7/18/18

See my new Helen Dardik dress! And new projects by our artists.

We do have our share of fun around here; we enjoy a crafter-noon every so often. Here I am in the dress I sewed using a print of Helen Dardik‘s.
Here’s how it went down: our artists send us their personal pieces as they create them so that we can show them to our lovely clients, and when Helen sent us this print, I immediately wanted it for a dress, and so I asked her if I could get the fabric made on Spoonflower. The rest is history.
Those lanterns way in the back are by Helen Dardik for BlueQ. (I’d give you the link but they aren’t available anymore. They were made a long time ago.)

Here are Flora Waycott’s lovely line drawings in Flow Magazine’s new book, 50 Ways to Draw Your Ordinary Life.

Check out this spread showing Carolyn Gavin‘s work table in Flow Magazine’s new book, 50 Ways to Draw Your Ordinary Life.

Marenthe has a way of being magical and sweet at the same time. This was commissioned for a calendar for Amber Lotus.

 

This just in! Rebecca Jones‘ lovely paintings for magnetic puzzles Mudpuppy/Chronicle Books.

 

Want to keep up with our Global Talent Search? Follow the action on Instagram here.

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7/11/18

How I’ll pick my next artist for representation

Our Global Talent Search is in full swing, with over 1,400 artists participating! We’re reviewing the work just in from the first challenge and we’re narrowing down the selections to the 50 top images. It’s exciting, thought-provoking and riveting as we study each image and dig into plenty of websites. It’s how we pick our artists, and we’ve loved doing it since 2013. Read more about it here.

There are so many factors in selecting our next artist. In this first round, we study the entry plus, if we like what we see, we go on to view the artist’s website.
What do we look for? We look for a fairly large body of work in a consistent style. That doesn’t mean that everything in the portfolio should look the same; as a matter of fact, we don’t want to see that. A variety of color palettes, moods, and even media appeals to us as our client base has varied needs.
We look for strong drawing ability–in any style–and a body of work containing a rich variety of imagery. Can the artist draw lots of stuff? A plus is strong lettering and the ability to draw faces and the figure. And finally, do we feel that the style will pull work? Will our clients respond favorably? In a sense, we try to be mind-readers.
Stay tuned. Over the next several weeks, you’ll see our top 50 Semi-Finalists, our 6 Finalists, and then the Winner.
Read more about our competition here.
Here’s Flora Waycott’s wonderful work in Flow Magazine’s new book, 50 Ways to Draw Your Ordinary Life.

New! We love this playful toddler quilt by our artist Carolyn Gavin for Anthropologie.

Below: I’m nuts about Tara Lilly‘s hand-painted moth on this wood slice resting on a swatch of fabric she did for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

This just in! Rebecca Jones‘ lovely paintings for a memory match game for Mudpuppy/Chronicle Books.

I hope you enjoyed the show! Want great art for you project? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be delighted to hear from you for any of your art needs. Susan and Joanne are standing by!

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6/18/18

Lots of new books and meet the artists

There’s nothing like illustrating a book or a magazine; it’s wonderful to sink into a manuscript. Today I want to show you work that our artists have done. Enjoy! We’re happy to help you find the right illustrator for your project.

Here’s a lovely illustration by Trina Dalziel for BHG Secrets of Getting Organized Special Interest Publication.

Meet Sarah Walsh

Sarah says, “I dream of owning a time machine someday but until then I enjoy cinnamon rolls, animals, art making, world culture, vintage children’s books, music & coffee.”

Meet Anne Bentley

Meet Tara Lilly

“I am inspired by something new everyday. I love to thrift shop, go to the library, or take walks in nature to get inspired,” says Tara.

Meet Flora Waycott

Flora says, “If I weren’t creating art I would love to own a cafe and tea shop, filled with flower posies and vegetables from the garden.”

Yes! Our Global Talent Search is back! Check out our top VIP judges.

Find out more here. Sign-up ends June 21st and my first assignment is released June 25!

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6/13/18

Meet the artists and a whole bunch of gorgeous pictures. Plus the GTS is back!

Check out a pile of gorgeous products illustrated by my artists. Enjoy! Let’s get some art onto your projects.

Meet Hsinping Pan

 

                                                        Little faces amidst Hsinping’s sweet alphabet

 

Meet Helen Dardik

Helen Dardik’s recent luscious pattern

Meet Daniel Roode

Daniel Roode’s charming illustrations for Éditions Milan

This lovely coloring book comes with a CD.

Daniel’s delightful characters are why he gets so many children’s book illustration commissions.

Daniel Roode says, “I try to get to nature as much as possible, meditate, day dream, collect toys and records. My heart and soul are baked in all things vintage except for making most of my art on the computer.”

 

Meet Terri Fry Kasuba

 

We asked Terri to paint more of her pets in t-shirts and this is what we got. We heart her.

Terri says, “The words I try to live by are ‘Don’t let fear get in the way. Take that first step and do it!’
Unless you are thinking of skydiving then definitely don’t do it…”
Yes! Our Global Talent Search is back! Check out our top VIP judges. The winner will join me for our Retreat right here in my garden and at the boat club. Find out more here. Sign-up ends soon and my first assignment is released June 25!

Above: Katie Vernon and Marenthe at last year’s retreat.
Above: Sarah Walsh.

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6/1/18

Just in! Wanna see some new gorgeous things?

I love nothing more than sharing photos of our artists’ products with you.

Look what came in today! First up is ‘Blanks So Much!’, a fill-in-the-blank notecard set and cloth pencil pouch by Sarah Walsh for Compendium. That fill-in-the-blank idea is brilliant, and I sure wish I had this when my kids were little.

Sarah’s newest book
Speaking of Sarah, you can pre-order her next book here. We’re pretty excited about it.

 

Now that my garden is in bloom, I love to add all kinds of flowers to the product shots. Which is fun. Somehow the flowers are a nice foil to the products.
Here’s Rebecca Jones‘ charmingly illustrated boxed set for Papyrus. I particularly love the patterns.

Want to see me review artists’ websites? Learn all my top tips. Come hear me chat about my newest course on Friday or sign up here! Class starts Monday!
Get great art for you project! Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be delighted to hear from you for any of your art needs. Susan and Joanne are standing by!
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P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!

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5/28/18

Surtex Recap! See who came to the booth.

Guess what? This may have been our best Surtex show ever. We were delighted to chat with so many art directors. Honestly, there’s nothing like human contact. I adored seeing so many of my Make Art That Sells students, too.
Look who showed up!
We were delighted that a bunch of our artists came to Surtex including Carolyn Gavin (left) and Helen Dardik (right).

 

We loved every single time a client came to the booth. It was like a party. Here are Tracy Shaw and Stephanie Yang of James Patterson Books. See the books we’ve illustrated here.

 

Shelves full of products
We had fun styling the shelves full of our products. It’s a great way to give an instant vibe of our studio.

 

We had three dozen luscious portfolio books to show. Didn’t make the show? Peruse the goodness here.

Thought you’d like to see the show after we tore down the booth, lol.

Our new tote bags
We gave out our newest tote bags. Left, Marenthe; Right, Clairice Gifford for my Drawing Faces course.

 

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5/19/18

See us at Surtex NYC tomorrow!

How to make your next project gorgeous in one easy step: Come to Surtex at the Javits Center beginning tomorrow, May 20th through Tuesday, 22nd in NYC and let us show you our artists’ gorgeous portfolios, or simply contact us to see more! 

Art Directors: Come by our booth and get a free tote bag!

Left: Art by Marenthe; Right: Art by Clairice Gifford

 
Let us help you find the right art to make your project magical. Drop by and see loads of fresh new portfolios. Want to make an appointment to see new work or meet the artists? Contact Susan McCabe and she’ll be delighted to arrange it.
Can’t make the show? No worries. Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear from you and help you with any of your art needs.
Follow us on Instagram for more fun.

 

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5/18/18

This is what happens when I invite my artists to make promo banners for Surtex

This is what happens when I invite my artists to make promo banners for Surtex (beginning this Sunday at Javits Center, NYC.) Lots of gorgeousness happens.
We have a TON of fantastic new work that our artists have created especially for the show. Come see the art and say hello. We would love to see you!
Want to meet the artists? Helen Dardik, Anne Bentley, Carolyn Gavin, and Terri Fry Kasuba will be at our booth, and would love to meet you. Want to meet with a particular artist? Let’s set up a time!
Drop by and see loads of fresh new portfolios. Want to make an appointment to see new work, chat with me, or meet the artists? Contact Susan McCabe and she’ll be delighted to arrange it.
Can’t make the show? No worries. Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear from you and help you with any of your art needs.
Follow us on Instagram for more fun.
5/16/18

I want to show you these gorgeous portfolios

How to make your next project gorgeous in one easy step: Come to Surtex at the Javits Center May 20th – 22nd in NYC and let us show you our artists’ gorgeous portfolios, or simply contact us to see more!
Here’s a sneak peek at our latest newest portfolios which we will debut at Surtex.

This lovely cover is by Trina Dalziel.

Here’s a charming spread by Marenthe.

 

Houses and magic by Katie Vernon

 

The pretty floral cover by Flora Waycott

 

Here are just a few of the many portfolios you’ll enjoy at Surtex. Hope to see you there!

 

Drop by and see loads of fresh new portfolios. Want to make an appointment to see new work or meet the artists? Contact Susan McCabe and she’ll be delighted to arrange it.
Can’t make the show? No worries. Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear from you and help you with any of your art needs.
Follow us on Instagram for more fun.

 

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5/8/18

One easy way to get great art for your project

How to make your next project gorgeous in one easy step: Come to Surtex at the Javits Center May 20th – 22nd in NYC and let us show you our artists’ gorgeous portfolios, or simply contact us to see more! 

From linens to wooden dolls–a few of the thousands of products our artists have licensed their work on. That big pillow with the cat face? That’s by Katie Vernon for Anthropologie.

 

Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the dozens of portfolios that our artists made for Surtex. Come see them in person (the books, that is, and even a few of the artists!)
This pretty portfolio spread is by Rebecca Jones.

 

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the banners (tiny versions!) Come see the seven-foot-tall versions at our booth.
Wanna see what Anne Bentley’s banner looks like? Wait until you see her whole book!
Drop by and see loads of fresh new portfolios. Want to make an appointment to see new work or meet the artists? Contact Susan McCabe and she’ll be delighted to arrange it.
Can’t make the show? No worries. Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear from you and help you with any of your art needs.
Follow us on Instagram for more fun.

 

P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!

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