An artist, illustrator and author, Lisa Congdon is one very busy lady! Lisa’s playful touch lends itself to many contexts, whether it’s a collaboration with Comme des Garçons, MoMa or even Harvard University, her unique style will quickly lift the spirits of any brand she’s working with.
I first stumbled upon Lisa’s work on Instagram (of course) but it wasn’t until hearing her speak at Adobe MAX that I learnt she only came into the world of professional illustration relatively late in life, when she was 31 (she is now 52). She explains, ‘I’ve always done illustration as a hobby…I went from this person with no artistic training or connection to art to this person who works with big clients, has 330k followers and is asked to run classes!’
Her talk at Adobe MAX was titled Finding Your Voice; Uncovering The Holy Grail. This is a topic which so many creatives discuss – the importance around ‘finding your voice’ and uncovering where on earth it’s hiding! Lisa reassures us all that ‘There’s no clear picture of what finding what your voice looks like, your voice is always morphing and changing.’
Lisa’s talk was utterly inspiring, even for someone (like me) who doesn’t consider themselves an illustrator or artist. ‘Your voice is your story. Everyone has a story. Your story matters!’ she said.
Lisa finished by giving us all a parting goal – ‘Do something creative every day, even for a few minutes’. Such a simple task which we can ALL take part in – even if you’re not in the creative industry. Thanks Lisa!