Lisa DeJohn

I'm a kook surfer who’s great at math, my house is surrounded by apple trees and my guilty pleasures are mug hoarding and sesame candy.



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Where do you live?
Among the beautiful rolling hills of West Newbury, MA

Where have you lived?
Northville, MI. Dearborn, MI. Barrington, IL. Eugene, OR. Portland, OR. West Newbury, MA.

What medium do you use?
Acrylics, Oils, scrapbook paper, wallpaper, matte medium, burlap, colored pens and pencils. My favorite pencil is the Papermate Sharpwriter.

How do you stay inspired?
By looking at books, blogs, magazines, the outdoors and by listening to GREAT music. By looking very closely at things.

Where do you buy your art supplies?
I find a lot of materials in thrift stores and yard sales. But I buy a lot of supplies at Utrecht, Michaels, Dick Blicks and fabric stores too.

Do you work traditionally or digitally?
A combination. I make a lot of collages, do a lot of sketching and painting. For much of my illustration work I will do pencil drawings and then finish them in Illustrator.

What color combination are you most excited about right now?
Aqua, red and orange.

What blog(s) do you read?
Design*Sponge, Angry Chicken, >O <, Camilla Engman, Wonting, Fine Little Day, Orange You Lucky, WNYC’s RadioLab, Decor8, Starling: Song of the Day, and Print and Pattern to name a bunch.

Why do you like being an illustrator in 10 words or less?
I get to draw fun things for a living!

If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
I’d probably be a full time painter and sell prints on Etsy or from my web site. Or maybe I’d be a ballerina or a chickadee :)

What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?
I would love to design fabric (Marimekko) or for wallpaper and I’d really love to get more into designing for housewares! I’d also love to do a series of wooden toys of animals and shapes… fun!

Name something you do in your spare time.
Visit my local greenhouse because the plants are beautiful and it always smells and feels so good in the greenhouse. Visiting my husband in his art studio. I also love to Sudoku!

What’s the strangest work experience you’ve ever had?
I was a photo assistant for a few years in Portland Oregon and I did a shoot with Jim Rose (from the Jim Rose Circus). At the end of the photo shoot Mr. Rose wanted Me and the photographer to take him fishing, so we did.

What are you reading now?
NYT Science Times

Where would you like to travel to next?
Austria, I just saw the Sound of Music again after not seeing it since I was a little girl and it looks so beautiful.

What’s your favorite TV show?
30 Rock and John Adams on HBO

What’s your favorite NPR show?
WNYC’s Radio Lab and This American Life

What movie have you seen several times?

Who is your favorite cartoon character?
Lisa Simpson

What is your favorite cheese?

If you could name a nail polish, what would you name it?
Snowflake because how cute to have snowflakes on your fingers and toes?!

Do you wear shoes when you do art?

What do you listen to while you work?
KEXP Seattle and NPR podcasts

What artist are you reincarnated from?
Combo of Paul Klee and Hundertwasser maybe

What’s your middle name?

What do you wish your middle name was?

If you could eat only one food, what would it be?

How do you stay in shape?
Eat more little meals and get to the gym every once and a while

How do you take your coffee?
honey and milk

Whom would you like to meet?
Alexander Calder if I could, Camilla Engman (she seems so nice) and Lena Corwin (I love every single thing she posts on her blog).

What recent illustration job have you enjoyed doing?
I love them all for different reasons! Definitely Chronicle books was really fun, they do such beautiful packaging design and the products will end up being gorgeous. Also, The Land of Nod bedding and catalog covers have been very exciting and the Mesa del Sol water tower has been an amazing experience!

What was your favorite illustration assignment?
I loved working on the water tower because it has a strong representation of my painting style which is at the heart of my work. My organic and whimsical shapes are found in all of my illustration and art work.

Animal Planet
Art Press
Chronicle Books
Deutch Inc
Fisher Price
Flow Magazine
Gartner Studios
Glow Magazine
Godiva Chocolatier
Graphique de France
Greenbox Art
Health Magazine
The Land of Nod
Mesa del Sol
Nabaiji Swimwear
Oopsy Daisy
Pinball Publishing
Random House
Red Rooster Fabrics
Romantic Homes Magazine
Spa Magazine
TeNeues Publishing
Timber Press
Up With Paper
Urban Outfitters
Usborne Publishing
Wallies Wall Art
Wheatpaste Art Collective

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