So it’s another Aldred’s Artists day here on the blog today and it seems to be that the girls are taking over!!! Today I am humbled to announce that Lisa Prisk, an inspiring illustrator, designer and hand-lettering artist is taking the stage.
I met Lisa back at the University College of Falmouth during our university course and her artwork is just like her spirit. She is a strong confident and humble lady which flows beautifully into her calligraphy and hand-lettering. Each image is strong and colourful with a unique flow and a fun experimentation with texture. (And you all know how much I love texture.) I absolutely love her recent work which involves power quotes through typography written with perfection. (Lisa you need to teach me this- I suck at typography!)
I would like to wish her luck for the future. Anyways without further ado Let’s talk to Lisa herself.
Who are you and what do you do?
Hello! I’m Lisa Prisk, I’m an illustrator and graphic designer. I’m the in-house designer for Tossed, a healthy eating chain, but I also do freelance work & hand-lettering in my spare time.
What’s your background?
I studied Illustration at Falmouth, then moved to London 5 years ago, and worked as a designer at a signs shop and music company before moving to Tossed.
Why do you do what you do? What inspired you?
I have always loved drawing and typography – I remember drawing my own typefaces at primary school, and making up new alphabets. My stepmum is a graphic designer, and inspired me to follow in her footsteps!
How do you work?
I use brush pens and paintbrushes, then scan in artwork and digitally manipulate it using Photoshop or I trace it in Illustrator to vectorise the drawing and clean up the lines.
What work do you most enjoy doing?
I love doing lettering for weddings and baby announcements – it’s just really nice to be involved with happy occasions!
What themes do you pursue?
I’m not sure if I have themes as such, it’s fairly varied work which is why I enjoy it!
Who is your favourite artist or artists?
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
It’s hard to pin-point just one situation – I am continually inspired by other illustrators, as well as books and nature and music.
What makes you angry?
When people think you will work for them for free because it is your ‘hobby’ or because the work is fun! Designers have bills to pay too and work is still work. Luckily this doesn’t happen too often, but it has in the past and can be very frustrating!
What is your dream project?
I’d love to do some lettering for a shop window display for somewhere like Selfridges. Dream big!
Favourite or most inspirational place?
I love going home to Cornwall, being by the sea and around lots of plants and greenery always inspires and relaxes me.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Austin Kleon’s books Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work are great – they’re both full of amazing advice on being an artists in today’s digital world, how to develop your style and show your work to others.
Do you have any projects upcoming or gone that you would like to tell us about?
I recently hand-lettered some pallets for my friend’s wedding, and it was just the dream project – I was painting outside in the sunshine in Cornwall with my schoolfriends, for a really nice reason!
Tell us something about you that people don’t know about?
I’m a bit obsessed with etymology – I don’t know why, I’m just fascinated by language and where words come from…! If I hadn’t gone into Illustration I think I would have studied language.
Thank you again for reading and if you would like to feature in ‘Aldred’s Artists’ please don’t hesitate to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on the links below.