Category: Artists’ Insights

12/29/20

You can see how Jennifer M Potter’s background in video, comics & storyboarding influences her illustrative cinematic angles and lighting.

We were just discussing our enthusiasm for 2021. A new year, a new vaccine, a new president, a new beginning. Here’s hoping your holidays are a time to refresh and reboot.

Today, we’d like to feature the magical and dramatic work of our artist, Jennifer M Potter. You can see how her background in video production, comics and storyboarding influences her illustrative cinematic angles and lighting. Enjoy!

Spotlight on Jennifer M Potter

Animation by Jennifer M Potter

 

“I’m always exploring. Travel is very inspiring, and being part of a community of creators is an endless source of inspiration.”
–– Jennifer M Potter
(San Francisco)

 

Books

Voices of Justice (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
Right: Portrait of Jeannette Rankin
Claude: The True Story of a White Alligator has been getting rave reviews!
(Sasquatch Books)

 

Editorial work

The Washington Post
Above: Staying Cozy in the Winter

 

Left and above: For an article on moving during a pandemic

 

Above: Jennifer’s personal piece was chosen for The Washington Post’s “Art During the Pandemic” feature

 

Above: Article on Relationships in Middle School

 

The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Above: Article on Camp Legends and Storytelling

 

More good stuff

Pop-up card for Up With Paper
Personal piece for Folktale Week
Personal piece 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
11/30/20

Spotlight on Anke Rega

Hope you’re staying sane, safe, and creative!
Here’s a great way to make your 2021 be the most creative yet: Today is the very last day of my course Cybersale, offering the best prices on my courses for the year. Jump in here.

 

 

Join me today as I chat with my Illustrating Children’s Books co-teacher, art director and children’s book author Zoë Tucker, in a Zoom today at 10:30AM ET. We’ll answer any questions you have about this booming industry and our popular course.
Lilla and Zoë Tucker
Live Zoom
TODAY at 10.30AM ET

 

Above, from left: Me, and Zoë Tucker, respected children’s book art director, author, and my co-teacher of one of our most popular courses, Illustrating Children’s Books.

 

Above: Our artist, Anke Rega’s illustration for

 

Spotlight on Anke Rega

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

“I have a big love for illustrating products from stationery to pattern to home decor. I use watercolor, and sometimes gouache and colored pencils.
I‘m a color lover and I really like to do light and playful illustrations. I like seeing all the little big things in life. They make me smile and open my heart. And that‘s exactly the feeling i want to give back to you with my art.”
—Anke Rega
Berlin, Germany

 

Latest Work

 

Soon after signing with LRS, Anke landed a fantastic ongoing editorial job with Better Homes & Gardens for their
“Miss Fix It” column.
Anke writes:
“It’s the perfect job for me. I did set design years ago and I love tools.
Also my mum has always done all the handy things at home and I thought this was really cool as a role model.”

 

Greeting card available at your favorite specialty grocery store
Greeting card for Calypso Cards

 

Books

 

Anke illustrated The Extraordinary Life of Anne Frank (Puffin)
Full color cover and 80 mono interior illustrations.

 

Self-help Book for Women

 

More amazing illustrations by Anke
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

 

9/17/20

What makes my artist magical Marenthe tick? Join me today at 12:30 PM ET to find out!

 
What makes magical Marenthe tick? How does she come up with such dreamy, other-worldly images, painted so lushly? Is she from another planet?
We’ll find out TODAY at 12:30 PM ET for the next in our series of WebinARTs with our artist Marenthe, who has worked on a variety of illustration projects for Amber Lotus Publishing, Elle Magazine, Flow Magazine, Hallmark, Quarto Publishing, Roger La Borde, and more.
Click here to join our free public WebinART on Zoom with our artist Marenthe today at 12:30 PM ET. Password: Marenthe77
I’ll ask Marenthe to share with us her various creative projects, her dream illustration project she’d love to manifest, her tips on working from home with two kids, a book that most influenced her, plus enjoy her gorgeous work in a slideshow. We’ll take a few questions live.
We’ll do a random giveaway one of Marenthe’s products. Join us!
We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Marenthe, illustrator
The Hague, Netherlands
“I dream of my own Pippi Longstocking castle in France near Paris. With lots of whispering trees, animals and flowers where I can stare out of my window and I make art all day!”
Above: Contact us about licensing availability of the above artwork.

 

A Few of Marenthe’s Commissions
Various clients
Lettering and illustration for a spread for Flow Magazine
Lucky Elephant character and packaging (Running Press)

 

Scratch and Reveal 78 Original Magical Tarot Cards (Quarto)

 

Gorgeous art by Marenthe
available for licensing
8/20/20

Join me today at 12:30 PM ET to meet an incredible artist, Jennifer M Potter and see her gorgeous work.

We’re excited to invite you to join us TODAY at 12:30 PM ET for the next in our series of WebinARTs with our artist Jennifer M Potter, who has worked on a variety of incredible illustration projects for clients such as The American Library Association, The Boston Children’s Museum, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Nosy Crow, Running Press, Sasquatch Books, The Washington Post, Up With Paper, and more.

 

Click here to join our free public WebinART on Zoom with our artist
Jennifer M Potter today at 12:30 PM ET.
Password: Jennifer77

 

I’ll ask her how she transitioned to a full-time career as a freelance illustrator, how she creates such dramatic cinematic pieces (hint: she studied animation, comics and storyboarding at SCAD), what her very favorite illustration project was and why, and how she stays organized. If nothing else, come for the gorgeous work in the slideshow. Plus we’ll take a few questions live.

 

One lucky participant will win Jennifer Potter’s lushly, fully illustrated book, Voices of Justice.
We can’t wait to see you there!

 

 

 

Jennifer M Potter, illustrator
San Francisco, USA
Above and Left: Voices of Justice
(Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)

 

Cover of Songbird Dreams of Singing (Running Press)

 

Illustrations for The Washington Post

 

Above, left: Local Living Section cover, article on Middle School friendships
Above, right: Real estate section, article on moving during a pandemic
Below: Weekend/Going out section, article on Hygge

 

Children’s Book Work
7/23/20

Join me today at 12:30 PM ET for another great FREE WebinART. Meet our witty and charming illustrator Julia Christians.

 

I’m excited to invite you to join me TODAY at 12:30 PM ET for the next in our series of WebinARTs as I chat with our witty and charming artist Julia Christians, (‘memorizing song lyrics is my useless superpower’). She’s worked on a variety of fantastic book projects for Nosy Crow, Oxford University Press, Scholastic, and more. You’ll see why she is kept so busy with work commissioned by top publishers.

 

to join our FREE WebinART on Zoom
with our artist Julia Christians today at 12:30 PM ET.

 

Join me as I ask Julia about her process (“the three P’s: Photoshop, Pencils and Procreate”) her tips on working from home with two kids, how she stays sane, and we’ll view her gorgeous work. We’ll do a random giveaway of one of Julia’s fully-illustrated books for one of the viewers.

 

“I worked with Julia on a children’s book series and I am blown away with how well she captured the characters’ humor and all the energy she injects in the stories! Julia is an amazingly talented illustrator!”
Elisabetta Barbazza, Senior Fiction Designer, Nosy Crow

 

Julia Christians
Harz Mountains, Germany
Animation by Natasha Dewitz
Above: Magnificent Mabel series covers
What’s That In Dog Years
(Oxford University Press)

 

Lilla: What question would you most like to be asked?
Julia: Do you really want all these puppies?
When I saw this brilliant piece by Julia, I immediately knew that I had to represent her. What I saw was hilarious and expressive characters, the ability to depict cinematic views (close-ups, medium shots, wide angles), rich textures and charming lettering (not to mention the hilarious text she wrote!) This is still one of my all-time Julia Christians favorites.

 

 

Azutura wall decals

 

Lilla: If you weren’t an illustrator, what would you be?
Julia: I would be a dog trainer!

 

Illustration for Make Art That Sells course
Julia’s art for an assignment for
the Make Art That Sells Home Decor class.

 

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
7/20/20

Guess who I’m interviewing next? Discussing diversity. TWO artists you’ll love–our free webinARTs.

Coming this Thursday!

 

Above: Cover for The Soup Movement (Oxford University Press)
Join me Thursday for our WebinART #9 as I chat with the lively and hilarious
Julia Christians and view her gorgeous work.
This Thursday,July 23rd at 12.30 PM ET.
—–
We’ll be broadcasting live on Zoom here on Thursday. See you then!
WebinART link here
Password: Julia77
Last week’s WebinART and portfolio showcase with Sarah Papworth was a blast! You can catch the replay here; Password: 8R?K4=+9
Find links to our entire WebinART series HERE.
Agility Live Magazine

 

“An artist and an activist are not so far apart.”
— Ava DuVernay, award-winning writer, producer and film director ( New York Times)
Live today 12 Noon ET!
I’m loving our WebinARTs over here at my agency Lilla Rogers Studio where, as you probably know, I interview our fascinating artists and we chat about their work and careers, most Thursdays.
As of this writing, I’ve done eight WebinARTS, and I’ve found that I enjoy them so much that we dreamed up “Live with Lilla”, where I’ll be interviewing artists, art directors, editors, and more, over at my school site, Make Art That Sells.
I’m thrilled that my very first Live with Lilla interview starts today with someone I’m crazy about, the QUEEN, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, beloved and highly-regarded author-illustrator of over 40 children’s books and diversity expert. We’ll chat about increasing diversity in our industry, what agents and art directors can do, and more.
Kim, I hope you’ll join me over on my Make Art That SellsFacebook page. It’s free and open to everyone, 12 noon ET today, July 20th.
Here’s the fabulous Vanessa Brantley-Newton with her newest book of poems for little girls, “Just Like Me”(Knopf/Random House). Available here.

 

Amazon selected This Little Dreamer: An Inspirational Primer, as the best kids’ book of the year so far, for ages baby to 2!
Huge congratulations, Daniel!
Published by Simon & Schuster

 

You get to customize your wall art with Katie’s people and icons! How cool is that? Check it out at Uncommon Goods.

 

Zoë Ingram

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Tara is available for Bolt Fabric commissions!
Left: Available for license
Below, left: Fabric for Robert Kaufman

 

Woodland Tattoos (Petit Monkey)

 

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
7/9/20

Join me today at 12:30 PM ET to meet Sarah Papworth and see her gorgeous work

 

We’re excited to invite you to join us TODAY at 12:30 PM ET for the next in our series of WebinARTs with Guest Artist Sarah Papworth, who has worked on a variety of illustration projects for HarperCollins, Quarto Group UK, L’Oreal Paris, Workman Publishing and tons more. Her luscious and varied color palettes and distinctive portraiture have garnered a number of rich book projects.

Click here to join our free public WebinART on Zoom with Guest artist Sarah Papworth today at 12:30 PM ET.
Password: Sarah77

 

I’ll ask Sarah how she begins an illustration, how she hones in on a particular color palette, tips on portraiture, what makes a great art director, what she’s reading right now. She’ll show us a number of her favorite images in a gorgeous slideshow.

 

We can’t wait to see you there as we put some goodness out into the world, and we’ll do a giveaway of Sarah’s stunningly illustrated Rainbow Revolutionaries book (HarperCollins).

 

Sarah Papworth, illustrator
Evesham, UK
Above: Greeting card for
American Greetings
Above: Fifty LGBTQ+ People Who Made History, fully illustrated by Sarah Papworth (HarperCollins)

 

From I Know An Artist (Quarto)

 

From I Know A Woman (Quarto)

 

Illustrations for The Washington Post

 

From my Make Art That Sells Creating Collections for Home Decor class

 

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
6/18/20

Join me today at 12:30 PM ET for our FREE WebinART featuring our artist Anke Rega

We’re excited to invite you to join us TODAY at 12:30 PM ET for the next in our series of WebinARTs with our artist Anke Rega. She’s worked on a variety of illustration projects for fabric, greeting cards and more, for clients like Sterling Publishing, Puffin/Penguin Random House UK, Better Homes and Gardens, and many others. Her watercolor work is dreamy and her illustrations of people have a quirky charm that we love.

 

Click here to join our free public WebinART on Zoom with our artist Anke Rega today at 12:30 PM ET. Password: Anke77

 

We’ll chat about her watercolor technique, her work process, how she became an illustrator, what her dream illustration project would be and why, what she loves about being an artist in Berlin, what she’s reading or watching right now, and more. You’ll see her latest work as she discusses each image.

 

We can’t wait to see you there as we hope to put a little goodness out into the world!

 

Anke Rega, illustrator
Berlin, Germany
Above: The Extraordinary Life of Anne Frank (Puffin/Random House UK) fully illustrated by Anke Rega

 

Below: Anke landed a fantastic ongoing illustration gig for
Better Homes & Gardens Do It Yourself Magazine.

 

 

Above: Anke’s work for Lilla’s Home Decor class at Make Art That Sells
Right: Beautiful butterfly and moth pattern 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
6/16/20

All about our next FREE WebinART plus see what’s our newest feature on our website.

Above: Illustration by Anke Rega for Lilla’s Home Decor class/Make Art That Sells
Above: Greeting card
Available at your favorite specialty supermarket.
Join me for WebinART #7 featuring our artist Anke Rega and her latest work
This Thursday, June 18th at 12.30 PM ET.
—–
We’ll be broadcasting live on Zoom here on Thursday. See you then!
WebinART link here
Password: Anke77
Last week’s WebinART and portfolio showcase with Sarah Walsh was uplifting. You can catch the replay here; Password: 2U!+2×45
Find links to our entire WebinART series HERE.
Above: One of the things that we love about Anke’s work is how she creates dreamy scenes of everyday life.
Above: I fell in love with this piece when I laid eyes on it. Anke created it for the final assignment of the Global Talent Search.
Below: Piece for MATS Bootcamp
Right: Anke’s Quarantine Bingo for our
ARTivities booklet.
Contact us to assign or license art–we’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

 

We thought you’d enjoy seeing (and downloading) PDF portfolios of our artists’ work, so we made a new tab on our website. Check out our PDF tab here, and see PDFs categorized by artists and markets such as Children’s Book art, Editorial, etc. New work added all the time.
Above: Our brand-new PDF Portfolio tab on the Lilla Rogers Studio website. Have a visit!
Below: Here are just two of the many gorgeous PDFs you can download to help you find the kind of art you want for your project.
Our latest Children’s Book ArtPortfolio. Cover art by Åsa Gilland.
Our gorgeous Greeting Cards PDFPortfolio. Cover art by Tara Lilly.

 

Jennifer writes: “I wanted to create a scene that evoked mystery and wonder. I am constantly inspired by light and shadow,
so for this piece I decided to explore how light is used to create an atmosphere of ritual and celebration.”
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
5/28/20

Join me TODAY at 12:30 PM ET for our WebinART chat featuring my artist Kendra Binney. 🎨👍🏽👁

 
Kendra has worked on a variety of illustration projects for top companies such as Hachette, Page Street Publishing, Roger La Borde, Sterling Publishing, and more.

 

Click here to join our free public WebinART on Zoom with guest artist Kendra Binney today at 12:30 PM ET. Password: Kendra77

I’ll ask Kendra how she works in both paint and digital media, what makes a great art director, what her dream illustration project would be, how she enjoyed the Residency and creating a picture book pitch, her tips on working from home with her little boy, what she’s watching right now, and more.

We can’t wait to see you there as we put some goodness out into the world!

Kendra Binney, illustrator
Washington State
Right : Card for Roger La Borde

 

Above: Sample book art for Hachette
Above: Wall art for Oopsy Daisy

 

Images above and below: Collection for Roger La Borde