Q+A with Lisa Hanawalt

“Q+A: Lisa Hanawalt” / Linework NW / April 12, 2015

Linework NW is at its heart a gathering of remarkable creators, editors, illustrators, cartoonists, and publishers who represent some of the best work that is being produced in these mediums today.

Each day from now until the show we are going to be highlighting the amazing creators of Linework NW in a series of short interviews. Today’s Q+A, conducted by Ross Jackson, will be spotlighting artist Lisa Hanawalt.

If you were a dog, what tricks would you know?
I’m a dog in the year 2014:I play dead whenever I hear  "BEYONCE" and I get back up when I hear “FLAWLESS.”

What is a typical art warm up for you?
I cry and read blogs until I finally open my sketchbook, then I draw all kinds of animals/objects/plants or whatever is in front of me. I don’t do art warm-ups in any structured way, but I often get frustrated and upset with a drawing, only to realize that I forgot to sketch first. Sketching is important.

Your column for Lucky Peach is my favorite thing to read about food and on one occasion, my favorite thing to read about otters. What is your ultimate culinary fantasy and what animals are involved?
I’d like to go on a horseback trek through a wild and open land where we can make frequent stops at burger joints.

Who outside of the world of comics and illustration is inspiring you right now?
My friend Ryan just sent me a Shamir music video and now I’m obsessed with him. I’m also listening to a lot of Gramme, Tv on the Radio, and Hot Chip.

Tv shows inspiring me right now: Broad City, Playing House, Bee & Puppycat, Better Call Saul, Over the Garden Wall.

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