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.
Here are four tips to help you nourish yourself and others during these interesting times. Hope you find benefit.
1. Reach out to your community and
surround yourself with those that make you happy.
2. Lean on each other. Support each other.
3. Treat yourself well. Make a cup of tea. Breathe.
4. Make your own magic. Do more of what makes you happy. Make more art!
“When a shift in a system has occurred, especially one that causes fear and discomfort, it allows for something strikingly different to appear, furthering our evolution as people. We can only know where we are going when we get there … now is the time we have been practicing for. No more just practicing the dance. We must now dance. And this is not a dress rehearsal.” — Zenju Earthlyn Manuel
Lilla and Reine
Kate Mason ambushes Lilla Rogers’ Instagram account @Lillarogers. Kate lives in Australia and is a busy mother of 5! Kate won the Global Talent Search in October 2015. It has been a life changing event for her.
We love sharing our artists amazing work and don’t think it gets much better than that. But a cherry on top is when the media is also sharing how cool our artists and their work is too! Sarah Walsh’s new “100 Things to Draw with a Triangle” by Quarto publishing is now available.
Sarah is also having fun with her new book and was feeling in the winter spirit. So she decided to do some holiday based doodles with her new book. Her doodles and sketches were featured on the hip Bored Panda! Check out the full article here and purchase the book here.
Fantastic creativivity with these triangles Sarah. They’re awesome. Order the book today for a terrific holiday gift!
So exciting around here as we wait for all of these incredible creative artists & art directors to fly in today for the retreat #LillasRetreat! Click on the artists name below to explore their gorgeous galleries of work….
Tara Lilly, Global Talent Search Winner 2014
Margo Tantau Creative Director of Midwest CBK
Have safe travels everyone and can’t wait to kick off this retreat! #LillasRetreat
The recent drowning of the Syrian toddler, Aylan, along with his mother and brother near the Turkish coast have deeply touched me. Both as a human and as a father, I felt moved to create this piece of artwork. I cried while making it and it is called “Aylan’s Dream”.
Meet Noël Claro of Nickelodeon and also professor at Parsons, The New School for Design! Her experience ranges from managing high-profile corporate projects at Nickelodeon to inspiring and mentoring small design teams and students at Parsons.
Noël’s professional background is rooted in editorial design, advertising, promotion and creative branding. Read the full scoop and take a tour behind the scenes of this Global Talent Search Judge on the Make Art That Sells blog here: http://bit.ly/1E8ljXs.
Noël Claro, Creative Director at Nickelodeon and Professor at Parsons The New School for Design.
This photo contains my all-time favorite object in my office: the letters that don’t quite spell out my name (there’s no “L” here since my name is Noël).
Left to right: aluminum letters that spell out “five,” our family’s lucky number; ceramic llamas beautifully crafted by Rachel Levit, one of my former students; Anthropologie deer vase from one of my daughters; another beautifully crafted ceramic yoga girl done by Leah Goren, another former student of mine; a teeny tiny teardrop terrarium from a family friend.
Lilla received this GORGEOUS ‘Thank You’ from artist Jessica Allen after a recent Skype call with the studio discussing her work. We love it! Also a recent few pieces from her sketchbook.
Please check out more of Jessica’s awesome work here.