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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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How Ya Feelin, MCA?

illustration by Troy DeShano

There is something that happens when you cross a dark valley.

If you’re lucky enough to reach the other side, you discover all these other individuals who had been in there with you. People you know, some you don’t and some whom you never will. They are all down there together, you just can’t see one another through the pitch black.

But when you’ve made it out, whether by scraping and clawing; being dragged or drugged, the valley leaves you charged with static electricity.

You don’t know it’s there, and you don’t know the next person has it until you come in contact… and then something pops.

Whenever I see or hear stories of cancer, I get really emotional.

I somehow managed to make it through that movie 50/50 recently, despite the knots of familiarity in my stomach, but today when I heard that  that Adam Yauch (aka MCA) had died, it really got to me.

He was my favorite Beastie, and though I’ve always rooted for those guys as underdogs, I’ve been rooting just that much harder for him these past few years.

It’s tough to hear, man.

But little do you know about something that I talk about

I’m tired of driving it’s due time that I walk about

Subterranean Homesick Blues

Subterranean Homesick Blues

illustration by Troy DeShano[/caption]

Illustration inspired by the iconic Bob Dylan Subterranean Homesick Blues music video.

Maggie comes fleet foot
Face full of black soot
Talkin’ that the heat put
Plants in the bed but
The phone’s tapped anyway
Maggie says that many say
They must bust in early May
Orders from the DA
Look out kid
Don’t matter what you did
Walk on your tip toes
Don’t try, ‘No Doz’
Better stay away from those
That carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose
Watch the plain clothes
You don’t need a weather man
To know which way the wind blows.

from “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” Bob Dylan

Prints & other (awesome) merchandise featuring this illustration is available in the Strong Odors Society6 shop!