Category: Amazing illustration

10/12/21

Big reveal! Dazzling children’s book pitches by our artists.

GET READY TO SWOON. We’re sharing pages from our artists’ children’s book pitches that were created for our annual Residency and my course, My Kid Book Pitch (starting October 18th). These charming book pitches are currently available for your consideration.

 

One (that we can’t show yet) was just picked up and will be published April 2023!

Editors and Art Directors: Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to see any or all of our artists’ charming and gorgeous children’s book pitches.

You’ll love this appealing and witty tale about an eccentric child who is obsessed with arranging absolutely anything and everything, from flowers to people! We’re particularly excited about Katie’s wit and her luscious watercolor illustrations. What’s so good about this book is its important message of accepting and embracing one’s own unique behavioral differences.

 

We’re incredibly excited about Bambi’s historic tale of a brave pioneer, loosely based on Maria Sibylla Merian, a naturalist and scientific illustrator of the 1600’s who travels to the Amazon with her daughter. We follow along as the mother and daughter search for a very exotic and elusive butterfly with help from indigenous people. Loaded with botanical and scientific tidbits, depicting a touching mother/daughter relationship, this feminist STEAM book is sure to do very well.

 

Get ready to be floored when you see this magical, painterly pitch by Kendra Binney as she tells a tender and imaginative story of two children—one who is afraid of the ground, and one who is afraid of the sky! Through visually gorgeous illustrations of steampunk-style Rube Goldberg-type contraptions, they find a way to connect. It’s the perfect vehicle for Kendra’s highly in-demand dreamy style.

 

Welcome to Adventures in Ida Land. Kelly Anne has crafted an entire charming and eccentric world around her feisty main character, Ida. With the ability to communicate with rocks, trees, and animals, Ida travels through different landscapes cleverly solving Mother Nature’s problems. We love Kelly Anne’s bright illustration style and particularly adorable main character illustration, and the timely environmental message.

 

What I love about Mara’s pitch is her ability to tell a laugh-out-loud story about an insecure snail in a cool way that imparts lots of nutty snail factoids. This book celebrates mucous and other gross features such as the dung beetle’s poop. At first jealous of the cool flamingo, Herbert the snail comes to love all of its own special abilities—especially its mucous. Quite frankly, I was amazed at impressive special abilities of a snail that I never knew about. Sure to be a hit with boys and girls alike. STEM with humor!

 

Ruth Burrows, our newest artist, created this pitch for My Kid Book Pitch course. It was one of the reasons why I scooped her up.

 

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
10/7/21

A little bit about my time as an illustrator in NYC plus top editorial art by my artists

As an illustrator in New York, I shared a happily sawdust-laden and tin-ceilinged loft on Bond Street between Broadway and Lafayette with two nutty architects back in the 80’s and early 90’s.

 

Jeffrey got off of his stool and started playing ‘New York, New York’ on the little electric piano. “Stop working! Come sing with me!” he said.
“Jeffrey, I’m trying to draw stuff for the New York Times! Don’t you have an architectural rendering to do?”
“No, stop working and come sing. It’s only 8. Fedex comes at 9PM”
“Ok, you’re right.” And so it went.

 

One of my favorite things about being an illustrator was receiving a magazine manuscript by way of the latest technology–a facsimile machine. What a marvel of technology, I thought, as I eagerly watched the article scroll out of the fax on that shiny, curly paper.

 

Reading a manuscript and then coming up with concept in your own style is a beautiful thing. Today, I’d love to share with you a few of gorgeous, recent editorial illustrations by our artists.

 

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

 

Above:
The Washington Post
Left:
Top Santé Magazine

 

The Washington Post
For a piece on protecting your family from mosquitos & pests

 

Denver Magazine
Erica Root illustrated this fascinating story about a woman in a small Colorado town who helped grow it into one of the largest women-run communities in the state.

 

Jennifer M Potter illustrations for Literati Kids’ subscription box on the theme “Kaleidoscope World”

 

Jessica Allen illustration accompanied an essay in the Food and Drink section of Denver Magazine on the writer’s mother and the box of recipes she handed down to him.

 

Better Homes & Gardens “Handy Girl” series

 

 

Katie Vernon illustrated an article for Chicago Magazine on planning a wedding during the COVID era.

 

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
9/27/21

Do you like getting gorgeous postcards? A survey. Plus Sarah Walsh’s brand-new puzzle.

Personally, we love getting mail and we love sending you our pretty postcards with our artists’ latest and most gorgeous work. We’ve scaled way back due to Covid, but we’re thinking of rebooting the card mailings. Loads of our art directors tell us they love them, save them, and pin them to their walls.
Here’s the rub: We know lots of you are still working from home, so we wondered if you’re getting your business mail. Susan and Kim called around and got a mix of responses. Some of you are going into the office sporadically and getting your mail; some of you are back in the office full time, and some are getting your mail forwarded to home.
So we thought: let’s do a poll. We’d love to hear from you.
Above: Our postcard front, mailed in July of this year to our art directors, editors and others who buy art. This card featured cherished original paintings by our artists, past and present.
Above: A recent postcard. Art by Åsa Gilland.
See what I mean? Our cards are pretty.

 

Art directors, editors, art buyers: we’d love to hear from you.
(The poll only lets you pick one answer, just so you know.)
We’re thinking of sending out our pretty postcards again. Which one applies?
I’m back in the office and get my mail there.
I work from home but my mail is forwarded to me.
I work from home and my mail is NOT forwarded to me.
I go into the office about once a week or so and get my mail.
I go into the office like once a month or whatever and get my mail then.
I don’t go into the office. I don’t get my mail. I’m sure there’s a giant pile.
Other.
Above: One of our postcards
featuring Helen Dardik.
Are you an art buyer or editor? Would you like receive our postcards which we send out about 7 or 8 times a year? Or are you already on our mailing list but would like to give us a new address?
Simply reply to this email.

 

See amazing artwork and products by our artists below!
Above: Illustration for Martini & Rossi Fiero
Animation by Bonnie Dain

 

These three fully-illustrated books by Zoë Ingram are now available!
Above: Walker Books
Above: David & Charles
Above: Running Press

 

Above: Dare to Dream 1,000 piece puzzle by Sarah Walsh for Flow/Workman

 

Above: A recent greeting card by Kelly Anne Dalton for Sellers Publishing

 

Above: A recent greeting card by Clairice Gifford for Sellers Publishing

 

Above: Fish illustrated by Jessica Allen for Texas Highways Magazine

 

Class starts October 18th!

 

Did you know that I teach a writing course? I created it a few years ago after years of working with artists on their writing their own books and from co-teaching my picture book course, Illustrating Children’s Books (available 2022) and Illustrating Children’s Books Plus with art director/author Zoë Tucker on my e-course platform, Make Art That Sells.
Basically, my philosophy is this:
Creating a unique picture 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 called My Kid Book Pitch that will bring out your special story. It’s packed full of quirky worksheets, Magic Cards, fun exercises and weekly interactive LIVE videos that will guide you step by step to create your own special brilliant story – the story that only you can write. I hope you’ll join me October 18th! Learn more or sign up here. Personally, I can’t wait for this one.
Above: Art by Tequitia Andrews
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

 

9/16/21

Here’s my business mantra, and only two spots left in our VIP Retreat next week.

Above: Art by Kay Wolfersperger

 

My mantra is this: Play business like it’s a game. In other words, do fun things that benefit everyone–the creative director/editor, the artist, and the agency. Make up fun stuff that everyone will enjoy. It’s served me well in my (almost) 40 years in the business, kept me out of trouble, and kept us constantly energized.

 

In that spirit, one of the things we love to do most around here is our Annual Artists and VIP Retreat, which begins next Wednesday. Last year it went virtual. We were actually surprised by how much everyone loved it (yeah, we do miss the live singer/guitarist and yummy hors d’oeuvres in my garden, I’ll grant you that), but the Zoom aspect enables more VIPs to attend, plus a whopping 25 artists are attending this year from Jakarta to Los Angeles, from Barcelona to Berlin. And we’ve only got two spots left for VIPs. Read on…

 

VIP ATTENDEES
Here are some of the blue-ribbon companies–featuring creative directors, executive editors, senior industrial designers, senior product managers–that will be attending next week, from the book, toy, stationery, and gift markets:
Sterling Publishing | NYC
Penguin Random House | UK
Penguin Random House | US
Little, Brown and Co. | NYC
Running Press | Philadelphia
Editions Auzou | Paris
Uncommon Goods | Brooklyn
Buffalo Games | NY
Raspberry Books | UK
teNeues Publishing | NYC
Educational Insights | CA
Design House Greetings | MN
SPEED ART DATING
The VIPs and the artists meet each other in private breakout rooms (one-on-one) for 10 minutes to view artists’ breathtaking new work, view their toy pitches, or see their book dummies. It’s just under two hours long with the VIPs each meeting with 8 artists. We call it Speed Art Dating. Several VIPs have signed up for ALL THREE DAYS, and many are back from last year.

 

NEWS FLASH–ART DIRECTORS, CREATIVE DIRECTORS, DESIGNERS, EDITORS: Thursday is filled, but if you’d like to attend Speed Art Dating either next Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 2PM ET or Friday, Sept. 24 at 9AM ET to meet one-on-one with our fabulous artists and feast on their jaw-dropping work, simply reply to this email. But hurry! As of this writing, we have only one spot available on Wednesday and one on Friday. Simply reply to this email and let us know you’re interested.

 

My Recent Favorites
I went a little overboard on collecting a few of my recent favorites to put in this newsletter. Here you go.
Various LRS artists + former LRS Artist Suzy Ultman

 

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 packed full of quirky worksheets, Magic Cards, fun exercises and interactive LIVE videos that will guide you step by step to create your own special brilliant story – the story that only you can write. I hope you’ll join me October 18th!

 

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
9/7/21

Guess who I’m interviewing next?

Coming this Thursday!

 

Both images above were created in my MATS Bootcamp course this past Spring
Join me Thursday for our WebinART as I chat with our newest artist
and view her gorgeous work. I’ll show you the mini portfolio she sent hoping to get representation.
This Thursday
September 9th
12.00 PM ET.
—–
We’ll be broadcasting live on Zoom here on Thursday. See you then!
WebinART link here
Password: Ruth99
p.s. You won’t be on video, no worries. It’s a great chat to have on in background!
Find links to our entire WebinART series HERE.

 

Above by Ruth Burrows

 

Agent Kim Fleming gathered up a collection of character images for you this week. Characters are such a key part of illustration work.
Highlights magazine

 

From My first Animal songs / Mes premières chansons d’animaux (Editions Gründ)

 

Character studies

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Akiara Books

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

From Princesses Can Fix it (Page Street Kids)

 

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
8/26/21

Agent Kim Fleming picked some of her recent favorite images for you.

Agent Kim Fleming picked her recent favorites for you this week. I love ’em, too, especially Katie Vernon’s post-pandemic hobbies piece. Enjoy!

 

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

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for license as of this writing.

 

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
8/4/21

We’re announcing our newest artist!

Ta-da! We are thrilled to announce that we are now representing the mega-talent, Ruth Burrows. We know she’s going to be busy with editorial, children’s books, toys, surface design, and tons more. How do we know she’s going to be busy? Two reasons. One, her work was frequently selected for reviews in my Make Art That Sells classes, and two, she has already been commissioned to work on a sample for a children’s book–even before our official launch.
Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

 

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Originally from the UK, Ruth spent twenty years in the United Arab Emerites, and now resides in Lincoln, UK.
Her work is joyful and top-notch, just like Ruth herself. You’ll love working with her.
Lilla: Ruth, how do you stay inspired?
Ruth: I’m inspired by normal everyday things and ordinary people. I usually have my best ideas whilst out walking the dog! I love unfinished, wonky things that don’t match.
Lilla: Where do you buy your art supplies?
Ruth: I love a good old fashioned independent art shop if I can find one but my favorite thing to paint on at the moment is old Cornflakes boxes!

 

Welcome to the world of Ruth Burrows!

 

Lilla: Do you wear shoes when you do art?
Ruth: No, just fancy socks, usually mismatched.
Lilla: What was your favorite illustration assignment from class?
Ruth:West Side Story Poster from last year’s Bootcamp but honestly I love them all.

 

Lilla: What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?
Ruth: Illustrating one of those books about women who have done extraordinary things and men took the credit for it but now we’re going back and celebrating their lives.
Lilla: If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
Ruth: An Odd Job Woman – I love carpentry and would love to learn about electrics and plumbing.

 

Lilla: Whom would you like to meet?
Ruth: I like ordinary folk, chatting to someone at the checkout is more interesting to me than someone famous.
Lilla: What do you listen to while you work?
Ruth: BBC Radio 4 or the World Service. Just talking, no music.
Lilla: How do you stay in shape?
Ruth: Walking the dog and using power tools.
Lilla: How don’t you stay in shape?
Ruth: Sitting too long glued to Procreate!

 

Lilla: What recent book do you recommend for a good read?
Ruth: I read every night before I sleep but rarely remember what’s going on, sometimes I have to start over to remind myself who all the characters are. I never remember the title and as soon as the book is finished I completely forget what it was about!
Lilla: How do you take your coffee?
Ruth: Instant coffee in a mug with full fat milk.

 

 

 

 

Lilla: What color combination are you most excited about right now?
Ruth: Orangey Red and Baby Pink

 

Lilla: Why do you like being an illustrator in 15 words or less?
Ruth: You can make something out of nothing.
Like the interview with Ruth? Read the whole thing here. Ready to assign a project with Ruth? Shoot an email to our lovely agents here.

 

Download her PDF portfolio or jump over here to see her work, studio, and more.

 

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
7/29/21

See our artists’ incredible pitches from this week’s Toy class.

Get ready to freak out over the pitches created by our artists for Week One: Restaurant Pretend Play. These were created in my brand new My Toy Pitch course which I am co-teaching with our brilliant toy guy, Riley Wilkinson (formerly of Mattel, etc.) Stay tuned to see work from Week 2: Sea Creatures Checkers, with twists.
Yes, these winning toy pitches are available for license, or they may even inspire you to commission something else. It’s all good. We’d love to hear what you think!
Stay tuned! We’re announcing our newest artist next week and we’re super excited about it.
Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!
(This was a class favorite.)
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

(She just received two editorial commissions).
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

(She just got a picture book deal.)
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

(She just got TWO more children’s picture book deals.)
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

(She just received a number of greeting card licenses.)
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

(She just received a big commission for art for a major hospital.)
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

(All of us loved this charming elephant tea set.)
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

(The donuts change color in the water? The magnetic toppings? I want this!)
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

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
7/20/21

What do talking pencils, lightening bugs and Cleopatra have in common?

Today’s spotlight

 

Please enjoy this brand new work by our artists who attended my recent course, Make Art That Sells Illustrating Children’s Books 2021. You’ll see appealing characters displaying emotions and active poses, strong art styles and gorgeous environments whether witty (I’m talking about you, Katie Vernon) or historically accurate (I’m looking at your Cleopatra, Jennifer Potter) or dreamy (yes, you, Kelly Anne Dalton).

 

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

 

Text by Zoë Tucker

 

Text by Lilla Rogers.
Manuscript and art ready to license! Contact us for details.

 

Text 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
7/14/21

Wanna see some of the most-liked art on our instagram feed from the last few weeks?

Check out some of our most-liked images on our Instagram feed! Follow us on Instagram here for more goodness.
Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

 

Personal Piece
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Personal piece
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Personal piece
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Personal piece
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Illustration for MATS Editorial class.
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Clairice was commissioned to create the lettering and decorative border for The Secret Garden book cover. Illustration by Tasha Tudor.
Published by HarperCollins.

 

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