Hello there, I am Lisa Maria Gierlinger, an Austrian artist. Mona is the nickname which my best friend and soulmate gave me once. I loved it so much, that I’d called myself Lisa Mona since then. Also, I like the tongue-in-cheek analogy to the famous work of Da Vinci.
I finished my master’s degree at the University of Applied Sciences, Upper Austria in February 2019. My focus is on the art of animation. So, I keep myself busy with storytelling, character design and how to make unique animated films. I’d love to travel around the world and learn about new cultures and different lifestyles.
I was born and raised in a little village in Upper Austria. Since childhood, I’d started as an avid doodler. I kept up with the drawing and went to Linz. There I studied graphic design at the HTL for Graphic- and Communication Design. (This is the Federal Secondary College of Engineering in Austria.) Upon graduation, I worked at several companies as a graphic designer and web developer. I am still very passionate about developing beautiful designs, based on my practical experience. But the work in advertising agencies wasn’t quite fulfilling for me as an artist. I wanted to go even further in developing my art. This is why I decided to study again. I truly believe that the secret of success is to deeply love with all your heart what you’re creating.
As a filmmaker, I love to build up an idea from scratch to finish. I create new characters, based on the people I met every day and beyond. I dive deep into the psychology of the figure to define what a character is and how he or she has to look like. Also, I love to explore how a figure moves. Since childhood, I have been very interested in acting and how to express emotions with movement.
I’m available for freelance work, as for illustration and art direction. Shoot me an email at email@example.com if you’d like to discuss work or tell a good joke.
2d/3d animation, stop-motion, drawing people (portraits), character design, book illustrations, game art.