Category: Retreat

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!
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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!
10/8/19

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!
9/13/19

“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!
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.
9/5/18

New Products! A pup in a cup, a well-being illustration, honest history, and a dreamy paper collection

I love showing you our latest projects. This week we’ve got a lovely history book, a pretty children’s puzzle, a dreamy stationery set, and an illustration for a well-being magazine.

Sarah Walsh for Honest History

Rebecca Jones for Crocodile Creek

We’re looking for an illustration agent to join our team! Learn more here.

We’re getting ready for our Annual Artists and VIP Retreat here in Arlington, MA. Stay tuned to see more.

Katie Vernon for Roger la Borde

Trina Dalziel for Breathe Magazine

I hope you enjoyed the show! Want great art for you project? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be delighted to hear from you for any of your art needs. Susan and Joanne are standing by!
Follow us on Instagram for more fun.
xo
Lilla
10/2/17

Our Annual Retreat Highlights

When you mix up some of the top illustrators working today with a bunch of the most exciting VIPs in the industry, you get our 3rd Annual Artists Retreat at my studio/home/nearby lake. This is how we work with our artists on their career development, keep them inspired, and basically energize all of us.

Our artists, studio ladies, and Janine Vangool, publisher of UPPERCASE (on right).

Author Tami Charles teaches us some tricks for writing children’s books. #tamiwrites

Artist Marenthe, Agent Susan McCabe, and artist Clairice Gifford enjoy some laughs.

One of the highlights of our retreat is Speed Art Dating, where artists sit by the lake with art directors, founders, editors, and other VIPS to look at work, as questions, and even make deals for work. They take turns, with ten minutes to share, and then it’s on to the next table!
Companies that attended include: Blue Q, Hallmark, Quarto, Sterling, teNeues, Uppercase, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge.
Here’s Clairice getting ready to show her portfolio to the next VIP. 
Some of the artists brought their sketchbooks to show as Jessica Allen did here.
Sarah Walsh, Katie Vernon, and Mara Penny are working on 
an assignment I gave them (to be revealed in a future newsletter!)
Here’s Katie Vernon and Marenthe in my garden sketching out ideas.
XO, Lilla

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9/14/17

We’re getting ready for our 3rd Annual LRS Artists Retreat!

Over here at Lilla Rogers Studio we’re getting ready for our 3rd Annual Artists Retreat for our represented artists. Starting this Sunday, it’s three days of making art together, learning new things, schmoozing with top VIPs in the business, eating well and more. Here’s my garden where we’ll hang out the first day. Follow along at #lillasretreat on Instagram.

UPPERCASE MAGAZINE

Guess who is coming to our Retreat? We’ve got VIPS from companies such as Blue Q, Hallmark, Quarto, teNeues, Candlewick, Sterling Publishers and Janine Vangool, Publisher of the highly acclaimed UPPERCASE Magazine. She’s hanging out with us and I’m sure she and I will concoct some pretty interesting ideas beneficial for both brands. And that, my friend, is how we do business around here. I always say “Play business like it’s a game.” That means: have fun with it.

We are honored that Mitch Nash, the founder of BlueQ, will be attending our Retreat. We love BlueQ!

I’m getting the back garden prettied up. I like an informal setting, plying everyone full of lots of good food and drink to inspire creativity, ideas, and relaxation. I’m going to lead my artists on a very cool art project which I show you in a later newsletter. Stay tuned!

Imagine what my artists are going to do with all this goodness on Day Three: Craft Day! I’m giving each of them blank tote bags to decorate. We’re talking inks, fabric paints, sashiko thread, gem setters, Helen Dardik rubber-stamps, sequins… See that little face in the middle? That’s my test piece, LOL. When Flora Waycott and Kate Mason come (a few days early from Australia) they’ll make a little sampler to test the materials.

XO,

Lilla

 

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