Meet our contributing Bootcamp Artists


You may have seen the fabulous work in the January Bootcamp gallery published yesterday here. For the 2015 edition of Bootcamp we have invited some of the talented Lilla Rogers Studio artists to contribute with some surprise bonus lessons. You can meet the featured artists below.

Silvia Dekker


Silvia Dekker grew up in a small village in the middle of the Dutch flower district. She went to The Royal Academy of Art in the Netherlands to study Conceptual art and design. After graduating Silvia went on to study Fashion and Textile design for 3 more years and started working freelance as a surface pattern designer and illustrator in 2001.

Silvia started working for European department stores Hema designing patterns for their baby- and children’s wear collections, soon followed by their homeware collections, postcards, bedding, stationery, toys, and Christmas collections. Hema has been her client for 12 years now.

After collaborating with international clients O’Neill sportswear and Oilily ladies and girls’ wear Silvia became one of Lilla Rogers Studio artists in 2009. New clients Hallmark, teNeues, Fisher Price, American Girl and Target followed. In 2012 her first fabric collection ‘Winter Warmth’ in collaboration with Wilmington prints was released, followed by ‘Atomic Bots’ in 2013, a robot and spaceship fabric collection for boys.

Her work has been featured on several blogs and magazines including the Print & Pattern blog and book, Flow magazine, UPPERCASE magazine, Lilla Roger’s book ‘I just like to make things’ 101 Living ideas and Bloesemkids blog.

Silvia lives in the old city centre of Leiden near Amsterdam with her partner and 2 boys. She is inspired by fairytales, folk art and vintage fabrics. Her colorful flower and vegetable garden in the Dutch countryside is also a great inspiration for her floral patterns.

For her Bootcamp Bonus Silvia will be teaching Basic Adobe Illustrator drawing skills!

Connect with Silvia here: Website | Artist page

John Coulter


John Coulter has been working as a freelance illustrator  for over 15 years and with Lilla Rogers Studio since 2001. He has been commissioned by a wide variety of clients including Target, Anthology Magazine, Virgin Airlines, Papyrus, Barnes & Noble, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, Utne Reader and Wine Spectator.

John was raised on a farm near Joy, Illinois. He grew up drawing constantly, exploring the woods, hunting mushrooms and working on the farm. At the county fair, he would strategically create an entry for every drawing category and win a blue ribbon in each.

He didn’t enjoy working with pigs, so he dreamed of a more creative career. He earned a BFA degree in Visual Communications at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. After college, he spent over 2 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic.

And yes, he lost on Jeopardy.

For his Bootcamp Bonus John will be teaching how to create textures on vector art in Adobe Photoshop

Connect with John here: Website | Artist page


Talitha Shipman


Talitha is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  She went to school for studio art at Taylor University, Upland, and then headed south for an MFA in Illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design.  Some of her clients include: Little Brown, Random House, Birds and Blooms, Galison Mudpuppy, American Greetings, Hallmark, Cricket Magazine, and many more!

Talitha is also a designer and animator for Blue Pony Motion Design.  Yes, she’s a busy lady!  She loves drawing dogs, flowers, birds, people or anything else that strikes her fancy.  Her specialties include book and greeting card illustration.

For her Bootcamp Bonus Talitha will be teaching Painting in Adobe Photoshop!

Connect with Talitha: Website | Artist page

Suzy Ultman


Suzy was raised in central Pennsylvania, playing in the woods and collecting stickers. She finds inspiration in scouring antique shops and flea markets, spending time in nature, walking down quirky city streets, and doodling on sticky notes.

As part of the Lilla Rogers Studio gang, Suzy has worked with Chronicle Books, Land of Nod, Crate & Barrel, Papyrus, Abrams Books, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, K&Company, Madison Park Greetings, Oopsy Daisy, and many more.

Her charming creations grace the shelves of Target, Archiver’s, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Crate & Barrel, and Modcloth. Suzy’s vast variety of products includes holiday ornaments, home decor pieces, journals, craft kits, stationery sets, dolls, and fabric collections. The work is simple and sweet, from an artist who lives in a land of mustached snails and apple houses.

For her Bootcamp Bonus Suzy will be teaching how to design your own logo!

 Connect with Suzy here: Website | Artist page








  • Oh that’s great! I’m already in the Bootcamp which is fab, but I didn’t know we would have special guests and such great bonus! :-)

    January 28, 2015
  • On social media we often see and recognize particular names but the faces are sometimes hiding behind the pretty avatars. It is nice to match a face to a name and step over to the websites.

    As Elise said, it is a nice bonus to have a few tutorials coming as well.

    January 30, 2015
  • You’ll love them!

    by Lilla Rogers
    February 9, 2015

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