Global Talent Search Semi-Finalists Announced! Did you make the top 50?

It’s time to reveal the 50 Semi-Finalists in the 2013 Global Talent Search!

We were flooded with entries in response to the exciting brief set in association with Paperchase, inviting entrants to design a journal cover with a playground theme. Here is what Lilla had to say about reviewing the submissions, and undertaking the difficult task of making the selection…

“What’s it like to review submissions from over 1,500 participants from over 30 countries around the globe? I’ll tell you what it’s like:  It’s exhilarating! I couldn’t wait to see what would turn up as a result of the assignment.  For starters, I was astounded by the quality of work and the calibre of the artists. Work was submitted in every medium: paint, watercolor, Adobe Illustrator, even 3-D pieces! My goal was to seek out the best of the best, and by a very careful process of elimination, I was able to narrow down the selection to 122 images. From there I began an even more studied (and challenging!) examination, and then finally I brought in my crack team, Susan McCabe and Jennifer Nelson, for their savvy input as seasoned agents to help narrow the work down to this group of AMAZING 50 semi-finalists.

First and foremost, we looked for pieces that jumped out at us for their terrific color, strong composition, and overall uniqueness. (Those of you that took Make Art That Sells know about how important it is to have your piece read well as a postage stamp as well as full size!) 
Was there something special about the piece? A quirkiness that enticed us to want more? Could we see our client base wanting to work with this artist? How about a clear embrace of the subject matter: playgrounds. (Pretty universally, the playground theme was well-executed.)
Was the style of the artist really apparent, in that we could immediately see a unique point of view? Was the technique masterful and polished? If we are to represent this artist and award them with a variety of top licenses, would they be able to knock them of the park? A strong, evolved style can do that. So that’s key.
Our sincere hope for those of you that were not selected for this particular competition is that you understand that in no way is that a reflection on your talent.  There were clearly way more images than we could select.  Going forward, you may wish to take my Make Art That Sells e-course to grow your talent even further (a new round of the course starts in October!). I did see how my June Make Art That Sells students were really well prepared for the Global Talent Search.  Also, we truly hope you’ll consider re-entering the Global Talent Search next time. ‘Like’ our Facebook page to be sure to stay on top of announcements and news!”


With no further ado, let’s give a big round of applause to the Global Talent Search 50 Semi-Finalists! Please feel free to share your thoughts with us on Twitter (@lillarogers #globaltalentsearch )

(In alphabetical order by surname)

Kiran Ahmad


Kelly Angelovic


Jan Avellana


Emily Balsley


Elspeth Alix Batt


Wendy Bentley


Maria Bogade


Gaia Bordicchia


Miriam Bos


Rosie Martinez Dekker


Chantel de Sousa


Susan Driscoll


Noemi Gambini


Lien Geeroms


Julia Glukhoy


Lindsay Grime


Lyndy Hants


Kim Hawes


Tamara Henderson


Denise Holmes


Victoria Horner


Jill Howarth


Zoe Ingram


Josephine Kimberling


Anita Kingsley


Tara Lilly


Dawn Machell


Lizzie Mackay


Antonija Majstorovic

Julie Mclaughlin


Lucky Nielsen


Erin Paisley


Juliana Pedemonte


Clare Phillips

Fatinha Ramos


Daniel Roode


Angie Rozelaar


Marta Rusin


Aimee Sicuro


Cindy Silverstein


Natalie Singh


Vesper Stamper


Amy Sullivan


Irene Tan


Megan Thomas


Victoria Weiss


Kara White


Selena Wong


Louise Wright


Janet Zack


If you are listed above – congratulations! You will be shortly receiving an email from us explaining your next steps and sharing your next assignment. If you do not receive this by Friday 2 August please drop a line to school@lillarogers.com.
For everyone else, we hope you will join us for the Global Talent Search next time, and in the meantime consider taking Make Art That Sells (starts October) to bring your art from good to great, or great to lucrative! Find out more and register here.




  • congrats to all the semi-finalists! beautiful designs – totally want those journals!

    by tortagialla
    August 1, 2013
  • All the finalists are really great…but all girls? Surely there were some men that had submitted great work? Even the prizes seem to favour women..this competition should have just been advertised for Women Illustrators ONLY.

    August 1, 2013
    • Geoff – the finalists are not all women – there is a man in there, and this was not a consideration when making the decision on the semi-finalists

      by school
      August 1, 2013
  • Congrats to all! Great work!

    August 1, 2013
  • Well done to all the finalists, some great entries!

    August 1, 2013
  • OMG…I am literally crying out loud of happiness since 10 minutes ago. I have no words to say how grateful I am and honored to be next to such an amazing and talented artist.
    Lilla, you have no idea how much happiness and joy I am feeling right now!
    Thanks everyone who is working on bringing us such joy to our life.
    Lots of love and good luck to the next round.
    Rosie Martinez-Dekker

    by rosiemartinezdekker
    August 1, 2013
  • Congratulations to the fifty finalists!! Thrilled to see many familiar names with fellow classmates and friends on the list. Well deserved! Gorgeous work, can’t wait to see the next round. It was so great to be part of the competition and I’m really looking forward to Part B of the course. Thanks Lillia!

    August 1, 2013
  • Oh my!! Lilla… I do know how to spell your name! My fat thumbs at 5:30 in the morning!!

    August 1, 2013
  • congratulations to those who got through! :)

    by bhavnabhen
    August 1, 2013
  • Great choice! I Was happy to participate,it was an important experience…good luck to the semifinalists,all super good!!

    August 1, 2013
  • What a great selection of entries. Congratulations everyone!

    August 1, 2013
  • These are ALL amazing! Wonderful choices. Very inspiring and they make me want to try even harder next time.

    by Jill Baron
    August 1, 2013
  • Congratulations—Great collection of work! Very cohesive even though it’s 50 artists! Best of luck to everyone! And thank you for the opportunity to create a piece for the GTS and share the JOY! It inspired a whole a new series—eight pieces completed and more in the making. All My Best—stephey

    August 1, 2013
  • Congratulations to the fifty finalist. A massive well done to all who took part. This has been such a fun learning experience taking part in the live brief and having an insight into what a live brief consist of. I didn’t make it through to the final fifty but having the opportunity of working to the brief and the audience of Lilla and her team really made my year. Thank you for the opportunity and good luck to the finalists. May you all shine!!

    by Lisa
    August 1, 2013
  • Congratulations to the top 50 semi-finalists! I enjoyed the experience and look forward to seeing more from these artists.

    by cindyrippe
    August 1, 2013
  • Great choice. Congratulations to everyone here. I am sad not to get through, of course, but seeing the entries that did, I can completely understand why. Next time….

    August 1, 2013
  • Absolutely lovely! The top 50 are amazing and inspiring. Great job and good luck!

    August 1, 2013
  • Congratulations to the semi-finalists! It’s great to see some familiar names on the list! Wonderful designs. Good luck to you all on the next round.

    August 1, 2013
  • I want ALL of these! Such great work. All this talent is mind boggling.

    August 1, 2013
  • Congratulations everyone, so excited for all to see what is presented in round two! I just wanted to say thanks Lilla and the GTS team.

    by Andrea Robinson
    August 1, 2013
  • Wonderful to see so many classmate entries in the finalist! Congrats to all for such beautiful work!
    MATS group rocks!

    by Dawn Conery
    August 1, 2013
  • I am very disapointed that I was not selected…My submission was in black and white ready for coloring….. Best of luck for the next round. Thanks for the opportunity.

    by shona brooks
    August 1, 2013
  • Congratulations to all the artists that won!!! The work that was chosen is just wonderful. It was fabulous to participate, and I look forward to more updates from this unique and exciting contest :)

    by maggieweakley
    August 1, 2013
  • Amazing! Congratulations to the semi-finalists. Your talent is something to aspire to. Top quality!

    by angiefraley
    August 1, 2013
  • Wow! I didn’t join this competition but I’ve been watching-these submissions are brilliant! Hard to choose.

    August 1, 2013
  • Congrats to all the semi-finalists and a round of applause for Lilla and her team for creating such a grand opportunity! Eager to see what’s to come.

    August 1, 2013
  • Congrats to everyone! I would buy any one of these journal covers! Adorable! I can’t wait to see more from each of you! Good luck with the next round!

    August 1, 2013
  • Lovely work!

    August 1, 2013
  • Congratulations everyone!

    by Kari D
    August 1, 2013
  • Congratulations to all the amazing artists that made the first round! Next, we’ll see how they respond to the second assignment which will be judged by an incredible line-up of top art directors and powerhouses, plus one People’s Choice winner = 6 finalists, announced September 10th. (Public voting opens September 3rd). So exciting!

    August 1, 2013
  • Congratulations to all the winners! I look forward to seeing what everyone does for the next assignment! Thank you, Lilla Rogers, for this opportunity–I learned SO much from this one challenge, and I’m now inspired to continue working on my illustration portfolio :)

    August 1, 2013
  • Such amazing art work! I’m totally inspired !

    by Anita Driessen
    August 1, 2013
  • Congratulations to all of you!
    Such amazing work!
    I knew that my entry is not in the “cute” mode (’cause they are for kids and cute..), still hoped for getting to the 50 :(
    Ah, happens, right?

    Sending love and good luck to everyone!
    Vesper Stamper + Kelly Angelovic are my favs.

    August 1, 2013
  • Congrats to everyone who made it to the semi-finals! So much wonderful work and happy to see many of my MATS classmates there. Thanks Lilla for the opportunity!

    by lauriebaars
    August 1, 2013
  • Congrats to all of the amazingly talented artists who made the top 50!

    August 1, 2013
  • Stunning work, congratulations to the top 50!!!!

    August 1, 2013
  • Wow-I just love seeing all the different entries. Super happy to see so many colleagues! What a fun project this was! All the questions, the sharing, the critiques and most importantly the excitement over it all-it has been a very entertaining 3 weeks! Thanks you once again to Lilla and her team for putting on such a good show. I cant wait until October!

    by juliehamilton
    August 1, 2013
  • Many of the one’s selected look very similar to the sample art provided as inspiration. I guess my submission was way off course, it looked nothing like any of these… lol. Congrats to all!

    by marktrujillo
    August 1, 2013
  • Some really brilliant designs. It’s going to be a tough job picking a winner!

    August 1, 2013
  • A BIG Congratulations to the 50 finalist ! I am so happy to see so many familiar names from class. Great work! For those of u who didn’t make the final cut, we have lots to work on. Let’s grow our portfolio’s!

    by kimgannart
    August 1, 2013
  • oh no….. I meant those of US…I didn’t make it either. Geeze what a typo! urrrr

    by kimgannart
    August 1, 2013
  • congratulations to all the winners! amazing works

    August 1, 2013
  • Congratulations to the winners! Enjoyed being a part of this.

    August 1, 2013
  • Congratulations to all the semi-finalists. Great stuff! Very inspiring and just having participated has definitely rekindled my love of making art. I look forward to adding to my portfolio and working on my online presence. Thanks and good luck to all 50 of you for the next round of the competition. I’m excited to see what comes out of the next assignment and who will be the winner!

    by Jacqueline Reis
    August 1, 2013
  • What a thrill to see so many familiar names and such an array of talent! I am so happy for the semi-finalists!! Bravo!!!!!

    August 1, 2013
  • This was a fun challenge! Thank you for the opportunity.

    Out of curiosity, how many on the short list were also participating in the Make Art That Sells class?

    by emiliedaly
    August 1, 2013
    • Hi Emilie – A fair few were from the Make Art That Sells class but that is unsurprising really, given how much they learnt in class about icon and character development, color, presentation etc!

      by school
      August 2, 2013
  • Hats off to every one of you! I will watch and learn!

  • Congrats to all the finalist, great work! Good luck in the next round!

    August 1, 2013
  • These Journals are amazing! Congrats to everyone who entered for bringing such lovely work to the world. I can’t wait to see what happens next. Good luck in Round 2!

    by bluehourstudio
    August 1, 2013
  • Woweee! Congratulations to all the winners and to all who participated. What a fabulous range of talent..thank you for sharing!

    August 1, 2013
  • Congrats winners, this was a fun assignment, so many awesome artist, don’t know how you picked…..thank you Lilla, now I am off to illustrate more.

    by Charla Pavlik
    August 1, 2013
  • I just wanted to offer my congratulations to the selected artists…thank you Beth and Lilla for the opportunity to show my work, very grateful. Tara

    August 1, 2013
  • Congrats to you all!

    August 2, 2013
  • Congratulations to the top 50 – amazing work ! Looking forward to see the results of the next assignment. Good luck everyone !

    by maike
    August 2, 2013
  • Wow! I can definitely see the influence your agented artists had on all these new ones.

    by roger
    August 2, 2013
  • Congrats to top 50! Some wonderful interpretations on the them and gorgeous range of styles!

    August 2, 2013
  • What a great selection for the top 50! So much fun and creativity in here and happy to see so many familiar names. Congratulation to all the semi-finalist! Best of luck to each one of you for the next round. You are all amazing!!

    August 2, 2013
  • Congratulations to all, selected and “non selected”, wonderful works.
    Guess I´ll have to take the MATS courses, seems like they all learned a lot.

    August 2, 2013
  • Really feeling inspired by all the talent out there. Thank you for such a fun challenge!

    by aimeesicuro
    August 2, 2013
  • Congratulations to all! Looking forward to seeing the next round, and to the MATS class! Cheers! Kim

    August 2, 2013
  • Congratulations to all the top 50!
    Lovely to see artists in there that I follow already.
    Just a quick question for next time, do you have to take the Make Art That Sells course first?

    by Sarah
    August 3, 2013
    • Hi Sarah – this is answered in our FAQ – No you don’t, but it might help you! Make Art That Sells is designed to help you create more commercially viable art in exactly the markets that the Global Talent Search briefs are designed for. The course teaches you how to make exactly the kind of art that the Judging Panel and Lilla Rogers will be looking for, so if you have been thinking about taking the course we encourage you to do so in order to maximise your chances of success in the competition

      by school
      August 5, 2013
  • Congrats to all the winners!!! Love seeing some of my classmates in the group!

    August 3, 2013
  • High five to all who entered what seems to be a very good thing. But, as a browser, a newcomer, and a consumer, I am surprised by how simular they all are in style!
    For example, an allover 60’s vintage pattern is cute, but is that really your bent, or is it what you think Lilla likes best?
    I saw the way to stand out -after solid composition- was simply be unique- be more brave.
    I like cute bears and foxes, the thin weight line was a nice playground equipment solution, but …Come ON, I want more of a choice in throw pillows or crib blankets for future grand kids!

    by Heather Brinkerhoff
    August 10, 2013
  • What amazing work! Now for these 50 to do their next assignment which are then voted on by the impressive judges. They’ll toselect the 5 winners, plus the People’s Choice will select one more, for a total of 6 to go to the Finals. It’s exciting to see what these artists will do with the briefs they’re given. And we can’t wait to take on our next artist! Plus, so many artists are getting visibility that they deserve, winners or not. I bet they get some opportunities from this exposure, too. Yay art!

    August 10, 2013
  • Roger and Heather, I really appreciate your critical, ‘different’ input here. While I don’t question the effort invested into each piece shown here, I had the exact same thoughts as you two. Unfortunately, your comments have not been addressed by the School…

    Also, it would be nice to view all the other entries, not only the 50 semi-finalists, in order to determine what was less popular with the judges.

    by Chris
    October 4, 2013
  • Soo much amazing and incredible.

    Kashif Arain

    October 5, 2013

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