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This week we are sharing a series of stories from the 2013 Global Talent Search Finalists. This includes our Special Studio winner Daniel Roode, and our four runners up, Emily Balsley, Josephine Kimberling, Lizzie Mackay and Vesper Stamper.

Today we are checking in with Vesper Stamper, who was the People’s Choice Finalist…

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What have you have been up to since the 2013 GTS competition?

It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since the first Global Talent Search! So much has happened, and time has just flown by. When I was voted the People’s Choice Finalist in the 2013 GTS, it showed me possibilities beyond what I had been doing, even after 15 years as a freelance illustrator.
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I took a hard look at where I was in my career and decided I needed to make some big moves, take some big risks. I decided to go for a dream I had held for years: to pursue my Master’s. I took a chance, and was one of just a handful of candidates admitted to my dream program: the MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay at the School of Visual Arts, which I will start this fall. I am over the moon! September cannot come soon enough – I look forward to the explosive growth that this intensive program inevitably catalyzes in its graduates. As they say – go big or go home!
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What are you most proud of?
At the annual Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference in New Jersey this June, I won both top prizes for the juried show—the Juried and the Member’s Choice! I’ll have a meeting at a major publishing house this fall. Immediately, I’ve had interest from several agents about my picture book work. It’s given me new confidence in my work and what I, individually, have to offer.
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I have to say that even with the huge successes that have come my way this year, I’ve had to make doubly sure that my priorities are in order. I’m so passionate about my work, it’s easy to let it consume me! But work is so much richer when balanced with the other parts of life. I’ve learned to take better care of myself and my family, and to nurture my soul, where the creativity comes from—the deepest inspiration isn’t always found at the drawing table!
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What did you learn as a result of participating in the Global Talent Search?
Doing the GTS taught me so much. Most of all, I’ve gained a new level of trust for my instinct. It’s been true every time: when I do that and don’t worry about “fitting in” with a certain trend or whether or not I’m the “best” (and there’s no such thing in art!), the work always gets the greatest response. I’ve learned to be ruthless with myself when it comes to showing only my strongest work in submissions (no weak links—if in doubt, leave it out!), but also to trust what is most satisfying to me in my work: a combination of open, painterly space and decorative detail. It’s in staying true to those proclivities, while adapting them to the market you’re pursuing, that helps you stand out from the crowd in your individual style.
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What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering GTS this year?
If I could give one piece of advice for entrants this year, besides “trust your gut”, it would be to unplug as much as possible. Cultivate an analog life. Even if digital is your primary medium, we artists need to be as connected to our senses and the real world around us as possible. It’s tempting to spend so much time researching and promoting that we neglect the things that nurture us: nature, self-care, and especially relationships.
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I’m grateful for everyone’s support in the People’s Choice last year, and to Lilla and the Studio Ladies for being so warm and encouraging! Good luck in this year’s competition, everyone!

All images courtesy of Vesper Stamper. Find out more and connect with Vesper here: website / blog / facebook / twitter

Taking part in the Global Talent Search is fun and will challenge you. If you get to the semi-final (shortlist of top 50) your work will get in front of our stellar panel of judges from across the industry. If you get to the final, by then thousands of people will have seen your work. And the winner wins all of these amazing prizes, including 2 years’ representation from Lilla Rogers Studio. Last year’s winner nearly didn’t enter because she didn’t know if she was ready, or ‘good enough. She was and she won. So might you. But you have to be in it to win it. REGISTER NOW!

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As artists there are many ways to generate income. One particularly rewarding and potentially lucrative option is teaching online. With this exciting prize, Lilla’s producer Beth Kempton of Do What You Love has offered:

1-1 e-course development advice session (via Skype/telephone) plus a free place on the all new E-course Creation Masterclass from Do What You Love.

Beth has produced and delivered online courses which have helped thousands of creative people all over the world to do what they love - she knows how to design, develop, deliver and promote them, ensuring top quality, value for money, and a fantastic community. If you are interested in teaching online, she is your woman.

Lilla says, “Beth is a brilliant, insightful, gifted – and fun – producer who I am honored to work with. You’ll gain invaluable insights from your private one-on-one with Beth!”

This is a fantastic opportunity to consider an alternative income stream, not to mention the fact that the 2014 GTS winner gets represented by Lilla Rogers Studio for two years!

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This week we are sharing a series of stories from the 2013 Global Talent Search Finalists. This includes our Special Studio winner Daniel Roode, and our four runners up, Emily Balsley, Josephine Kimberling, Lizzie Mackay and Vesper Stamper. Today we are checking in with Emily Balsley

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 What have you have been up to since the 2013 GTS competition?

Since the 2013 Global Talent Search, I have been busy working on a multitude of projects, including a few from my dream client list! The variety has been wonderful: from book projects to wedding invitations to gig posters to editorial work – I have had many opportunities to stretch myself and continue to dial my style.
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I joined the Happy Happy Art Collective earlier this year, which has been a wonderful, nurturing experience. I’ve been featured on several blogs and have been named a finalist in the Wisconsin Bride Magazine Best of 2014 for my work with wedding invitations!
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What are you most proud of?
- My self-confidence : I know who I am and the type of art I want to produce. When I’m presented a new challenge, there isn’t hesitation. I put my pen to the paper and create quality work.
- My assertiveness : I seize opportunities and get amazing jobs – putting myself out there pays off!
- My tool box : I am constantly striving to learn new skills and techniques to better myself as an illustrator.
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What did you learn as a result of participating in the Global Talent Search?
- I can now call myself an illustrator. Before GTS I was still building my portfolio and refining my style. After getting into the finals I got the validation I needed. It was Go Time.
- I can do anything I put my mind to.
- There are a TON of talented illustrators out there. But instead of being intimidated, I use them as motivation to do better. There is a place for all of us.
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What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering GTS this year?
Be yourself. Create what you makes you happy. People recognize the love you put into your work!
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All images courtesy of Emily Balsley. Find out more about Emily and connect with her here:

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Taking part in the Global Talent Search is fun and will challenge you. If you get to the semi-final (shortlist of top 50) your work will get in front of our stellar panel of judges from across the industry. If you get to the final, by then thousands of people will have seen your work. And the winner wins all of these amazing prizes, including 2 years’ representation from Lilla Rogers Studio. Last year’s winner nearly didn’t enter because she didn’t know if she was ready, or ‘good enough. She was and she won. So might you. But you have to be in it to win it. Registration closes soon. REGISTER NOW!

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Drum roll please… New for 2014, the Global Talent Search winner will receive…

An all-expenses paid trip to England to participate in a major art event in June 2015!*

We cannot share details at this point as it is a hush-hush project – all will be revealed soon. What we can say is that if you win the 2014 Global Talent Search you are going to have an incredible experience, not to mention the fact that you will be represented by Lilla Rogers Studio for two years!

*Includes economy class air fare from your nearest major airport (if required), at least 3 nights’ accommodation and a daily subsistence allowance. The date and trip location will be confirmed to finalists at the final stage of the competition. Please note this prize is not transferable, the dates will be fixed and there will be no cash or other alternative.

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This week we are sharing a series of stories from the 2013 Global Talent Search Finalists. This includes our Special Studio winner Daniel Roode, and our four runners up, Emily Balsley, Josephine Kimberling, Lizzie Mackay and Vesper Stamper. Today we are checking in with Josephine Kimberling

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What have you have been up to since the 2013 GTS competition?

I’ve been continuing to grow my licensing business and have had multiple lines of product launch – from fabric, stationery, handbags, gift bags and wall art, to housewares and tabletop collections, with more in the works.

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I’ve been inspired to paint, and created a body of work that combines my own digital pattern work as collage with acrylics, spray paint and hand-made stencils for a unique look. I also recently signed with an agent so I could focus my time on what I love most – which is creating more art!

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What are you most proud of?
  1. I picked up painting and finished a body of work that hung in my local Seattle Anthropologie for the month of April
  2. I exhibited at Surtex for the 4th year in a row and for the first time at the Licensing Expo
  3. I signed with an agent, MHS Licensing

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What did you learn as a result of participating in the Global Talent Search?
  1. To be true to my style and my voice
  2. That I enjoyed being challenged to draw things I wouldn’t normally gravitate towards
  3. That there is a huge community of amazing artists out there who are extremely talented and very supportive of each other

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What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering GTS this year?

My one piece of advice would be to push yourself as far as you can within your style and to always do your best work.

All images courtesy of Josephine Kimberling. Find out more about Josephine here.

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Taking part in the Global Talent Search is fun and will challenge you. If you get to the semi-final (shortlist of top 50) your work will get in front of our stellar panel of judges from across the industry. If you get to the final, by then thousands of people will have seen your work. And the winner wins all of these amazing prizes, including 2 years’ representation from Lilla Rogers Studio. Last year’s winner nearly didn’t enter because she didn’t know if she was ready, or ‘good enough. She was and she won. So might you. But you have to be in it to win it. REGISTER NOW!

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We are excited to share this fun new prize for the 2014 Global Talent Search from the lovely people at Badge Bomb:

A 1:1 consultation (via Skype) with Lauren Hay on on how to create both button and magnet art as small as 1” round.  Lauren is co-owner and creative director of Badge Bomb, who manufactures tiny pieces of art in the USA and sells them around the planet. The winner will also receive a free button magnet set from Badge Bomb featuring their own art with the possibility of a licensing opportunity.
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How cool is that?

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Monday, July 21st, 2014
Zoe Ingram’s GTS prize complete!

Hello! I wanted to share my excitement with you! The book I illustrated right after the Global talent Search is now available for pre order!

As you know, I worked on this book right after winning the Global Talent Search, all through Christmas and New Year, and having never illustrated a book before it felt like a REALLY daunting task, not least because it has 900 illustrations in it… that’s a lot of drawing over a 3 month period! But what fantastic opportunity. It turned out to be a great challenge and

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I loved the exploration. I think it has really helped my in my other work too, finding new and different ways to draw.

You can pre-order it here if you’re in the USA or here – if you’re in the UK and it’s available from mid October this year! You can also buy it direct from the Quarry Books website! f you’re in Australia and would like to pre-order it you can on the Book Depository website with free delivery!

Big, BIG thanks to the lovely folks at Quarry Books for making this happen and also to LRS for getting me such a great (dream come true) job! – Zoe

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Over the next week we will be sharing a series of stories from the 2013 Global Talent Search Finalists. This includes our Special Studio winner Daniel Roode, and our four runners up, Emily Balsley, Josephine Kimberling, Lizzie Mackay and Vesper Stamper. First up, we caught up with Lizzie Mackay, who has this to share one year on from GTS 2013:

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What have you have been up to since the 2013 GTS competition?

What a year, I haven’t stopped! After the GTS, I went straight into plan B. Surtex in New York was definitely a huge highlight of my year. Myself and my three designer friends formed Dotty Wren Studio and took ourselves off to New York in May. It was incredibly hard work but more than worth it.
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I’ve also been so lucky to work with some of the nicest clients all through the year on literally ‘dream’ projects. Honestly, I could pinch myself. I’m excited to see what’s coming up next, and to keep pushing my work forward. 
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What are you most proud of from this past year?
  • How far I’ve come in just twelve months. 
  • Exhibiting at Surtex and turning a dream into reality.
  • Being a Dotty Wren. I now count the other wrens (Sue, Wendy and Dawn) as true friends. We support each other through the ups and downs and give each other the courage that we can achieve anything. 
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What are the most important things you learned from taking part in the Global Talent Search? 
  • You don’t have to be the winner to win! You can make your own dreams happen too. 
  • Always have a Plan B up your sleeve. That way, it’s not the end of the world if you don’t win. I firmly believe that when one door shuts, another one will open for you.
  • Don’t overthink your design/artwork. Know when it’s ready, or, if it’s not working, to be brave and start again.
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What one piece of advice would you give to anyone considering entering the competition this year?

With each brief, keep in mind who will be buying the products. Knowing your target audience is important. Combine this with your own style and you’re good to go! 

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All images in this post are courtesy Lizzie Mackay. Find out more about Lizzie and Dotty Wren Studio here: website/blog/Facebook/Twitter

Taking part in the Global Talent Search is fun and will challenge you. If you get to the semi-final (shortlist of top 50) your work will get in front of our stellar panel of judges from across the industry. If you get to the final, by then thousands of people will have seen your work. And the winner wins all of these amazing prizes, including 2 years’ representation from Lilla Rogers Studio. Last year’s winner nearly didn’t enter because she didn’t know if she was ready, or ‘good enough. She was and she won. So might you. But you have to be in it to win it. REGISTER NOW!

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What happens if you invest a lot of time, money and energy into exhibiting at a show like Surtex and then you weren’t ‘discovered’ and you didn’t have the kind of overnight success you had secretly dreamed of. It’s a very valid question, but one that no one really talks about. It’s the elephant in the room when people talk about exhibiting at big shows. But I know it’s the reality for many people, and if you are one of them, this is for you:

Let me tell you something. This industry is tough, and making it big takes time. There is fabulous work everywhere. It is easy to get jealous, distracted or disheartened. But the truth is there is room for everyone, and you have to keep making pieces and putting them out in the world. People by your joy, so have some fun!

If you haven’t already signed up I would really encourage you to join us for the 2014 Global Talent Search, as it is the perfect way to do just that.

Let me tell you something else. Last year’s winner, Zoe Ingram, thought she wasn’t good enough and nearly didn’t register. In the end she went for it, and she won. And she has been stacked with work like this ever since.

The 2014 Global Talent Search is not just about finding a winner (although the prizes are pretty amazing if you win). It’s about the courage to enter, the discipline to deliver, and the buzz of being part of something exciting. It’s about getting assignments and making art as much as showcasing your work and maybe getting shortlisted, into the final, or even winning (as someone will, and it might just be you).

Don’t let this opportunity pass. Get involved in the 2014 Global Talent Search. The assignments are exciting, challenging and fun, and you will be part of something with major buzz around it.

Registration closes soon – don’t miss out on this life-changing opportunity (and reason to have fun making great art!) REGISTER NOW!

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