I Just Like to Make Things
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“Lilla Rogers is a colourful, creative juggernaut. How else to describe a prolific artist who is not only a talented illustrator, teacher, lecturer, mentor, mother and craft-maker, but also a respected agent who has been in the business for 30 years? Rogers’ charming work and lush website featuring, amongst other visual delights, the 38 other illustrators she represents, are testaments to the fact that such a Herculean creative workload is not only possible but grounds for a creative vision as powerful as it is unique.”
— UPPERCASE Magazine

Lilla is the queen of pattern and illustration licensing.  She’s got an incredible eye  for design and is always on the cutting edge of what’s new and exciting.
— Grace Bonney, Design*Sponge

About the Book

I Just Like to Make Things: Learn the Secrets to Making Money While Staying Passionate About Your Art and Craft offers crafters,art school grads, creative professionals, or anyone who just loves making things,
valuable information on transforming artistic talent into a viable, lucrative career.

Lilla Rogers is one of the most successful illustration agents in the in the industry, managing the careers of over 38 high-caliber artists whose works you’ve undoubtedly seen in children’s books, magazines, greeting cards, and on scads of deliciously designed goods from bed linens and tote bags to journals and wall art.

This dazzling, colorful volume of insightful personal advice and hard-core real-life information on getting work in a huge range of art markets is grounded in the wisdom and experience of a long and buzzing career. Filled with playsheets, case studies, and tools for staying inspired and creative, Lilla shares her insights into how to leverage various working styles and remain productively focused on your artistic output.

•    Learn to master the psychological challenges that come with being a working artist
•    Find detailed information about all the markets in which you can sell your work
•    Hear from leading industry art directors on what they want, how to pitch, and what they look for

Gain a wealth of information, inspiration, and know-how on moving your artistic career forward from one of the most successful illustration agents in the industry!

I Just Like to Make Things is a dazzling, colorful volume of career and personal advice for artists, filled with ideas, playsheets (as opposed to worksheets), case studies, and tools for staying inspired and creative. These pages are grounded in the wisdom and experience gleaned from a long and buzzing career as creative juggernaut Lilla Rogers shares her analysis of leveraging various working styles and ways to keep your art fresh. Artist interviews provide inside details about the best jobs, as well as tips on how to work smart and stay creative. You’ll also find annotated case studies of several successful art jobs, in addition to coloring book pages, hand-drawn charts, and lots of crazy fun.

Acquire real-life, professional advice from an artist known for setting the trend with I Just Like to Make Things!

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About Lilla Rogers

Lilla Rogers was a full-time, highly successful illustrator beginning in 1984 with clients ranging from the New York Times, Takashimaya, Barneys New York, and Levi’s. She had agents in Tokyo, Paris, and New York. In 1994 her top students asked her to represent them. Since that time, Lilla Rogers Studio has become one of the most respected illustration agencies in the US, with clients in Europe and Asia and known for setting trend. Being an illustrator and teacher allows Lilla the unique position of helping her artists grow as she fully understands the creative process and how to nurture the best in each artist. She has lectured internationally at conferences and trade shows, such as the Illustration Conference (ICON) and PrintsourceNewYork, colleges and corporations, and is interviewed for her expertise as an agent, trendsetter, and artist. She lives in Arlington, MA. Visit her online at

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So glad I found this great information, thanks

April 13th, 2013 – 12:49 pm

Dear Lilla,

Thank you and you are the greatest!!


May 18th, 2013 – 12:28 am

I read the article about your book and your interview in the latest Uppercase Stationery Guide. I’ve known about your agency for a while and I’m so happy that you’ve launch a book! I look forard to reading it! All the best, Julie

May 31st, 2013 – 6:42 am

Hi Lilla…your name has been popping up in some of the blogs I follow…I was delighted to find your book last evening at my local bookstore. Will be taking it to read at the beach next week :)

July 18th, 2013 – 2:53 pm

I bought this book as a birthday gift to myself. I’ve had
so much fun working on the exercises! It’s bringing me back
to myself as a maker! Thank you!

July 28th, 2013 – 11:38 am
Raijeim Douglas

I picked up your book and have not been able to put it down, it was just what I needed, being that I am about to graduate with an Fine Art degree and didn’t know these opportunities were out there for me. I am very interested in becoming an agent for other artist if there is a way. I have other people that are in college with me interested in your book as well. Thank you for writing such an awesome book it is very helpful.

July 28th, 2013 – 11:52 pm

Thanks, Tierney! I’m glad you enjoy the exercises in the book.

December 20th, 2013 – 7:56 pm

Hi I m Bojana Bogavac,illustrator and graphic designer. I’ve been working as an illustrator since 2007. Before that I studied graphic design on faculty of fine arts in Montenegro. I work in the Text book publishing house for a few years to realize 80 percent of my “design” was actually illustration, but I also do books in complete.

I grew up with pens and paint but then the personal computer dominated the world and so I had to try it out, which is reflected in my work. I use a healthy mix of both traditional and digital techniques with no real preference of medium. I didn’t take art through my younger years, but I did eat crayons which quite possibly is where my off-beat colour palettes come from.

You can look my portfolio at

If you are interested in any kind of cooperation in the field illustrate contact me at my


Best regrads,

March 26th, 2014 – 7:14 am

I would love to buy your book-is it available in South Africa? Or Canada-my brother could send it to me.
I am really enjoying your website, so i will surely love the book.

April 8th, 2014 – 9:29 am

Hi Lilla,

I am reading your book and I love it!
My only problem is that I bought the e book version,where pictures are black and white…
so I can’t Do The Exercises!
I was wondering if you could upload them somewhere to download and print for those like me who have the ebook version?
Thank you!


April 18th, 2015 – 3:35 am
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