What happens when we give our artists the same assignment?

I thought it would be really fun to give our brilliant artists an assignment on how creative thinking is the future (which I totally believe, by the way).

The new skill that will become more in-demand than ever before is creative thinking.

“I personally think there’s going to be a greater demand in 10 years for liberal arts majors than there were for programming majors and maybe even engineering,” he said. “When the data is all being spit out for you, options are being spit out for you, you need a different perspective in order to have a different view of the data”, writes Mark Cuban for Travel & Leisure Magazine.

Check out the diversity of concepts and style. Which is your favorite? 

Clairice Gifford

Rebecca Bradley

Flora Waycott

Hsinping Pan

Katie Vernon

Anne Bentley

Marco Marella

We received so many great illustrations from our artists! We’ll share more of them with you later in the week. Stay tuned for our next newsletter to see more of this special project and also follow along on our Instagram @lillarogers.  



We’re now representing artist Mara Penny

We are beyond delighted to announce that we are now representing the brilliant and lovely  Mara Penny. Mara was a standout in my Make Art That Sells courses, often getting selected to be included in the assignment reviews. Take a look at her gorgeous work and I’ll tell you a bit more about why we chose her.

There are specific things I look for when taking on an artist. All the great drawing in the world won’t sell if the color palette isn’t amazing. Mara’s gorgeous colors on this piece in particular knocked me out. Plus, bugs.  

I asked Mara what her dream job would be and she replied that having her own home decor collection would be a dream come true. I really, really need these tins to be made so I can have them! (Do you hear that, art directors of home decor and gift? Let’s talk.) I look for really fresh and on-point home decor designs that I can license easily, as seen here: 

Originality is a key quality in all of the artists we represent. I’ll tell you something. When I saw this chair by Mara for the Home Decor class assignment I really stood up and took notice. (Or should I say, sat down.) So charmingly eccentric. 

This piece (below) tells me that Mara could make an incredible craft book cover or editorial illustration. I love to see as many different markets covered in a portfolio. Why? Because then I can make a good living for the artist, which artists deserve to have. 

What is Mara’s favorite food? Read more about Mara and see her work here.


A little hippie zen art by Kate Mason


A little hippie zen for you today. Art by Kate Mason. Animation by Natasha Dewitz.


Masha & Her Sisters by Suzy Ultman

Hi Lilla!

Welcome to “Masha & Her Sisters”. I love telling stories, so when the Chronicle Books kid’s team asked me to expand the world of my stationery character, Masha, it seemed like a wonderful opportunity to grow the character & myself. I reconnected with a passion for telling stories through time and space, and found a new joy in the art of book-making.

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The story came from my heart since I grew-up the middle of 3 sisters. It’s about love & sisterhood, and finding & embracing your thing. Each doll portrays a unique talent or interest while the family becomes a “perfect fit” through its shared diversity.

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I hope the book inspires love, sisterhood, imagination & exploration to Masha fans, young & old! Many thanks to my team at @chroniclebooks. You can buy my book here.

Lots of love,



Meet stylish Madeline and her peppy dog Coco. Art by Anne Bentley.

Meet stylish Madeline and her peppy dog Coco. Art by Anne Bentley.


Animation by Natasha Dewitz. Contact us for more information.



Sarah Walsh for the Guardian

Our artist Sarah Walsh just completed editorial art work for the well respected Guardian. The article is titled “Despite many obstacles, the world is getting better.” You can read it here.

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See Sarah’s portfolio here.


Your Beating Heart

Happy Valentines’ Day!



Illustrating by artist Linda Ketlehut.  See her portfolio here.  Animation created by Natasha Dewitz.  Contact us for more info.

Hope you have a day filled with love!




Sarajo’s Godiva Chocolate Bliss

We’re so thrilled to see our artist Sarajo Frieden on Godiva’s homepage!  She had the opportunity of a lifetime working on this very special edition for Godiva’s 2017 Valentine’s Day Collection.

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Images from Godiva website.

The packaging is stunning and captures the playful wit and colorful palette of Sarajo’s work. As part of this project, Godiva flew Sarajo over to Japan to meet with the Godiva team and speak at the unveiling of this special collection. What an amazing experience!


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Sarajo captured this journey to Japan through a series of beautiful photographs and we’ll be sharing all of those with you this Tuesday, Feb. 7th on Lilla’s Instagram Feed @lillarogers. Be sure to follow along in the fun and see how this wonderful collection came to be. And while you’re at it, go ahead and buy some of these yummy chocolates for yourself or a loved one this Valentine’s Day.


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Anne Bentley is featured on Brown Paper Bag’s fashionable blog!

We love  Brown Paper Bag’s  fashionable blog and well curated IG feed both run by Sara Barnes.  So, we were delighted to see our artist Anne Bentley featured on the blog here.

This article was appropriately titled “Colorful Portraits of Curious People You’ll Want to Meet”.  Here is an excerpt and a few of the images she featured.

“Influenced by vintage pottery, fashion, and mid-century architecture, Anne M. Bentley paints curious portraits of mysterious folks. Clad in oversized sunglasses and 70s-inspired outfits, they pose with big cats, poodles, and feathered friends.”




Be sure to hop over to Brown Paper Bag’s blog to see all of the featured work and see the rest of Anne’s portfolio here.