Category: Children’s Books

4/6/21

Sorry to add to your book addiction. Apologies in advance.

I love teaching artists over at Make Art That Sells (where I’ve taught and discovered most of our recent spectacular artists).

Here’s a reminder that our giant Spring Sale ends this Friday, April 9th.

Download your gorgeous sale guide here, which includes gallery pages and worksheets for you to enjoy.

 

I have a book addiction, and I’m betting that you do, too, so apologies in advance. Today I’d love to show you brand-new books by three of our top artists.

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

 


 

Erica Root

Pre-order Erica’s amazing debut author/illustrator book A Year of Weeks: 52 Awesome Weeks of Trying New Things (Running Press), out next month.

Full of charming illustrations and inspiring prompts, A Year of Weeksis an interactive, imagination-sparking road map for a year of trying new things—broken into fifty-two exciting, achievable activities.

 

 

Read early reviews of Erica’s book:
What a great idea. Erica’s illustrations and insights together are so wonderfully digestible, whimsical, and peace- and curiosity-inducing. From the first time I saw Erica’s work I saw her precious mind in the turn of a pencil stroke, her patience and humor, and that voice is right there in this book. Each activity and illustration gifts me a totally stress-free task to engage me further as a person, as a mom, as someone who wants to do more and is sometimes so overwhelmed by the wait and rush of this ride. This book makes me feel younger. Get it for yourself. And everyone you like. And a special one for someone you loathe. It’s a win-win. ―Selma Blair, actor and activist

 

Sometimes our most inspired moments come from the simplest challenges. A Year of Weeks is chock full of weekly uncomplicated, fun exercises to wake up our creativity, think outside the box, and dream big. Stunningly illustrated and exquisitely hand-lettered, Erica Root’s own artistic style lends an encouraging backdrop to this book of weekly activities.
 ―Lisa Congdon, illustrator and author

 

A Year of Weeks encourages us to do a very simple but difficult thing: try something new every week. With engaging illustrations and thoughtful prompts, this journal inspires us to stretch ourselves each day—ensuring that by the end of the year, we’ve experienced the lessons and growth necessary to head into the next with confidence and an open heart.―Meera Lee Patel, author of Create Your Own Calm, Start Where You Are, and My Friend Fear

 

 

 


 

Zoë Ingram

 

 

Welcome to the wonderful world of painting with gouache, with the creative guidance of popular artist and illustrator Zoë Ingram.

 

In this comprehensive beginner’s guide, Zoë shares everything she possibly can about getting started with gouache painting. Why gouache? Because this exciting paint medium creates opaque effects making it more vibrant and graphic than traditional watercolours, meaning you can layer it, paint on dark backgrounds and much more.

 

Already translated into 6 different languages and flying off the shelves!

 

 

 

 


 

 

A follow up to Sarah’s incredible bestsellers Herstory and Wild Lives, comes another gem about fifty amazing kids who changed the world. A beautifully illustrated collection of inspiring short biographies sure to empower and motivate in equal measure.

 

 

 

 

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
4/1/21

Join me today at 12:00 PM ET for an interview of my newest artist, Tisha Lee. Plus a giveaway!

Meet our Newest Artist
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 Tisha Lee.

 

Click here to join our free public WebinART on Zoom
with our artist Tisha Lee today at 12:00 PM ET.
Password: Tisha77

 

Tisha’s work embodies such an elegant mastery of paint, color and line, so I’m dying to ask her about her influences, how she developed her strong style, what paint she uses, what projects she’s dreaming of, and much more. Come enjoy her gorgeous work in a slideshow, and ask any questions you may have.
PLUS we’ll do a giveaway of Sarah Walsh’s charming new activity kit for Djeco.
We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Today’s Webinart Giveaway

 

Watch the video here.

 

Tisha Lee, illustrator
Sacramento, CA
Above: Tisha’s gorgeous sketchbook image snagged 1,700 likes on the our Instagram

 

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
3/30/21

Guess who I’m interviewing next? Join me this Thursday.

Coming this Thursday! Meet Tisha!

 

 

I’m excited to chat with one of our newest artists this Thursday!
Join us on Zoom as we chat about her gorgeous work.
This Thursday,
April 1st
at 12.00 PM ET
WebinART link here
Password: Tisha77

 

Our previous WebinART and portfolio showcase was with the enormously talented water color artist Erin Vanessa. Learn how she went from her career as a video games producer to a represented illustrator! You can catch the replay here. Password: ^3xvfZM7
Find links to our entire WebinART series HERE.

 

Here in Boston, the snow is melting and we’re even seeing a few bluejays, so we thought we’d show you some lovely Spring art. Enjoy!

 

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.

 

 

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
3/23/21

Want to know which market is the most progressive and positive, IMHO?

I often say that the most positive and progressive change occurring right now is happening in children’s book publishing. Case in point: This Little Environmentalist and This Little Rainbow (Love is Love) board books illustrated by Daniel Roode for Little Simon, and Baby’s First Kind Words illustrated by Hsinping Pan for Storey Publishing. These teach little children about climate, LGBTQIA+, and kindness. It makes me so happy.
Scroll to see more.

 

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

 

Buy it here
Buy it here.
Buy it here.
The inimitable Helen Dardik fully illustrated this vivid, charmingly eccentric series of board books (which include stickers!) for
Editions Lito.

 

Above: Cover reveal of This Little Rainbow (out this fall).
Check out Daniel Roode’s incredible “This Little…” series! for Little Simon (Photo top left, courtesy Joan Holub).
The series continues with This Little Environmentalistreleased next week.

 

Flora Waycott beautifully illustrated this shaped board book from Chronicle. Each page reveals a new topping. Lots of fun for little hands.
Exciting news!
The second in the series, Made with Love: Donuts will be available this July!

 

Hsinping Pan’s charm, rich color and great storytelling are on display in her newest illustrated book for Storey Publishing

 

Rebecca Jones is constantly busy illustrating children’s products, and you can see why. Her paint technique, her pretty colors, and happy worlds are always in demand. From Pan Macmillan.

 

We wanted to show you this charming art that John Coulter recently created for a pitch. His bold colors, adorable characters, and vintage style are perfect for children’s book illustrations.

 

Newsflash! Our Toy Residency 2021

We recently ended our 5-day intensive Toy Pitch Residency with 15 of our artists, and all we can say is WOW! Recipe: Take brilliant artists, add a dollop of teaching from Toy, Game and Entertainment Agent Riley Wilkinson and what you get are some brilliant toy and game pitches, ready to be licensed.
Are you an art director in the toy/game market? Want to see the brilliant toy and game pitches that our artists have just created for our weeklong LRS-artists-only Residency? We’re talking innovative and gorgeous stacking games, memory games, a quirky balancing game, beautifully illustrated dominos, and a felt play set. Contact us or simply reply to this email!
–Want to be a guest VIP for the July My Toy Pitch course? We would absolutely love to have you join us! We’d be delighted to hear from you.

 

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

 

3/11/21

Meet one of my newest artists on Zoom today at 12:00 PM ET. Link inside.

 
One of my favorite things is sharing my love of our newest artists with you on Zoom, where I gush over their art and get to know them better.
We’re excited to invite you to join us for the next in our series of WebinARTs with our artist Erin Vanessa, whose dreamy, translucent, lush watercolors captivate us. After taking a number of my classes and developing her children’s book illustration work, I knew she was ready for representation.

 

Click here to join our free public WebinART on Zoom
with our artist Erin Vanessa
TODAY at 12:00 PM ET.
Password: Erin77
See her portfolio on our site here
and download her portfolio PDF here.
Erin Vanessa, illustrator
Sunnyvale, CA

I’ll ask Erin all about her illustration technique, how she evolved her illustrations of people and kids, and how her former work as a video producer informs her work schedule. Come join us as I share her sumptuous work in a slideshow. Plus we’ll take a few questions live.
We can’t wait to see you there!

 

 

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
2/18/21

Join me today at 12:00 PM ET for a WebinART chat and slideshow with our newest artist!

 
We’re excited to invite you to join me as I chat with our newest artist, the brilliant Albert Arrayás, TODAY on Zoom at 12:00 PM ET.
We’ll view Albert’s luscious work as he provides insight into his lovely watercolor technique, what some of his favorite projects have been, how he comes up with his imaginative scenes, and more.
Albert has illustrated an astonishing 25 (!) books in his dreamy watercolor style for clients such as Penguin Random House, Alba Publishing, and Lumen Publishing.
to join our free public WebinART
with our artist
TODAY at 12:00 PM ET
Password: Albert!
Albert Arrayás, illustrator
Barcelona, Spain
See Albert’s portfolio on our site here.
We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Cavall Fort
Lumen 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
1/25/21

See why our artist Åsa Gilland gets so much work. Our upcoming event announced.

We’re happy to announce our 5th Annual Menagerie goes live February 8th! It’s our online event which showcases fresh, new artwork by our artists based on themes that we know our clients are looking for. All will be revealed on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH in a private, password-protected gallery. Stay tuned for details in your inbox… coming soon!

 

Banner by Åsa Gilland.

 

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

 

Today, I’d love to spotlight one of my busiest artists, Åsa Gilland, who I discovered a few years ago in my MATS courses. I fell in love with her appealing characters, rich textures, and excellent storytelling.
You can easily see why she is so frequently requested for book illustration work. I’ve picked a few favorite recent pieces that I thought you’d enjoy. Scroll down to see more or jump over here to see her work on our site and read more about her here.

 

Illustration from Welcome to Texas (Random House)
Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

My dad was a mapmaker who’d spend summers outdoors detailing aerial photos. I’d pass time in the car, drawing creatures and folks entangled in perplexing drama. I’m still pretty good at drawing in a moving car.
— Åsa Gilland

 

Books, books, so many books!

 

JUST RELEASED:
The first four books in a visually popping series illustrating all 50 States! (Random House)
California, Arizona, Texas and Florida are now available.
Maine and Colorado are due out in June.
Pre-order here and here.

 

I’m crazy about this fully-illustrated large-format book beautifully illustrated by Åsa!
This is our World(MacMillan) is a colorful celebration of our planet’s cultural and environmental diversity―an unforgettable journey that brings the people, customs, and wildlife of 20 places around the world vividly to life for young readers.

 

Flibbertigibbety Words: Young Shakespeare Chases Inspiration (Page Street Publishing)
With quotes and sly references to the famous works of William Shakespeare and the words he invented, this adventurous ode to language will delight readers young and old.

 

Notebooks for Djeco.
These images above are 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
12/29/20

You can see how Jennifer M Potter’s background in video, comics & storyboarding influences her illustrative cinematic angles and lighting.

We were just discussing our enthusiasm for 2021. A new year, a new vaccine, a new president, a new beginning. Here’s hoping your holidays are a time to refresh and reboot.

Today, we’d like to feature the magical and dramatic work of our artist, Jennifer M Potter. You can see how her background in video production, comics and storyboarding influences her illustrative cinematic angles and lighting. Enjoy!

Spotlight on Jennifer M Potter

Animation by Jennifer M Potter

 

“I’m always exploring. Travel is very inspiring, and being part of a community of creators is an endless source of inspiration.”
–– Jennifer M Potter
(San Francisco)

 

Books

Voices of Justice (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
Right: Portrait of Jeannette Rankin
Claude: The True Story of a White Alligator has been getting rave reviews!
(Sasquatch Books)

 

Editorial work

The Washington Post
Above: Staying Cozy in the Winter

 

Left and above: For an article on moving during a pandemic

 

Above: Jennifer’s personal piece was chosen for The Washington Post’s “Art During the Pandemic” feature

 

Above: Article on Relationships in Middle School

 

The Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Above: Article on Camp Legends and Storytelling

 

More good stuff

Pop-up card for Up With Paper
Personal piece for Folktale Week
Personal piece 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
12/15/20

Looking for gorgeously illustrated books to give to your favorite children (or a kid at ❤️)?

Feast your eyes on these gems in our Book Bonanza! Looking for a gift for kids to encourage their love of reading? These special books are all illustrated by our incredible artists.

We’ve included Amazon links to buy our artists’ books as it is easiest for our international readers, but we encourage you to buy at your local indie bookstore. They need your support this year more than ever!
Even better, here is a list from We Need Diverse Books of diverse-owned bookstores you can support in your area (US only).

 

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

 

Sarah was asked to reimagine Roald Dahl’s classic Matilda.
(Penguin Kids)
“A colourful celebration of our planet’s cultural and environmental diversity – an unforgettable journey that brings the people, customs and wildlife of twenty places around the world vividly to life for young readers” (MacMillan)

 

Kelly Anne created over 200 illutrations for the classic
Aesop’s Fables, for French publisher Auzou.
Buy it here. (In French)

 

ABC Board Book
(Penguin Workshop)
Board Book (Duopress)

 

Jennifer contributed two fantastic portraits to the latest addition of the wonderfully popular
Rebel Girls series.
Pictured (left) is
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross.

 

Left: “My first animal songs” with music.
(Editions Grund)
Above: This Little Dreamer named one of the best books of 2020 by Amazon. Congrats Daniel!

 

The third book in a hilarious new series, highly illustrated throughout and with three short stories, this is ideal for newly-confident readers.

 

Soon available for
pre-order.
Great news that Zoë Ingram’s “My First Book of Birds” is being included in ALL Bookbugs packs to Primary students in Scotland.
A huge honor, and also the first time a Non Fiction book has been included. Congratulations Zoë!
Her companion book Woodland Animals is available now, and,
NEWS FLASH! Sea Creatures will be available June 2021.
(Walker Books)

 

11/24/20

My giant course sale starts today! See gorgeous work by my artists that they created in my courses.

 
I’ve been teaching courses over at my other site, Make Art That Sells, since 2013 and loving every minute of it. In fact, I’ve discovered many of my artists in those courses. Once a year, we have our giant sale of my courses, and it starts TODAY!

 

Are you ready to super charge your art career in 2021? Would you like to focus on your art in the company of like-minded people? To be inspired and learn new things? Then check out our huge Cyber Sale which starts today!
Download your FREE copy of our gorgeous Cyber Sale guide and start plotting and planning your year ahead. It’s got student galleries, course information, and some arty worksheets, too.

 

Meet the teachers!
Above, from left: Me, Beth Kempton (MBA), Zoë Tucker (Illustrating Children’s Books), Margo Tantau (Creating Collections for Home Décor), Riley Wilkinson (My Toy Pitch). Note: Zoë and I will chat on Zoom on Monday Nov 30th. Watch your inbox for details.

 

Join me and my brilliant Make Art That Sells co-teachers for a
FREE live Zoom TODAY at
12 noon ET/5 pm GMT! We’ll have a lively chat about each course and answer any questions you have.
Zoom with us TODAY
at 12 PM ET

 


 

Work by our artists

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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