Category: Books

10/16/19

Here’s why these artists get so many exciting commissions. A new animation, a piece for Disney/Hyperion plus whole bunch of gorgeous personal pieces available for licensing

Today I’d love to give you a tour of some recent pieces by our artists and a little bit about why they attract so many commissions.

Contact us to assign or license–we’re happy to help!

 

Sarajo Frieden

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

We love Sarajo Freiden’s appealing art, and in particular, how she depicts characters. Sarajo has illustrated a number of books and loads of articles–we’re talking The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe–and a huge mix of work for brands like All Bran, Klutz, and Godiva Chocolatier because of her lively characters, juicy color and fresh style.

 

Clairice Gifford

Clairice is regularly commissioned to illustrate book covers, magazine headlines, and pretty gift products because she creates such beautiful typography, interspersed with her charming illustrations. I’m talking Celestial Seasonings packaging, a Clarkson Potter coloring book, Crate & Barrel ornaments, a whole bolt fabric line, even a rom-com map for Entertainment Weekly!

Flow Magazine (France)

 

Tara Lilly

Two of the most amazing things about Tara’s work and why she gets so many commissions–greeting cards, licensed product lines with Anthropologie, a gratitude planner for Scholastic, an illustrated book on Emily Dickinson–are her absolutely stunning color palettes and her beautiful way with paint. I find her art calming.

Personal piece, available for licensing

 

Bonnie Dain

One of the striking elements of Bonnie’s work is her loose, bold black line that seems to dance with an uninhibited freedom. Her strong line is one of the reasons why she gets so many book cover commissions–her line reads well small which is important on book sites such as Amazon.

Disney|Hyperion

 

Flora Waycott

Flora Waycott’s brand-new book is now available! Buy your copy on Amazon or Indiebound and enjoy drawing lots of wonderful things via Flora’s charming step-by-step illustrations.

 

Helen Dardik

It would probably be easier to chat about what kinds of jobs Helen has not been commissioned to illustrate! From wine glasses to chocolate packaging, to book covers and magazine illustrations, Helen, who boasts almost 300K Instagram followers, is always in demand. Her style is wholly unique, sporting exuberant color that is broadly appealing.

Personal piece, available for licensing

 

Carolyn Gavin

Another artist that gets a vast array of commissions is Carolyn Gavin. From wine labels, temporary tattoos, chocolate packaging, puzzles, home decor collections, apparel, magazine illustrations, and loads of packaging illustrations for L’Occitane, she’s worked in pretty much every category you can think of. Her paint is luscious. See why she has almost 400K followers on Instagram. Yeah, you read that right.

Collection for Ooh La La Fabric

 

Hsinping Pan

Here’s another artist with a wholly original style, and the ability to illustrate concepts in a delightful way. This is exactly why she has illustrated THREE children’s books for James Patterson in the Big Words for Little Geniuses series.

Bigger Words for Little Geniuses (Jimmy Patterson Books)

 

Kate Mason

Besides her work–a sloth!–for the beloved quirky company Blue Q, Kate has done ornaments for Crate and Barrel, designs for Hasbro’s Baby Alive, bags for Publix stores, and loads of greeting cards, but maybe my favorite is her surface design for garden pots and birdhouses. She gets work in these markets because her work has an appealing, accessible charm with a touch of quirkiness. Her colors are like candy, and her imagery is a delight to peruse.

Personal piece, available for licensing

 

Linda Ketelhut

In addition to a card deck for Chronicle, print ads for Ivory soap, and reusable bags for Safeway, one of Linda’s most meaningful commissions was a recent series of covers for Oncology Nursing Magazine. There is an ethereal quality to Linda’s work that has great appeal.

Personal piece, available for licensing

 


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!
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Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!

 

 

9/30/19

The big reveal: See the work our artists created for my recent Illustrating Children’s Book course

Today, we’d love to show you work by our artists that they created for my recent course, Illustrating Children’s Books, which I co-teach online with art director Zoë Tucker. We emphasize the importance of creating a compelling character with “spark”, as Zoë often says, and the artist needs to be able to sustain continuity in the character’s poses. Most of all, the work must have an appealing, unique style appropriate for the text. Check out the work below to see this in action.

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Kendra Binney

 

Bambi Ramsey

 

Erica Root

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Kelly Anne Dalton


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!
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Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!

 

9/23/19

Featuring Mara Penny: check out TWO of her newest, fully illustrated books and her huge bolt fabric collection

Today, we’re delighted to feature our artist Mara Penny, who lives in Oakland, California. I fell in love with her work a few years ago when I spotted her in my courses at Make Art that Sells. She brings a joy to her work and fresh color palettes that are irresistible.

Dive in below and check out TWO of her newest, fully illustrated books and her huge bolt fabric collection (and a peek inside her home!)

 


Check out Mara’s fully-illustrated brand-new book, Like a Girl (Sterling)

Publishers Weekly writes, “Penny works in stylized collages that distinctively capture the likenesses of the women, who encompass people of varying backgrounds and abilities.

Above: From Like a Girl(Sterling)
Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

 

The Practical Witch’s Spell Book (Running Press)

The cool part about Mara is that she is able to paint such beautiful and magical subjects as you can see here, in her fully-illustrated book, The Practical Witch’s Spell Book. Her magical style was one of the many things that attracted me to Mara’s work initially, and I was eager for her to get a book that would showcase that part of her work, and so I was delighted when she was commissioned to illustrated this book.

A complete introduction to modern magic and witchcraft with spells and incantations for love, happiness, and success. See interiors below.

 

Mara’s collection for Moda

One of Mara’s dream projects was to design a bolt fabric collection, and so we were over the moon when she was commissioned to create several lines for the esteemed bolt fabric company Moda. She was asked to illustrate all 50 the United States.

Below, enjoy her first line from the Southwest region, called Desert Song. Mara illustrated the State Birds, State Flowers, and State Maps of Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona for this collection.

Desert Song Fabric Collection

 

Above: Mara was asked to create four different colorways for each pattern, which was a treat for this master colorist!

 

California State Map Tote

 

Mara’s studio

Mara Penny writes, “I have a gallery wall next to my desk that includes a portrait of my grandmother (top left) when she was about my age. That oil painting was my security blanket when I was very little. It was unframed and I would drag it around the house with me. The edges are roughed up and dog-eared. She was an artist, and the first oil painting she made was of an olive tree that hangs next to my desk. My daughter’s name is Olive so it’s a full-circle moment!”


I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!
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Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells e-courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!
9/9/19

Get your hands on two fully-illustrated brand-new books by our stellar artists!

Get your hands on two fully-illustrated brand-new books by our stellar artists. I Know an Artist by Sarah Papworth is one of the most brilliantly illustrated books I’ve seen in a while (above), and Flora Waycott has created a masterpiece for all those wanting to draw even better (below).

Contact us to assign or license–we’re happy to help!

 

Sarah Papworth

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

From Sarah Papworth’s sumptuously illustrated book I Know an Artist: The inspiring connections between the world’s greatest artists (Quarto). Order your copy here.

 

Flora Waycott

—> BIG NEWS! We are delighted to announce Flora’s latest authored and illustrated book!

Pre-order Flora Waycott’s gorgeous book, Inspired Artist: Draw Every Little Thing: Learn to draw more than 100 everyday items, from food to fashion (Quarto). Written and fully illustrated by Flora, you’ll learn to draw and paint more than 100 of your favorite everyday objects.

Above: Interiors from Flora Waycott’s lavishly-illustrated brand-new book.

But wait there’s more!

Pre-order Flora’s book by Oct 1st and she will send you the bonus PDF tutorial above.

All you have to do is email a screenshot of your receipt to florawaycott@gmail.com. Click here to pre-order!

 

Åsa Gilland

Originally from Sweden, Åsa Gilland now resides in Jakarta, Indonesia, where diversity is a way of life. Her ability to draw such a rich range of characters with heart is one of the reasons that she is so heavily booked with children’s picture books.

 

Carolyn Gavin

Savor this lovely piece by the divine watercolorist Carolyn Gavin, from her travels to Cassis and Guatemala. You can see why L’Occitane has commissioned Carolyn to illustrate a number of their products.

 

Jennifer M Potter

Revel in Jennifer M Potter’s dreamy, slightly gothic illustration for Folktale Week. She depicts a character from a Slavic tale called Beauty and the Horns. Jennifer’s ability to render so vividly is one of the reasons that she is in such heavy demand in the book market.

 

Jessica Allen

Jessica Allen recently sent us this lovely shot of her painting mid-century feminist icon Betty Friedan.

 

Kelly Anne Dalton

Seems like we’re on a historical kick these days. Savor this cream-puff of an illustration by Kelly Anne Dalton. She recently completed a few covers for a major publisher depicting imagery from the 1920s.

 

Tara Lilly

There’s a reason that Tara gets a ton of greeting card, calendar and stationery commissions from all the best companies. Plus look for her collection for Anthropologie coming Fall 2019!

 


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!
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xo
Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!
8/28/19

Sneak peek! Wanna see the proofs of Hsinping Pan’s latest book for James Patterson?

I’m dying to show you the proofs for Hsinping Pan’s latest book for Jimmy Patterson Books. You can pre-order it today! Hsinping is hot, hot, hot! She’s very in-demand for book illustration and you can see why. Scroll down to see three recent books she’s illustrated.

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Hsinping Pan

Animation by Natasha Dewitz from Cuddly Critters for Little Geniuses

 

Be Kind (Storey Publishing)

 

Bigger Words for Little Geniuses (Jimmy Patterson Books)
Pre-order your copy now!

 

The Cutest Thing Ever (Abrams Books)
Pre-order now!

 


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!

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xo
Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!
8/8/19

How does an artist illustrate Eva Hesse with string and lettering? Lots of lettering by our artists.

Want to see the various ways in which seven top artists create beautiful and brilliant lettering? Read on.

Fun Facts: Did you know that agent Kim Fleming is fluent in French, and agent Joanne Hus is fluent in Spanish? Yup!

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Zoe Ingram

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Clairice Gifford

“Let’s keep asking questions”

Clairice Gifford’s typographic illustration for Flow Magazine (France)

 

Helen Dardik

From the sketchbook of the genius Helen Dardik

 

Julia Christians

Julia’s sketchbook from my MBA course

 

Marenthe

Lovely serif uppercase lettering from Marenthe’s sketchbook

 

Sarah Papworth

We love this innovative lettering treatment from Sarah’s book “I Know An Artist” (Quarto)

 

Trina Dalziel

Trina created delicate serif upper and lower case lettering in this gardening illustration for Baltimore Magazine.

 


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!
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xo
Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!
7/31/19

My favorite picks this week

We love showing you the latest and greatest by our artists. In this edition: a dragon, two unicorns, mermaids, a sloth, a wolf, and we think it’s a yeti. Plus lots of gorgeous lettering.

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Kelly Anne Dalton

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Rebecca Jones

Galison/Mudpuppy

Clairice Gifford

Valentine’s Card for BBDO Worldwide for AT&T campaign

 

Tara Lilly

Bedding for Anthropologie

 

Helen Dardik

Journal cover for Compendium

 

Hsinping Pan

Jimmy Patterson Books

 

Åsa Gilland

Personal piece

 

Jennifer M. Potter

Personal piece for Folktale Week

 

Julia Christians

Goal Map created for Lilla’s MATS Money Bad Ass (MBA) Class

 


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!
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xo
Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!
7/25/19

Let me show you a few of my favorite picks: from a home spa on a swing chair, to a portrait of Marie Curie…

I’m happy to show you a few favorite pieces by my artists: from body-positivity yoga people, to a big-eyed cat for a board book, to painting on leather. Enjoy!

Contact us to assign or license–we’re happy to help!

 

Katie Vernon

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

I love the cool body positivity people illustrated by Katie Vernon.

 

Sarah Papworth

From “I Know a Woman”, Aurum Press/Quarto

Not only do I love the historically accurate illustrated setting, but the color palette of aqua hues is lovely.

 

Daniel Roode

Campbell/Pan Macmillian

Daniel has a way of creating strong, cover-worthy characters. And the fur!

 

Sarah Walsh

From the illustrated magazine Honest History

I have yet to see a piece by Sarah Walsh that I don’t love, and this is no exception. Sarah paints with such warmth, confidence and a cool yet accessible style.

 

Anke Rega

I love this lush, dreamy piece that Anke created for our Menagerie on creating one’s own spa life. It’s the watery paint and the telling details–cacti, old radio, sleeping cat–that got me.

 

Flora Waycott

Flora writes: “A collaboration is in the works with the talented Namu Leather Goods. I will be painting on a limited number of leather pouches before they are hand constucted by Namu. I have never painted on leather before! It feels so good to try something different – this image shows some practice pieces.”

Always a star with decorative elements, I loved seeing Flora’s work on the textured surface and the muted tones.

 

Kate Mason

I just fully enjoy the delight apparent in this piece by Kate, bursting with charming icons.

 


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!

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xo
Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses
P. S. Read what our clients have to say about working with our agency here!
7/15/19

A few of my favorite picks

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite picks by my artists.

Contact us to assign or license. We’re happy to help!

 

Anke Rega

Animation by Anke Rega

 

Kelly Anne Dalton

Kelly Anne is currently taking my Illustrating Children’s Book course and writes, “Time for another round of Make Art That Sells Illustrating Children’s Books. I chose “Greta & the Wolves”, a wonderful text by co-teacher Zoe Tucker. I can’t wait to dig into the story and Greta’s world over the next four weeks.”

 

Kendra Binney

 

Clairice Gifford

Clairice writes, “I recently did the design for these Fika cookie boxes for Valentine’s Day. So excited to see the actual packaging and is it bad I’m even more excited to eat the cookies. The lettering says ‘many hugs’ in Swedish.”

 

Mara Penny

 

Hsinping Pan

Click on this image to see a delightful video that Hsinping Pan created for Land of Nod.

 

Åsa Gilland

Åsa writes, “Here’s a sneak peek of something I’ve been working on. Last year started out very rough but in autumn some amazing things happened. The fabulous Lilla Rogers Studio took me on and I remember telling Lilla that I’d love to illustrate a children’s book. I am so grateful that happened and for getting to work on this beautiful story The Perfect Shelter for Little Tiger Press, coming in the Spring of 2020. Crazy what can happen in a year.”

 

Bambi Ramsey

Bambi writes, “Meet Jack and Pearl… working on my characters for the latest Make Art That Sells kids book class and getting happily swept away by a world of tide pools and ocean goodness. Story by the lovely Zoe Tucker“. I can’t wait to see where this goes.

 


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!

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xo

Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses

 

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

6/24/19

Big orange hair lady, hipster deli man, long braids–what do these have in common?

You know what? You can always tell the artist’s style by how they draw people. Here’s a buffet of faces by our artists. Enjoy!

Contact us to assign or license — we’re happy to help!

 

Jon Cannell

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Katie Vernon

 

Kelly Anne Dalton

 

Åsa Gilland

From children’s book The Perfect Shelter, coming soon from Little Tiger Press.

 

Rebecca Jones

 

Sarah Walsh

 

Julia Christians

 

Jennifer M Potter


 

I hope you enjoyed the show! 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. Get to know us here!

Follow us on Instagram for more fun.

xo

Lilla
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio

Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells courses

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