Category: Inspiration

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!
9/4/19

You’re going to love seeing some of our artists’ favorite art supplies. We asked them to share their favorites. Read on!

Recently, we were super-curious to find out what art supplies are the faves of our artists. Here’s what they said! (And check out Katie Vernon’s jellyfish!) Read on.

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

Anke Rega

Anke says, “I think you can guess…my favorite all time go to is blue watercolor! I just love indigo. You can use it dark and light (I rarely use black, mostly just for the pupils and sometimes hair) and cobalt is another favorite blue. I think these two go so well with a lot of other colours like pink, reds and so much more.”

 

Jennifer M Potter

From Jennifer: “My favorite of my art supplies is my sketch kit. I keep it small and minimal so that I can easily stuff it in my backpack when I travel. I use a small 4×4 inch watercolor sketchbook by Field Artist, and a tiny watercolor palette filled with Daniel Smith watercolors, which I made out of a business card holder. In a pinch, I can get by with just that and a waterbrush, but I also like to bring a Blue Q pencil case stocked with different size travel brushes, a small mechanical pencil, an eraser, a binder clip, and a few colored pencils like this set of Faber Castell Polychromos I picked up in Germany earlier this year.”

 

Sarajo Frieden

Examples of a favorite art material, gouache, on paper, for a personal piece.

Procreate using the IPad Pro and Apple Pencil for the cover of Oncology Nursing Magazine

 

Mara Penny

Mara says, “My favorites are Micron pens and plain ol’ printer paper.”

 

Katie Vernon

Katie writes, “I couldn’t pick just one art supply, so here are my faves that I use almost daily:

– Caran D’Ache Luminance colored pencils
– Sennelier watercolors
– Holbein Acryla gouache, specifically Holbein Acryla greenish yellow
– Strathmore 300 series mixed media paper”

 

Sarah Papworth

Sarah says, “Currently…the humble pencil, although I like to mix my media, so perhaps I’d add coloured pencils, fine line pen and acrylic paint as little friendly team. With Photoshop as administrator.”

 

Kelly Anne Dalton

Kelly Anne writes, “My iPad Pro has been my favorite art supply (obsession) for the last three years, but I’m slowly getting back to working with more of my traditional favorites: colored pencil on wood and gouache, and finding ways to implement them into my digital work.

“This is an illustration I made for MATS Bootcamp of what my current work bag looks like and what I carry in it. Minus a few bobby pins and odd receipts. :)”

 


 

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!
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.

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

 

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!

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!
3/12/19

A mermaid cat, a sunbathing unicorn and swimming with a narwhal.

I asked our artists to draw magical beasts for our Menagerie. WOW!

 

Kendra Binney

 

Kate Mason

 

Marco Marella

 

Tara Lilly

 

Mara Penny

 

Carolyn Gavin

 

Asa Gilland

 


 

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!
8/2/17

Get your mitts on new work by our artists! Check out these presentation boards.

Art directors: Get your mitts on this work for your amazing products! This is art that my artists did in my e-course Make Art That Sells: Creating Collections for Home Decor. I create 3 trend boards for each home decor course of what I think are the next trends. And the cool part is watching how these brilliant artists translate those trends into their own style, leading the way.

Trina Dalziel

 

Marenthe

 

Flora Waycott

 

Mara Penny

 

Mara Penny

 

Lookin’ for some great art? Contact us to license, buy or commission art for your fabulous project. We are happy to help you!
4/15/17

We’re now representing artist Mara Penny

We are beyond delighted to announce that we are now representing the brilliant and lovely  Mara Penny. Mara was a standout in my Make Art That Sells courses, often getting selected to be included in the assignment reviews. Take a look at her gorgeous work and I’ll tell you a bit more about why we chose her.

There are specific things I look for when taking on an artist. All the great drawing in the world won’t sell if the color palette isn’t amazing. Mara’s gorgeous colors on this piece in particular knocked me out. Plus, bugs.  

I asked Mara what her dream job would be and she replied that having her own home decor collection would be a dream come true. I really, really need these tins to be made so I can have them! (Do you hear that, art directors of home decor and gift? Let’s talk.) I look for really fresh and on-point home decor designs that I can license easily, as seen here: 

Originality is a key quality in all of the artists we represent. I’ll tell you something. When I saw this chair by Mara for the Home Decor class assignment I really stood up and took notice. (Or should I say, sat down.) So charmingly eccentric. 

This piece (below) tells me that Mara could make an incredible craft book cover or editorial illustration. I love to see as many different markets covered in a portfolio. Why? Because then I can make a good living for the artist, which artists deserve to have. 

What is Mara’s favorite food? Read more about Mara and see her work here.

11/11/16

4 Tips for Interesting Times

Here are four tips to help you nourish yourself and others during these interesting times. Hope you find benefit.

1. Reach out to your community and
surround yourself with those that make you happy.

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2. Lean on each other. Support each other.

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3. Treat yourself well. Make a cup of tea. Breathe.

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4. Make your own magic. Do more of what makes you happy. Make more art!

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“When a shift in a system has occurred, especially one that causes fear and discomfort, it allows for something strikingly different to appear, furthering our evolution as people. We can only know where we are going when we get there … now is the time we have been practicing for. No more just practicing the dance. We must now dance. And this is not a dress rehearsal.” — Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

XO
Lilla and Reine

7/29/16

Kate Mason Ambushes Lilla Rogers’ IG Feed.

Kate Mason ambushes Lilla Rogers’ Instagram account @Lillarogers. Kate lives in Australia and is a busy mother of 5!  Kate won the Global Talent Search in October 2015. It has been a life changing event for her.

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Hop over to @Lillarogers on Instagram to see all of Kate’s colorful and busy day! See Kate’s portfolio here.

xo,
Reine

12/4/15

Sarah Walsh’s book “100 Things to Draw with a Triangle” makes it to Bored Panda

We love sharing our artists amazing work and don’t think it gets much better than that. But a cherry on top is when the media is also sharing how cool our artists and their work is too! Sarah Walsh’s new “100 Things to Draw with a Triangle” by Quarto publishing is now available.

Sarah is also having fun with her new book and was feeling in the winter spirit. So she decided to do some holiday based doodles with her new book. Her doodles and sketches were featured on the hip Bored Panda! Check out the full article here and purchase the book here.

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Fantastic creativivity with these triangles Sarah. They’re awesome. Order the book today for a terrific holiday gift!

xo,

Reine

 

9/24/15

Artists + Art Directors Flying in Today!

So exciting around here as we wait for all of these incredible creative artists & art directors to fly in today for the retreat #LillasRetreat!  Click on the artists name below to explore their gorgeous galleries of work….

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Sarah Walsh

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Tara Lilly, Global Talent Search Winner 2014

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Carolyn Gavin

Lisa DeJohn

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Margo Tantau Creative Director of Midwest CBK

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Suzy Ultman

Helen Dardik

Have safe travels everyone and can’t wait to kick off this retreat! #LillasRetreat

xo,

Reine