Today's post won't be a long one--I just wanted to share a couple interviews with two of my favorite illustrators.
close-up of Lisa Congdon's work (from Drifter & the Gypsy)
Drifter & the Gypsy did a Career Day-style interview with Lisa Congdon, who I've mentioned a few times on the blog already. One of the reasons why I really adore Lisa in particular because of how down-to-earth and relatable she is. She didn't start her illustration career until she was almost 40, and now she works for clients like Chronicle Books, Urban Outfitters, and Land of Nod. Her style is straight-forward, and it truly speaks for itself.
I am incredibly excited for Lisa's upcoming seminar/class at Makeshift Society, which is a relatively new space for creatives of all types to learn, work, and coexist. They host other workshops and classes that focus on lesser-known topics, such as the principles of starting your own business, creating effective design, and using social media to spread awareness about your work. In this class, Lisa will be going over the fundamentals of the professional illustration world, which is something I've been trying to break into since graduating from college a couple years ago. Unfortunately, living in San Francisco hasn't allowed me to pursue this full-time--but the right things never come easy (or quickly). And I think Lisa demonstrates that.
The Sloping Midnight Line, gouache and ink on paper, 8 x 10 inches
Carson Ellis is one of the first illustrators I started following obsessively. I found her through the work she did for her husband's band, The Decemberists. Her work is rich in content, most of which is inspired by novels, Russian history, and most recently, Norweigian/Scandinavian narratives.
This week, The Morning News offered an in-depth with Carson about her process during this series of works, as well as her perspective on teaching art and her dismal high school experiences. She is charmingly candid and honest, which is always refreshing in interviews.
Hope you guys enjoy these ladies!