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! — Asked by monstruosimaginarios

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. 

Tuca goes to the deli!!! Click through to read the whole comic.


Tuca goes to the deli!!! Click through to read the whole comic.

The new Lucky Peach Street Food Issue is out and I have four pages of fun in it!

Buy/Subscribe and read about my adventures running around the streets of NY, eating dirty water dogs and train churros and licking sidewalks!

Hi Lisa. I am quite old and I have no children. How can I leave behind a lasting trace of my physical body that will never die? — Asked by itshotdogcityinhere


You can’t, man. :(

I mean, even with stuff you do leave behind (see above), how long does it have to last to be a lasting trace? A generation? 300 years? And how will you personally get to enjoy the lasting?

Happy Sunday!

For mature audiences only

For mature audiences only

Coyote Doggirl

Chapter 3, Part 3


So this just got to happen :). This awesome client was inspired by Lisa Hanawalt’s “My Dirty Dumb Eyes” #adtc #tattoosbytammie #hotdogpigeon #weinerpigeon #mydirtydumbeyes #lisahanawalt

omg Pigeon with a Hot Dog TATTOO!!!


So this just got to happen :). This awesome client was inspired by Lisa Hanawalt’s “My Dirty Dumb Eyes” #adtc #tattoosbytammie #hotdogpigeon #weinerpigeon #mydirtydumbeyes #lisahanawalt

omg Pigeon with a Hot Dog TATTOO!!!

A Letter to Roxy

One of my dear friends, my brother’s girlfriend, the most magical and lovely person, passed away three months ago and I’m still trying to process it.

Here’s a letter to Roxy.

Book cover designed for Patricia Lockwood’s forthcoming masterpiece, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals.

This book is coming out soon from Penguin. IT’S FCKIN’ NUTS. I recommend placing a pre-order.

Many thanks to AD Alison Forner and to Patricia Lockwood, the barb-toothed, bug-covered, wild muse of my dreams.

Bojack Horseman


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.


There are all kinds of goodies available now that The Beguiling is representing sales of some of my originals. Check it out!

UPDATE: The Beguiling website is having some technical issues, so if you’re having trouble, just send a message to mail@beguiling.com and tell them which pieces you’d like to purchase.

And if originals aren’t your thing, I have some new prints available from InPrnt!

What did you do when you first graduated college? — Asked by wearthegoldhat

I graduated from UCLA with an art degree in 2006 and then I:

- worked on a webcomic with my friend Raphael

- did odd jobs I found on Craigslist

- got a puppy

- 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!

Juxtapoz magazine kindly ran an eight-page feature on my artwork in their January “Imagination” Issue! Huge thanks to Alex Pardee for asking me to be in this.

Photos by photographer Bryan Derballa, who was remarkably game to run around with Santa Claus and me after dark in Tompkins Square Park.

Coyote Doggirl

Chap. 3, part 2


And just like that, it was love.
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