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Inside the Studio with Lisa Brown, Illustrator of The Two Mutch Sisters

The Children’s Book Review | April 25, 2018

Books illustrated by Lisa Brown include Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket and her own The Airport Book. She lives in San Francisco.

Inside Lisa Brown’s Studio

My studio is a little in-law apartment in the basement of a house. To get there I have to make my way through a garage stuffed with stuff. It’s like a secret lair. It is also stuffed with stuff, mostly in piles. I am a very neat person on the outside, but in the inside, I am a secret slob. I have a ridiculous amount of books.


In the house upstairs live my high school prom date and his husband. When they are home, they bring me coffee… which leads me to my creative process.

A cup of coffee and a sink

Lisa Brown’s Creative Process

My creative process involves a great amount of procrastination and an equally great amount of coffee. I tend to get waylaid by clearing my email inbox, prepping for the illustration class I teach at the California College of Art, and, of course, making sure things are in neat piles.

A vase of flowers on a tableIn the beginning of a project, I always start with the text, and move on to brainstorming doodles. I take long walks and sit in cafés and scribble. And my New Year’s resolution from four years ago was to post a sketch on my Tumblr for every day of the year, and it’s continued. It’s the only resolution I’ve ever kept in my life. It is a source of inspiration and a place for me to hone my practice and experiment without the fear of having to produce something for publication hanging over my head.

When I have enough material, I move on to storyboarding out the entire book, determining what goes on each page. Final art happens usually in pen or brush and india ink, traced with a lightbox onto watercolor paper. After watercoloring over the ink, I scan into the computer for a bit of cleanup.


A person sitting at a table

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The Two Mutch Sisters BookThe Two Mutch Sisters

Written by Carol Brendler

Illustrated by Lisa Brown

Publisher’s Synopsis: A playful look at sisterhood and honoring differences when having some things in common doesn’t mean having everything in common.

The two Mutch sisters have two of everything, and Violet believes they are as perfectly matched as the objects in their collections.

Ruby, however, has other ideas. And she’s ready to do something about them.

Carol Brendler and Lisa Brown present a silly, surprising, and insightful tale about staying close while respecting differences as Violet and Ruby prove that sometimes it takes a sister to know what a sister really needs.

Ages 4-7 | Publisher:Clarion Books | 2018 | ISBN-13: 978-0544430747

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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