11/8/23

More amazing books and toys from our artists

Scroll down to see some of our artists’ projects which are now out on the market: Puzzles, children’s books, activity books, coloring pages, oh my! Enjoy!

Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

Tara Lilly
“Puzzle to go” (Mudpuppy)

Buy it here.

 

Bambi Ramsey
Portrait of Pacita Abad from “Be a Creative Changemaker:

A Kids’ Art Activity Book” (Quarto)

Available for Pre-order here!

 

Brian Lambert
“This stunning debut picture book teaches that real treasure is not gold and friendship holds the most value of all.”

The Treasure (Magic Cat Publishing)

Buy it here.

 

Kay Wolfersperger
Fun coloring pages for Creative Bug!

Download them here.

 

Maruga Koops
Nine & Mella (Leopold Publishing)

“Cheerful and recognizable reading stories full of color and diversity. A book every child can identify with!”

Buy it here.

 

Rebecca Jones
64 piece search and find puzzle (Mudpuppy)

Buy it here.

 

 

10/25/23

Check out my gorgeous flatlays! 🌺 📖 🌸

I’m so lucky that with every project we commission or license for our artists, I get a copy of the final product delivered to the Studio. It means the Studio is bursting with color and beauty!

Sometimes I can’t help myself and I just have to take photos to share with you. Scroll down to get your eye candy hit for the day!

Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

 

My Studio when I’m in photography beast mode!
Beautiful greeting cards by my artists.

 

Tara Lilly
Craft projects by Djeco

 

Brian Lambert
The Treasure (Magic Cat Publishing)

Buy it here.

Flora Waycott
A sample of Flora’s gorgeous stationery work.

 

Tequitia Andrews
Embroidery collection

(Sublime Stitching)

Buy it here.

Maria Gabriela Gama
Hsinping Pan

 

To The Moon!

(Xoxoterysa)

Buy it here.

The Cutest Thing Ever(Abrams)

Buy it here.

10/17/23

See some highlights from our annual Retreat event

We had a fabulous time at our 9th Annual Artists and VIPs Retreat, held virtually via Zoom.

LRS Agents and Artists met with VIPs from markets such as publishing, home décor, and stationery. Artists and VIPs then broke into pairs for ten minutes apiece to view and discuss the artists’ gorgeous work.

We call it Speed Art Dating, and it’s a wonderful way for the artists and VIPs to meet.

 

Retreat 2023 highlights
Left: LRS Agents and Artists Zoom with VIPs–art directors, publishers, and editors.

Later, the artists and the VIPs broke into pairs for ten minutes apiece to view and discuss the artists’ gorgeous work.

We call it Speed Art Dating, and it’s a wonderful way for the artists and VIPs to meet.

Later, we held “LRS Artist Share Day,” where LRS artists could all be together, laugh, and share all the goss. Several artists also made small presentations on different subjects, such as recent creative trips, organizational tools, and arty toys that we all now need to go and buy.
Artists showed their gorgeous art to the VIPs a screenshared PDF.Those PDFs are now available for viewing and download here!They each include a few brand-new-never-before-seen pieces of art. Here is a selection of new images that were unveiled:

 

Available for license as of this writing.

 

Lydia Graves
Available for license as of this writing.

 

Sarah Papworth
Available for license as of this writing.

Albert Arrayás
Sarah Walsh
Available for license as of this writing.

 

Erin Vanessa
Trina Dalziel
Available for license as of this writing.
10/4/23

MATS artwork bonanza!

There’s always something happening over at Make Art That Sells! We are just wrapping up our fabulous Character Play class, and about to start Illustrating Children’s Books.

Character Play takes a mini story written by amazing Art Director Zoë Tucker, a brilliant toy concept by toy-master Riley Wilkinson, and squishes them together until they’re all melty. The result: amazing art! Scroll down to see…

Our most popular class, Illustrating Children’s Books, starts on Oct 9th! Join me THIS FRIDAY for a free live zoom with all the juicy details.

Join Zoë Tucker and me,

Friday Oct 6th,

12PM ET on zoom

 

Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!
Art from Character Play class:
Fay Ford

 

Kim Fleming

 

Erica Root

 

Art from previous Illustrating Children’s Books classes:

 

Charlotte Bruijn

 

Paloma O’Toole

 

Ruth Burrows

 

Kendra Binney
9/29/23

It’s Autumn here in New England. The air is getting crisp and so are the apples. Break out those sweaters!

Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

Janie Secker
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Kay Wolfersperger
Hsinping Pan
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Kim Fleming
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Brian Lambert
Maruga Koops
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Flora Waycott
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Jenny Miriam
Available for license as of this writing.

 

My new class on Creative Bug is LIVE !Treasure Hunt Your Writing Style: A Daily Practice
Sign up here!
Looking to take your writing skills to the next level? My writing course, Treasure Hunt Your Writing Style, with Creative Bug is now live!

Use my Magic Writing card deck and follow writing prompts paired with an “oddity” or found object to inspire your writing.

Whether you’re looking to learn new writing techniques for your journal, social media, or as the basis for a book idea, this class will introduce you to a plethora of techniques and genres to jumpstart your writing practice.

 

 

9/18/23

What have our artists been working on?

See some of our artists’ fun and favorite work, below. Art suitable for greeting cards, children’s books, editorial, and more!

 

Trina Dalziel
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Kendra Binney
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Lydia Graves
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Maria Gabriela Gama
Sarah Papworth
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Katie Vernon
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Bambi Ramsey
Available for licensing as of this writing.

9/12/23

be you with You Do You-nicorn. 🦄

We’re thrilled to announce the publication of Erin Vanessa’s debut authored/illustrated picture book, You Do You-nicorn.

Read Erin’s journey of developing this story (which started as a game concept!) and its road to publication, below.

 

Erin Vanessa
“One of my favorite things to do as an artist is work on my own children’s book stories!”

You Do You-nicorn, written and illustrated by Erin Vanessa,

published by Running Press.

Out September 19th, 2023: Available for pre-order now!

“You Do You-nicorn is a sweet, funny story about inclusivity and staying true to yourself. A gender-fluid child shows their friends that they can be and do whatever they want and feel like–whether it’s playing the digeridoo-nicorn, painting a baboon-icorn, or changing their name to Ruth-icorn! Remember: Only YOU know how to do you! And you can feel like your own unicorn by assembling a sparkly unicorn headband with pieces included at the end of the book.”

You Do You-nicornactually started out as a game concept.

I wanted to make a memory match game that would encourage kids to try new things: swimming, roller skating, playing the saxophone, and so on.  (At the time, I also imagined it would feature unicorn characters.)

Over the next few months, though, words for a manuscript started appearing in my mind as I went for walks or exercised.

After allowing the words to form organically in my brain without writing anything down, I eventually felt compelled to write it all in one sitting, and that’s how the manuscript for You Do You-nicorn was born.

I like to hand-paint my illustrations with watercolor, gouache, and pencil crayon, and then edit in Photoshop.

Julie and Frances, my incredible editor and art director at Running Press, gave me tons of creative freedom, so the process of making the book was a blast and it just flew by!

Below: From sketch to painting to Final Art

Join Erin on September 30th at 1 PM EST for a virtual picture book panel, hosted by Books of Wonder in New York, where she’ll read a snippet of You Do You-nicorn and take questions from the audience.

Copies of You Do You-nicorn (with signed bookplates!) will be available for purchase at the end.

RSVP here!

Thanks Erin!

You Do You-nicorn is available for pre-order now. It releases September 19th, 2023.

You can see more of Erin’s beautiful illustration work here.

9/6/23

Check out these new arrivals

Our talented illustrators have been hard at work creating stunning new books and products. Don’t miss the shell-shaped puzzle!

Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

Beautiful books and products by LRS Artists!

Clockwise from top left: Erica Root, Clairice Gifford, Tara Lilly,Åsa Gilland, Mara Penny.

Zoë Ingram
Drawing for the Soul (David & Charles) available TODAY!

Buy it here.

“Learn how to use drawing to soothe your soul with this beginner’s guide to drawing for relaxation.

So many drawing books focus on the result of your drawing, but this fresh approach looks first at the process of drawing as a means to de-stress and unwind.”

 

Tequitia Andrews
What’s the Big Idea?

(Simon & Schuster UK)

Buy it here.

“Have you ever wondered what capitalism is? How about feminism, ecology, epidemiology or astronomy?

 

Well, this book will give you straightforward, easy-to-understand answers to all your troublesome-word questions WITHOUT going on and on for ages OR using even BIGGER words to explain them.”

 

Sarah Walsh
Flow magazine

Created for an article on the importance of non-sexual intimacy.

 

Charlotte Bruijn
From 4 histoires pour mes 4 ans (Fleurus Editions)

Buy it here.

 

Rebecca Jones
Mermaid Cove — Shell-shaped puzzle (Mudpuppy)

Buy it here.

 

Katie Vernon
Illustration for Visitor’s Guide

(Galena County Tourism)

9/6/23

Check out my NEW Creative Bug class!

Lots of exciting news today! My sparkly new Creative Bug class “Treasure Hunt Your Writing Style: A Daily Practice” goes live today!

Plus there are two spots left in my Lettering Retreat in France, April/May 2024. Scroll down for more details!

 

NEW Class on Creative Bug goes LIVE today!

Treasure Hunt Your Writing Style:

A Daily Practice

Looking to take your writing skills to the next level? My writing course, Treasure Hunt Your Writing Style, with Creative Bug is now live!In this month-long class, use the Magic Writing card deck and follow writing prompts paired with an “oddity” or found object to inspire your writing. Whether you’re looking to learn new writing techniques for your journal, social media, or as the basis for a book idea, this class will introduce you to a plethora of techniques and genres to jumpstart your writing practice.

It is also the perfect stepping stone for my more in-depth writing courses on Make Art That Sells. Dive into the world of creating captivating stories for young readers with My Kid Book Pitch, or learn how to write stunning illustrated non-fiction books in My Arty Book Pitch. Both courses guide you through crafting and pitching your book proposal to publishers.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

HURRY! Only 2 spots left

for my Lettering Retreat in France!

Read more and sign up here.

I’m holding a week-long lettering retreat in France hosted by UpTrek in the tranquil countryside of southern France, surrounded by the picturesque Occitanie region, April 29 – May 4, 2024.

It’s a dream come true for me—instructing a handful of creative people IRL, then chatting in the afternoon for an Ask the Agent Anything circle, in an incredibly picturesque setting featuring gourmet meals and dazzling day trips to medieval towns, vintage markets, and a vineyard.

This adventure originally sold out in one day but two spots opened up recently, so hurry—they will probably sell immediately!

Make sure to sign up for the wait list if you don’t grab one of these two spots.

This is going to an amazing trip. I get to hang out and teach a small group of artists my major passion: lettering.

Plus, let me advise you on your career! Read more here.

Each participant will receive an inspiring 25-card lettering deck.
Everyone is capable of enjoying and mastering lettering. If you can hold a pencil then I can teach you any number of techniques, tools and embellishments to find enjoyment in letter-making. Lettering is a beautiful way to enhance your illustration work and to increase income, but even if you’re not an illustrator, it’s a source of personal pleasure such as embellishing your journal entries or as a meditation technique.

Read more and sign up here.

Lettering has always been a huge part of my creative career, first as an illustrator, then author, then content creator. But mostly, I love the calming nature of letter-forming, the endless sources of font vintage inspiration, and the variety of materials one can use to create letterforms.

You’ll try out lettering techniques, relax in the garden and chat with new friends over wine, and explore charming villages, explore the beautiful surroundings, take day trips to nearby towns and landmarks, and make new friends.

Read all the juicy deets here.

  • April 29 – May 6, 2024
  • Teyssode, Occitanie, France
  • Perfect for all levels; for those who simply want to try their hand at lettering or for those wishing to deepen their lettering technique and style.
  • For those who wish to glean insight from an agent and entrepreneur on creative business, illustration, and more.
  • Limited to 16 students

Questions about booking? The retreat is organized by the awesome folks at UpTrek. Take a look at the booking page and if you still have questions, you can reach out to them directly at contact@uptrek.com.

Book your place HERE!

8/29/23

A day in the life of artist Tequitia Andrews

Welcome to A Day In The Life of our stellar artist, Tequitia Andrews. Take a look into her life as a full-time illustrator.
Tequitia Andrews
Tequitia Andrews (pronounced ta-key-ta) is an artist and illustrator from Richmond, Virginia.

A graduate of Virginia State University, Tequitia didn’t pursue a career as an artist until her 30’s.

Starting off primarily as a painter, Tequitia took an independent learning journey in all the different facets of art making. She found her voice in the world of illustration.

A typical day for me looks like…I’m a night owl, but I try to start my day around 10 a.m. It’s summer right now, but usually homeschooling lessons are at the start of the day and then I start work in the afternoon until dinner.

If I am on a deadline, after dinner I’ll work until my eyes become blurry. Otherwise, I may play around in my sketchbook. To help me unwind from the day, I play endless games of Solitaire while watching TV or listening to an audiobook.

My favorite project so far…An Earth Song by Langston Hughes, published by Cameron Books.

Langston Hughes is one of my favorite poets, so it was an honor. Also, this was the first book where I came up with concept completely on my own.

It was wonderful, (and also intimidating) to be given the assignment with confidence that what I came up with would be great.

Above: Artwork from An Earth Song (Cameron Books)

Buy it here.

My favorite art tools are…Pen and paper. And it’s funny because I am an art supply junkie. I have all these paints, pencils, markers, crayons, etc. yet I normally default to a good pen and plain sketchbook. My favorite pens are microns and brush pens.
I’m looking forward to…Getting back into traditional painting. I’ve been working digitally (iPad and Photoshop) for the past few years and while it has made some aspects of art making easier and transportable, I really miss creating on canvas.
In my free time I like to…Spend time with my husband and children. I consider myself somewhat of a crafter, but the truth is I have a closet and a table full of unfinished projects. So my free time is spent playing Solitaire.
Thanks Tequitia!

You can see more of Tequitia’s beautiful illustration work here.