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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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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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Odorifous: Lisa Congdon

Reindeer by Lisa Congdon

Lisa Congdon is inspiring to me because (like me) she’s a self-taught artist—no fancy art school, no grad school connections with whom to jump-start careers—and didn’t start working as an artist until she was in her thirties.

She’s one of those people that give the self-taught, mid-thirties, bible-college-grad like me a bit of hope for this “career” I’m working on.

Because I have a tendency to want to do everything NOW.

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Odorifous: Ward Jenkins

Every so often I’ll come across an artist whose work is at once incredibly familiar yet totally unique.

Such is the case with Ward Jenkins.

I’ve been following Ward’s work for so long I can barely remember how I first discovered him. But I’m pretty sure it was when Grain Edit mentioned him back in the spring of 09… since that was right around the time I was discovering my great love for mid-century style.

And nobody does mid-century style like Ward. Read more