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Ta-da! We were blown away by the level of talent in this year’s Global Talent Search and are excited to reveal the Top 50 artists who will proceed to Round 2 – the Semi-Final! Congratulations to everyone who entered. It was extremely difficult to narrow down the entries from 999 (from 50 countries!) when there was such an abundance of top submissions. Take a look and savor the beauty! We are so eager to see what our Semi-Finalists do for the second assignment.

Before we reveal the Top 50, here is Lilla with some thoughts on the decision making process, and some tips for everyone who participated, whether you made the Semi Final or not…

Click here to download a summary of how Lilla and her team approached the shortlisting – you may find it valuable reading!

In the video Lilla mentions her online course Make Art That Sells. This class has already transformed the careers of thousands of artists.

You could be next. Join us here.

And now for the big reveal… these are our Top 50 pick from the outstanding work submitted.

Meet our 2014 GTS Semi-Finalists (in no particular order)!

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Andie Hanna

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Angie Rozelaar

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Anisa Makhoul

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Kellie Bloxsom

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Jennifer Orkin Lewis

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Bee Brown

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Srdana Modrinic

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Chris Lensch

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Diane Neukirch

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Doris Lee

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Liz Ablashi

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Irene Chan

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Erica Hite

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Erin Dorholt

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Flora Waycott

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Gill Eggleston

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Harriet Mellor

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Heather Fortin

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Ine Beerten

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Jana Curll

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Jan Avellana

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Karma Voce

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Kat Kalindi Cameron

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Kate Mason

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Katie Doucette

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Lindsay Gardner

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Lucky Nielsen

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Lucy Banaji

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Lynette Taylor

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Malu Lenzi

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Maria Parrish

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Monika Forsberg

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Nancy Lemon

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Nastja Holtfreter

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Nikki Upsher

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Simone Downey

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Petra Haemmerleinova

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Phrosne Ras

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Rachael Schafer

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Rachel Mosley

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Rebecca Jones

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Sara Gardner

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Sarah Ehlinger

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Stephanie Chambers

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Sue Dennen

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Tara Lilly

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Tatjana Maiwyss

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Tjarda Borsboom

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Victoria Johnson

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We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the first round of the 2014 Global Talent Search. Putting yourself out there is a tough thing to do, and every experience like this is a great learning for your career.

You can see a gallery of all 999 submitted pieces here.

What happens next? 

The semi-finalists will be sent their next Assignment by email, which is due for submission by Thursday 4 September (9am PST / 12 noon EST / 5pm GMT/UK). These will then be shared in an online gallery which will be open for public voting from Monday 8 – Friday 12 September. Details will be released on this blog on Monday 8. The artist with the most votes will be the ‘People’s Choice Finalist’.

At the same time our panel of judges will review all the work and make their recommendations for the final.

Six artists will be selected for the Final, of which five will be chosen by the judges and one will be the ‘People’s Choice Finalist’.

Good luck everyone!

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Join us for Make Art That Sells, to learn everything you need to know about creating and selling work in the top 10 markets for art – from home decor and gift to children’s picture books and paper. Find out more and register here. 

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Monday, August 18th, 2014
Hsinping’s Wedding Invitation

Hsinping writes:

“I got married this May and would like to share my wedding invitation with you.
My husband and I often hang out at a small hill with some funny lambs sculptures on it. So I thought it would be fun to add them in the invitaions.

I made 2 color tones for the invitation, one is green and one is red. In the end I decided to print the red one. Because red is the traditional color for wedding in Taiwan. I am glad that it comes out well.:)

Here are my thank you card and a small logo.
Hope you like it
Thank you!”

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Using Susy’s Always Blooming collection, three designers came up with these 3 free quilt patterns found here at P&B Fabrics (scroll down to the bottom 1/4 of page). You can purchase Susy’s fabric online here and here.

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Monday, August 4th, 2014
Allison’s rug for Land of Nod

Wowza! I just love this alphabet! See this and more of Allison Cole’s art here at Land of Nod!

 

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On the eve of the Global Talent Search registration closing (Thursday is the last day to register), we wanted to share an insight into the upcoming Global Talent Search from a judge’s perspective. Art Director Margo Tantau of Midwest-CBK is one of the founding judges of the competition and was responsible for turning last year’s winner’s art into an incredible home decor line.

Lilla’s producer Beth Kempton caught up with Margo to find out what she looks for when judging, and reveals some of the actual products that are now available as a result of the 2013 winner’s prize. If you are registered for GTS, be sure to watch for some top tips and insight. And if you haven’t yet registered, we hope this video will help bring the competition to life, so you can see this is a very real competition with very real prizes that could seriously change your career.

Tomorrow is the last day to register. Go on, take the leap and register now. Someone has to win and it might just be you.

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Want to know more about what happened to last year’s Finalists? Click below to see what they have been up to (HINT: They have been very busy!)

ZOE INGRAM (Grand Prize Winner)

DANIEL ROODE (Special Studio Winner)

VESPER STAMPER

EMILY BALSLEY

LIZZIE MACKAY

JOSEPHINE KIMBERLING

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Last year the quality of entries was so high that we decided to offer a Special Studio Award in addition to the Grand Prize (which went to Zoe Ingram). The Special Studio Award was won by Daniel Roode, who won two years’ representation from Lilla Rogers Studio.

This past year has been an exciting one for Daniel, which has seen him stacked with work on lots of great jobs. Lilla’s producer Beth Kempton checked in with Daniel to find out more about what he has been up to, and what advice he would offer to anyone taking part this year (6 minutes):

You can see more of Daniel’s work here. And you can take his advice and ‘Dive in’ to the 2014 Global Talent Search here.

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As the deadline for registering for the 2014 Global Talent Search rapidly approaches, we are excited to unveil one final prize…

A greetings card license with Design House Greetings! 

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Design House Greetings works with super secret clients to produce awesome greeting card lines, and we are grateful to Company President Ceci Butler for this opportunity.

Have you registered yet? Time is running out – registration closes on Thursday and the first brief is release on August 5. ENTER NOW! You’ve got to be in it to win it!

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We are very excited to get to share with you a new licensed product with one of our fun designs that can now be found on kids clothing with Jelly the Pug (sold through Zulily). Our ‘Floral Umbrellas’ design was licensed for this super cute ‘Yellow Cream Candy Evelyn Dress’ for infants, toddlers & young girls. We love how bright & fun the design looks on kids clothing!

Unfortunately the design has sold out for the moment but if you visit our shop we sell our ‘Floral Umbrellas’ design on fun cards & on over 30 unique products in our licensed collection with DENY Designs! – Rachael

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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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