Category: Children’s Books

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
10/28/20

ANNOUNCING OUR NEWEST ARTIST!

We are beyond excited to announce we are now representing Albert Arrayás. Unlike how we usually take on artists–I typically find artists in my Make Art That Sells courses–Albert approached us directly.

We instantly fell in love with his dreamy, imaginative, other-worldly, and confident style. We can envision him illustrating very beautiful picture books and creating stunning work for editorial articles.

He’s a true original. If you’re interested, be sure to contact us as we know he will get booked up.

Allow me to show you a few of his stunning pieces. I’ve selected a few of my favorites, but there are loads more, which you can see here.

 

Our newest artist Albert Arrayás

 

Albert has illustrated over 25 children’s books and has authored/illustrated three children’s book, primarily in Spain. We’re excited to bring him to the US and UK markets where we know he’ll shine.
“I’m from Barcelona, Spain.
I use watercolors, pencil and colored pencil, and sometimes digital media like Procreate and Photoshop.
While I work, I live in a little house with my dogs and my wife. I am the happiest man in the world.”

 

Lilla: What recent book do you recommend for a good read?
Albert: I just read Tatiana’s book Țîbuleac, “The Summer My Mother Had Green Eyes” which is very sincere and very raw but I liked it. The tone of the book is similar to the Fleabag series.

 

Some of our Favorite pieces by Albert
Personal piece

 

From My First Mahatma Gandhi (Little People, Big Dreams)

 

From A Thousand Hugs and a Sweet Nudge (Lumen)

 

From The Pirate of the Stars (Babulinka Books)

 

From The Mystery of Chickentown (Babulinka Books)

 

From children’s magazine Cavall Fort

 

From A Thousand Hugs and a Sweet Nudge (Lumen)

 

Books

 

From My First Mahatma Gandhi
(Little People, Big Dreams)
From In The Dark Lives A Secret (Gaivota Editorial)
Cover of Geniuses of Science: Newton(Vegueta Editorial)
From the book Kisses in your Pockets(Alfaguara)

 

From book Kisses in your Pockets (Alfaguara)

 

From book Kisses in your Pockets (Alfaguara)
…and one more we can’t resist…
Personal piece available for licensing

 

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
10/7/20

See how our artists illustrated my latest text.

You may know about my other business, Make Art That Sells, my course site where I’ve been teaching for the past eight years. Today, I’d like to share some work by my artists for the recent Illustrating Children’s Books course, and also to invite you to join me in my newest course!

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

 

Join me for a
this Friday October 9th
at noon et
to get an overview of the class, find out more about my dreamy Magic Cards, and discover everything else I have in store for you!
Click here to join me
this Friday!

 

Creating a unique book comes from understanding what makes you unique and discovering the story you’re excited to tell.
To help you do this, I’ve created a playful, personalized and structured course that will bring out your special story. It’s 125 pages packed full of quirky worksheets, fun exercises and interactive videos that will guide you step by step to create your own special brilliant story – the story that only you can write.

 

Join me! Sign up here.
Editors and Art Directors: Six of my artists beta-tested the course in May creating incredible pitches with irresistible characters, lively plots and quirky viewpoints, from witty premises to STEM/STEAM themes. Interested? I’d love to hear from you.

 

See the amazing work by our artistsfrom the recent

 

One of the many things I love about the class is the opportunity to write a texts for the students to illustrate. For the most recent course, I wrote a story entitled I Paint Purple. Below, see how my artists illustrated my story and the other stories from class, each so brilliantly and quite differently.

 

If you’re an editor or art director and are interested in having a look at my text or more of the art from class, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Story by Lilla Rogers

 

Story by Jennie Stevenson

 

Story by Lilla Rogers

 

Story by Jennie Stevenson

 

Story by Lilla Rogers

 

Story by Zoë Tucker

 

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
9/23/20

See gorgeous portraits by eight of our artists.

Enjoy some of our favorite portraits by eight of our artists for publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Henry Holt, Sterling, and Quarto, and a number of pieces the artists did purely for themselves.
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

 

Portrait of Malala Yousafzai from Like A Girl (Sterling Publishing)

 

Portrait of Iris Apfel.

 

Portrait of Xiuhtezcatl Martinez for Voices of Justice
(Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)

 

Portrait of Marie Curie for Chemistry for Kids (Quarto Publishing)

 

Portrait of Agnes Obel

 

Portrait of Awkwafina

 

Portrait of Sojourner Truth for This Little Dreamer (Simon & Schuster)

 

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
9/8/20

Have you seen our Books tab on our site? Plus a few of our favorite books our artists have illustrated.

Have you seen our gorgeous Books tab on our website, chock full of illustrated books?
We thought it would be a great way for you to get ideas for your editorial projects–an easy way to see beautiful books our artists have illustrated, from cookbooks, to chapter books, picture books, board books, adult non-fiction, and more.
You can sort your search on the books tab of our website by category such as Activity, Adult, Children’s, or Gift.
Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!
Below, enjoy a few of our favorite book covers our artists have created.

 

Animation by Natasha Dewitz
Interior illustration from the fully-illustrated book,
I Know An Artist (Quarto)

 

Cover Reveal!
We are excited to announce that Kendra Binney’s debut picture book will be published by Page Street Kids, to be released January 2021.

 

Åsa Gilland illustrated this stylish and lively cover
for the just-released teen fitness guide by Velo Press.

 

Katie Vernon illustrated this moody and dreamy YA cover
for Disney | Hyperion

 

Flora Waycott was commissioned to illustrate these four charming volumes for Sterling Publishing.

 

Disney | Hyperion

 

Penguin

 

Disney | Hyperion

 

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
8/20/20

Join me today at 12:30 PM ET to meet an incredible artist, Jennifer M Potter and see her gorgeous work.

We’re excited to invite you to join us TODAY at 12:30 PM ET for the next in our series of WebinARTs with our artist Jennifer M Potter, who has worked on a variety of incredible illustration projects for clients such as The American Library Association, The Boston Children’s Museum, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, Nosy Crow, Running Press, Sasquatch Books, The Washington Post, Up With Paper, and more.

 

Click here to join our free public WebinART on Zoom with our artist
Jennifer M Potter today at 12:30 PM ET.
Password: Jennifer77

 

I’ll ask her how she transitioned to a full-time career as a freelance illustrator, how she creates such dramatic cinematic pieces (hint: she studied animation, comics and storyboarding at SCAD), what her very favorite illustration project was and why, and how she stays organized. If nothing else, come for the gorgeous work in the slideshow. Plus we’ll take a few questions live.

 

One lucky participant will win Jennifer Potter’s lushly, fully illustrated book, Voices of Justice.
We can’t wait to see you there!

 

 

 

Jennifer M Potter, illustrator
San Francisco, USA
Above and Left: Voices of Justice
(Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)

 

Cover of Songbird Dreams of Singing (Running Press)

 

Illustrations for The Washington Post

 

Above, left: Local Living Section cover, article on Middle School friendships
Above, right: Real estate section, article on moving during a pandemic
Below: Weekend/Going out section, article on Hygge

 

Children’s Book Work
8/17/20

Guess who I’m interviewing next? Plus a time-lapse video by Sarah Walsh

Coming this Thursday!

 

Jennifer M Potter
San Francisco
Above and below:
Claude: The True Story of a White Alligator (Sasquatch Books)
Join me Thursday for our WebinART #11 as I chat with the unparalleled
and view her gorgeous work.
This Thursday,
August 20th at 12.30 PM ET.
—–
We’ll be broadcasting live on Zoom here on Thursday. See you then!
WebinART link here
Password: Jennifer77

 

Did you miss last week’s WebinART and portfolio showcase with Kelly Anne Dalton? You can catch the replay here; Password: 51Zfn7.f

 

Find links to our entire WebinART series HERE.

 

 

 

Congratulations to Åsa Gilland whose book The Perfect Shelter (Little Tiger Press) also received a starred Kirkus Review.

 

“Gilland’s illustrations use gorgeous layered colors, patterns, and clean lines with plenty of white space for thoroughly engaging pictures.”

 

 

 

 

Check out this lovely piece that Janie Secker did for one of the assignments for my text, I Paint Purple, for my Illustrating Children’s Book course. Stay tuned for an upcoming newsletter and see the big reveal of all the work by our artists for class!

 

 

Click here to see a time-lapse of Sarah Walsh creating this piece.

 

Sarah writes:
I’m in portrait/fan art mode! Been nibbling at this piece for a minute and finished last week. If you don’t know, Slick Woods @slickwoods is a dynamo, an artist, and a boundary breaker. Giving her the label of supermodel seems so narrow! Slick is a beam of bad a*s light! She’s changing the tired perception of what beauty is in the world and I’m here for it. She’s worked with Rihanna, Mark Jacobs, UGGS, Vogue and soooooo many others. Not only is she incredibly beautiful, she’s hilarious as well. Her one liners on @lauraperlongo Moms In Hot Tubs kill me. (Yes she’s also a mom) Slick your spirit speaks to me! I had to put my brush to the paper✨✨✨✨✨

 

 

Puzzle by Crocodile Creek
Rebecca writes:
It’s always a lovely surprise when I come across one of my illustrations unexpectedly. Spotted my little mouse puzzle in a gorgeous gift shop by the beach.

 

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.
7/27/20

Wanna know who our next artist is? Plus see the work my artists did for class.

My kid book class Starts today!

 

Even in a pandemic, children’s books are selling remarkably well, and we’re receiving book deals for our artists all the time. As a matter of fact, Susan McCabe, Senior Agent here at LRS, dropped by today and remarked at how all of our top children’s book illustrators are heavily booked. In part, that’s why I created this course five years ago–to help our artists make even better pitches, and to find new illustrators in that market. And we’re happy that this is keeping many of our artists busy during this time.
Make Art That Sells Illustrating Children’s Books starts today! It’s not too late to sign up and get your first assignment. Join me.
Scroll down to see work that our artists have created in the course from previous years.

 

Big news!

 

I regularly fall in love with the artists in my courses. Occasionally one will emerge that is so appealing, so unique, that we are compelled–and thrilled–to take them on.
We’re excited to announce (really, to tease you with that fact) that we are taking on a new artist this week! Join me as I will be interviewing them and enjoying their incredible work in our next WebinART this Thursday.
Join me for WebinART #10 as I chat with special guest, our newest artist! I’ll reveal who it is this Thursday. (Yeah, a sneaky ploy to get you to watch.)
This Thursday,
July 30th at special time
7.00 PM ET.
Watch for details in your inbox
on Thursday morning.
Here’s a little sneak peek of their work.
Can you guess who it is?
Hints:
— This artist’s style is highly rendered and very dreamy.
— This artist’s dream job is to illustrate a compendium of insects or magical flowers.

 

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

 

Children’s book illustration by our artists from my courses

 

 

 

 

 

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