Category: Toys and Games

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
12/21/20

Here’s our Annual Curated Gift Guide or luscious products by our artists. From pretty puzzles, to elk trays to Anthro glasses.

From pretty puzzles, to 2021 calendars, to painterly Anthro glasses, here are some more gift ideas by our artists to make your holidays brighter.
Contact us to assign or license art. We’re happy to help you find the perfect artist or gorgeous images for your project!

 

Animation by Natasha Dewitz

 

Buffalo Games
Puzzle Michèle Wilson

 

We’ve really enjoyed working on Carolyn’s beautiful puzzle in the evenings. (Wentworth Puzzles)
More goodness by Carolyn Gavin for Anthropologie:

 

Serving tray, coasters, and napkins, too! (Rock Flower Paper)

 

Galison

 

Amber Lotus Kindness calendar
Workman “Wonder” calendar
(with illustrations by four
of our artists).

 

Studio Oh
Uncommon Goods

 

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
11/11/20

Join me TODAY in conversation with our new Toy and Game Agent, Riley Wilkinson!

Above: Art by Sarah Papworth
 
Join Me TODAY!
in a live zoom conversation
with our new
Toy & Game Agent Riley Wilkinson
TODAY, November 11th at 12.30PM ET

 

I’ll ask Riley about …
  • His 25 years of experience as a toy, game, and children’s content Inventor and Creative Director, for clients such as Mattel Creations, American Girl, AARP, Educational Insights, MGA, Scholastic, and more
  • His award-winning products and his animated series currently out in the wild
  • How he can bring sparkle and rainbows to your next project
You won’t want to miss it!
Left: Riley and I have our cool shoes and thinking caps on, while discussing our next innovative toy idea
11/9/20

GIANT NEWS! Meet our new Toy and Game Agent!

Above: Art by Erica Root
GIANT NEWS!
 
Rarely does an art agency have the opportunity to dramatically broaden its scope, expand its reach to exciting new markets, provide fresh opportunities for their artists, and add value to their clients. But now we do.
Today we are thrilled to announce the grand opening of the LRS Let’s Invent department: our creative toy and game think tank for products and characters headed up by the wonderful Riley Wilkinson.

 

Our newest agent, Riley Wilkinson
Riley has been a good friend, trusted colleague and judge for our Global Talent Search. Many of you know him from my Make Art That Sells courses. So you can imagine how happy I was when he agreed to join our team.
I asked Riley, “Would you like todive in, work with our artists and come up with innovative and gorgeous games and toys to pitch to our clients?” He said “Oh my goodness, I can’t wait!”
And I yelled, “Yippie!”
I know you’re going to love Riley Wilkinson, our new Toy and Game Agent and Inventor. He brings decades of highly-successful award-winning know-how as a toy, game, and Children’s Content Inventor and Creative Director. BONUS: He’s funny and nice!
Scroll down to see some of the many games and toys he’s developed.

 

Riley’s approach to toy, game, and content development adds a giant leap to the Studio. He and our talented artists are creating unique, beautiful concepts and pitches as you read this.

Are you on the hunt for one-of-a-kind concepts and products? He’s got secret, gorgeous pitches ready for you. Is your team already working on something grand? He can help you develop it. Let’s go! Contact us !

Want to learn more? Check out the new Let’s Invent tab on our website to learn more about Riley and how he can help you. Riley and I will also be doing a Webinar this Wednesday, November 11th at 12.30PM ET.

Come bask in Riley’s sparkle and ask any questions you might have!

 

Join Me in a live zoom conversation with our new
Toy & Game Agent Riley Wilkinson
Wednesday, November 11th at 12.30PM ET
Password: RileyRocks

 

Above: Art by Katie Vernon

Riley’s background is as a Creative Director in toys, games, and content children’s content for Mattel Creations, American Girl, AARP, Educational Insights, MGA and more.

At the wee age of 21, he began his career designing and art directing children’s educational books, magazines, puzzles, and classroom décor.

For the next 20+ years, he worked with talented creatives on developing children’s electronics, board games, science toys, classroom activities, talking pens, novels, and sporting goods.

See some of his innovative products below!

 

A few of Riley’s inventions

Riley’s best animal friend is a squirrel!

Riley created The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game for preschoolers in 2011. Since its launch, “Sneaky” has sold 2 million units and earned over 6,000 5-star reviews on Amazon.

The award-winning and Toy of The Year-nominated game is sold in the U.S. and abroad. The game inspired a board book and card game, along with sister games featuring other kid-friendly animals.

Check it out here!

Left: The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game (Educational Insights)
Below: WellieWishers animated series
(Mattel Creations and American Girl)

 

Riley was a Creative Executive on the Mattel Creations animated series, The WellieWishers now showing on Amazon Prime. He art-directed the visuals on animatics, settings, characters, and props for two seasons of the show, which spun off into a number of children’s products and an app.
Grandma’s Trunk (Educational Insights)
Educational Insights
Maker Faire
AARP

 

Some of the clients Riley has invented for:
Read more here.
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