The first works I saw by Lisa Lorek via Instagram were composed on pages from a book. Lots of fun and play was evident on the pages. I was smitten so I followed her work. Her style evolved and grew confident. Her sense of play has become sophisticated and elegant yet still fun. Visit her IG feed and enjoy!
1. Your name and title/business name?
Lisa Lorek, Art Director at Global Prairie, Freelance Lettering Artist
2. Do you have a specialty or special style that makes you relatively unique? If so, what?
My style is gritty and feminine. You wouldn’t think those two go together, but there’s something nice about leaving the lettering raw and not taking it to the screen to vectorize it (unless it were for a logo or something). I love the happy accidents and imperfections, but there’s a fine line to how much should be in a piece — I want to make it look purposeful. I also love adding details like flourishes, swirls, flowers, dots, etc.
3. What’s your educational background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?
I took art classes growing up because my parents saw that I never put down a pencil and wanted to support my passion. I went on to study graphic design at the University of Dayton, and even though it was computer-heavy, I still had a love for the foundational classes and getting my hands dirty. At Dayton, I was able to explore painting and illustration by spending two summers as an Artist in Residence on campus.
4. Preferred tool(s) and medium?
Microns are a total go-to. I enjoy working with black pens on white paper, or white pens on black paper. Paint and chalk have always been a little more challenging, but it’s fun to switch it up!
5. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?
When I’m showering, running, or hiking — that period of timing where I can let my mind wander, it always goes to new ideas for projects or what I can do with a current project. I also love browsing Instagram, Behance, and Dribbble for inspiration.
6. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.
My 3 biggest fears are spiders, heights, and the dark. Last summer, I had to do a photoshoot on top of Tower City (Cleveland skyscraper) alone, outside, for 4 hours, on the 46th floor. Not only was I terrified I would fall over the side, but the biggest spiders I’ve ever seen were EVERYWHERE. Thank god I’m not afraid of dead birds too. In the end it was totally worth it.