Lisa Grabenstetter

I have 9 years of cumulative design experience,
many versions of adobe suite programs mastered!
I'm skilled in watercolor and colored pencil work, with further experience in various forms of printmaking.

I'm always looking for challenging subjects to draw and interesting stories to convey through design.


Politics & Prose Bookstore

I arrange book signings and author appearances all over the DC region, with authors as big as
Hillary Clinton and Tim Shriver. I also do the
design and layout for the store’s yearly anthology of local DC authors.

Freelance 2006-current
(illustrator, designer)

I’ve laid out books and literary magazines,
illustrated their covers and their stories. Most
recent: contributed illustrations to Lightspeed Magazine’s Women Destroy Science Fiction and Lackington’s Magazine.

AM Patent Drawings 2012
(technical illustrator)

I used vector programs to create patent illustrations
compliant with international patent design specifications. Everything from machines that
lay railroad ties to devices for scooping dog poo: they all need illustrations for their patent filing!

ASET International 2006-2012
(graphic designer, desktop publisher)

I handled design and language localization for 21 international translations of the Partylite Candle Catalog. Learned how challenging it is to fit Finnish into a page build to hold English!


Cleveland Institute of Art
(class of 2008
BFA in Printmaking
Minors in drawing, bookbinding


Ragnarock Press (Genius Loci Anthology) • Lackington's Magazine • Lightspeed Magazine (Women Destroy Science Fiction Anthology) • GUD Magazine • Crossed Genres Magazine • Fireside Magazine • Village by the Sea (tabletop roleplaying game) • AE - The Canadian Science Fiction Review • The Future Fire Magazine Innsmouth Free Press Magazine • Megadev (video game developer) • 826DC (literacy nonprofit)

Software proficiency

Adobe creative suite (photoshop, illustrator, indesign, dreamweaver) • Quark • Freehand • Microsoft office suite

Currently available for

  • Cover art
  • Editorial illustration
  • Roleplaying and collectible card game illustration, concept art
  • 2D video game concept art and character design
  • Storyboarding
  • Technical Illustration
Using Format