Month: September 2023


What have our artists been working on?

See some of our artists’ fun and favorite work, below. Art suitable for greeting cards, children’s books, editorial, and more!


Trina Dalziel
Available for licensing as of this writing.


Kendra Binney
Available for licensing as of this writing.


Lydia Graves
Available for licensing as of this writing.


Maria Gabriela Gama
Sarah Papworth
Available for licensing as of this writing.


Katie Vernon
Available for licensing as of this writing.


Bambi Ramsey
Available for licensing as of this writing.


Webinar with Fay Ford

Sept 18th, 2023 — WebinART with artist Fay Ford

See Fay’s beautiful studio, and her beautiful illustration work! Hear about her experience working at Designer’s Guild and how she landed representation with Lilla Rogers Studio.

Click above for the replay!


be you with You Do You-nicorn. 🦄

We’re thrilled to announce the publication of Erin Vanessa’s debut authored/illustrated picture book, You Do You-nicorn.

Read Erin’s journey of developing this story (which started as a game concept!) and its road to publication, below.


Erin Vanessa
“One of my favorite things to do as an artist is work on my own children’s book stories!”

You Do You-nicorn, written and illustrated by Erin Vanessa,

published by Running Press.

Out September 19th, 2023: Available for pre-order now!

“You Do You-nicorn is a sweet, funny story about inclusivity and staying true to yourself. A gender-fluid child shows their friends that they can be and do whatever they want and feel like–whether it’s playing the digeridoo-nicorn, painting a baboon-icorn, or changing their name to Ruth-icorn! Remember: Only YOU know how to do you! And you can feel like your own unicorn by assembling a sparkly unicorn headband with pieces included at the end of the book.”

You Do You-nicornactually started out as a game concept.

I wanted to make a memory match game that would encourage kids to try new things: swimming, roller skating, playing the saxophone, and so on.  (At the time, I also imagined it would feature unicorn characters.)

Over the next few months, though, words for a manuscript started appearing in my mind as I went for walks or exercised.

After allowing the words to form organically in my brain without writing anything down, I eventually felt compelled to write it all in one sitting, and that’s how the manuscript for You Do You-nicorn was born.

I like to hand-paint my illustrations with watercolor, gouache, and pencil crayon, and then edit in Photoshop.

Julie and Frances, my incredible editor and art director at Running Press, gave me tons of creative freedom, so the process of making the book was a blast and it just flew by!

Below: From sketch to painting to Final Art

Join Erin on September 30th at 1 PM EST for a virtual picture book panel, hosted by Books of Wonder in New York, where she’ll read a snippet of You Do You-nicorn and take questions from the audience.

Copies of You Do You-nicorn (with signed bookplates!) will be available for purchase at the end.

RSVP here!

Thanks Erin!

You Do You-nicorn is available for pre-order now. It releases September 19th, 2023.

You can see more of Erin’s beautiful illustration work here.


Check out these new arrivals

Our talented illustrators have been hard at work creating stunning new books and products. Don’t miss the shell-shaped puzzle!

Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

Beautiful books and products by LRS Artists!

Clockwise from top left: Erica Root, Clairice Gifford, Tara Lilly,Åsa Gilland, Mara Penny.

Zoë Ingram
Drawing for the Soul (David & Charles) available TODAY!

Buy it here.

“Learn how to use drawing to soothe your soul with this beginner’s guide to drawing for relaxation.

So many drawing books focus on the result of your drawing, but this fresh approach looks first at the process of drawing as a means to de-stress and unwind.”


Tequitia Andrews
What’s the Big Idea?

(Simon & Schuster UK)

Buy it here.

“Have you ever wondered what capitalism is? How about feminism, ecology, epidemiology or astronomy?


Well, this book will give you straightforward, easy-to-understand answers to all your troublesome-word questions WITHOUT going on and on for ages OR using even BIGGER words to explain them.”


Sarah Walsh
Flow magazine

Created for an article on the importance of non-sexual intimacy.


Charlotte Bruijn
From 4 histoires pour mes 4 ans (Fleurus Editions)

Buy it here.


Rebecca Jones
Mermaid Cove — Shell-shaped puzzle (Mudpuppy)

Buy it here.


Katie Vernon
Illustration for Visitor’s Guide

(Galena County Tourism)


Check out my NEW Creative Bug class!

Lots of exciting news today! My sparkly new Creative Bug class “Treasure Hunt Your Writing Style: A Daily Practice” goes live today!

Plus there are two spots left in my Lettering Retreat in France, April/May 2024. Scroll down for more details!


NEW Class on Creative Bug goes LIVE today!

Treasure Hunt Your Writing Style:

A Daily Practice

Looking to take your writing skills to the next level? My writing course, Treasure Hunt Your Writing Style, with Creative Bug is now live!In this month-long class, use the Magic Writing card deck and follow writing prompts paired with an “oddity” or found object to inspire your writing. Whether you’re looking to learn new writing techniques for your journal, social media, or as the basis for a book idea, this class will introduce you to a plethora of techniques and genres to jumpstart your writing practice.

It is also the perfect stepping stone for my more in-depth writing courses on Make Art That Sells. Dive into the world of creating captivating stories for young readers with My Kid Book Pitch, or learn how to write stunning illustrated non-fiction books in My Arty Book Pitch. Both courses guide you through crafting and pitching your book proposal to publishers.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

HURRY! Only 2 spots left

for my Lettering Retreat in France!

Read more and sign up here.

I’m holding a week-long lettering retreat in France hosted by UpTrek in the tranquil countryside of southern France, surrounded by the picturesque Occitanie region, April 29 – May 4, 2024.

It’s a dream come true for me—instructing a handful of creative people IRL, then chatting in the afternoon for an Ask the Agent Anything circle, in an incredibly picturesque setting featuring gourmet meals and dazzling day trips to medieval towns, vintage markets, and a vineyard.

This adventure originally sold out in one day but two spots opened up recently, so hurry—they will probably sell immediately!

Make sure to sign up for the wait list if you don’t grab one of these two spots.

This is going to an amazing trip. I get to hang out and teach a small group of artists my major passion: lettering.

Plus, let me advise you on your career! Read more here.

Each participant will receive an inspiring 25-card lettering deck.
Everyone is capable of enjoying and mastering lettering. If you can hold a pencil then I can teach you any number of techniques, tools and embellishments to find enjoyment in letter-making. Lettering is a beautiful way to enhance your illustration work and to increase income, but even if you’re not an illustrator, it’s a source of personal pleasure such as embellishing your journal entries or as a meditation technique.

Read more and sign up here.

Lettering has always been a huge part of my creative career, first as an illustrator, then author, then content creator. But mostly, I love the calming nature of letter-forming, the endless sources of font vintage inspiration, and the variety of materials one can use to create letterforms.

You’ll try out lettering techniques, relax in the garden and chat with new friends over wine, and explore charming villages, explore the beautiful surroundings, take day trips to nearby towns and landmarks, and make new friends.

Read all the juicy deets here.

  • April 29 – May 6, 2024
  • Teyssode, Occitanie, France
  • Perfect for all levels; for those who simply want to try their hand at lettering or for those wishing to deepen their lettering technique and style.
  • For those who wish to glean insight from an agent and entrepreneur on creative business, illustration, and more.
  • Limited to 16 students

Questions about booking? The retreat is organized by the awesome folks at UpTrek. Take a look at the booking page and if you still have questions, you can reach out to them directly at

Book your place HERE!