and I’ve spent the past few years trying to imagine how to portray his story. I finally lucked out with this concept assembled from a bunch of scrap lumber – collected from the junk pile behind Odom’s, off the side of the road at Apple Fence Co. in Grawn, random lumber yards and from my own backyard.

I’m dedicating this piece to all my friends out there in the woods trying to find food for their families. Shoot straight & safe, fellows!


This original artwork is still available. Contact me to purchase today.

Or call: 231-944-8622


Check out detail images of this piece and others from the show in my Fine Art Portfolio 

Weidmannsheil

The Jagermeister label also features the first verse from a fanastic german poem by Oskar von Riesenthal called Weidmannsheil. I love it so much I tried to incorporate it into the painting, but almost ruined the whole thing in the process:

Weidmannsheil

This is the hunter’s honor:
That he protects and cherishes the animals,
That he hunts as he should:
That he honors the Creator in the creation.

Hate reigns over the war bullet,
But love for the animals aims the rifle.
When you eat every day consider if your animals are starving,
That your animals don’t starve.

Guard it before man and animal,
Shorten his mortal fear,
Be tough outside, and lenient inside,
Then your honor may shine.


Thanks to graphic designer Karl Noelle for help with the translation

Illustration Psychoanalysis, Please

Insane illustration

I was talking with my illustration agent the other day and she asked what I thought was a really weird question. Her client apparently was curious to know if I were capable of illustrating more than one character in a scene. She asked if I had some other work that maybe she hadn’t seen yet.

I was a little flabbergasted by the question… of COURSE I can! What do you mean?

So I took a look back at the past 3 years of illustrating and was pretty disturbed by what I discovered.

Essentially every single illustration I’ve done featuring a “person” (human or otherwise) is only a single character in the scene. Observe:

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Old & New: Miracles

Old & New Project is an ongoing collaborative biblical art collection that I started with Jim LePage. This week I put together this little animated trailer for the new round of designs launching this Monday, September 24th!

The theme for the round is (obviously) Miracles, and the roster of contributing artists consists of some of our favorite graphic artists & illustrators. One of the coolest aspects of the project is that contributors come from across the faith spectrum—from evangelical to atheist.

Check out the 24 pieces from the first round and follow along on Facebook or Twitter so you won’t miss any of the new stories!