Over the last few weeks, we’ve taken added a special twist to our usual line-up of “Sneak Peeks.” In addition to featuring behind-the-scenes looks at unique interiors, we’ve decided to showcase the inner workings of some of our favorite artists’ sketchbooks. So far, we’ve taken you through the hand-bound books of Anna Emilia and the eclectic, multimedia work of Courtney Wotherspoon. Today, we’re absolutely delighted to bring you a peek into the work of an artist who is no stranger to any reader of Design*Sponge: Lisa Congdon. One of our all-time favorite artists (and people), Lisa is pretty much the poster-child for prolific creativity—her work as an illustrator, hand-letterer, painter, textile designer, and collecting maven has earned her wide acclaim, numerous product partnerships, and more than a few mentions on our own site (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Her work is at once intricate and playful, a combination of warmth, humor, and what seems to be a genuine, passionate love for the external world. Lisa’s sketchbooks, as more personal extensions of her artistic oeuvre, reflect this same joyful spirit. After the jump, Lisa shares some of her favorite sketchbook pages along with her thoughts about the art of sketchbook keeping. —Max
I do sketch regularly for clients but those sketches I keep in a separate book. My personal sketchbook is really just my secret diary of drawings and ideas. Sometimes the drawings turn into larger projects. For example, the wallpaper line I designed for Hygge and West started out as sketchbook doodles, and so did the tea towels I did with Poketo. When you are an illustrator, you draw a lot for other people — you are often executing other people’s ideas (ie: when you illustrate a book that someone else wrote). So it’s important for me to have a place that is just for my personal ideas and doodles — that no one else will see unless I choose to show them.