Category: Artists’ Insights

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
5/26/20

You won’t want to miss Kendra Binney on our WebinART this Thursday. Learn how a painting career dovetails into an illustration career.

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 WebinART #5 featuring Guest Artist
this Thursday,
May 28th at 12.30 PM ET.
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We’ll be broadcasting live on Zoom here on Thursday. Bookmark it and set your alarm!
WebinART link here
Password: Kendra77
Did you miss the WebinART last week with artist Sarajo Frieden?
Watch the replay here.
Password: 9I$.U3$1
Above: Personal piece available for licensing
Above: Personal piece available for licensing
Kendra is both a gallery artist and an illustrator who creates dreamy, sublime art for a range of projects including greeting cards and books. Having spent a week with me on my Picture Book Residency, she’s currently finishing up an incredible authored children’s picture book pitch. You can imagine how delightful it’s going to be. Editors and art directors, we’d love to hear from you if you’re interested.
Above: Card for
Roger La Borde
Above: Card for
Roger La Borde

 

Today we’ve curated some of our favorite images that we love and thought you’d enjoy…

 

Available for license as of this writing.

 

Big Words for Little Geniuses (Jimmy Patterson Books)

 

Recent personal work
Playful Painting: People (Walter Foster Publications / Quarto)
Available for license as of this writing.

 

Cover for “A Year of Reading Aloud” (Hodder & Stoughton Limited)

 

From This Little Artist (Simon & Schuster)
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
5/21/20

WebinART #4 with illustrator Sarajo Frieden

May 21, 2020 – WebinART #4 with illustrator Sarajo Frieden

Did you miss our WebinART with the brilliant Sarajo Frieden? Lilla and Sarajo chatted about maintaining freshness throughout a career that spans decades, and how Sarajo has preserved her unique voice through gallery work and commercial work alike.
Replay Link: Click here
Password: 9I$.U3$1

5/19/20

A FREE gorgeous 28-page activity PDF for you chock full of original projects by our genius artists.

When the pandemic hit, we had a meeting. We asked ourselves, what can we do that a) has value for our readership, and b) is great promo for our artists? We came up with two ideas. The first you already know about: a 13-part series of Zoom WebinARTS featuring our brilliant artists.
We’ve gotten a great reception to our WebinARTS, and I’m happy to announce our next one is this Thursday featuring an artist that has been with me since 1999! Sarajo Frieden, who lives in Los Angeles, has an impressive client list: from a very cool All-Bran campaign for Leo Burnett to an extensive Godiva packaging program; Paramount Pictures; major ad agencies; Penguin Random House, Scholastic, and loads of magazines. I love eccentric and lovable Sarajo for a number of reasons, and I know you’ll enjoy meeting her.
Read on for the other idea that we came up with. (It’s a FREE download.)
Contact us to assign or license art–we’re happy to help!

 

Join me for WebinART #4 featuring Guest Artist
this Thursday,
May 21st at 12.30PM ET.
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We’ll be broadcasting live here on Thursday. Bookmark it and set your alarm!
WebinART link here
Password: Sarajo77
Did you miss the incredible WebinART last week with six Residency artists?
Watch the replay here.
Password: 5L!074g!
Above: Cloth dolls (Land of Nod)
Above: Reading is Cool Journal Cover (Mudpuppy)
Above: Extensive packaging program for Godiva chocolates.
free ARTivities PDF for you!
We had an idea to make an activities PDF that our followers could enjoy during this time. What could be more fun than pages of games and crafts?
When we asked our artists if they were interested in contributing, we were blown away by the number of artists that joined in and the caliber of work.
We are incredibly excited to gift you with our free 28-page gorgeous ARTivities booklet with projects created by 15 of our brilliant artists.
Paper dolls? Got you covered.
Word Search? It’s in there.
Quarantine Bingo? Of course!
Enjoy these fun activities to keep you (and the kids) entertained. It’s our gift to you during this time.
Yeah, part of our devious plan is to entice art directors and editors to be inspired to commission a book, or an article, or a toy or game from this work. Hey, I wasn’t born as an agent yesterday.
All the work inside is brand-new and available for licensing.
Here’s a sneak peek of some activities in the booklet:

 

How are you coping these days? We hope you are finding ways of keeping healthy, happy, and hopeful. Our artists continue to use their wit and talent to deal with these extraordinary times.
5/15/20

Join me to watch 6 of my top artists today at 12:30 PM ET for our free WebinART chat. 🎨👍🏽👁

Join us at 12.30 PM ET TODAY for our Free WebinART #3
Our Artists’ Residency: Picture Book Pitches
Above: Banner by Mara Penny

 

Join me as I chat with five of my stellar artists when we take a break from the week-long virtual Residency to chat with you TODAY at 12:30 PM ET. I’ll ask them about their working process, how they magically dreamed up their ideas for their children’s picture book pitches, the hardest part and easiest part of making their pitch, PLUS they’ll possibly show a sneak peek of what they’re working on. It’s not to be missed!

Click here to join our free public WebinART on Zoom at 12:30 PM ET.
Password: Residency7

 

Art directors and editors tell us that they’re looking for author/illustrator book pitches (probs because artists are so cool and imaginative), so we dreamed up our latest caper–our Residency–which is an incredible incubator for five of my artists to work on their authored/illustrated picture book pitches.

I’m in the midst of working with them this entire week while they dive into my latest course (ahead of the public launch) called My Kid Book Pitch that I’ll be offering in October. My six artists will have brilliant and highly original pitches–including texts and sample spreads–finished by the end of the week or shortly thereafter.

Art Directors and Editors: Contact us or simply reply to this email to get your hands on what I promise will be pitches that will shine.

You don’t want to miss this. Can’t watch it live? We’ll send you the link for the replay next week in our newsletter or look for it on the Lilla Rogers home page this Friday.

 

Here are the six in-demand Residency artists who will join me on today’s WebinART:

California, USA
Above: For The Washington Post
Local Living section
Left: Personal Work
Clients include Callisto Media, Crazy 8,
FabKids, Gap Factory, Gymboree,
Janie & Jack, Simply She, Tea Collection,

 

Pennsylvania, USA
Above: Personal Work
Clients include
Sterling Publishing, Workman Publishing, Running Press
Montana, USA
Above: Starting from Seneca Falls
(Random House)
Clients include
Quarto, The Washington Post,
Editions Auzou, Sellers/RSVP,
Studio Oh!

 

Oregon, USA
Above and below, left: Illustrations for Lilla’s MATS Illustrating Children’s Book course
Clients include Amber Lotus,
Hachette, Page Street Publishing,
Calypso Cards, American Greetings,
Design House Greetings, Oopsy Daisy,
Roger La Borde, Sterling Publishing

 

California, USA
Above and below, left: Like a Girl (Sterling Publishing)
Clients include Design House Greetings,
Galison/Mudpuppy, Moda,
Running Press, Biely & Shoaf,
Boston Globe, Chateau Ste Michelle, Sterling Publishing

 

Arizona, USA
Left: Make Art Every Day (Quarto)
Above: Notebooks (Roger La Borde)
Clients include American Greetings, Anthropologie, BBDO Worlwide, Chronicle Books, Disney Hyperion, Hallmark, IKEA, Oopsy Daisy, Papyrus
Quarto Publishing Group, TAG, Ltd.
Up with Paper!, The Washington Post
Workman 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
5/14/20

WebinART #3 with Lilla’s Artists Residency participants: Bambi Ramsey, Erica Root, Kelly Anne Dalton, Kendra Binney, Mara Penny, Katie Vernon

May 14, 2020 – WebinART #3 with Lilla’s Artists Residency participants: Bambi Ramsey, Erica Root, Kelly Anne Dalton, Kendra Binney, Mara Penny, Katie Vernon

Replay Link: Click here

Password: 5L!074g!

Our 3rd WebinART in the series was a very special one, featuring 6 artists who are attending Lilla’s Artists Residency this week. The artists are spending the entire week developing brand new picture book ideas, under Lilla’s mentorship. They are using the structure of Lilla’s new class My Kid Book Pitch which launches on Make Art That Sells in October.

You won’t want to miss this one!

5/7/20

WebinART #2 with illustrator Katie Vernon

May 7, 2020 – WebinART #2 with illustrator Katie Vernon

Replay Link: Click here

Password: 3G#a#6n^

Lilla chats with Katie about her stellar career making art in her eccentric style, what she’s working on right now, her favorite illustration project, and her creative process. Katie also reveals how her previous work as a florist influenced her illustration!

Enjoy :)

4/23/20

WebinART #1 with illustrator Mara Penny

April 23, 2020 – WebinART #1 with illustrator Mara Penny

Replay Link: Click here

Password: 4p^#178H

We chatted about Mara’s gorgeous illustration projects for books, cards, fabric collections, magnetic paper dolls, a zodiac embroidery kit, and even a series of wine labels.

Lucky for your FOMO, it was recorded! Watch to learn about Mara’s artmaking process, her thoughts on what makes an art director great to work with, and the fascinating way she does research for a project.

Enjoy!

 

4/21/20

We have a big announcement. PLUS: need a happy distraction? We’ve got a puzzle for you.

 

Recently, I chatted with our team over here in Boston. I asked, “How can we contribute? How can we make this time more interesting for our community? How can we promote our artists in a fresh way that our art directors will enjoy?” Then we came upon an idea.

We’re excited to announce our new public free series: Lilla’s WebinARTs, where each week I’ll chat with one of my artists on Zoom. They’ll discuss what it was like to work on a recent project, plus show some brand-new work.
I’ll ask my artists things like what their very favorite illustration project was and why, what makes a great art director, what color combination they are loving these days, tips on working from home, what they are reading right now, and more. I’m so excited that our very first WebinART will feature Mara Penny.

 

Above: From wine to witches, a few of the commissioned projects illustrated by Mara Penny
Join us for the inaugural WebinART with Guest Artist
Mara Penny this Thursday,
April 23rd at 12.30PM ET.
Password: Mara
We’ll be broadcasting live here on Thursday. Bookmark it and set your alarm!

 

Puzzles by our artists…
Nothing beats boredom like a good old-fashioned puzzle. They’re quickly becoming the new stay-in fad. There’s a reason why we keep assigning so many: they are fun for all ages. Here are a few you might like to add to your collection.
Contact us to assign or license–we’re happy to help!
Left: Agent Susan‘s mom Anne has enjoyed several weeks working on Sarah Walsh’s 1,000-piece puzzle
“All Are Welcome Here”. (Galison)
Many hands, including Agent Kim‘s 7-year-old-son’s, race to finish Rebecca Jones’ double-sided dog and cat puzzle (Galison).
This photo was taken before social distancing measures. Doesn’t that seem like ages ago?
4/14/20

Top tips on working from home from the pros: our artists reveal their best secrets!

Guess who has fantastic tips on working from home? Seasoned illustrators, that’s who! I recently asked them to share their best tips for those who are working from home full-time, possibly for the first time ever. Enjoy!

Contact us to assign or license–we’re happy to help!
– Get dressed! Everyone is making jokes at the moment, about people not wearing pants in their home office. But as someone who always works in a home office, it is helpful to get dressed nicely for work every day, to get in a busy and motivated mood.
– Clean your space! When you are done for the day, clean up your work space so you can start fresh next morning. It really makes a difference to come to a nice and clean desk in the morning.
– Make plans: I have two schedules, one is a yearly overview with my longterm projects, the other one is a weekly planner. I fill the weekly planner on Mondays. That’s important because I don’t lose time, thinking about what to do today when I start working. It also helps me to do things I am not really motivated to do. When it’s on the planner for a certain day, I will do it, no matter what.
A seasoned home-based full-time illustrator and mother of two, our artist Julia Christians shares her top tips for working from home:
– Structure your day. Start and stop working at the same time, every day. Have a routine. Have breakfast, get a huge cup of your favorite tea and go to work.
– It’s better to start early. Before I had kids I started to work pretty late and also worked in the evenings and nights. I feel like you have more energy in the mornings and if you have done your work in the morning, you can take the rest of the day off with a good feeling.
– Limit your time! Another thing I learned by having kids. You are more productive if you have less time.
– Put your cell phone away or in airplane mode
Check out Julia’s latest book with Nosy Crow.
Introducing a truly hilarious and one-of-a-kind new character: Magnificent Mabel!
Writing from Australia, our artist Flora Waycott’s shares her nurturing advice to start the day :
My number one tip for working from home is to get dressed in to something nice, as if you are going to work. I always try to accessorise with some favourite jewellery, even if I am not going to see anyone or leave the house all day. This helps me mentally prepare and I feel fresh and ready to start the day.
Create a morning routine that you stick to every single day – mine is to make a cup of lemon water followed by a berry smoothie, light my favourite incense and check my emails. I do this every single morning and it has helped me to be more disciplined with starting work
Want more Flora goodness? Check out her authored/illustrated book here.
We love the lyrical tips from our British artist Trina Dalziel:
I am incredibly lucky where I live in the North of England–a footpath takes me from my house into fields and woods.
I aim to walk a few miles every day but on the days I don’t manage I still try to spend some time outside, tidying up my garden, refilling the bird feeder, ten minutes wrapped up with a coffee, even just hanging washing on the line, or standing on the doorstep gazing at the stars — but something to connect with the outdoors and nature.
It’s one of the things I most love to draw so it seems crazy to not spend time appreciating it.
And now for some happy news…
Fabric of the mask in front by
Carolyn Gavin
We have the most awesomest financial manager ever! Julia Parker has been part of a brigade of roughly eight women in the greater Boston area sewing masks for two local hospitals and a homeless shelter.
There has been much sanitizing and sharing of supplies and a wonderful community has been borne of the need to provide for our front-line workers and unsheltered community. Lilla Rogers Studio has donated over 50 yards of fabric to this endeavor.
Thank you so much to Julia and to all the health care workers keeping us safe every day.