11/11/20

A conversation with our new Toy and Game Agent, Riley Wilkinson

Catch the replay of my conversation with our new Toy & Game Agent Riley Wilkinson.
We chat about his experience in the Toy industry, and riff new game ideas on the spot. Too fun to miss!
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11/11/20

Join me TODAY in conversation with our new Toy and Game Agent, Riley Wilkinson!

Above: Art by Sarah Papworth
 
Join Me TODAY!
in a live zoom conversation
with our new
Toy & Game Agent Riley Wilkinson
TODAY, November 11th at 12.30PM ET

 

I’ll ask Riley about …
  • His 25 years of experience as a toy, game, and children’s content Inventor and Creative Director, for clients such as Mattel Creations, American Girl, AARP, Educational Insights, MGA, Scholastic, and more
  • His award-winning products and his animated series currently out in the wild
  • How he can bring sparkle and rainbows to your next project
You won’t want to miss it!
Left: Riley and I have our cool shoes and thinking caps on, while discussing our next innovative toy idea
11/9/20

GIANT NEWS! Meet our new Toy and Game Agent!

Above: Art by Erica Root
GIANT NEWS!
 
Rarely does an art agency have the opportunity to dramatically broaden its scope, expand its reach to exciting new markets, provide fresh opportunities for their artists, and add value to their clients. But now we do.
Today we are thrilled to announce the grand opening of the LRS Let’s Invent department: our creative toy and game think tank for products and characters headed up by the wonderful Riley Wilkinson.

 

Our newest agent, Riley Wilkinson
Riley has been a good friend, trusted colleague and judge for our Global Talent Search. Many of you know him from my Make Art That Sells courses. So you can imagine how happy I was when he agreed to join our team.
I asked Riley, “Would you like todive in, work with our artists and come up with innovative and gorgeous games and toys to pitch to our clients?” He said “Oh my goodness, I can’t wait!”
And I yelled, “Yippie!”
I know you’re going to love Riley Wilkinson, our new Toy and Game Agent and Inventor. He brings decades of highly-successful award-winning know-how as a toy, game, and Children’s Content Inventor and Creative Director. BONUS: He’s funny and nice!
Scroll down to see some of the many games and toys he’s developed.

 

Riley’s approach to toy, game, and content development adds a giant leap to the Studio. He and our talented artists are creating unique, beautiful concepts and pitches as you read this.

Are you on the hunt for one-of-a-kind concepts and products? He’s got secret, gorgeous pitches ready for you. Is your team already working on something grand? He can help you develop it. Let’s go! Contact us !

Want to learn more? Check out the new Let’s Invent tab on our website to learn more about Riley and how he can help you. Riley and I will also be doing a Webinar this Wednesday, November 11th at 12.30PM ET.

Come bask in Riley’s sparkle and ask any questions you might have!

 

Join Me in a live zoom conversation with our new
Toy & Game Agent Riley Wilkinson
Wednesday, November 11th at 12.30PM ET
Password: RileyRocks

 

Above: Art by Katie Vernon

Riley’s background is as a Creative Director in toys, games, and content children’s content for Mattel Creations, American Girl, AARP, Educational Insights, MGA and more.

At the wee age of 21, he began his career designing and art directing children’s educational books, magazines, puzzles, and classroom décor.

For the next 20+ years, he worked with talented creatives on developing children’s electronics, board games, science toys, classroom activities, talking pens, novels, and sporting goods.

See some of his innovative products below!

 

A few of Riley’s inventions

Riley’s best animal friend is a squirrel!

Riley created The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game for preschoolers in 2011. Since its launch, “Sneaky” has sold 2 million units and earned over 6,000 5-star reviews on Amazon.

The award-winning and Toy of The Year-nominated game is sold in the U.S. and abroad. The game inspired a board book and card game, along with sister games featuring other kid-friendly animals.

Check it out here!

Left: The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game (Educational Insights)
Below: WellieWishers animated series
(Mattel Creations and American Girl)

 

Riley was a Creative Executive on the Mattel Creations animated series, The WellieWishers now showing on Amazon Prime. He art-directed the visuals on animatics, settings, characters, and props for two seasons of the show, which spun off into a number of children’s products and an app.
Grandma’s Trunk (Educational Insights)
Educational Insights
Maker Faire
AARP

 

Some of the clients Riley has invented for:
Read more here.
I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
Want great art for your project? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be delighted to assist you with any of your art needs.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
11/6/20

GIANT NEWS ALERT! Revealed Monday! Plus new banners by our artists.

Watch your inbox on Monday for some super-duper exciting news!
Are we doing the salt and ice challenge? (spoiler: no)
Watch your inbox on Monday to find out our giant news!

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
Want great art for your project? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be delighted to assist you with any of your art needs.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
11/3/20

From New Zealand to San Francisco! See our artists’ VOTE banners. Vote!

Every vote counts. Make your voice heard! Voting is how we keep a democracy of the people, by the people, for the people.

 

I asked our brilliant, international artists to make some VOTE banners, and I thought you’d enjoy seeing them. Artists all over the world recognize the importance of this election.

Artist Janie Secker captions her art with this: Honor the people that fought for our rights.

Christchurch, New Zealand

 

Washington State, USA

 

Rhode Island, USA

 

Jakarta, Indonesia

 

Taipei, Taiwan

 

San Francisco, California, USA

 

Helena, Montana, USA

 

Evesham, England

 

I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
Want great art for your project? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be delighted to assist you with any of your art needs.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
10/28/20

ANNOUNCING OUR NEWEST ARTIST!

We are beyond excited to announce we are now representing Albert Arrayás. Unlike how we usually take on artists–I typically find artists in my Make Art That Sells courses–Albert approached us directly.

We instantly fell in love with his dreamy, imaginative, other-worldly, and confident style. We can envision him illustrating very beautiful picture books and creating stunning work for editorial articles.

He’s a true original. If you’re interested, be sure to contact us as we know he will get booked up.

Allow me to show you a few of his stunning pieces. I’ve selected a few of my favorites, but there are loads more, which you can see here.

 

Our newest artist Albert Arrayás

 

Albert has illustrated over 25 children’s books and has authored/illustrated three children’s book, primarily in Spain. We’re excited to bring him to the US and UK markets where we know he’ll shine.
“I’m from Barcelona, Spain.
I use watercolors, pencil and colored pencil, and sometimes digital media like Procreate and Photoshop.
While I work, I live in a little house with my dogs and my wife. I am the happiest man in the world.”

 

Lilla: What recent book do you recommend for a good read?
Albert: I just read Tatiana’s book Țîbuleac, “The Summer My Mother Had Green Eyes” which is very sincere and very raw but I liked it. The tone of the book is similar to the Fleabag series.

 

Some of our Favorite pieces by Albert
Personal piece

 

From My First Mahatma Gandhi (Little People, Big Dreams)

 

From A Thousand Hugs and a Sweet Nudge (Lumen)

 

From The Pirate of the Stars (Babulinka Books)

 

From The Mystery of Chickentown (Babulinka Books)

 

From children’s magazine Cavall Fort

 

From A Thousand Hugs and a Sweet Nudge (Lumen)

 

Books

 

From My First Mahatma Gandhi
(Little People, Big Dreams)
From In The Dark Lives A Secret (Gaivota Editorial)
Cover of Geniuses of Science: Newton(Vegueta Editorial)
From the book Kisses in your Pockets(Alfaguara)

 

From book Kisses in your Pockets (Alfaguara)

 

From book Kisses in your Pockets (Alfaguara)
…and one more we can’t resist…
Personal piece available for licensing

 

I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
Want great art for your project? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be delighted to assist you with any of your art needs.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
10/23/20

Big news alert!

New artist alert!

 

We’re taking on a new artist which we’ll announce this coming Monday, so stay tuned!
<—Here is a tiny little sneak peek of his work.
We fell in love with it at first sight.

 

Some wise words to send you off into your weekend…

 

Available for license as of this writing.

 

Available for license as of this writing.

 

Available for license as of this writing.

 

Journal for Compendium
From Truth and Daring (Chronicle)

 

The Art of Kindness Calendar (Amber Lotus Publishing)
I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
Want great art for your project? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be delighted to assist you with any of your art needs.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
10/19/20

Wanna win $100 worth of gorgeous cards by our artists?

 
Enter our Up with Paper GIVEAWAY!
We’re excited to partner with Up With Paper for a giveaway
of gorgeous cards and books illustrated by our artists.

Above: Pop-up cards by Helen Dardik and Rebecca Jones for Up With Paper.
One lucky winner will be randomly selected to receive a gift box of products worth $100!
To enter:
1. Head over to Instagram and follow @upwithpaper and @lillarogers
2. “Like” the Giveaway post
3. Tag a friend; more tags = more entries
4. BONUS entry: Go to upwithpaper.com and enter your email to receive special promotions & stay in the loop
Giveaway ends midnight EST on 10/23. Good luck!
Above: Easter pop-up book by Rebecca Jones for Up With Paper.

 

We asked our artists to send us VOTE art.

 

 

Sojourner Truth
From This Little Dreamer (Simon & Schuster)
Buy it here.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
Want great art for your project? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be delighted to assist you with any of your art needs.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
10/12/20

My brand NEW course starts today! Read more.

Sign up now and you’ll get the link to join me live at 12 Noon ET today on Zoom, and get your first Workbook download.
Everyone has a story to tell. I know that so many of us have dreamed of writing picture books, and creative people especially have unique voices and experiences that would make great kid books. In my newest course, I lead you step by step with my Make A Story Recipe along with my Magic Cards to help you create a unique, authentic picture book that only you can write. Read more here.

 

Retreat highlights

 

We had a fabulous time at our 6th Annual Artists and VIPs Retreat, held virtually this year for the first time.
Above: Here we are, the Studio Ladies and LRS Artists Zoom with VIPs–art directors, publishers, and editors. Later, the artists and the VIPs broke into pairs for ten minutes apiece to view the artists’ latest work. We call it Speed Art Dating, and it’s a wonderful way for the artists and VIPs to meet.
We’re thinking of doing another one again in early 2021. Art directors and editors: Want to be a part of it next time? Reply to this email! We’d love to have you.

 

Left: Our artist, Anke Rega watches the virtual Retreat from Berlin, with her studio assistant, Luci.

 

Check out a few of the beautiful images
that were shown at the Retreat.

Personal piece, available for license as of this writing.

Available for license as of this writing.

 

Available for license as of this writing.

 

Portfolio covers

 

Madison Park Greetings

 

I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
Want great art for your project? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be delighted to assist you with any of your art needs.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells

 

10/7/20

See how our artists illustrated my latest text.

You may know about my other business, Make Art That Sells, my course site where I’ve been teaching for the past eight years. Today, I’d like to share some work by my artists for the recent Illustrating Children’s Books course, and also to invite you to join me in my newest course!

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

 

Join me for a
this Friday October 9th
at noon et
to get an overview of the class, find out more about my dreamy Magic Cards, and discover everything else I have in store for you!
Click here to join me
this Friday!

 

Creating a unique book comes from understanding what makes you unique and discovering the story you’re excited to tell.
To help you do this, I’ve created a playful, personalized and structured course that will bring out your special story. It’s 125 pages packed full of quirky worksheets, fun exercises and interactive videos that will guide you step by step to create your own special brilliant story – the story that only you can write.

 

Join me! Sign up here.
Editors and Art Directors: Six of my artists beta-tested the course in May creating incredible pitches with irresistible characters, lively plots and quirky viewpoints, from witty premises to STEM/STEAM themes. Interested? I’d love to hear from you.

 

See the amazing work by our artistsfrom the recent

 

One of the many things I love about the class is the opportunity to write a texts for the students to illustrate. For the most recent course, I wrote a story entitled I Paint Purple. Below, see how my artists illustrated my story and the other stories from class, each so brilliantly and quite differently.

 

If you’re an editor or art director and are interested in having a look at my text or more of the art from class, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Story by Lilla Rogers

 

Story by Jennie Stevenson

 

Story by Lilla Rogers

 

Story by Jennie Stevenson

 

Story by Lilla Rogers

 

Story by Zoë Tucker

 

I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
Want great art for your project? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be delighted to assist you with any of your art needs.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells