5/20/22

Our Residency and gorgeous art!

So much goodness to share this week.
  1. Our Author/Illustrator Residency is underway.
  2. New artist announcement coming next week!
  3. My Illustrating Children’s Book Course begins this coming Monday.
Read on, enjoy, and call us to assign.
LRS picture book
author/illustrator residency
LRS: Incubator of Illustrated/Authored Books
One of my most favorite things in the world is to help top artists make even more brilliant work, develop their unique gifts, and broaden their career opportunities. So with that in mind, we were incredibly excited to offer our Picture Book Writing Residency to a whopping fourteen of our artists, based on my course My Kid Book Pitch, focusing on writing children’s picture books.
Why encourage artists to write picture books? They are one of the strongest categories in illustration right now. Editors are specifically looking for authored/illustrated picture books for the unique vision that they provide. We’re commissioning them like crazy, they pay very well, and you get to devote months to a particular project in your style.
The ideas are fresh, sometimes delightfully quirky. Many of the attendees focused on topics like diversity, neurodiversity, gender fluidity, STEAM, social/emotional issues, and more.
It was an intensive week with loads of one-on-ones with my artists before, during, and continuing on. Several book dummies are ready to share.
Editors and art directors, we’ll be in touch, but as always, don’t hesitate to give us a shout should you like to see what we’ve been up to.
2022 Author/Illustrator Residency Zoom
BIG NEWS COMING SOON!
Watch your inbox on Monday as we will be announcing our newest new artist!

Here’s some work from the previous Residency &
Kendra’s story 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.
Contact us to learn more!

A historic tale of a brave pioneer, loosely based on 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.
Contact us to learn more!
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.
Contact us to learn more!
My course begins this Monday, May 23rd at Make Art That Sells. My co-teacher, prominent children’s book art director Zoë Tucker and I select work from the student galleries each week for a live Zoom Review. It’s my favorite part of the course, loaded full of specific tips and practical advice.
This is the same course that many of my artists have taken, and in fact, where I find many to represent. Join me! It’s hugely popular, now in its ninth season, and if you sign up now, you’ll instantly receive Zoe’s three beautiful/amusing/though-provoking original texts for the course (she’s a published author of six books) and a Text Chooser doc to help you select a text based on your art style. Hop on over here.

4/11/22

GIANT NEWS! We’ve taken on TWO NEW ARTISTS!

Yup, you read that right. We’ve taken on two new artists!

 

It’s like an artist shopping spree around here. When I teach over at Make Art That Sells, I have the enviable job of watching students grow into incredible artists, and there are always many I swoon over.

 

We just couldn’t resist these two stellar artists, who consistently wowed me with their class assignments. You’ll see below how brilliant their kid book work is.

 

I bet you’re not even reading this and just scrolling down to see who we’ve picked, and I don’t blame you for a minute! 🤣

 

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
We’re delighted to welcome Maria Gabriela Gama to our group! Her vibrant work depicts charming characters in magical, imaginative scenes. We find that strong colors often do well for artists and when you pair that with detailed environments, you’ve got a winning combination. She’s a gem and you’ll love working with her.
See her portfolio here.

 

Maria Gabriela Gama
São Paulo, Brazil
“I’m a Brazilian illustrator who loves everything colorful.”

 

What illustration job would you love to get (your dream job)?
Any job where I get to represent different cultures and people is my favorite job!

 

What do you listen to while you work?
It depends on my mood. I might watch someone playing games on Youtube, true crime documentaries, or I’ll be listening to upbeat music.

 

Click here to read more of Maria’s Q&A

 

 

 

Animation by Natasha Dewitz
Washington State, USA

 

“I’ve lived my whole life in the Pacific Northwest region of the US. It’s beautiful and full of inspiration, especially for someone who loves to draw. Which is something I’ve been doing since I can remember. Usually, I draw cute things — but sometimes I’ll draw things that I think are cool…cutely.”
Read Brian’s Q&A here.
Please give a big round of applause to Brian Lambert!

 

These days, I primarily find artists to represent in my classes. Brian was one of those students that consistently crushed each assignment. His characteristic bold colors were complimented by his soft, painterly rendering. Plus, he’s an absolute pleasure. I know you’ll enjoy working with him.

 

See his portfolio here.

 

 

 

Hurry! Class starts April 30th. Space is very limited. Join me!

 

4/5/22

See pretty photos of our artists’ products and sign up for my ceramics course!

We thought you’d enjoy seeing some of the products that our artists have been commissioned to illustrate.

 

BIG NEWS: We’re taking on two brilliant artists that I’ve scooped up from my Make Art That Sells courses. Stay tuned for the big announcement this Monday April 11th.

 

Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!
Are you inspired by all the fabulous ceramicware at shops like Anthropologie? Let’s make some cool stuff together! Whatever your level, in this ten-week course I’ll help you develop imagery, find your style, create gorgeous color palettes, and make your own personal ceramic ware.
We’ll ease in with experimental test tiles featuring underglazes, resists, lettering, and line work, and move on to hand-building kurinuki cups, plates, and pinch bowls featuring mishima, embossing, sgraffito, sculptural elements and more.
We’ll end with a tea party celebrating what we’ve made.
Hey, local Boston people! I’m teaching a ceramics course on Saturdays in Lexington, and would love you to join me. Sign up here. Hurry, class size is limited.
Voices of Justice illustrated by Jennifer M Potter (Henry Holt);
Wand Collection pencil case and Mer-mazing pouch by Sarah Walsh for (Blue Q); Birthday card by Sarah Papworth (Studio Eleven Papers).
Clockwise from top: Helen Dardik‘s puzzle (Auzou); Sarah Walsh‘s Artistic Beads craft (Djeco); Hsinping Pan‘s notebook (teNeues)
Oh My Gouache! by Zoë Ingram (David & Charles)
Left: Breathe magazine; Right: Trina’s portfolio
Left: Sarah Walsh, Wild Lives (Nosy Crow)
Right: Daniel Roode, À toi de jouer! (Milan Presse)
Our stellar financial manager Julia Parker is also the creative brain behind Blue Meridian Crafts.
Check out the gorgeous infinity scarves she is selling in her Etsy shop, with profits going to support Ukrainian efforts.
She also posted a quick YouTube tutorial on how to sew your own infinity scarf.
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
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2/4/22

REVEAL! Menagerie SNEAK PEEK! Free Zoom tomorrow!

Above: Art by Åsa Gilland

 

Our 6th Annual Art Menagerieis ready to burst onto your screen in just four days!
We know you’re gonna love the incredible brand-new work that our artists have created in response to our custom assignments focused on the following categories:
  • Stationery
  • Journals
  • Greeting Cards
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Apparel
  • Baby Layette
  • Editorial
  • Toy & Game
  • Children’s Books

 

Scroll down! I’ve selected a few sneak peeks to show you, just to give you an idea of the incredible gallery of work you’re going to see this coming Tuesday–over 250 brand-new images have been created by some of the top artists in the industry, just for this event!

 

Contact us to license now!

 

Contact us to license now!

 

Q: How will I access the work?
A: You’ll get an email on Tuesday, February 8th at 10AM ET with a link and a special password where you can instantly view the work.
Be poised to pounce! Many images will get scooped up for licensing deals. Don’t license, but looking to commission? No worries! But hurry, because many of our artists will get booked up.
Above: Art by Janie Secker
Q. What will I see in the Menagerie gallery?
A. You will see fabulous brand-new art never shown publicly before, ready to be snapped up. You’ll find a vast array of images suitable for greeting cards, puzzles, journals, fabric, children’s books, and much more!

 

Take a look at these extraordinary images our artists created for the Menagerie coming up on Tuesday. Thinking cards, journal covers, puzzle imagery? Yes, these are available for license!
Want to see more incredible work? Stay tuned. Watch for your email on Tuesday for the link to the gallery.

 

Contact us to license now!

 

Contact us to license now!

 

Check out how to advance your art career with one of my courses.
Above: Meet your teachers, brilliant children’s book art director and
picture book author, Zoë (left), and creative director, art agent and
smash-hit toy creator, Riley (right).
Join me, Zoë and Riley for a FREE live Zoom event TODAY!
February 4th
at 12 noon ET/5 pm GMT
You’ll get to meet Zoë and Riley if you don’t know and love them already, plus we’ll be discussing the art you created for the free #MATSprep, what’s in the Character Play course, why you should take it, and tons more. Don’t miss it! Set an alarm on your phone now so you don’t forget!

 

Class begins Monday!
Why take this course? Character art gets you work in children’s book, toys, games and so much more. Be sure to have this kind of imagery in your portfolio. Plus we’re always on the hunt for new illustrators to represent from MATS courses.
Created by Jenny Miriam for a recent Make Art That Sellscourse
Click here to see your teachers, children’s book art director Zoe Tucker and toy and game agent Riley Wilkinson, talking about all about the incredible insider information you’ll get when you sign up for Bootcamp Special: Character Play!
We’ll teach you how to make characters in our newest course, Character Play.

 

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
2/1/22

Want to see the birthday cards my artists made for me?

Get ready for our 6th Annual Menagerie! It’s a cornucopia of fresh, new artwork by our artists that will be revealed on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH in a private, password-protected gallery.
Banner by Tara Lilly

 

Our amazing artists have created tons of brand new work from trend boards and assignments that we created specially for this event. They’re geared around the themes our clients request most often, and the images they’ve created will blow you away.
Stay tuned for more details in your inbox!

 

Birthday Cards by My Artists
One of my favorite things about my birthday is that every year I get a lovely flood of gorgeous personal birthday cards created by my artists. Here are a few of them. And a bonus is that these images are available for license as of this writing, and note that the text can be changed.
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 license as of this writing.

 

Available for license as of this writing

 

Available for license as of this writing.

 

 

Available for license as of this writing.

 

Join Riley, Zoë and Me
Monday, February 7th
for our newest course, Character Play
Why take this course? Character art gets you work in children’s book, toys, games and so much more. Be sure to have this kind of imagery in your portfolio. Plus we’re always on the hunt for new illustrators to represent from MATS courses.
Created by Jenny Miriam for a recent Make Art That Sellscourse
Click here to see your teachers, children’s book art director Zoe Tucker and toy and game agent Riley Wilkinson, talking about all about the incredible insider information you’ll get when you sign up for Bootcamp Special: Character Play!
We’ll teach you how to make characters in our newest course, Character Play.

 

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
12/27/21

Why I love this week, and art all about food.

I love this week. It’s that overfed, contented, let’s-play-Banangrams time around here. Natasha and Jess are settled in the Studio messing around with clay, Andy is taking a break from strumming the guitar to throw yet another log on the fire, my brother Jim is teaching Jacob the subtle art of napkin folding, and it’s time once again to make some food for the gang.

 

In that spirit, I’ve collected some of my favorite images #food #winter #holiday #prettyart. Hope they inspire you, and we hope you’re having a safe and homey holiday week however you celebrate.

 

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 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
11/1/21

GIANT NEWS! We’ve taken on THREE NEW ARTISTS!

Yup, you read that right. We’ve taken on three new artists!

It’s like an artist shopping spree around here. When I teach over at Make Art That Sells, I have the enviable job of watching students grow into incredible artists, and there are always many I swoon over.

However, we just couldn’t resist these three stellar artists, who consistently wowed me with their class assignments. All three took my Illustrating Children’s Book course at least once–you’ll see below how brilliant their kid book work is.

I bet you’re not even reading this and just scrolling down to see who we’ve picked, and I don’t blame you for a minute! 🤣

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

 

Bristol, UK.
Favorite color combo?
Red and pink
Favorite cartoon character?
Ponyo or Totoro
How do you take your coffee?
Americano with oat milk
We’re delighted to welcome Jenny Miriam to our group!
When I kept seeing Jenny’s charming, and distinctive work in my courses I knew I wanted to represent her. Every piece she does floors us, from her picture book work to her toy pitches. We’re incredibly excited to represent Jenny and look forward to the range of work that she’s sure to get.
See her portfolio here.

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Hilversum, The Netherlands
“I grew up happily climbing the highest tree in the street with my cat, walking on roofs, riding my pony bareback alone through the forest.”
Please give a big round of applause to Charlotte Bruijn!
We fell in love with Charlotte’s strong characters, bright palette and rich storytelling imagery, and look forward to keeping her busy with picture books and more! We’re very happy to represent her.
See her portfolio here.

 

 

Utrecht, the Netherlands
“When I draw I am in my happy place. So I am very lucky I can draw for a living.”
Let me introduce you to Maruga Koops.
There’s something about Maruga’s saturated paint and lovely imagery that is so appealing. The work she created for the balloon story for Make Art That Sells Illustrating Children’s Books class(above) completely wow’d us—that appealing child living in dreamy scenes. We’re delighted to represent her.
See her portfolio here.

 

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
10/27/21

See Helen Dardik’s Halloween packaging for Fika.

 
Happy Halloween! Enjoy the show.
And stay tuned on Monday when we have some very big news you won’t want to miss!
Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

 

Packaging for Fika. (Available only in stores)

 

Awesome pop up card for Up With Paper.

 

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.

 

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
6/11/21

Join me TODAY at 12:00 PM ET for a free LIVE Zoom with our newest artist, Tequitia Andrews.

 

I’ll ask Tequitia how and why she went from traditional media to digital media, how her sociology major helped inform her work, thoughts on representation and empowering self-love and more. Come for the chat; stay for her gorgeous slideshow. Plus we’ll take a few questions live.
(Don’t worry–you won’t be seen on screen.)
We can’t wait!

 

 

Tequitia Andrews, illustrator
Richmond, Virginia, USA

 

Amazing work, right? I love it.

 

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
3/4/21

Join me today at 12:00 PM ET as I chat with one of my newest artists!

As you probably know we’ve just recently taken on the fabulous Kay Wolfersperger, and we wanted a chance to catch up with her to chat about her vibrant-colored and lively work.

 

Join us today on Zoom at 12pm ET
click here to join our free public WebinART with our artist Kay Wolfersperger.

 

I’ll ask Kay how she went from graphic design to illustration, how she developed her range of work from children’s book illustration to lettering to home decor. Come enjoy her gorgeous art in a slideshow. We’ll take questions live, too.
See you soon!

 

Kay Wolfersperger,illustrator
Savannah, GA