8/9/22

Join me today on Zoom at 12:00 PM ET as I chat with agent & illustrator Kim Fleming

We’re thrilled to invite you to join us TODAY at 12:00 PM ET for the next in our series of WebinARTs with agent-by-day and illustrator-by-night, Kim Fleming.
In addition to enjoying her role as art agent at Lilla Rogers Studio, she’s illustrated over a dozen children’s picture books for clients like HarperCollins, Scholastic, Hasbro, and more, and has lived in Montreal, Australia, Portland, Oregon and now resides in Providence, Rhode Island.
We’ll chat about how she makes her art, how her work has evolved, what motivates her when illustrating a picture book, tips for artists on illustrating, plus we’ll have a giveaway and take a few questions live.
And, of course, we’ll talk shop about agenting!
Click here to join our free public WebinART on Zoom with our artist Kim Fleming today at 12:00 PM ET.

Ps. You won’t be on video; it’s a great conversation to have on in the background.

Agent-by-day and illustrator-by-night Kim Fleming
Providence, Rhode Island, USA

 

Kim has just completed writing and illustrating her own touching picture book pitch about a gentle bat who is fearful of the dark. He learns strategies and gathers strength from his nocturnal animal friends.
In our Zoom together, I’ll ask her about creating a book dummy, developing the character, story arc and more.
Contact us to find out more about her book!

 

Kim’s Illustrations
8/3/22

My next Webinar, plus art for Porsche, L’Occitane, Macy’s, Martini & Rossi, BlueQ

Coming this Friday!

 

 
Join me, art agent Lilla,
for our free WebinART
as I chat with one of my newest artists,
We’ll discuss her gorgeous picture book art, her work process, and more.
This Friday,
August 5th
at 12.00 PM ET.
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We’ll be broadcasting live on Zoomon Friday. See you then!
Ps. You won’t be on video; it’s a great conversation to have on in the background!
Find links to our entire WebinART series HERE.
Left: A series of multicultural fairy tale book covers.
Below: Fun character mosaic

 

We never tire of receiving illustration commissions for advertising campaigns, product packing, food and gift packaging, and more. We’ve selected a few for you to enjoy.
Above: “What to Pack” for Porsche by Katie Vernon
Above: From a series of illustrations for Martini & Rossi Fiero by Bonnie Dain
Above: From a series of gift cards for Macy’s by Bonnie Dain

 

Packaging for l’Occitane en Provence cosmetics line

Selection of products illustrated by Sarah Walsh for Blue Q

 

Fantastic lettering for Southern Living magazine, left page)

 

“Caring in crisis”
(Washington Post)
Promo poster for Unique Photo

 

Packaging for bathroom mist
(Blue Q)
Packaging for cookies
(Uncommon Goods)
7/18/22

See some of our artists’ most recent work

Enjoy our artists’ recent personal work!

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.
7/11/22

GIANT NEWS! We’ve taken on another NEW ARTIST!

Yup, you read that right. We’ve taken on another new artist!
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 this artist, who consistently wowed me with their class assignments.

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!
Paloma O’Toole
Originally from Spain, now living in Newport Pagnell, UK
Q: What was your favorite illustration assignment?
A: I loved the graphic novel assignment on my first ever MATS Bootcamp. It pushed my limits without feeling like effort but being very playful and very inspired.
Click here to read more of Paloma’s Q&A
We’re delighted to welcome Paloma to our group! Not only is her work extraordinary, magical, and charming, but she’s lovely to work with.
I envision two commercial tracks for Paloma. First, I see her illustrating (and writing) many, many glorious and transformative picture books with her charming chatracters. Second, her more mystical and magical work is perfect for oracle decks, tarot cards and related books.
–> Paloma attended my Author/Artist Residency where she wrote a charming picture book on gender fluidity. She’s got the manuscript and gorgeous dummy ready to pitch. Art directors and editors, if interested, please contact us.
See her portfolio here.
6/23/22

Join me today at 12:00 PM ET for a free live Zoom & meet artist Brian Lambert

Guess what? Next week we’ll be announcing another new artist! Stay tuned!

But for now, we’re excited to invite you to join us TODAY at 12:00 PM ET for the next in our series of WebinARTs with our artist Brian Lambert. He’s worked on a variety of illustration projects and is currently working on projects for Magic Cat Publishing and for Neon Squid Books (MacMillan).
Click here to join our free public WebinART on Zoom with our artist Brian today at 12:00 PM ET.
I’ll ask Brian how and why he switched from a corporate job to a becoming a full-time, represented illustrator, how he finds color palettes, what medium he uses, how he finds balance, and more. Plus we’ll have a giveaway and take a few questions live. Join us!
Ps. You won’t be on video; it’s a great conversation to have on in the background!
We can’t wait to see you there!
Brian Lambert, illustrator
Spokane Valley, WA, USA
 

 

Available for licensing
as of this writing.

 

 

6/15/22

See how five of our artists illustrate my text, “I Paint Purple”.

Five of our artists gave me the honor of attending my course,Illustrating Children’s Books. Look how they beautifully–and so differently–illustrated my text, I Paint Purple.
Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

 

6/9/22

Join me today at 12:00 PM ET to meet my newest artist, Maria Gabriela Gama

 
MEET OUR NEWEST ARTIST!
We’re excited to invite you to join us TODAY at 12:00 PM ET to meet our newest artist Maria Gabriela Gama, who has illustrated seven picture books!
Click here to join our free public WebinART on Zoom with our artist Maria Gabriela Gama today at 12:00 PM ET.
I’ll ask Maria about her work process, if she has a routine for getting started, why she loves being an illustrator, and if she has tips to share on how she illustrates picture books. Additionally you’ll enjoy seeing some of her favorite pieces in a slideshow.
Plus we’ll have a giveaway and take a few questions live.
P.S. You won’t be on video; it’s a great conversation to have on in the background!
We can’t wait to see you there!
Maria Gabriela Gama, illustrator
Bauru, Brazil
Available for licensing.

 

For Make Art That Sells Illustrating Children’s Books course

Available for licensing
A Brother is Born (Editora Matrescência)
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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