Category: Products

11/6/19

Want to know what our artists think makes a great art director?

I recently asked our artists what they think makes a great art director. What kinds of things help artists thrive and do their best work? Read on to see their responses!

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Anke Rega

Fully illustrated biography of Anne Frank (Penguin Random House)
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Lilla: Anke, can you tell us what makes a great art director?

Anke: I like it if I get inspiration from the AD but then have the freedom to create and can feel free to reach out if I need to–like having a frame for a project but freedom within it. If an AD wants changes I like it if they say something like, “this looks great already but could you change this or this?”

I think it’s important that the Art Director is available when you’re in the middle of a project so that you don’t have to wait too long for the answer, so you can keep working right away.

Lilla: Can you give us an example of a comment by an art director that was especially meaningful to you?

Anke: For the Anne Frank book I mostly worked with the designer Janene Spencer. After we finished the project, she wrote an email to me. One thing she wrote, was that I’m an amazing person to work with. It made me so happy and proud to read this. The AD Alice Todd has been so nice too. Always so kind in her words and thanking me so much for my work. I loved it as it was a lot work and it gives you a really good feeling during the project if everyone is being so kind and thankful. I’m the same the other way round as I like this vibe so much and it makes all our days just so much nicer.

 

Sarah PapworthPart of a series of illustrations for an article on the 2019 fitness and nutrition forecast for The Washington Post. These were done with a mixture of pencil lines and watercolor.

Lilla: Sarah, what things are most important to you when working with an art director? What makes an art director great in your book?

Sarah Papworth: Friendliness is probably number one. And good organisation for a project, especially if it’s a long project. For me, these two things really help with making a job enjoyable and less stressful.

Lilla: What do you enjoy most about working with art directors? How do you find it beneficial?

Sarah: It’s fun working with different art directors, as I learn so much from their vast knowledge and experience in their field. And it’s wonderful working towards an idea/vision together. I always feel grateful for their help in getting a piece to look it’s best. Sometimes you can’t see the changes that are needed in your own work, so a fresh pair of eyes is amazing. It’s definitely a team effort.

It was great working with Victoria Fogg at the Washington Post on the Local Living pull-out cover (above). Victoria had seen my portfolio and knew which direction she wanted to go with, and that she wanted to feature the little people in the illustration. My style is quite flexible, and I use a lot of different mediums, so having the art direction and a brief to work to means I can be focused, but also play around within those borders.

One of the many illustrations by Sarah Papworth for the fully-illustrated text
I Know A Woman by Kate Hodges (Quarto Group)
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Above: This was a much longer project, 84 illustrations in total, with a tight deadline. Working with Melissa Hookway at Quarto on my first book was a brilliant experience for me. I learnt to work quicker, and how to keep up the pace and enthusiasm working through a long project.

Melissa was super-organised. She created a spread sheet to track our progress, and gave me briefs for each portrait, which meant I could really focus on drawing and getting the illustrations to look as good as possible in a short amount of time.

 

Jennifer M Potter

Cover of the Weekend/Going Out Guide for The Washington Post

Lilla: Jennifer, what makes a great art director?

Jennifer: I love it when an art director takes the time to provide critical feedback and challenges me to do my best work. We’re a team with a shared goal of making an amazing product. It’s great when we can collaborate on something we’re both really proud of!

 

Katie Vernon

Katie Vernon for Anthropologie

Lilla: Katie, what did you like about working with your art director at Anthropologie?

Katie: I love when an AD has a unique vision for turning my illustration into a beautiful product.

 


 

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!

 

10/21/19

The one question Kendra Binney would love to be asked, plus incredible new work

Today we’d love to share some highlights from Kendra Binney’s portfolio. We’re delighted with how, in such a short period of time, she’s taking off in children’s book illustration and getting loads of card and stationery gigs, among other commissions.

Kendra writes: I’m a nature loving painter, draw-er, pet collecting mess maker. All of my best clothes are covered in dirt, paint, and animal hair.

What’s the strangest work experience you’ve ever had?
I randomly met a woman one time who had tattoos of my artwork completely covering both her arms. There are probably odder experiences, but that one stands out. It was pretty flattering.

What question would you most like to be asked?
“Kendra, can I please clean your house everyday, forever?”

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Kendra Binney

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

World map commissioned by Oopsy Daisy
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This piece was created for my Illustrating Children’s Books course for the double page spread assignment. The text for the course was “A Girl Who Said NO!”, a story about Greta Thunberg written by co-teacher Zoë Tucker.

 

Kendra submitted this piece for our Global Talent Search and it sealed the deal for representation with us (along with her incredible body of work).

 

Kendra illustrated this lovely piece for Poses week for my
Illustrating Children’s Book course.

 

Kendra created this magical and moody piece for Folktale Week.

 

Various products for Roger LaBorde
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Calypso Cards
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Original wall art

 

A beautiful editorial piece by Kendra Binney

 

Join me! CLASS STARTS MONDAY, OCTOBER 28TH. In this four-week live course, you’ll find out how to get work in this cool and lucrative market, whether you have previous experience or not; what to show on your website or Instagram to get magazine work; how to come up with concepts in your own style; and much more.

 


 

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!
9/23/19

Featuring Mara Penny: check out TWO of her newest, fully illustrated books and her huge bolt fabric collection

Today, we’re delighted to feature our artist Mara Penny, who lives in Oakland, California. I fell in love with her work a few years ago when I spotted her in my courses at Make Art that Sells. She brings a joy to her work and fresh color palettes that are irresistible.

Dive in below and check out TWO of her newest, fully illustrated books and her huge bolt fabric collection (and a peek inside her home!)

 


Check out Mara’s fully-illustrated brand-new book, Like a Girl (Sterling)

Publishers Weekly writes, “Penny works in stylized collages that distinctively capture the likenesses of the women, who encompass people of varying backgrounds and abilities.

Above: From Like a Girl(Sterling)
Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

 

The Practical Witch’s Spell Book (Running Press)

The cool part about Mara is that she is able to paint such beautiful and magical subjects as you can see here, in her fully-illustrated book, The Practical Witch’s Spell Book. Her magical style was one of the many things that attracted me to Mara’s work initially, and I was eager for her to get a book that would showcase that part of her work, and so I was delighted when she was commissioned to illustrated this book.

A complete introduction to modern magic and witchcraft with spells and incantations for love, happiness, and success. See interiors below.

 

Mara’s collection for Moda

One of Mara’s dream projects was to design a bolt fabric collection, and so we were over the moon when she was commissioned to create several lines for the esteemed bolt fabric company Moda. She was asked to illustrate all 50 the United States.

Below, enjoy her first line from the Southwest region, called Desert Song. Mara illustrated the State Birds, State Flowers, and State Maps of Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona for this collection.

Desert Song Fabric Collection

 

Above: Mara was asked to create four different colorways for each pattern, which was a treat for this master colorist!

 

California State Map Tote

 

Mara’s studio

Mara Penny writes, “I have a gallery wall next to my desk that includes a portrait of my grandmother (top left) when she was about my age. That oil painting was my security blanket when I was very little. It was unframed and I would drag it around the house with me. The edges are roughed up and dog-eared. She was an artist, and the first oil painting she made was of an olive tree that hangs next to my desk. My daughter’s name is Olive so it’s a full-circle moment!”


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 e-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!

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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!
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!
7/15/19

A few of my favorite picks

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

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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!

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!

6/26/19

I took a whole bunch of photos in the Studio of new products just in, illustrated by our illustrators. Plus a cool walking bird.

We have clients in so many industries and we love them all–editorial, home décor, stationery… You keep our artists engaged and busy, with loads of fascinating products you’ve asked them to illustrate.

Here’s a sampling of some recent products. Dive in and enjoy. And thank you to all of our clients, old and new, and future ones, too!

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Zoe Ingram

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Congratulations to Flora Waycott!

Flora’s stunning pop-up card for The Museum of Modern Art won a Louie Award for best Christmas card in the boxed category! The prestigious Louie Awards recognize the most outstanding greeting cards marketed in the U.S.

Congrats, Flora!

 

Carolyn Gavin

This is a fun one. Lots of Lovely Art’s gorgeous new art kit subscription box launched this month, fully illustrated by watercolor master Carolyn Gavin. It includes watercolors, markers, brush, pencil and an easy block colour project created exclusively by Carolyn for creating simple landscapes, as well as 3 great projects inspired by Hockney, Hundertwasser and Klee.

 

Hsinping Pan

Happy journals and card sets by Hsinping Pan for teNeues. Coming soon: we’ve got lot of brand new books illustrated by Hsinping to show you.

 

There’s a reason that Trina Dalziel gets so much editorial work:
1) She can draw and concept anything
2) Her style is a clear read, and
3) her art is delicate put powerful and right for pretty much any magazine

Cover of The Mindfulness Journal by Trina Dalziel and card for Papyrus by Helen Dardik. By the way, the flowers on that Helen card are huge honkin’ gems.

 

Clairice Gifford

Not only is Clairice Gifford an illustrator, but she’s a top-notch type designer, having lettered some impressive titles. Here’s a piece she did for Southern Living Magazine.

 

Tara Lilly

Look at these beauties we recently got in! Tara Lilly’s color palettes are charming, yet she always manages to come up with new ones. Plate series for TAG, Ltd.

 

Kendra Binney

You can see why Kendra’s images get snapped up for cards. They are modern and elegant, and easy to send to anyone. Here’s a recent design for Calypso Cards.

 


 

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!

 

6/11/19

See Mara Penny’s Rachael Maddow animated portrait, moon rocks chocolate packaging, and matching dog and cat dish towels.

Sometimes we just like to show you a mix of the fabulousness by our artists–from moon rocks chocolate packaging to cat and dog dishtowels.

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

 

Mara Penny

I really adore Mara Penny and the amusing way she captures personalities.

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

AD’s: Contact us and we’d be happy to send you a copy of these luscious magazines of our artists’ work for children’s books and for greeting cards!

 

Jessica Allen

Seattle Chocolate’s “Moon Rocks” bar

Seattle Chocolate is partnering with The Museum of Flight to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the very first moon landing. This bar has been so popular they added additional print runs! Congrats, Jessica!

 

Flora Waycott

We love the delicacy of Flora Waycott’s work. You can see why she gets so much floral work. It has a look of vintage botanicals, yet very modern.

 

Anke Rega

One of Anke Rega’s signatures is her use of various blue hues. Here’s a charming personal piece she did which would make a sweet card. Available for licensing – just contact us!

 

Kate Mason

What I adore about Kate Mason is her earth-mother charm in her soul and in her art. (Did you know she’s got 5 kids?) Check out the ants. I’m pretty crazy about those grapes, too.

 

Ann Boyajian

Ann Boyajian has always had a gift with drawing cats and dogs in a way that brings them to life. These lovelies for TAG Ltd.

 


 

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!

5/9/19

NEW ILLUSTRATED BOOKS by our artists: Truth and daring, birds, and happiness.

Today I thought you might enjoy a selection of recent book commissions, and a bit about why each artist was asked to illustrate that particular book.

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Plus, stay tuned for our new artist reveal!

 

Sarah Walsh

 

Truth & Daring – A Journal for the Thoughtful & Bold  (Chronicle Books)

This illustration commission was a match made in heaven–Sarah’s gorgeous and varied lettering was beautifully paired with Truth and Dare prompts. The variety of lettering design and layout keeps the book interesting. Buy it here.

My First Book of Birds (Walker Books)

Not only can Zoe paint gorgeous birds, but she’s also able to depict them with great specificity, as was needed for this charming instructional book.

Buy it here.

 


Nature Journal (Breathe Special (UK))
and
Here’s why Trina was asked to illustrate these two books: Both her lettering and line work are delicate and calming–a good fit for both books.
Trina writes:
The Nature Journal was developed from one of my own ideas which gave me the opportunity to do a lot of hand-lettering. I also created an original digital font for the headings. Buy it here.
For the The Happiness Diary, I received the text and rough suggestions of page layouts. I worked from there developing a color palette, decorative borders, spot illustrations and then I illustrated the double-page spreads to accompany the text. Buy it 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!