Lilla’s Tips to Artists

Lilla gives us a peak inside some of the advice and tips she shares with the Semi-Finalists for the Global Talent Search.

  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Show off what you do best. That’s what we want to see.
  • Ask yourself if this is a tin that you would love to give to a friend. Have fun with this! We’d love to see what you do in your style. Trust your taste level. Don’t “dumb down”.
  • Have fun! People buy your joy.
  • Rather than trying to guess what I’m looking for, do what makes you shine. You definitely do NOT need to do a style that you see on our site. We are looking for fresh talent.
  • Of course you’re nervous! That’s because you care. But remember that you got this far, and so you’ve got what it takes to do this assignment. It’s an easy one, with room for you to do what you love. Look over your existing work and see what you do best.

For more advice, head over to www.makeartthatsells.com and check out the Free Resources section!  Also, sign up for the next class to further your career.

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Thanks Lilla for sharing!



  • Hi Reine!

    Thank you very much for writing this article. It is very encouraging! My name is Suki and I am a homeware and stationary designer from Sydney, Australia. I came across your website last night on Instagram and I feel like my illustrations have found a home! I have been approached by another agent who works for American Greetings and Hallmark at Trade Fair last month. I am just wondering if I can still submit my work to you guys?

    Thank you very much and have a good day!


    September 16, 2015
  • Most of the work looks like the same person did it? It is all in the same style. One barely stands out for the other in surface design.

    by Sojna
    September 16, 2015
  • It’s amazing, how there is so much variety given the constraints of the assignment. Even so, within that, the subtle variety and rage of sensibilities are evident. Congratulations, everyone!

    by Lilla
    September 17, 2015
  • Thanks for the top tips Lilla, they really kept me going throughout this part of the competition. It was good to know that you effectively don’t need to change your individual style completely for the second round of the competition and throw everything in including the kitchen sink to show what you can do, each artist was picked because of their style…I did wonder if I should show other ways I work, but glad I stuck to what got me this far in the first place…a way of working I enjoy, ha! there’s that word again…joy… :)

    by Angela Holland
    September 22, 2015

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