BFA Illustration, 2002
Illustrator/designer/art director Lisel Ashlock has developed a broad client list, from high-circulation magazines as GQ, Spin, Out, and Playboy and media corporations such as Sony, the New York Times, and The Weinstein Group (The King's Speech) to retail giants Abercrombie & Fitch and Sephora.
Her most notable accomplishment to date was creating the book cover art and design for My Escapee, by Corinna Vallianatos (Penguin Books). She also provided artwork for Jon Stewart's Earth (Pentagram).
Ashlock also recently completed an assignment for the design firm Stranger & Stranger, where she worked with its designers to create a custom wine label for client VML Winery.
She has no regrets about her education: "The Illustration Program at CCA is incredible. It’s so well rounded and thorough with a great balance of technique, concept, and the business aspects of illustration. Assignments span every type of project you could get as a professional, and the encouragement to explore different mediums is amazing.
"At the same time, faculty are always making sure each student has a very strong core in the basics of drawing and painting."
She credits the late CCA Illustration chair Dugald Stermer for much of her inspiration. "Long after graduation he continued to be a constant support and source of motivation and inspiration. Other important mentors: Robert Hunt, Barron Storey, and Mark Eanes.