Category: new work

9/13/19

“What do you look for in an artist?” Hear what Mitch Nash, co-founder of Blue Q, says when I ask him that question.

We’re so excited about our upcoming three-day 5th Annual Artists and VIP Retreat beginning this Sunday. Eleven of our artists are flying in from all over the planet to attend, and we can’t wait! Enjoy some shots from previous years.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram as we will be doing live posting and Insta stories during the Retreat. You’ll see lots of art, some mini interviews with the artists, and maybe even a shot of vintage bingo at break time.

Looking for some great art for your project? Contact us to assign or license. We’re happy to help!

 

Attending artists will be (in no particular order):

Kendra Binney, Washington
Sarah Papworth, England
Jessica Allen, Rhode Island
Asa Gilland, Jakarta, Indonesia
Anke Rega, Berlin

Julia Christians, Germany

 

Erica Root, Philadelphia

 

Bambi Ramsey, California

 

Mara Penny, Oakland

 

Kelly Anne Dalton, Montana

 

Jennifer M Potter, San Francisco

 

One of the highlights of the Retreat is Speed Art Dating with the art directors and our artists at nearby Mystic Lake. Our artists have a chance to visit with each art director and show new work. Want to see our artists’ latest art? Contact us! We’d be delighted to show you.

 

Click on the photo to hear what cool Mitch Nash, co-founder of the beloved company Blue Q, says when I ask him “What do you look for in an artist?”

 

Clairice Gifford and Flora Waycott showing their portfolios

 

We dedicate the entire day three of the Retreat for art making. Some years, the artists decorate blank white linen tote bags. Above, Trina Dalziel has appliquéd, embroidered, and painted a lovely pooch on the pouch.

 

Katie Vernon and her cheese labels; art from last year’s retreat. I had a vibe that if Katie creates some cheese packaging labels, it would attract a very very cool job. So Katie, being the lovely person she is, and brilliantly talented, created these gems. And lo and behold, she did get a very nice food packaging gig!

 

Taker a peek at Sarah Walsh’s sketchbook that she brought along to the Retreat.

 

Artist Marenthe from Amsterdam, agent Susan McCabe and artist Clairice Gifford from Utah having a good laugh.

 

Left to right: Coffee break time with artist Kate Mason of Australia; Janine Vangool, Publisher of Uppercase Magazine; Mitch Nash, co-founder of Blue Q; artist Flora Waycott of Australia

 

Sarah Walsh, Katie Vernon and Mara Penny working away on their art projects.

 

A workshop on writing children’s books on last year’s patio. I’ve completely re-landscaped the back gardens and patio. We’ll show plenty of pix in an upcoming newsletter.

 

Kate Mason’s bird house for Studio M, in my garden.

 


 

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!
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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!
9/9/19

Get your hands on two fully-illustrated brand-new books by our stellar artists!

Get your hands on two fully-illustrated brand-new books by our stellar artists. I Know an Artist by Sarah Papworth is one of the most brilliantly illustrated books I’ve seen in a while (above), and Flora Waycott has created a masterpiece for all those wanting to draw even better (below).

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

 

Sarah Papworth

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

From Sarah Papworth’s sumptuously illustrated book I Know an Artist: The inspiring connections between the world’s greatest artists (Quarto). Order your copy here.

 

Flora Waycott

—> BIG NEWS! We are delighted to announce Flora’s latest authored and illustrated book!

Pre-order Flora Waycott’s gorgeous book, Inspired Artist: Draw Every Little Thing: Learn to draw more than 100 everyday items, from food to fashion (Quarto). Written and fully illustrated by Flora, you’ll learn to draw and paint more than 100 of your favorite everyday objects.

Above: Interiors from Flora Waycott’s lavishly-illustrated brand-new book.

But wait there’s more!

Pre-order Flora’s book by Oct 1st and she will send you the bonus PDF tutorial above.

All you have to do is email a screenshot of your receipt to florawaycott@gmail.com. Click here to pre-order!

 

Åsa Gilland

Originally from Sweden, Åsa Gilland now resides in Jakarta, Indonesia, where diversity is a way of life. Her ability to draw such a rich range of characters with heart is one of the reasons that she is so heavily booked with children’s picture books.

 

Carolyn Gavin

Savor this lovely piece by the divine watercolorist Carolyn Gavin, from her travels to Cassis and Guatemala. You can see why L’Occitane has commissioned Carolyn to illustrate a number of their products.

 

Jennifer M Potter

Revel in Jennifer M Potter’s dreamy, slightly gothic illustration for Folktale Week. She depicts a character from a Slavic tale called Beauty and the Horns. Jennifer’s ability to render so vividly is one of the reasons that she is in such heavy demand in the book market.

 

Jessica Allen

Jessica Allen recently sent us this lovely shot of her painting mid-century feminist icon Betty Friedan.

 

Kelly Anne Dalton

Seems like we’re on a historical kick these days. Savor this cream-puff of an illustration by Kelly Anne Dalton. She recently completed a few covers for a major publisher depicting imagery from the 1920s.

 

Tara Lilly

There’s a reason that Tara gets a ton of greeting card, calendar and stationery commissions from all the best companies. Plus look for her collection for Anthropologie coming Fall 2019!

 


 

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!
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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!
8/30/19

See Bambi Ramsey’s animated Farmer’s Market, Helen Dardik’s cookie packaging, and Katie Vernon’s Anthro bedding

Bambi’s red man bun, Helen’s porcupine, Rebecca’s sloth…Enjoy!

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

 

Bambi Ramsey

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

Our newest artist, Bambi Ramsey, delights us by illustrating places that we want to go to! Love the diversity of people, the ages, the red man bun, and the baked goods table.

 

Anke Rega

Anke for my Make Art That Sells Home Decor class based on my trend board

 

Helen Dardik

Helen’s beloved and unmistakable style, for Fika’s Autumn cookie packaging

 

Katie Vernon

Dreamy watercolor bedding by Katie Vernon for Anthropologie

 

Rebecca Jones

Have you seen these at your local Whole Foods?

Rebecca Jones gets a ton of gorgeous animal work because she’s able to make her animals appealing to children. Tableware for Petit Monkey

 

Sarah Walsh

The inimitable style of Sarah Walsh, gracing this oven mitt for Blue Q

 

Tara Lilly

Gorgeous original illustrations by Tara

 


 

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!
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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!

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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!
8/12/19

GIANT NEWS! Introducing our newest Artist! Revealing her pitch for a book.

We’re absolutely delighted to announce our newest artist, Erica Root.

I first noticed Erica’s work in class, where her distinctive style showcasing soft textures and rich colors stood apart. Since then, she’s developed a strong body of work, and after working with her privately for several months, I am thrilled that she is now represented by us. I am eager to get children’s books for her, in part because that is her dream, but also because I can’t wait to see and hold the magical book I know she’ll create. I’m confident that she’ll be snapped up for commissions, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re interested.

We took her on for several reasons. In addition to being able to illustrate incredible children’s books with appealing characters, we can envision her powerful editorial work gracing the pages of magazines and websites. Check out her Ida B. Wells illustration below.

Read on to see her book pitch idea…

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

 

Erica Root

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

It’s not easy to recreate Alice, but Erica has made a lovely Alice here. Besides the elegant color palette, the floating items help tell the story.

 

Erica illustrated this spread to demonstrate how she might illustrate a story in vignettes. In class, we encourage showing dramatic poses in a pitch. Exhibit A: Alice falling down the hole, hair flying upward.

 

This is one of my favorite characters Erica has created. I loved the softness of her trademark shading, the quiet color palette, the hand lettering, and the bright eyes that suggest a story is ready to be told.

 

This powerful likeness was created for the suffragette assignment for my Assignment Bootcamp course. This may have been the point where I stood up and took notice of Erica. Once I pulled myself off the floor, I took a deeper look: the telling tattoo imagery on her body, the piercing eyes, the suffragette badge on her mustard hat. We’re constantly getting assignments to illustrate powerful women in history, so we saw this piece as a plus.

 

We were impressed with this fresh take on emotions, plus the lovely Freedom and Letting Go bird banners as an embellishment to the figure.

 

One of things I look for is wit in an artist’s work. That tells me the artist may be capable of initiating their own projects. See next image…

 

Erica was a student in my MBA course (Money Bad Ass) where I fell in love with the lists she created. I’m currently working with her on a book concept of 52 lists, so please don’t hesitate to contact us to see the pitch or to chat.

 

‘The Real Life Mom Recipe’ (excerpt). This is the kind of wit and style I love.

Reach out to us to see more of Erica’s work or chat about your projects. See more of her work on our site here or on her site here.

 


 

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!
—>My newest course, Illustrating Children’s Books Plus, starts today! Join me for this exciting 3-week live course. I’ve written three kooky mini texts for it that I think you’ll love illustrating.
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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!
8/8/19

How does an artist illustrate Eva Hesse with string and lettering? Lots of lettering by our artists.

Want to see the various ways in which seven top artists create beautiful and brilliant lettering? Read on.

Fun Facts: Did you know that agent Kim Fleming is fluent in French, and agent Joanne Hus is fluent in Spanish? Yup!

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

 

Zoe Ingram

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Clairice Gifford

“Let’s keep asking questions”

Clairice Gifford’s typographic illustration for Flow Magazine (France)

 

Helen Dardik

From the sketchbook of the genius Helen Dardik

 

Julia Christians

Julia’s sketchbook from my MBA course

 

Marenthe

Lovely serif uppercase lettering from Marenthe’s sketchbook

 

Sarah Papworth

We love this innovative lettering treatment from Sarah’s book “I Know An Artist” (Quarto)

 

Trina Dalziel

Trina created delicate serif upper and lower case lettering in this gardening illustration for Baltimore 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!
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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!
8/6/19

Artists like painting animals and people and flowers. See why! Deer, rabbits, a tiger and some chickens.

Stay tuned for a big announcement from the Studio coming next week!

Artists love painting animals, people, and flowers, which is good news for our clients, because as you’ll see below, they are picked up for loads of applications, such as picture books, wall covering, even magnet sets.

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

 

Bambi Ramsey

I’m crazy about the style of course, but the color palette? Love.

 

Daniel Roode

From of a magnet set for Badge Bomb.

There’s a reason that Daniel gets a ton of board book work, and so many other things. His updated mid-century style, color palette, and vintage lithographic effect is so appealing.

 

Kendra Binney

If you like this piece, wait until you see the work Kendra’s doing for my Illustrating Children’s Books course. Stay tuned…or contact us to see more.

 

Mara Penny

Like a Girl (Sterling Publishing)

Seriously, the colors. And the likeness. And the composition.

 

Sarah Walsh

This may be why you opened this email! Sarah Walsh’s sketchbook. This is the kind of thing she does for herself.

 

Zoe Ingram

Wall decor for Open Road Brands

Happy stylized sunflowers! Those pink cosmos blooms; the feathers on the chicken; the fine pen and ink lettering: you can see why this charmer was picked up for licensing.

 


 

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!
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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!

 

7/22/19

Why does our artist Carolyn Gavin get so many commissions to illustrate things like wine labels, Anthro bedding, chocolate bars, and more?

We love our artist Carolyn Gavin, and we’re delighted to profile her today. From chocolate and wine packaging, to Anthropologie bedding, Carolyn’s work adds lush watercolor beauty to any product.

I first became aware of Carolyn’s work many years ago in a tiny paper goods shop in Rockport, Massachusetts. Her journals for Ecojot absolutely floored me–her style was truly original.

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

 

Animation by Natasha DeWitz

 

Photo courtesy CreativeBug

Check out Carolyn’s CreativeBug Class, “Daily Painting Challenge: Flowers, Fruits and the Natural World”

 

Watercolors

Click on the image above to see a Carolyn watercolor painting in action!

 

 

Packaging

Packaging for L’Occitane en Provence

 

Gift box and Pumpkin Spice chocolate bar packaging art by Carolyn Gavin

 

Wine label for Georges DuBoeuf

 

Books & Products

Carolyn illustrated two books in the Kids Can Press “Nature All Around” series.

 

File this under very cool jobs: Carolyn Gavin was invited by Fossil Toronto to hand-paint purses, wallets and watches recently.

 

Bedding for Anthropologie

 


 

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!
7/19/19

There are several reasons why our artists love illustrating for editorial. See new work by our artists for the Washington Post.

There are several reasons why our artists love illustrating for editorial. First, the manuscripts open new worlds to illustrate. Second, concepting adds a rich dimension to the piece. And third, the faster time frame keeps it fresh.

Today, we are delighted to feature recent work by several of our artists for the venerable Washington Post.

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

 

Jessica Allen

Illustration on souvenirs from a variety of countries by Jessica Allen for the Washington Post Travel Section

 

Jon Cannell

Illustration on climate change by Jon Cannell for the Washington Post

 

Marco Marella

Illustration on Father’s Day by Marco Marella for the Washington Post

 

Sarah Papworth

Illustration on wellness by Sarah Papworth for the Washington Post

 

Trina Dalziel

What to do in Anaheim and Orlando besides Disney by Trina Dalziel for the Washington Post Travel Section

 

Katie Vernon

Called “the Praying Mantis” for its shape, this illustration by Katie Vernon for the Washington Post illustrates the most gerrymandered district in Maryland.

 


 

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!
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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!
7/15/19

A few of my favorite picks

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite picks by my artists.

Contact us to assign or license. We’re happy to help!

 

Anke Rega

Animation by Anke Rega

 

Kelly Anne Dalton

Kelly Anne is currently taking my Illustrating Children’s Book course and writes, “Time for another round of Make Art That Sells Illustrating Children’s Books. I chose “Greta & the Wolves”, a wonderful text by co-teacher Zoe Tucker. I can’t wait to dig into the story and Greta’s world over the next four weeks.”

 

Kendra Binney

 

Clairice Gifford

Clairice writes, “I recently did the design for these Fika cookie boxes for Valentine’s Day. So excited to see the actual packaging and is it bad I’m even more excited to eat the cookies. The lettering says ‘many hugs’ in Swedish.”

 

Mara Penny

 

Hsinping Pan

Click on this image to see a delightful video that Hsinping Pan created for Land of Nod.

 

Åsa Gilland

Åsa writes, “Here’s a sneak peek of something I’ve been working on. Last year started out very rough but in autumn some amazing things happened. The fabulous Lilla Rogers Studio took me on and I remember telling Lilla that I’d love to illustrate a children’s book. I am so grateful that happened and for getting to work on this beautiful story The Perfect Shelter for Little Tiger Press, coming in the Spring of 2020. Crazy what can happen in a year.”

 

Bambi Ramsey

Bambi writes, “Meet Jack and Pearl… working on my characters for the latest Make Art That Sells kids book class and getting happily swept away by a world of tide pools and ocean goodness. Story by the lovely Zoe Tucker“. I can’t wait to see where this goes.

 


 

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!

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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!