Tisha Lee

I happily work out of a light-filled studio in my backyard with a few dogs at my feet. I mostly use gouache for my illustrations and find inspiration in the details and diversity of everyday life.

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Where do you live?
Sacramento, CA – where Lady Bird was filmed.

Where have you lived?
All over California – from Los Angeles to Eureka

What medium do you use?
Gouache and Crayon

How do you stay inspired?​ ​
Travelling, listening to all kinds of music and art history

Where do you buy your art supplies?
In-person, at the store down the street.

Do you work traditionally or digitally?
Mostly traditionally with a little Photoshop thrown in there

What color combination are you most excited about right now?
Magenta, Sap Green, & Ash Yellow

Why do you like being an illustrator in 15 words or less?
It’s nice to communicate and express an idea visually. It’s like a magic trick.

If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
Tap dancer

What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?
Writing and illustrating my own picture book

Name something you do in your spare time.
Dancing around the house with my dogs

What recent book do you recommend for a good read?
​A Gentleman in Moscow

Where would you like to travel to next?
Stockholm or Mexico City

What podcasts do you like?
This American Life & Rick Steves’ Europe

What show have you binge-watched?
His Dark Materials & The Mindy Project

What’s your favorite movie?

Who is your favorite cartoon character?

What is your favorite cheese?
Vegan Mozzarella

If you could name a nail polish, what would you name it?
“Watermelon in the South of France”

Do you wear shoes when you do art?

What do you listen to while you work?
Classical and New Wave (I’m sure there’s some correlation there!)

What artist are you reincarnated from?
Marc Chagall

What’s your middle name?

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

How do you stay in shape?
A long run

How don’t you stay in shape?

What is your current favorite font?
Anything with a good serif

How do you take your coffee?
With almond milk and honey, please

Whom would you like to meet?
Iggy Pop and Martha Stewart because they have lived such full and interesting lives.

Client List

Artfully Walls
Oxford University Press
Marker Learning
Quarto Kids
Yeehoo Press

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