Category: The Artist’s Process


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


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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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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.

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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.
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!

Sarajo’s Godiva Chocolate Bliss

We’re so thrilled to see our artist Sarajo Frieden on Godiva’s homepage!  She had the opportunity of a lifetime working on this very special edition for Godiva’s 2017 Valentine’s Day Collection.

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Images from Godiva website.

The packaging is stunning and captures the playful wit and colorful palette of Sarajo’s work. As part of this project, Godiva flew Sarajo over to Japan to meet with the Godiva team and speak at the unveiling of this special collection. What an amazing experience!


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Sarajo captured this journey to Japan through a series of beautiful photographs and we’ll be sharing all of those with you this Tuesday, Feb. 7th on Lilla’s Instagram Feed @lillarogers. Be sure to follow along in the fun and see how this wonderful collection came to be. And while you’re at it, go ahead and buy some of these yummy chocolates for yourself or a loved one this Valentine’s Day.


The Studio Ladies


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.



Color + Pattern Book – Rachael Taylor feature

Hi Lilla & team!

Yay for pattern! I’m so excited to share the new ‘Colour + Pattern’ book by Khristian A Howell, which features an amazing 6-page spread of my work & visually shows my process from drawing to pattern to design on a product!

This is such a useful resource for any aspiring or established surface pattern designer. Take a peek at some of the gorgeous pages below!









Marco responds to the drowning of Syrian toddler Aylan with a beautiful piece

Hello Lilla,

The recent drowning of the Syrian toddler, Aylan, along with his mother and brother near the Turkish coast have deeply touched me. Both as a human and as a father, I felt moved to create this piece of artwork.  I cried while making it and it is called “Aylan’s Dream”.


Aylan’s Dream


Marco Marella


Flora Waycott on Flow Magazine Blog

Hi Lilla and the studio ladies,

I recently was on the Flow Magazine blog! They made a cute animation of my fruit tutorial and did a little interview with me. :)

You can read the interview here: and watch below for the animation.

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Have a lovely week!

xx Flora


Flora Waycott’s Twitter Chat

Flora Waycott’s live Twitter Chat #MatsChats was full of useful advice and information for artists wanting to know more about how to prepare for a creative brief or contest.

She left us with a few points that summarize her advice on how to answer a creative brief:

1. Try to limit your research time and look in other places than online.

2. Ask the client lots of questions – don’t be afraid! They are usually so nice and helpful! 

3. Don’t send your work until you are 100% happy with it – do your best work each time! 

4. Social media – instagram, pinterest, blog…..clients will find you!

Flora shared with us a little bit about her creative process as well…

FW Mom quote sketch

She always starts a piece in pencil on paper.

FW GTS sketches

Sketches on paper.


The finished piece is gorgeous for Madison Park Greetings.

Read the full Twitter chat here: and be sure to join us for our next Twitter chat #MatsChats!



Philippa Stanton on synaesthesia, inspiration and Instagram for artists

So excited to announce that the talented Philippa Stanton  will be speaking in addition to Lilla at Make Art That Sells: The Global Art Gathering on June 12th in Brighton.  Philippa is a UK based fine artist and mobile photographer. She creates still life photographic compositions using simple, everyday objects; often a cup of tea or coffee, with flowers and plants, which is then contained within a quiet sense of season on her table. Her compositions are hugely popular on Instagram, where she has over 420 thousand loyal followers.

To read the full interview with Philippa; check it out at our Make Art That Sells site.  She talks about her art, synaesthesia, her inspiration and why Instagram is a great way for artists to gain visibility. All images are courtesy of Philippa Stanton.

Her work is simply stunning!





The Studio


Sarah Walsh’s Promise Is Revealed…

Hi Lilla and the Studio Ladies!

So last Tuesday I made a promise to Lilla that I would make a little video. It all started with a much needed Skype chat with Lilla. I was needing a creative boost and some guidance on what kind of personal projects to work on. I shared some cut paper characters with her that I had been doing for fun. I really enjoyed working on them because I got to use gouache, paper and colored pencil all at once. A messy process I quite like. Then I would cut them out from the background and they became these little puppets in a way. The process brings me back to being a little kid. Lilla and I were having a lot of fun playing and chatting about my cut paper pals. So much fun in fact, that she suggested I should make a video of them. She told me to make two. One I really liked and one that was totally different than the other. YIKES….So here we are. I decided to focus on one character for the video I REALLY wanted to do. The other video is me just showing the different characters. The goal for this video was to “try’ to get used to being in front of the camera and talking about my process. The kicker!? Both had to be under a minute. This was really hard. I managed to keep one under a minute but the demonstrative/process one was just too hard. Timing issues aside, this was such a fun project and I actually can’t wait to make more!!! It got me out of my head and usual comfort zone and forced me to think out of the box a bit. Thanks Lilla!!!

Below is the video demonstrating my process…



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