Category: Toys and Games

9/27/21

Do you like getting gorgeous postcards? A survey. Plus Sarah Walsh’s brand-new puzzle.

Personally, we love getting mail and we love sending you our pretty postcards with our artists’ latest and most gorgeous work. We’ve scaled way back due to Covid, but we’re thinking of rebooting the card mailings. Loads of our art directors tell us they love them, save them, and pin them to their walls.
Here’s the rub: We know lots of you are still working from home, so we wondered if you’re getting your business mail. Susan and Kim called around and got a mix of responses. Some of you are going into the office sporadically and getting your mail; some of you are back in the office full time, and some are getting your mail forwarded to home.
So we thought: let’s do a poll. We’d love to hear from you.
Above: Our postcard front, mailed in July of this year to our art directors, editors and others who buy art. This card featured cherished original paintings by our artists, past and present.
Above: A recent postcard. Art by Åsa Gilland.
See what I mean? Our cards are pretty.

 

Art directors, editors, art buyers: we’d love to hear from you.
(The poll only lets you pick one answer, just so you know.)
We’re thinking of sending out our pretty postcards again. Which one applies?
I’m back in the office and get my mail there.
I work from home but my mail is forwarded to me.
I work from home and my mail is NOT forwarded to me.
I go into the office about once a week or so and get my mail.
I go into the office like once a month or whatever and get my mail then.
I don’t go into the office. I don’t get my mail. I’m sure there’s a giant pile.
Other.
Above: One of our postcards
featuring Helen Dardik.
Are you an art buyer or editor? Would you like receive our postcards which we send out about 7 or 8 times a year? Or are you already on our mailing list but would like to give us a new address?
Simply reply to this email.

 

See amazing artwork and products by our artists below!
Above: Illustration for Martini & Rossi Fiero
Animation by Bonnie Dain

 

These three fully-illustrated books by Zoë Ingram are now available!
Above: Walker Books
Above: David & Charles
Above: Running Press

 

Above: Dare to Dream 1,000 piece puzzle by Sarah Walsh for Flow/Workman

 

Above: A recent greeting card by Kelly Anne Dalton for Sellers Publishing

 

Above: A recent greeting card by Clairice Gifford for Sellers Publishing

 

Above: Fish illustrated by Jessica Allen for Texas Highways Magazine

 

Class starts October 18th!

 

Did you know that I teach a writing course? I created it a few years ago after years of working with artists on their writing their own books and from co-teaching my picture book course, Illustrating Children’s Books (available 2022) and Illustrating Children’s Books Plus with art director/author Zoë Tucker on my e-course platform, Make Art That Sells.
Basically, my philosophy is this:
Creating a unique picture book comes from understanding what makes you unique and discovering the story you’re excited to tell. To help you do this, I’ve created a playful, personalized and structured course called My Kid Book Pitch that will bring out your special story. It’s packed full of quirky worksheets, Magic Cards, fun exercises and weekly interactive LIVE videos that will guide you step by step to create your own special brilliant story – the story that only you can write. I hope you’ll join me October 18th! Learn more or sign up here. Personally, I can’t wait for this one.
Above: Art by Tequitia Andrews
I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells

 

9/3/21

A guest visitor and get ready to swoon over our latest products. Including an Anthro chair.

Guess who stayed with me for a week? After two years, we all finally got to meet in person! Yes, our toy agent, Riley Wilkinson, came out from Tucson to work with me on a new course for 2022, and it was wonderful. We filmed, wrote content, styled photos, and went shopping for toys at new and vintage shops. Stay tuned.

 

Clockwise from bottom left: Agent Kim Fleming, Agent Riley Wilkinson, Studio Assistant Patty Kantlehner, Agent Susan McCabe, Financial Manager Julia Parker, and me.
Look what we spotted at the Toy Shop of Belmont! Dare to Dream puzzle by Sarah Walsh, Zodiac by Katie Vernon, and Moths by Flora Waycott.
Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

 

Above: Toy products by our artists
From Top Left, clockwise: Space Dress Up Kitty (Galison) by Flora Waycott;
Unicorn Puzzle & Dominoes (Mudpuppy) by Rebecca Jones; Puzzle (Puzzle Michele Wilson) by Helen Dardik. Wooden dolls on top right by Suzy Ultman. Raspberry (top) by Helen Dardik.
Photo by Lilla Rogers.

 

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Zodiac Puzzle (Running Press)

 

Sloth chair (Anthropologie)

 

Big Horse Tattoo (Djeco)
Butterfly backpack (High Sierra)

 

Clothworks collection

 

Softback Journal (Roger La Borde)

 

I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
8/17/21

Our artists prove it : PLAY is the WAY

Hello! Riley here. I just finished teaching My Toy Pitch with Lilla, our five-week toy development course. We saw hundreds of concepts each week. Our artists AMAZED ME with their work. From characters to games to playsets, our artists produced toy pitches across so many categories. In each class review, I felt as though I was walking up and down the toy aisles.
Scroll down and you’ll see what I’m giggling about. Lilla, Susan, Kim and I are dazzled by the toys and games that’ll soon be tumbling out of toyboxes around the world.

 

WARNING: these are only a tiny sampling of what our artists have in the works. Check out the toy design section of our website for more, or give us a holler. We’d love to serve up some candy-coated art for any kid-friendly project you’re considering.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
7/29/21

See our artists’ incredible pitches from this week’s Toy class.

Get ready to freak out over the pitches created by our artists for Week One: Restaurant Pretend Play. These were created in my brand new My Toy Pitch course which I am co-teaching with our brilliant toy guy, Riley Wilkinson (formerly of Mattel, etc.) Stay tuned to see work from Week 2: Sea Creatures Checkers, with twists.
Yes, these winning toy pitches are available for license, or they may even inspire you to commission something else. It’s all good. We’d love to hear what you think!
Stay tuned! We’re announcing our newest artist next week and we’re super excited about it.
Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!
(This was a class favorite.)
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

(She just received two editorial commissions).
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

(She just got a picture book deal.)
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

(She just got TWO more children’s picture book deals.)
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

(She just received a number of greeting card licenses.)
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

(She just received a big commission for art for a major hospital.)
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

(All of us loved this charming elephant tea set.)
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

(The donuts change color in the water? The magnetic toppings? I want this!)
Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
7/8/21

Here’s your Big Reveal of work from class: Memory Match games created by our own artists.

Check it out! I’m always thrilled when my artists take my Make Art That Sells courses. I’m delighted to show you the work that they created for the very last assignment for Bootcamp. (There were 900 students in that class. It’s a popular one). The assignment was to create a memory match card game, and my artists’ work always shines. Mama proud.

 

These are available for license, and as always, our artists are available to create custom art for your project.

 

If you’re interested in creating gorgeous, special, original toys, hop on over to MATS as today is the very last day to sign up for My Toy Pitch. It’s the very first time we’re running it, and the energy in class is invigorating! I am honored and thrilled to co-teach with former Mattel Creative Director and storehouse of knowledge, who as you probably know, is now our very own Toy, Game and Entertainment agent, Riley Wilkinson.

 

Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

Available for licensing as of this writing.

 

I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells

 

7/2/21

Meet your new favorite agent and add some hot new gems to your product line.

One of the greatest additions we’ve ever made to the agency in almost three decades is to partner with Riley Wilkinson. He is a walking, talking human toy inventor machine, and one of my most favorite people. Read on to learn what he can do for your company.

 

RILEY WILKINSON
I’m Riley Wilkinson.
This grownup never grew up.

 

Lilla Rogers Studio’s new Toy Design Department is now my home as Toy and Game Agent and Inventor. I bring years of award-winning know-how as a toy, game, and Children’s Content Inventor and Creative Director. I’m developing toys, games, and story world concepts with LRS artists which are available for license.

 

Are you a product developer, art director, or product acquisitions manager at a toy or game company? Contact me to discuss and view our concepts available for licens
 

My decades of insights and experience are now part of Lilla’s unique offering. Over the last 25 years, I’ve worked with Mattel Creations, American Girl, AARP, Educational Insights, MGA, Scholastic, and more.

 

I began in the 1990s designing and art directing magazines, children’s educational books, stickers, wood puzzles, fine motor skill activity kits, and classroom décor. For the next 20+ years, I developed children’s electronics, preschool and children’s games, family games, science toys, classroom activities, talking globes, novels, and sporting goods. Some Sea Monkeys swam into the scene at one point: I even pitched a carnival ride for those critters!

 

Mass market buyers, specialty retailers, catalog developers, toy industry leaders, and eCommerce professionals have relied on me to develop and deliver innovative, imaginative products.
CREATOR OF THE SNEAKY,
SNACKY SQUIRREL GAME.
TWO MILLION GAMES SOLD WORLDWIDE AND 6,000 5-STAR AMAZON REVIEWS

 

 

Hurry and contact us! We know this is a big deal–there’s loads of goodness–and you, our clients, are going to flip, so just reply to this email and we’re on it.

 

I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
6/22/21

What happens when you put toy inventor Riley and our artists together? You get amazing toy inventions, ready to license.

Remember last week when I showed you some sneak peeks of toys that our Toy, Game and Entertainment agent and brilliant toy inventor, Riley Wilkinson, has worked on with our artists? Pull up a chair and get ready to swoon because we’ve got some more art-driven toy sneak peeks to share.

 

We know that the future in toy and game is all about a more sophisticated millennial customer, looking for beautiful art-driven toys. That’s what we believe in, and that’s what we’ve got for you. Check out our sneak peeks here.

 

Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

 

See these charming children’s products illustrated by Helen Dardik? Join Riley and me for my newest course, My Toy Pitch. We’ll teach you how make your own art-driven toys and games ready to pitch. Class starts July 5th. Don’t miss out! Read more here.
Above: Riley Wilkinson and me
Above: Products illustrated by Helen Dardik

 

It’s time to till the soil and prune those leaves. This set of horticultural activity cards, illustrated by Sarah Walsh, will give plant lovers the knowledge they need to get planting! Contact Riley to learn more or simply reply to this email. Available for license.

 

Welcome to the world of The Hoppingtons! This character concept includes a family of adorable bunnies who are in development. Product concepts include figurines with outfits, dollhouse and furnishings, a vehicle, wall clock, and a magical carry-along terrarium, as well as a Memory Match game.
Contact Riley to learn more or simply reply to this email. Available for license.

 

Gorgeous art by Bambi Ramsey transforms the classic game of snakes & ladders into a tropical treat for kids. Game includes some delightful, surprising player pieces. Contact Riley to learn more or simply reply to this email. Available for license.

 

This beautiful game concept is inspired by the classic stacking play pattern. Children practice their sequencing skills as they balance their sushi stacks in the correct order. Contact Riley to learn more or simply reply to this email. Available for license.

 

I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
6/17/21

Here’s BIG REVEAL #1: Our artists’ toy and game pitch sneak peeks!

Remember a while ago when we mentioned that we were doing a residency for our artists to develop toy and game pitches? Well that happened, and it was amazing, and since then, our Toy, Game and Entertainment agent and brilliant toy inventor, Riley Wilkinson, has worked with our artists to develop even more concepts, and I can now reveal some sneak peeks of the art-driven, totally cool toys and games that our artists have invented with Riley.

 

Plus we couldn’t be happier to announce our brand-new Toy Design section on our site which is chock full of our artists’ pitches. As of this moment, they are all available for license. Scroll down to see more toy concepts or hop over to our site and see a whole bunch more here.

 

Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

 

See these charming children’s products illustrated by our artists? Join Riley and me for my newest course, My Toy Pitch, to make your own art-driven toys and games ready to pitch. Class starts July 5th. Don’t miss out! Read more here.

 

This charming board game for 2-6 players for children ages 8+ is a race through the countryside. Players navigate and accomplish tasks as they aim to be the first to win! Contact Riley to learn more or simply reply to this email. Available for license.

 

This pen pal activity kit from author/illustrator Erica Root transforms daily mail into a memorable keepsake for kids and adults. Contact Riley to learn more or simply reply to this email. Available for license.

 

This beautifully illustrated card game by Mara Penny is a fresh take on the classic game of War. The fast-paced game play features educational facts about the ecosystem and food chain. Contact Riley to learn more or simply reply to this email. Available for license.

 

Kids can build their own green city and step into Sarajo Frieden’s colorful mind. This DIY cardboard playset features Sarajo’s unique style and quirkly, imaginative characters. Ecology comes to life in this STEM-infused activity kit. Contact Riley to learn more or simply reply to this email. Available for license.

 

I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
5/19/21

Today we’re featuring illustrated puzzles, apparel, a brand-new children’s book and more.

Today, we’re bringing you some recent products illustrated by our artists, from books to cards to wooden puzzles. Enjoy!
Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

 

Be Kind Puzzleby Sarah Walsh for Galison

 

See more of Kendra Binney’s dreamy products for
Roger La Borde here.

 

Jennifer created a set of playful cards
featuring an array of animals for Studio Eleven Papers.

 

Sarah Papworth was commissioned to create a dreamy collection of cards for Studio Eleven Papers.

 

Pretty patterns for apparel by Flora and Zoë
For Seedling Baby
For Olive Me Handmade

 

Out now: Princesses Can Fix It! (Page St Kids)
” This STEAM-focused take on the classic fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses includes fun illustrations bursting with hilarious detail (and alligators), zany characters, and three inspiring princesses who know that they have what takes to save the day.”

 

Charming wooden puzzle by Rebecca Jones for Crocodile Creek.

 

I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells
2/10/21

REVEALED! Seven of my favorite brand-new children’s book images by our artists.

Today I’ve gathered some of my favorite children’s book-inspired images by some of our artists from the Menagerie.

 

If you haven’t checked out the stunning collection of over 150 new images by our artists in our 5th Annual Lilla’s Art Menagerie, don’t wait!

 

Click on this special link to see all the brand-new work that you’ve been waiting for, available for licensing or for ideas to commission.
If prompted, enter this password: loveart

 

Once in the gallery, be sure to click “View All”.

 

 

Check out this selection of inspiring children’s book-style imagery our artists have created to inspire you to commission them for their next book. (You know what else? These images would make amazing puzzles or kid toys and games, too.)

 

 

Available for license as of this writing.

 

Available for license as of this writing.

 

Available for license as of this writing.

 

Available for license as of this writing.

 

Available for license as of this writing.

 

Available for license as of this writing.
Hurry! Many of these artists are heavily booked, so contact us now to chat about your project. We’d love to hear about it!
Still haven’t seen the Menagerie gallery? Click this link (password: loveart)

 

I hope you enjoyed the show! Check out our site to see more.
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.
xo
Lilla
Agent, Artist, Author
Founder, Lilla Rogers Studio
Co-Founder, Make Art That Sells