Category: events

10/10/19

Peek inside the Studio, my garden, and see our artists’ Show and Tells.

We recently showed you highlights from our 3-Day Annual Retreat, and now I’d love to show you a few photos of the activities that the artists participated in, from our Sketch Scavenger Hunt to Vintage Bingo.

 

Thought you might like to see photos of the Studio and back patio set up and ready for the arrival of the artists, Day One.

Above: Breakfast on the patio.

Attending Artists, from front right, moving clockwise around the table:
Kendra Binney (in light pink top) (Portland, OR)
Åsa Gilland (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Jennifer M Potter (San Francisco, CA)
Bambi Ramsey (California)
Erica Root (Philadelphia, PA)
Anke Rega (Berlin, Germany)
Kelly Anne Dalton (Montana)
Mara Penny (Oakland, CA)
Sarah Papworth (England)
Julia Christians (Germany)
Jessica Allen (Barrington, Rhode Island) (not pictured)

 

After a Studio update to discuss all of our exciting new plans for the future, it was time for a vintage Bingo break.

Above: Vintage Bingo break!

 

Below: Our Snoop Groups. The artists broke into small groups to discuss a particular topic. Then, they reported back to the larger group with tips and thoughts.

Sarah Papworth, Anke Rega, Åsa Gilland, Jessica Allen

 

Erica Root, Mara Penny, Kendra Binney, Bambi Ramsey

 

We devote a load of time at the Retreat for the artists to do teach-ins, where they show something like an art supply that they love, share a tech hack, or anything else they want to share.

Above, artist Kendra Binney (Portland, OR) shows some of the ‘cheap’ art supplies she uses in her art, which was surprising to all of us, because her work is so elegant and fancy. For original art that she sells, she covers the work in light-fast resin.

 

Artist Anke Rega demonstrated how she incorporates digital work with her traditional media work.

 

The Sketch Scavenger Hunt was new for this year. I gave our artists a list of things to look for in my garden (like “Draw an unusual leaf” or “Draw something purple”) and then they were free to roam and sketch.

Anke Rega, left, and Sarah Papworth

 

Julia Christians

 

Thank you, artists! See you next year!


 

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!
10/8/19

I’m reflecting upon our magical 3-day Annual Artists and VIP Retreat

I’m reflecting upon our magical 3-day Annual Artists and VIPs Retreat this past week, now in its 5th year. It began as an idea we had, sipping coffee and dreaming up cool ways to do business.

Ideas + plans = new reality.

This year’s Retreat was such fun, but also super great for business. It’s what I call a feminist model of business–embracing things like physical beauty–loads of fresh colorful bouquets in vintage vases; it’s about healthy and abundant buffets; it’s about cozy and plentiful spots for people to relax and chat in the sunshine. It’s about a 🎸guitarist and wine 🍷 in the early evening with golden light. But it’s also about a bit of wackiness like playing vintage bingo.

Mix up the ingredients: beauty, coziness, nature, and play. Next add giant helpings of some of the most brilliant illustrators working today plus some of the top art directors in the business.

We are already getting juicy commissions as a direct result. Business is kind of a dull word for simply putting people together and benefiting both parties in a lucrative way. And when it’s about art, then it’s about adding more beauty to the world. And right there you have my business philosophy. Have fun with business, enjoy business, play business like it’s a game.

I’d love to share some of the highlights with you.

 

In addition to eleven top artists, we were honored to host Frances Soo Ping Chow, Creative Director, Running Press; Carolyn Eckert, Art Director, Storey Publishing; Marissa Giambrone, Art Director, Quarto; Ashley Halsey, Art Director, Sellers | High Note; Jo Obarowski, Creative Director, Sterling Publishing; Melia Parsloe, Associate Designer, Page Street Publishing; Julie Philibert, Senior Design Stylist, Brewster Home Fashions; Gibbs Rainock, Art Director, Hasbro; J Walker, Designer, 2Communiqué.

 

Our artists made lovely portfolio magazines to give out to the art directors:

Above: Portfolios featuring the work of Åsa Gilland, Sarah Papworth, and Julia Christians.

 

Above: Click photo to see Sarah Papworth flipping through her amazing sketchbook. This video post got over 14,000 views on Instagram!

 

Giveaways from the artists: Kendra Binney, Jennifer M Potter, Kelly Anne Dalton, Bambi Ramsey, Asa Gilland, Julia Christians, Erica Root, Jessica Allen

 

Speed Art Dating

The highlight of the Retreat is Day 2: VIP Presentations and Speed Art Dating. This is the glorious opportunity for our artists and the VIP art directors to sit together for 10 minutes and chat about the artists’ work. Oh yeah, and vintage tablecloths.

Kendra Binney (top) with Jo Obarowski from Sterling Publishing

 

Carolyn Eckert, Storey Publishing (left) with Erica Root

 

Ashley Halsey, Sellers Publishing | High Note (left), with Mara Penny

 

Jessica Allen (left) and J Walker, 2Communiqué

 

Åsa Gilland (left) with Marissa Giambrone, Quarto

 

Wine and Cheese Gathering

After a rich and lively day, the artists, Studio ladies, and the VIPs unwind with wine, cheese and music in the golden early evening light.

Click on the video above to get a small taste of our wine and cheese event in my garden.

 

Thank you to all the ADs who attended!

Art directors: Interesting in participating next year? Reply to this email!

Watch for our next newsletter where we show the Artist days at the Retreat: Show and Tell, Snoop Groups, Sketch Scavenger Hunt, and more.

 

Blurb magazines

ADs at the Retreat loved the gorgeous magazines we gave them featuring Card and Decorative art (left) and Children’s Book art.

—> Art directors, please contact us to request your very own gorgeous copy! Please include your title and company name with your request.

 


 

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!
5/30/19

A recap of Susan’s fanastic trip to NYC

What happens when you set agent Susan McCabe loose in NYC to visit art directors? Watch and see some pix from her visit last week!

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Intrepid agent Susan McCabe in Manhattan

 

The art directors loved getting these luscious magazines of our artists’ work for children’s books and for greeting cards.

AD’s: Contact us and we’d be happy to send you a copy!

 

Susan visited with folks from a number of publishing houses…

Here’s Liam Donnelly and Tracy Shaw of Jimmy Patterson Books. They’ve done a few books with our artist Hsinping Pan.

 

Sneak Peek! Susan shot this photo of the proofs of Hsinping Pan’s gorgeous new book with Jimmy Patterson entitled Bigger Words for Little Geniuses, due out September 2019. Speaking of language, Hsinping is fluent in English and Taiwanese, having lived in both Los Angeles and Taipei.

 

Helen Dardik & Carolyn Gavin’s watercolor workshop

Susan absolutely loved attending Helen’s and Carolyn’s fantastic watercolor workshop in Brooklyn on the same weekend.
Helen and Carolyn will be teaching more workshops! Check out www.helendardik.com/workshops for info on future workshops.

 

Noted show

The hot new stationery show, Noted, in Brooklyn, was a success! Here, Susan visits with the lovely folks at Seedlings (with Anne Bentley cards.)

Shanliegh Heelan (left) and Mary Catherine Heelan (right)

 

It’s always wonderful to see projects fully realized. Susan snapped this shot of these brand new card sets for Roger La Borde by Kendra Binney, which were revealed at the Noted show.

 

Anne Bentley and Katie Vernon for Roger La Borde

 

Some of Kendra Binney’s cards spotted at the Calypso booth.

 

Susan enjoyed visiting Creative Director Monica Brandrup of the lovely card company, Up With Paper.

 

Pop-up card by Rebecca Jones for Up With Paper.

 

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!
4/30/19

BIG NEWS! Plus animated Hank Williams, Susan’s going to NYC, and more!

We love photographing our artists’ illustrated products as they come in. Hope you enjoy them!

Plus, our big news is…we have taken on a new artist! I scooped her up from seeing her work in my MATS courses over the years. Her work has a fresh look and was often was selected to be in my MATS reviews. We’re getting her up on the site, and once that’s done, we’ll announce who she is.

 

ART DIRECTORS: Agent Susan McCabe will be in NYC May 16-19 showing the new artist’s work plus our brand-new collections of available card art and our children’s book portfolio of the very best work. Be sure to contact Susan to schedule a visit. Not in NYC? We’re happy to send you a magazine-style portfolio of the card art or the children’s book art to keep for reference. Just give us a shout.

 


 

Daniel Roode

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Walter Foster Publishing

 

Rebecca Jones

Greeting Card for Sellers Publishing

 

Puzzle to Go for Mudpuppy

 

Asa Gilland

Greeting cards for Trader Joe’s

 

Flora Waycott

Greeting cards for Madison Park (left) and Sellers Publishing (right)

 

Anke Rega

Great spots in Better Homes & Gardens “Do It Yourself” 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!
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!
1/14/19

Anke Rega animation, new art and my MBA course starts today!

Lots of goodness for you–an animation and brand-new art.
News: Join me for our MBA (Money BadAss) course which begins today.

 

Anke Rega
Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Anke Rega

 

Katie Vernon

It’s almost time for our 3rd ANNUAL Lilla’s Art MENAGERIE!

 

On February 5th, we will reveal over 200 pieces of new work that our artists have created in response to five assignments and color palettes that I’ve given them, from florals to editorial.
The gorgeous work is now streaming in to the Studio and will be available to art directors in a password-protected gallery. In a way, it’s sort of like a trade show of our own where art directors can see lots of brand new work but in the comfort of their workspace.

 

 

MBA class starts today! Sign up here.

Our 3-week online intensive starts today!
Beth Kempton and I created this course for all the creative people that asked us how to make their creative lives financially successful.

 

My awesome co-teacher Beth Kempton. Read more about her here.

 

Beth’s first book on the left, and mine on the right.
Me: former illustrator, art agent, author, and e-course founder.
Beth: Author, e-course founder, business whiz, and much more.

 

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Trina Dalziel
Illustrations for Better Homes & Gardens

 

Sarah Papworth for the Washington Post

 

Rebecca Jones for Campbell Books

 

 

Children’s book illustrations from class

 

Julia Christians

 

Kendra Binney

 

Helen Dardik for Éditions Auzou

 

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!
10/10/18

Our Retreat Recap! See how we have fun while schmoozing with art directors.

We were thrilled to host our 5th Annual Artists & VIP Retreat at my home a few weeks ago. I’d love to share some of the highlights with you.

Above: Anke Rega, of Berlin, shows some of the artists a nifty way that she makes masks and layers on Photoshop.

Here’s the loveliness that was on Anke’s screen.

Below: Meet one of our newest artists, Åsa Gilland, who traveled from Indonesia for our event. Here, she shears some denim on craft day.

Above: Sarah Walsh drawing with a white paint pen on blue gouache.

Here I am salivating over Sarah Walsh’s art at our one-on-one speed dating. People, it’s all about the shoes, let’s face it.

 

Above: I should never leave these three alone. From right: Zoe Tucker, Brighton, England, Children’s Book Art Director who delighted all the artists with her expertise. Center:Artist Mara Penny of Oakland; Left: Zoe’s irreverent and lovable sister Dr. Kirsty Sinclair.

Above: Katie Vernon shows the artists images from her recent artist residency in Iceland.

Below: Clairice Gifford and Kendra Binney relaxing for a moment after Speed Art Dating with the Art Directors.
Senior Agent Susan McCabe with Storey Publishing Creative Director Alethea Morrison.

Below: Katie Vernon (Arizona), Anne Bentley (San Francisco)and Mara Penny (Oakland) finding pages in their books to show me for this photo.
Below: Artist Sarah Walsh with the BlueQ team Steve Wardlaw, Art Director, and Silka Glanzman, Designer, for Speed Art Dating. This is how we do business around here.

Tracy Shaw, Art Director, Jimmy Patterson Books, NYC, delighted us with her presentation on assigning book illustration.

I’m all about feeding my guests well. That lovely sloth plate was illustrated by Rebecca Jones forPetit Monkey.
Above: Senior Agent Susan McCabe with artist Anke Rega of Berlin.
 

We were honored to host Megan Gandt, Managing Art Director, Compendium, Seattle, and Ceci Butler, Designer, Design House Greetings, Minnesota. Their insights into their respective industries were illuminating.

We devote a load of time at the Retreat for the artists to do teach-ins, where they show an art supply they love, share a tech hack, etc. Here, artist Jennifer Potter (San Francisco) generously shows her speedy way to make technical pattern repeats.

I hope you enjoyed the show! Want great art for you 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!
Join me for my Illustrating Children’s Books starting this Monday, October 15th.
5/16/18

I want to show you these gorgeous portfolios

How to make your next project gorgeous in one easy step: Come to Surtex at the Javits Center May 20th – 22nd in NYC and let us show you our artists’ gorgeous portfolios, or simply contact us to see more!
Here’s a sneak peek at our latest newest portfolios which we will debut at Surtex.

This lovely cover is by Trina Dalziel.

Here’s a charming spread by Marenthe.

 

Houses and magic by Katie Vernon

 

The pretty floral cover by Flora Waycott

 

Here are just a few of the many portfolios you’ll enjoy at Surtex. Hope to see you there!

 

Drop by and see loads of fresh new portfolios. Want to make an appointment to see new work or meet the artists? Contact Susan McCabe and she’ll be delighted to arrange it.
Can’t make the show? No worries. Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear from you and help you with any of your art needs.
Follow us on Instagram for more fun.

 

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5/8/18

One easy way to get great art for your project

How to make your next project gorgeous in one easy step: Come to Surtex at the Javits Center May 20th – 22nd in NYC and let us show you our artists’ gorgeous portfolios, or simply contact us to see more! 

From linens to wooden dolls–a few of the thousands of products our artists have licensed their work on. That big pillow with the cat face? That’s by Katie Vernon for Anthropologie.

 

Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the dozens of portfolios that our artists made for Surtex. Come see them in person (the books, that is, and even a few of the artists!)
This pretty portfolio spread is by Rebecca Jones.

 

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the banners (tiny versions!) Come see the seven-foot-tall versions at our booth.
Wanna see what Anne Bentley’s banner looks like? Wait until you see her whole book!
Drop by and see loads of fresh new portfolios. Want to make an appointment to see new work or meet the artists? Contact Susan McCabe and she’ll be delighted to arrange it.
Can’t make the show? No worries. Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear from you and help you with any of your art needs.
Follow us on Instagram for more fun.

 

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

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1/12/18

MORE MENAGERIE GREATNESS!

 

If interested, contact Susan or Joanne to get link and password. Artwork will go fast!

1/10/18

OUR 2ND ANNUAL MENAGERIE IS NOW LIVE!

Ladies and gentlemen! Children of all ages! Step right up and see the show! It’s our 2nd Annual Lilla’s Menagerie! I am thrilled with all the great new work that my artists have created for this event, and I hope you are delighted!

Prepare to be amazed! Until this moment, no one outside of the Studio has seen these images!
Be sure to contact Susan or Joanne via email or call us at the studio: 781-641-2787 to get dibs on your favorite pieces. They will go fast!
Here’s a sneak peek, revealed here for the first time ever:
Like what you see? This is just the tip of the iceberg! Art directors: you should have received a link and password in our newsletter dated 1/10/2018. Contact Susan or Joanne if you did not.
We hope you’ll be inspired to commission, license or buy work for you projects. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us. We love to hear from you!
XO
Lilla
, Susan, Joanne, Julia and Patty (a.k.a. the Studio Ladies)