Category: Books

5/21/20

WebinART #4 with illustrator Sarajo Frieden

May 21, 2020 – WebinART #4 with illustrator Sarajo Frieden

Did you miss our WebinART with the brilliant Sarajo Frieden? Lilla and Sarajo chatted about maintaining freshness throughout a career that spans decades, and how Sarajo has preserved her unique voice through gallery work and commercial work alike.
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5/15/20

Join me to watch 6 of my top artists today at 12:30 PM ET for our free WebinART chat. 🎨👍🏽👁

Join us at 12.30 PM ET TODAY for our Free WebinART #3
Our Artists’ Residency: Picture Book Pitches
Above: Banner by Mara Penny

 

Join me as I chat with five of my stellar artists when we take a break from the week-long virtual Residency to chat with you TODAY at 12:30 PM ET. I’ll ask them about their working process, how they magically dreamed up their ideas for their children’s picture book pitches, the hardest part and easiest part of making their pitch, PLUS they’ll possibly show a sneak peek of what they’re working on. It’s not to be missed!

Click here to join our free public WebinART on Zoom at 12:30 PM ET.
Password: Residency7

 

Art directors and editors tell us that they’re looking for author/illustrator book pitches (probs because artists are so cool and imaginative), so we dreamed up our latest caper–our Residency–which is an incredible incubator for five of my artists to work on their authored/illustrated picture book pitches.

I’m in the midst of working with them this entire week while they dive into my latest course (ahead of the public launch) called My Kid Book Pitch that I’ll be offering in October. My six artists will have brilliant and highly original pitches–including texts and sample spreads–finished by the end of the week or shortly thereafter.

Art Directors and Editors: Contact us or simply reply to this email to get your hands on what I promise will be pitches that will shine.

You don’t want to miss this. Can’t watch it live? We’ll send you the link for the replay next week in our newsletter or look for it on the Lilla Rogers home page this Friday.

 

Here are the six in-demand Residency artists who will join me on today’s WebinART:

California, USA
Above: For The Washington Post
Local Living section
Left: Personal Work
Clients include Callisto Media, Crazy 8,
FabKids, Gap Factory, Gymboree,
Janie & Jack, Simply She, Tea Collection,

 

Pennsylvania, USA
Above: Personal Work
Clients include
Sterling Publishing, Workman Publishing, Running Press
Montana, USA
Above: Starting from Seneca Falls
(Random House)
Clients include
Quarto, The Washington Post,
Editions Auzou, Sellers/RSVP,
Studio Oh!

 

Oregon, USA
Above and below, left: Illustrations for Lilla’s MATS Illustrating Children’s Book course
Clients include Amber Lotus,
Hachette, Page Street Publishing,
Calypso Cards, American Greetings,
Design House Greetings, Oopsy Daisy,
Roger La Borde, Sterling Publishing

 

California, USA
Above and below, left: Like a Girl (Sterling Publishing)
Clients include Design House Greetings,
Galison/Mudpuppy, Moda,
Running Press, Biely & Shoaf,
Boston Globe, Chateau Ste Michelle, Sterling Publishing

 

Arizona, USA
Left: Make Art Every Day (Quarto)
Above: Notebooks (Roger La Borde)
Clients include American Greetings, Anthropologie, BBDO Worlwide, Chronicle Books, Disney Hyperion, Hallmark, IKEA, Oopsy Daisy, Papyrus
Quarto Publishing Group, TAG, Ltd.
Up with Paper!, The Washington Post
Workman Publishing

 

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
5/7/20

WebinART #2 with illustrator Katie Vernon

May 7, 2020 – WebinART #2 with illustrator Katie Vernon

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Lilla chats with Katie about her stellar career making art in her eccentric style, what she’s working on right now, her favorite illustration project, and her creative process. Katie also reveals how her previous work as a florist influenced her illustration!

Enjoy :)

5/5/20

Guess who I’m interviewing next? Plus gorgeous books illustrated by our artists to keep you entertained.

Thanks to those of you who attended our very first WebinART with artist Mara Penny. We had a great time chatting with Mara, and seeing her latest work.

If you missed it, you can catch the recording here. Password: 4p^#178H
Next up…

Join me as I chat with top artist Katie Vernon broadcasting live here this Thursday, May 7th at 12.30 PM ET.
Password: Katie77
Bookmark it and set your alarm!
…and while you’re waiting, here are some gorgeous books for your reading pleasure, illustrated by our genius artists.

 

Released today!
This engaging guide fully illustrated by Kelly Anne Dalton offers a series of snapshots of 25 scientists famous for their work with chemistry, each paired with a step-by-step illustrated experiment offering kids a hands-on opportunity to explore scientific concepts. (Quarto)

 

Helen’s charming pen-and-ink drawings from her sketchbooks are interspersed with quotes from classic novels such as Alice in Wonderland and The Secret Garden.
Published by Chronicle Books.

 

Inspirational sticker book with contributions by our own Mara Penny. (Duopress)

 

Dive into this series of fascinating biographies of trailblazing folks fully illustrated by Sarah Papworth.
Buy Stephen Hawking here.
Buy Rosalind Franklin here.
Buy Katherine Johnson here.
Buy Alan Turing here.

 

Introducing a truly hilarious and one-of-a-kind new character: Magnificent Mabel!
Sometimes life isn’t fair for Mabel Chase. Like for instance she doesn’t have one SINGLE pet in her whole life. And ALL the people in her class are losing their baby teeth. And she doesn’t EVEN have a sprinkler in her own garden. But none of that matters in the end… because Mabel is still MAGNIFICENT.
Take a look inside here.
First in a series by Nosy Crow. Three laugh-out-loud funny short stories,
brilliantly illustrated throughout! (Nosy Crow)
Buy it 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
4/23/20

WebinART #1 with illustrator Mara Penny

April 23, 2020 – WebinART #1 with illustrator Mara Penny

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We chatted about Mara’s gorgeous illustration projects for books, cards, fabric collections, magnetic paper dolls, a zodiac embroidery kit, and even a series of wine labels.

Lucky for your FOMO, it was recorded! Watch to learn about Mara’s artmaking process, her thoughts on what makes an art director great to work with, and the fascinating way she does research for a project.

Enjoy!

 

4/21/20

We have a big announcement. PLUS: need a happy distraction? We’ve got a puzzle for you.

 

Recently, I chatted with our team over here in Boston. I asked, “How can we contribute? How can we make this time more interesting for our community? How can we promote our artists in a fresh way that our art directors will enjoy?” Then we came upon an idea.

We’re excited to announce our new public free series: Lilla’s WebinARTs, where each week I’ll chat with one of my artists on Zoom. They’ll discuss what it was like to work on a recent project, plus show some brand-new work.
I’ll ask my artists things like what their very favorite illustration project was and why, what makes a great art director, what color combination they are loving these days, tips on working from home, what they are reading right now, and more. I’m so excited that our very first WebinART will feature Mara Penny.

 

Above: From wine to witches, a few of the commissioned projects illustrated by Mara Penny
Join us for the inaugural WebinART with Guest Artist
Mara Penny this Thursday,
April 23rd at 12.30PM ET.
Password: Mara
We’ll be broadcasting live here on Thursday. Bookmark it and set your alarm!

 

Puzzles by our artists…
Nothing beats boredom like a good old-fashioned puzzle. They’re quickly becoming the new stay-in fad. There’s a reason why we keep assigning so many: they are fun for all ages. Here are a few you might like to add to your collection.
Contact us to assign or license–we’re happy to help!
Left: Agent Susan‘s mom Anne has enjoyed several weeks working on Sarah Walsh’s 1,000-piece puzzle
“All Are Welcome Here”. (Galison)
Many hands, including Agent Kim‘s 7-year-old-son’s, race to finish Rebecca Jones’ double-sided dog and cat puzzle (Galison).
This photo was taken before social distancing measures. Doesn’t that seem like ages ago?
4/14/20

Top tips on working from home from the pros: our artists reveal their best secrets!

Guess who has fantastic tips on working from home? Seasoned illustrators, that’s who! I recently asked them to share their best tips for those who are working from home full-time, possibly for the first time ever. Enjoy!

Contact us to assign or license–we’re happy to help!
– Get dressed! Everyone is making jokes at the moment, about people not wearing pants in their home office. But as someone who always works in a home office, it is helpful to get dressed nicely for work every day, to get in a busy and motivated mood.
– Clean your space! When you are done for the day, clean up your work space so you can start fresh next morning. It really makes a difference to come to a nice and clean desk in the morning.
– Make plans: I have two schedules, one is a yearly overview with my longterm projects, the other one is a weekly planner. I fill the weekly planner on Mondays. That’s important because I don’t lose time, thinking about what to do today when I start working. It also helps me to do things I am not really motivated to do. When it’s on the planner for a certain day, I will do it, no matter what.
A seasoned home-based full-time illustrator and mother of two, our artist Julia Christians shares her top tips for working from home:
– Structure your day. Start and stop working at the same time, every day. Have a routine. Have breakfast, get a huge cup of your favorite tea and go to work.
– It’s better to start early. Before I had kids I started to work pretty late and also worked in the evenings and nights. I feel like you have more energy in the mornings and if you have done your work in the morning, you can take the rest of the day off with a good feeling.
– Limit your time! Another thing I learned by having kids. You are more productive if you have less time.
– Put your cell phone away or in airplane mode
Check out Julia’s latest book with Nosy Crow.
Introducing a truly hilarious and one-of-a-kind new character: Magnificent Mabel!
Writing from Australia, our artist Flora Waycott’s shares her nurturing advice to start the day :
My number one tip for working from home is to get dressed in to something nice, as if you are going to work. I always try to accessorise with some favourite jewellery, even if I am not going to see anyone or leave the house all day. This helps me mentally prepare and I feel fresh and ready to start the day.
Create a morning routine that you stick to every single day – mine is to make a cup of lemon water followed by a berry smoothie, light my favourite incense and check my emails. I do this every single morning and it has helped me to be more disciplined with starting work
Want more Flora goodness? Check out her authored/illustrated book here.
We love the lyrical tips from our British artist Trina Dalziel:
I am incredibly lucky where I live in the North of England–a footpath takes me from my house into fields and woods.
I aim to walk a few miles every day but on the days I don’t manage I still try to spend some time outside, tidying up my garden, refilling the bird feeder, ten minutes wrapped up with a coffee, even just hanging washing on the line, or standing on the doorstep gazing at the stars — but something to connect with the outdoors and nature.
It’s one of the things I most love to draw so it seems crazy to not spend time appreciating it.
And now for some happy news…
Fabric of the mask in front by
Carolyn Gavin
We have the most awesomest financial manager ever! Julia Parker has been part of a brigade of roughly eight women in the greater Boston area sewing masks for two local hospitals and a homeless shelter.
There has been much sanitizing and sharing of supplies and a wonderful community has been borne of the need to provide for our front-line workers and unsheltered community. Lilla Rogers Studio has donated over 50 yards of fabric to this endeavor.
Thank you so much to Julia and to all the health care workers keeping us safe every day.
3/24/20

Social tips from the agents and books and games to keep you entertained

Wow. What crazy times these are! Hope you’re finding things to do to keep you happy.

 

Social tips from the Agents
I just got off a Skype with my fabulous agent colleagues Susan and Kim. I asked them what they are doing to get their social fix. Here’s their advice:
Susan’s Social Tip:
“Call a different person every night. Go down your list. It might be a neighbor, an old friend. Reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time.”
Kim’s Social Tip:
“Make a virtual dinner date with a few friends or family. Set a time to FaceTime or Zoom, and enjoy your dinner and drinks together.”

 

Business learning for creative people
I’m absolutely blown away that over 9,000 people (as of this writing) have signed up for my MATS MBA (Money Bad Ass) course which co-founder Beth Kempton and I are now offering for free. We wanted to do something to help our community and this course felt very timely. It’s a robust course with videos and downloadables to help you both negotiate this phase and be ready with your big dreams when this has all passed, as it will. Read more here.

 

Bootcamp Flash Sale
Tired of reading the news? Need a creative focus? Join me every Monday for creative lessons in Assignment Bootcamp now through the end of June. More info here. Sale ends Thursday.
 

Here are some books and products to keep you entertained while holed-up at home.
Contact us to assign or license–we’re happy to help!

 

Maybe it’s time to do some comfort cooking with the family. Check out this wonderful recipe book of comfort foods by Quarto with cover by Clairice Gifford.

 

This book of beautiful butterflies is full of press-out designs intricately decorated with foil and perfect for all ages to color in. By Nosy Crow.

 

Fabulous family fun in a box! These bright puzzles by Galison/Mudpuppy will keep you (and the kids) happy and entertained any day.

 

Don’t forget to get out into nature during this time–breathing only at socially acceptable distances–and record your observations in this lovely journal.

 

If staying inside is more your scene, this might help you cope. Gorgeous packaging by Helen Dardik
for Seattle Chocolate.
If not chocolate, then maybe enjoy some Chardonnay with a
beautiful label by Mara Penny
for Chateau Ste Michelle winery.
Available now
at your local wine shop.

 

 

Together we are facing an unprecedented, challenging time. In the face of this, we want you to know that the MATS community is here for you. We know we need tools and innovation to allow us to imagine a new kind of future, where we can be creative in the way we generate money to support our families, pay the bills, and help keep our local communities thriving.
That’s why we are gifting every single person in our community a free place on our online course MATS MBA (Money BadAss).
Please share this with anyone who needs it, and invite them into the MATS family.
This course is usually £179 (approx. $220) but you can access it for free right now.
CLICK HERE to secure your free spot.
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!

 

 

2/20/20

Meet Katie Vernon. See why art directors from Porsche to Anthropologie love to commission Katie.

Here’s why we went nuts the very first time we saw Katie Vernon’s work: We loved her original style and her mastery of watercolor mixed with a dollop of charming weirdness, and we think this is why so many art directors–from Porsche to Anthropologie–commission her work.

We put together a show of some of our favorite projects that Katie has illustrated, from books, to teepees, to giant maps.
Contact us to assign or license–we’re happy to help!
Illustration for “Plant Inspirations” by Storey Publishing
Animation by Natasha Dewitz
 
“A few of my favorite things besides making art are sparkling water, rearranging furniture, and watching two different species of animals become friends.”
— Katie Vernon

 

BOOKS

Below: Katie’s “Plant Insipirations” for Storey Publishing. Includes 50 illustrated affirmation cards with a pull-out tabletop frame included to display favorite sayings. Buy it here.

 

 

Running Press

 

Storey Publishing
Mapping, Tracking & Journaling Activities

 

COOL PRODUCTS

Part of a Collection for Anthropologie
Wall Art for Crate & Kids

 

Tons of cards and products for Roger la Borde

 

FUN JOBS

What to Pack when Glamping for Porsche on Pinterest
Kings Food Markets

 

MORE LOVELY ILLOS FOR YOU

Available for license as of this writing

 

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
12/23/19

What happens when you take art and make it into full-size, 3-D characters? Jennifer Potter’s art comes to life in a Hong Kong mall!

What happens when you take art and make it into full-size, 3-D characters? Jennifer M Potter’s art comes to life in a Hong Kong mall!

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

 

Jennifer M Potter

A magical display at a mall in Hong Kong

Every now and then we get an assignment for one of our artists that is truly unusual and spectacular. Jennifer M Potter’s dreamy story-telling illustrations were translated into full-size magical pop-up backdrops and 3D characters for Pacific Place, a mall in Hong Kong. Amazing!

Pacific Place Mall, Hong Kong

 

Happy holidays from all of us at Lilla Rogers Studio! Enjoy some of our artists’ images on a holiday theme.

Marco Marella

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Tara Lilly

KardZee

 

Marenthe

Flow Magazine

 

Erica Root

Available for license at time of writing

 

Trina Dalziel

The Book of New Family Traditions – Running Press
Buy it here

 

Bambi Ramsey

Available for license at time of writing

 

John Coulter

Available for license at time of writing

 

Ann Boyajian

TAG Ltd

 

It’s almost time for our 4th annual Lilla’s Art MENAGERIE

Mara Penny

 


 

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!