Ok I have a question. What are your thoughts on the furry community and what inspired you to draw like this? :) I love your art so much
I’m totally delighted that furries are into BoJack/my art in general. I’ve always drawn this way. When I was six, I drew myself as a cat who dressed and behaved like Weird Al Yankovic (that was the coolest thing I could imagine being).
I read the Furry Fandom wikipedia page to brush up on my knowledge and this description definitely fits : "…interested in fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics," but I’m not a lifestyler & don’t find it erotic (no judgment if you do! just not my thing).
I feel like this a good place to plug this series my partner Adam co-created for College Humor: Furry Force. It’s SO GROSS AND FUNNY.
I love Bojack Horseman!!! How much story/visual humor input did you have? I see a lot of things, particularly in the background, that seem very Lisa. Did you get to dictate actions or behaviors? Diane's story about dreaming of winning Macarthur grant for her Zine about girls at school sounded like Emily's story about hoping to one day win a pulitzer at the new york times for an expose on a boy in her class.
Winning a prestigious award for a piece of revenge writing is the dream of all smart women!
The character actions are totally dictated by Raphael and our brain trust of incredible writers, thank goodness, that’s the hardest thing. But background jokes and visual gags are a team effort - writers, storyboard artists, designers and directors, oh my!
For a lot of the puns, me and supervising director/funny friend Mike Hollingsworth come up with a list of options and pick the one that makes us laugh. My favorite task is designing artwork you see hanging on walls and writing little mugs/t-shirt gags.
Storyboard artist Aaron Long is responsible for “Bradley Hitler-Smith,” which…none of us can shut up about how funny that is.
I’m so proud of this show and all the talented people who helped create it. On the surface it’s a silly comedy with animal puns. Which is wonderful. But, for me, it goes to weirder and weirder places and starts to subvert more expectations the further you get into it. Like holy shit is episode 11 a doozy (in a good way)! I think you’ll dig it.
I’ll be blogging more about specific design stuff after the show airs and you’ve had a chance to enjoy.
For now, I leave you with these off-model BoJacks:
i think you're one of my new favorite artists. does coyote doggirl have its own site? it's kinda hard to read in tumblr format and i'd like to share it with some friends who don't have tumblrs/can't navigate the site that well
This is kinda sneaky, but I don’t mind it being sliiiightly unpleasant to read this comic online (for free) because I hope that eventually people will be motivated to read a printed book (for $). That said, I might realize this is a dumb business model and set up a nice independent site for Coyote D to live. Or create some sort of subscription-based e-book thing? I’m no good at this.
LOS ANGELES – As talking horses go, BoJack is hardly Mr. Ed. Viewers will get their chance to assess the latest equine actor when the 12-episode BoJack Horseman, featuring Will Arnett as the voice of the long-faced title character, becomes available from online programmer Netflix on Aug. 22.
Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg (Save Me, The Exquisite Corpse Project) is joined as an executive producer by Arnett and Paul, with former Disney chief Michael Eisner’s The Tornante Company producing. Graphic artist Lisa Hanawalt designed BoJack.
Here’s a trailer for Bojack Horseman! Coming to Netflix August 22! Get excited!
When cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt was nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s Humor Award for the second time last month, she joked that she was working on a cookbook featuring such recipes as “Hurry-Up Scrambled Eggs” and “Handfuls of Cereal with Maple Syrup Reduction.”
I’ve got a new food-themed book in the works! Hooray!
hey lisa! love your work! just wanted to know what kind of materials you use to make your drawings… they look all so very neat and i always smudge my stuff! could your recommend paper type and other materials to create such beautifully perfect illustrations as yours? hope its not a bother! thank you for being, your work is truly amazing! love your humour! take care!
I’m drawing most stuff digitally these days, using custom brushes made by Kyle T Webster. And even drawings I make by hand get cleaned up in Photoshop, so if I mess up and smudge everything, it’s not a huge deal. Computers!
You can lay down a clean piece of paper under the meat of your drawing hand to prevent smudging, sometimes that helps. Sometimes I wrap a piece of toilet paper around where I grip my pen, if it’s an incontinent pen.
I know you’ve heard this advice before, but it’s true: keep trying materials and papers until you find something you like. Don’t get stuck with one way of doing things! That said, I really like Stonehenge paper + Muji sketchbooks + this carbon ink pen at the moment. Warning: this pen is highly incontinent.
So excited I can finally talk about this amazing project I’ve been putting together over the last few years. Can’t talk about it right now though — we’ve got twelve episodes to write! See you in six months!
Me too! I’m now firmly planted in Los Angeles and working as a production designer on Bojack Horseman. Twelve episodes will be airing later this year on Netflix. STAY TUNED.
- drove to Vermont with my new puppy and crashed at a friend’s place for a few months while I figured out what to do
- drove back to LA and got a job as a secretary/warehouse worker. For two years I did this job during the day and made art/comics most evenings. This seems really idyllic to me in retrospect, but at the time it was probably lonely and hard!