Category: Amazing illustration jobs

11/6/19

Want to know what our artists think makes a great art director?

I recently asked our artists what they think makes a great art director. What kinds of things help artists thrive and do their best work? Read on to see their responses!

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Anke Rega

Fully illustrated biography of Anne Frank (Penguin Random House)
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Lilla: Anke, can you tell us what makes a great art director?

Anke: I like it if I get inspiration from the AD but then have the freedom to create and can feel free to reach out if I need to–like having a frame for a project but freedom within it. If an AD wants changes I like it if they say something like, “this looks great already but could you change this or this?”

I think it’s important that the Art Director is available when you’re in the middle of a project so that you don’t have to wait too long for the answer, so you can keep working right away.

Lilla: Can you give us an example of a comment by an art director that was especially meaningful to you?

Anke: For the Anne Frank book I mostly worked with the designer Janene Spencer. After we finished the project, she wrote an email to me. One thing she wrote, was that I’m an amazing person to work with. It made me so happy and proud to read this. The AD Alice Todd has been so nice too. Always so kind in her words and thanking me so much for my work. I loved it as it was a lot work and it gives you a really good feeling during the project if everyone is being so kind and thankful. I’m the same the other way round as I like this vibe so much and it makes all our days just so much nicer.

 

Sarah PapworthPart of a series of illustrations for an article on the 2019 fitness and nutrition forecast for The Washington Post. These were done with a mixture of pencil lines and watercolor.

Lilla: Sarah, what things are most important to you when working with an art director? What makes an art director great in your book?

Sarah Papworth: Friendliness is probably number one. And good organisation for a project, especially if it’s a long project. For me, these two things really help with making a job enjoyable and less stressful.

Lilla: What do you enjoy most about working with art directors? How do you find it beneficial?

Sarah: It’s fun working with different art directors, as I learn so much from their vast knowledge and experience in their field. And it’s wonderful working towards an idea/vision together. I always feel grateful for their help in getting a piece to look it’s best. Sometimes you can’t see the changes that are needed in your own work, so a fresh pair of eyes is amazing. It’s definitely a team effort.

It was great working with Victoria Fogg at the Washington Post on the Local Living pull-out cover (above). Victoria had seen my portfolio and knew which direction she wanted to go with, and that she wanted to feature the little people in the illustration. My style is quite flexible, and I use a lot of different mediums, so having the art direction and a brief to work to means I can be focused, but also play around within those borders.

One of the many illustrations by Sarah Papworth for the fully-illustrated text
I Know A Woman by Kate Hodges (Quarto Group)
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Above: This was a much longer project, 84 illustrations in total, with a tight deadline. Working with Melissa Hookway at Quarto on my first book was a brilliant experience for me. I learnt to work quicker, and how to keep up the pace and enthusiasm working through a long project.

Melissa was super-organised. She created a spread sheet to track our progress, and gave me briefs for each portrait, which meant I could really focus on drawing and getting the illustrations to look as good as possible in a short amount of time.

 

Jennifer M Potter

Cover of the Weekend/Going Out Guide for The Washington Post

Lilla: Jennifer, what makes a great art director?

Jennifer: I love it when an art director takes the time to provide critical feedback and challenges me to do my best work. We’re a team with a shared goal of making an amazing product. It’s great when we can collaborate on something we’re both really proud of!

 

Katie Vernon

Katie Vernon for Anthropologie

Lilla: Katie, what did you like about working with your art director at Anthropologie?

Katie: I love when an AD has a unique vision for turning my illustration into a beautiful product.

 


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!
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xo
Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!

 

10/28/19

Coffee, tea, and elaborately moustacioed man with butterfly.

We’re feeling all cozy over here in Boston in Fall, and now it’s time for a nice cup of tea. Kim Fleming, agent here at Lilla Rogers Studio, curated this lovely collection of images by our artists for you. Scroll along to see the goodness by our artists.

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Marco Marella

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Flora Waycott

 

Marenthe

 

Rebecca Jones

 

Sarah Walsh

 

Helen Dardik

 

Trina Dalziel

 

Daniel Roode

 

Zoe Ingram

 


 

Last time we ran our incredible editorial course, Editorial LIVE: Illustrating for Magazines and More, it sold out before it was even launched! And for good reason: Lilla Rogers was a successful illustrator in NYC, and she’s got decades of experience with tons of insight to share with you.

Want to find out how you can get your gorgeous art in your favorite magazines? Let Lilla show you how!

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Sarah Walsh for Honest History Magazine

 


 

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Lilla
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10/16/19

Here’s why these artists get so many exciting commissions. A new animation, a piece for Disney/Hyperion plus whole bunch of gorgeous personal pieces available for licensing

Today I’d love to give you a tour of some recent pieces by our artists and a little bit about why they attract so many commissions.

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Sarajo Frieden

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

We love Sarajo Freiden’s appealing art, and in particular, how she depicts characters. Sarajo has illustrated a number of books and loads of articles–we’re talking The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe–and a huge mix of work for brands like All Bran, Klutz, and Godiva Chocolatier because of her lively characters, juicy color and fresh style.

 

Clairice Gifford

Clairice is regularly commissioned to illustrate book covers, magazine headlines, and pretty gift products because she creates such beautiful typography, interspersed with her charming illustrations. I’m talking Celestial Seasonings packaging, a Clarkson Potter coloring book, Crate & Barrel ornaments, a whole bolt fabric line, even a rom-com map for Entertainment Weekly!

Flow Magazine (France)

 

Tara Lilly

Two of the most amazing things about Tara’s work and why she gets so many commissions–greeting cards, licensed product lines with Anthropologie, a gratitude planner for Scholastic, an illustrated book on Emily Dickinson–are her absolutely stunning color palettes and her beautiful way with paint. I find her art calming.

Personal piece, available for licensing

 

Bonnie Dain

One of the striking elements of Bonnie’s work is her loose, bold black line that seems to dance with an uninhibited freedom. Her strong line is one of the reasons why she gets so many book cover commissions–her line reads well small which is important on book sites such as Amazon.

Disney|Hyperion

 

Flora Waycott

Flora Waycott’s brand-new book is now available! Buy your copy on Amazon or Indiebound and enjoy drawing lots of wonderful things via Flora’s charming step-by-step illustrations.

 

Helen Dardik

It would probably be easier to chat about what kinds of jobs Helen has not been commissioned to illustrate! From wine glasses to chocolate packaging, to book covers and magazine illustrations, Helen, who boasts almost 300K Instagram followers, is always in demand. Her style is wholly unique, sporting exuberant color that is broadly appealing.

Personal piece, available for licensing

 

Carolyn Gavin

Another artist that gets a vast array of commissions is Carolyn Gavin. From wine labels, temporary tattoos, chocolate packaging, puzzles, home decor collections, apparel, magazine illustrations, and loads of packaging illustrations for L’Occitane, she’s worked in pretty much every category you can think of. Her paint is luscious. See why she has almost 400K followers on Instagram. Yeah, you read that right.

Collection for Ooh La La Fabric

 

Hsinping Pan

Here’s another artist with a wholly original style, and the ability to illustrate concepts in a delightful way. This is exactly why she has illustrated THREE children’s books for James Patterson in the Big Words for Little Geniuses series.

Bigger Words for Little Geniuses (Jimmy Patterson Books)

 

Kate Mason

Besides her work–a sloth!–for the beloved quirky company Blue Q, Kate has done ornaments for Crate and Barrel, designs for Hasbro’s Baby Alive, bags for Publix stores, and loads of greeting cards, but maybe my favorite is her surface design for garden pots and birdhouses. She gets work in these markets because her work has an appealing, accessible charm with a touch of quirkiness. Her colors are like candy, and her imagery is a delight to peruse.

Personal piece, available for licensing

 

Linda Ketelhut

In addition to a card deck for Chronicle, print ads for Ivory soap, and reusable bags for Safeway, one of Linda’s most meaningful commissions was a recent series of covers for Oncology Nursing Magazine. There is an ethereal quality to Linda’s work that has great appeal.

Personal piece, available for licensing

 


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!
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xo
Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!

 

 

9/26/19

BIG NEWS! Check out our brand-new animation page! From Jon Cannell’s Good Times animation ads to Sarah Papworth’s animated Beyoncé

We believe in motion as the future of digital media, and wanted to be able to show you how dynamic our artists’ work looks in action, so we’ve created an entire tab on our site dedicated to animation.

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes on this newest feature on our site, and now we are able to reveal the animated images of over 22 of our artists’ work! Check it out here–see Jon Cannell’s Good Times ads, Sarah Papworth’s animated Beyoncé portrait, and loads more. We think you’ll enjoy it!

Need an illustration and want it animated? We can now do that in-house, too.

Contact us to assign or license–we’re happy to help!

 

 

Bambi Ramsey

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Hsinping Pan

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Sarah Papworth

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Jon Cannell

Watch this very fun short animation of Jon Cannell’s art as part of a series of work Jon did for Goodtimes, a natural burgers and frozen custard chain.

Want more of Jon Cannell goodness? Click here to download Jon’s gorgeously designed PDF of some of his very best work.

 

My Home Decor Plus live course starts September 30th! Join me!

Above: Gorgeous home décor products illustrated by Carolyn Gavin for TAG, Ltd.

 


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!
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xo
Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!
9/23/19

Featuring Mara Penny: check out TWO of her newest, fully illustrated books and her huge bolt fabric collection

Today, we’re delighted to feature our artist Mara Penny, who lives in Oakland, California. I fell in love with her work a few years ago when I spotted her in my courses at Make Art that Sells. She brings a joy to her work and fresh color palettes that are irresistible.

Dive in below and check out TWO of her newest, fully illustrated books and her huge bolt fabric collection (and a peek inside her home!)

 


Check out Mara’s fully-illustrated brand-new book, Like a Girl (Sterling)

Publishers Weekly writes, “Penny works in stylized collages that distinctively capture the likenesses of the women, who encompass people of varying backgrounds and abilities.

Above: From Like a Girl(Sterling)
Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

 

The Practical Witch’s Spell Book (Running Press)

The cool part about Mara is that she is able to paint such beautiful and magical subjects as you can see here, in her fully-illustrated book, The Practical Witch’s Spell Book. Her magical style was one of the many things that attracted me to Mara’s work initially, and I was eager for her to get a book that would showcase that part of her work, and so I was delighted when she was commissioned to illustrated this book.

A complete introduction to modern magic and witchcraft with spells and incantations for love, happiness, and success. See interiors below.

 

Mara’s collection for Moda

One of Mara’s dream projects was to design a bolt fabric collection, and so we were over the moon when she was commissioned to create several lines for the esteemed bolt fabric company Moda. She was asked to illustrate all 50 the United States.

Below, enjoy her first line from the Southwest region, called Desert Song. Mara illustrated the State Birds, State Flowers, and State Maps of Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona for this collection.

Desert Song Fabric Collection

 

Above: Mara was asked to create four different colorways for each pattern, which was a treat for this master colorist!

 

California State Map Tote

 

Mara’s studio

Mara Penny writes, “I have a gallery wall next to my desk that includes a portrait of my grandmother (top left) when she was about my age. That oil painting was my security blanket when I was very little. It was unframed and I would drag it around the house with me. The edges are roughed up and dog-eared. She was an artist, and the first oil painting she made was of an olive tree that hangs next to my desk. My daughter’s name is Olive so it’s a full-circle moment!”


I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!
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xo
Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells e-courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!
8/30/19

See Bambi Ramsey’s animated Farmer’s Market, Helen Dardik’s cookie packaging, and Katie Vernon’s Anthro bedding

Bambi’s red man bun, Helen’s porcupine, Rebecca’s sloth…Enjoy!

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Bambi Ramsey

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

Our newest artist, Bambi Ramsey, delights us by illustrating places that we want to go to! Love the diversity of people, the ages, the red man bun, and the baked goods table.

 

Anke Rega

Anke for my Make Art That Sells Home Decor class based on my trend board

 

Helen Dardik

Helen’s beloved and unmistakable style, for Fika’s Autumn cookie packaging

 

Katie Vernon

Dreamy watercolor bedding by Katie Vernon for Anthropologie

 

Rebecca Jones

Have you seen these at your local Whole Foods?

Rebecca Jones gets a ton of gorgeous animal work because she’s able to make her animals appealing to children. Tableware for Petit Monkey

 

Sarah Walsh

The inimitable style of Sarah Walsh, gracing this oven mitt for Blue Q

 

Tara Lilly

Gorgeous original illustrations by Tara

 


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!
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xo
Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!
8/28/19

Sneak peek! Wanna see the proofs of Hsinping Pan’s latest book for James Patterson?

I’m dying to show you the proofs for Hsinping Pan’s latest book for Jimmy Patterson Books. You can pre-order it today! Hsinping is hot, hot, hot! She’s very in-demand for book illustration and you can see why. Scroll down to see three recent books she’s illustrated.

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Hsinping Pan

Animation by Natasha Dewitz from Cuddly Critters for Little Geniuses

 

Be Kind (Storey Publishing)

 

Bigger Words for Little Geniuses (Jimmy Patterson Books)
Pre-order your copy now!

 

The Cutest Thing Ever (Abrams Books)
Pre-order now!

 


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!

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xo
Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!
7/31/19

My favorite picks this week

We love showing you the latest and greatest by our artists. In this edition: a dragon, two unicorns, mermaids, a sloth, a wolf, and we think it’s a yeti. Plus lots of gorgeous lettering.

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Kelly Anne Dalton

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Rebecca Jones

Galison/Mudpuppy

Clairice Gifford

Valentine’s Card for BBDO Worldwide for AT&T campaign

 

Tara Lilly

Bedding for Anthropologie

 

Helen Dardik

Journal cover for Compendium

 

Hsinping Pan

Jimmy Patterson Books

 

Åsa Gilland

Personal piece

 

Jennifer M. Potter

Personal piece for Folktale Week

 

Julia Christians

Goal Map created for Lilla’s MATS Money Bad Ass (MBA) Class

 


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!
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xo
Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!
7/25/19

Let me show you a few of my favorite picks: from a home spa on a swing chair, to a portrait of Marie Curie…

I’m happy to show you a few favorite pieces by my artists: from body-positivity yoga people, to a big-eyed cat for a board book, to painting on leather. Enjoy!

Contact us to assign or license–we’re happy to help!

 

Katie Vernon

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

I love the cool body positivity people illustrated by Katie Vernon.

 

Sarah Papworth

From “I Know a Woman”, Aurum Press/Quarto

Not only do I love the historically accurate illustrated setting, but the color palette of aqua hues is lovely.

 

Daniel Roode

Campbell/Pan Macmillian

Daniel has a way of creating strong, cover-worthy characters. And the fur!

 

Sarah Walsh

From the illustrated magazine Honest History

I have yet to see a piece by Sarah Walsh that I don’t love, and this is no exception. Sarah paints with such warmth, confidence and a cool yet accessible style.

 

Anke Rega

I love this lush, dreamy piece that Anke created for our Menagerie on creating one’s own spa life. It’s the watery paint and the telling details–cacti, old radio, sleeping cat–that got me.

 

Flora Waycott

Flora writes: “A collaboration is in the works with the talented Namu Leather Goods. I will be painting on a limited number of leather pouches before they are hand constucted by Namu. I have never painted on leather before! It feels so good to try something different – this image shows some practice pieces.”

Always a star with decorative elements, I loved seeing Flora’s work on the textured surface and the muted tones.

 

Kate Mason

I just fully enjoy the delight apparent in this piece by Kate, bursting with charming icons.

 


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!

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Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!
7/22/19

Why does our artist Carolyn Gavin get so many commissions to illustrate things like wine labels, Anthro bedding, chocolate bars, and more?

We love our artist Carolyn Gavin, and we’re delighted to profile her today. From chocolate and wine packaging, to Anthropologie bedding, Carolyn’s work adds lush watercolor beauty to any product.

I first became aware of Carolyn’s work many years ago in a tiny paper goods shop in Rockport, Massachusetts. Her journals for Ecojot absolutely floored me–her style was truly original.

Contact us to assign or license–we’re happy to help!

 

Animation by Natasha DeWitz

 

Photo courtesy CreativeBug

Check out Carolyn’s CreativeBug Class, “Daily Painting Challenge: Flowers, Fruits and the Natural World”

 

Watercolors

Click on the image above to see a Carolyn watercolor painting in action!

 

 

Packaging

Packaging for L’Occitane en Provence

 

Gift box and Pumpkin Spice chocolate bar packaging art by Carolyn Gavin

 

Wine label for Georges DuBoeuf

 

Books & Products

Carolyn illustrated two books in the Kids Can Press “Nature All Around” series.

 

File this under very cool jobs: Carolyn Gavin was invited by Fossil Toronto to hand-paint purses, wallets and watches recently.

 

Bedding for Anthropologie

 


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!
Follow us on Instagram for more fun.
xo
Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!