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What’s your passion goal for 2017?


I don’t make resolutions. I make passion goals. (Resolutions seems so bummer-y, and passion goals are about stuff you actually want to do!)  What is your passion goal for 2017? What would be fun for you? What gets you up in the morning?

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It’s got fun exercises and even a quiz
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Here are some 5-minute vision board sketches that artists created from the Video Series and shared on Instagram. Clockwise from top left: Patrice Horvath, glitter_earth, Trisha Klempel, lucy.two.shoes

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Didn’t get what you really wanted for the holidays?

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P.S. Look out for our Free Expert Tips on ‘Illustrating Children’s Books’ Video Series on the MATS blog, beginning on Monday, January 2nd. Gather insight from Lilla Rogers, Art Agent and Zoe Tucker, children’s book art director. Not to be missed!

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Twelve Days of Affirmations #12


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Welcome to Day Twelve of  “12 Days of Affirmations” by Lilla.

We hope that these inspire, encourage, and make you smile during this holiday season. Please feel free to share the affirmations on Instagram and let us know if they’ve helped you or if they’ve inspired you to create one of your own. Use the #makeartthatsells so we can be sure to see them.

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Lilla has used affirmations as a powerful tool for her entire career, and she’s lettered her own favorite ones to help guide your own career and art practice.

Affirmations are a great way to program your beliefs so that you move in the direction you want your life to go. By repeating a key phrase, you reframe your beliefs in a subtle, but powerful way. Post them in key places around your house or workspace.

Lilla says, “My morning mirror is covered with sticky notes of affirmations I’ve written for my own life raising teenagers, getting through bumpy career points, or working toward goals I want to achieve.”

 

 

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Twelve Days of Affirmations #11


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Welcome to Day Eleven of  “12 Days of Affirmations” by Lilla.

We hope that these inspire, encourage, and make you smile during this holiday season. Please feel free to share the affirmations on Instagram and let us know if they’ve helped you or if they’ve inspired you to create one of your own. Use the #makeartthatsells so we can be sure to see them.

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Lilla has used affirmations as a powerful tool for her entire career, and she’s lettered her own favorite ones to help guide your own career and art practice.

Affirmations are a great way to program your beliefs so that you move in the direction you want your life to go. By repeating a key phrase, you reframe your beliefs in a subtle, but powerful way. Post them in key places around your house or workspace.

Lilla says, “My morning mirror is covered with sticky notes of affirmations I’ve written for my own life raising teenagers, getting through bumpy career points, or working toward goals I want to achieve.”

Stay tuned for our last one tomorrow!

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Twelve Days of Affirmations #10


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Welcome to Day Ten of  “12 Days of Affirmations” by Lilla.

We hope that these inspire, encourage, and make you smile during this holiday season. Please feel free to share the affirmations on Instagram and let us know if they’ve helped you or if they’ve inspired you to create one of your own. Use the #makeartthatsells so we can be sure to see them.

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Lilla has used affirmations as a powerful tool for her entire career, and she’s lettered her own favorite ones to help guide your own career and art practice.

Affirmations are a great way to program your beliefs so that you move in the direction you want your life to go. By repeating a key phrase, you reframe your beliefs in a subtle, but powerful way. Post them in key places around your house or workspace.

Lilla says, “My morning mirror is covered with sticky notes of affirmations I’ve written for my own life raising teenagers, getting through bumpy career points, or working toward goals I want to achieve.”

Stay tuned for another one tomorrow!

 

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MATS Alumni Festive Showcase 2016 – part 10


Happy Festive season! We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase some festive designs and products they have created for the season. Here is part 9. See all the festive showcase posts here as they unfold.

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Leah Malmos

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This is new work I have created for the Holiday season. This is a placement print with hand lettering, available for license for all types of markets like paper and/or party paper. I have taken MATS B, Home Decor and the Children’s Illustration Course.

I look forward to taking Bootcamp in 2017 to keep my portfolio fresh and exciting with new trends including networking with amazing artists across the world. 2017 will be the best yet in my career because I feel all of the work I am putting in is creating new and exciting opportunities for me. I can’t wait!

See more work here: Website

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Devon Holzwarth

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For the past year I’ve been taking MATS classes and have had lots of firsts – this is my first holiday themed piece. Like everything else, once you get your feet wet lots of other ideas start coming so I already have more in the works. I paint mostly in gouache and this is a mix of gouache and china marker which I love for its great texture.

I started last November with MATS A, then on to Bootcamp & Home Decor, and just wrapped up the new Children’s Book course which for me was life changing. My inner six year old was jumping for joy being immersed in books and now I’m working toward the goal of illustrating books for all ages, and hopefully getting into editorial work as well. I’m looking toward what I hope to be a busy and exciting 2017.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Etsy

 

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Wendy Leach

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I have taken The MATS illustrating children’s book course and I’m currently working on MATS A&B.

The attached image is a design I created for my personal Christmas Cards. The image includes some of my favorite holiday themes, presents, bears in hats and scarfs and snow.

I have really enjoyed the courses I have taken plus all the fun little extras that you do like the GTS or the festive showcase. All of these things have keep me motivated and moving forward at a pace I would not have accomplished on my own. I have also really enjoyed the community aspect of it all.

I do have to say my favorite has been the children’s book class. There was so much great information. I’m still working my way back through it and loving every minute of it. I now spend more time thinking about the characters I draw their personalities, what there body positions says as well as their facial expression and maybe if they are thinking about what they had for lunch.

I was in a bit of plateau before I found the Make Art that sells courses this last July. Lilla, and these courses have inspired me to make a commitment to my art and really push towards the career I want. After seeing how much I have grown in the last couple of months I’m supper excited and very optimistic for 2017.

See more work here: Website

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Tina Mueller | Tinati Design

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Why not do things a little different this year and build a snowbird instead of a snowman? Fun winter design inspired by the tradition of building a snowman. The Snowbirds collection is available as fabric or gift wrap in my Spoonflower shop.

The MATS A course really helped me get a better understanding of what makes a great design come together and what buyers are looking for. It gave a great insight into the different markets and how they work including everything you need to know to get started. The reviews by Lilla and the interaction in the facebook community were invaluable and made it extra special. For 2017, I’m planning to concentrate on growing my portfolio. I’ve just signed up for the Make It In Design Winter School and the MATS Assignment Bootcamp course starting in March and can’t wait now for the new year to start.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Spoonflower

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Michelle Scott | dotsofpaint studios
2016-WhaleXmasCard-flatA greeting card for the holiday season entitled: “Whales on Holiday”. From my original watercolor whale paintings – this time depicting each whale embellished with festive hats and silly antlers, balancing stars and decorated trees, and all with a cherry on top! Or lanced by a narwhal – the unicorn of the sea! :)
Inside greeting: “Have a Whale of a Holiday!” May be blank or personalized with your own greeting if desired. Available in single cards as well as 6 and 12 packs in my etsy shop.

I’ve found it’s not as much learning as it is growing. The Make Art That Sells courses gave me a great sense of accomplishment and a new incentive to dive back into actively pursing an illustration career after many, many years. In Bootcamp I found myself surrounded by others who were a lot like me which gave me the confidence to just do the work and not worry so about it being perfect before posting. This led me to start posting more of my work on social network sites as well. This January, I will be taking the Children’s Book Illustration course and am very excited about what that might lead to.

See more work here: Website | Shop

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Paul Stoddard

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My design is a Cuckoo Clock Cell phone case.

I have taken a Bootcamp course, Home Deco Course and two Global Talent search.
The class help me take a step back and look at my work and to add lots more details and joyful icons into a drawing. in 2017, I will focus on building a nice body of work and start shopping it around.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Transform your art career and Make Art That Sells. Registration is open for Illustrating Children’s Books (starts 16 January, 2017), Assignment Bootcamp (starts March 2017) and our amazing self-paced versions of MATS A & MATS B which include a huge vault of reviews from Lilla and class assignments from all our previous sessions.

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Twelve Days of Affirmations #9


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Welcome to Day Nine of  “12 Days of Affirmations” by Lilla.

We hope that these inspire, encourage, and make you smile during this holiday season. Please feel free to share the affirmations on Instagram and let us know if they’ve helped you or if they’ve inspired you to create one of your own. Use the #makeartthatsells so we can be sure to see them.

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Lilla has used affirmations as a powerful tool for her entire career, and she’s lettered her own favorite ones to help guide your own career and art practice.

Affirmations are a great way to program your beliefs so that you move in the direction you want your life to go. By repeating a key phrase, you reframe your beliefs in a subtle, but powerful way. Post them in key places around your house or workspace.

Lilla says, “My morning mirror is covered with sticky notes of affirmations I’ve written for my own life raising teenagers, getting through bumpy career points, or working toward goals I want to achieve.”

Stay tuned for another one tomorrow!

 

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MATS Alumni Festive Showcase 2016 – part 9


Happy Festive season! We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase some festive designs and products they have created for the season. Here is part 9. See all the festive showcase posts here as they unfold.

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Ashley Lotecki | Ashley Lotecki Design

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This year I’ve been focused on developing and crafting a line of products that feature my illustrations and hand lettering using different techniques. I am excited to say that I will be launching my own e-commerce store very soon! Here is a peek at one of my original wooden ornament designs “Gingerbread Man,” which I laser etched and cut, then hand-finished.

The MATS classes have been a great way to have designated time for me to focus on further developing my voice as an artist – with a stronger voice I’ve been able to, and continue to, push my ideas further and start developing products featuring my illustrations by utilizing different art forms and methods beyond the traditional.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Shop

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Sarah Aspinall
Penguins-Love-Colors-photo-of-bookThe product I would love to tell you all about is my brand new debut Picture Book- ‘Penguins Love Colors’, (Blue Sky Press, Scholastic). Official release date 29th November- just in time for the holidays!! :) There is also an animated trailer I had made especially: Here

Link to buy : click here to order! (is also available at Barnes and Noble and Independent book sellers throughout the country, as well as at Walmart and Target).

Aimed at ages 2-6, the story is about 6 creative little penguins who LOVE to paint! Living in a world covered in snow, they decide to brighten things up one day as a colourful surprise for their penguin Mama who loves colors too!

The classes have been invaluable in terms of helping me to develop my work. One of the first briefs Lilla gave during my first MATS Class, was a Christmas card with a penguin on it! I came up with a very strange design, but didn’t stop refining and experimenting for many months afterwards… and now I have not one, but TWO children’s picture books all about my little penguins. ‘Penguins Love Their Abc’s’, will be out this time next year. Hooray!!

My plan for 2017 is to expand into some different illustration markets. Editorial, paper goods and baby/children’s products would be wonderful. I also hope to build upon book series, I have everything crossed for a third book, and hope the release of my first will expose my work to art directors all over the world.

See more here: Website | Instagram

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Ruth Hickson

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My Christmas decorations came directly from the Lumberjack assignment in Bootcamp! They comprise a collection of woodland themed characters handmade from beautifully soft lumberjack flannel embellished with felt, buttons and sequins – I loved the assignment and was so inspired that I actually made the decorations and they are available to buy on my Etsy shop.

I have taken MATSB (live) Bootcamp and MATS A and B self paced – just signed up for children book course too – can’t wait! Mats courses have really revolutionised my creative process, I draw, draw, draw all the time now and with a much more varied subject matter than before – I don’t restrict myself anymore and enjoy it more as a result. The courses also pushed me into developing new work for different markets, not only that but through Mats I have made wonderful supportive friends online, who share ideas, opportunities and advice with such wonderful openness i feel totally blessed.

See more work here: Website | Shop

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Kim Fleming | Kim Fleming Illustration

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A wintry watercolour pattern. Link to purchase

I’ve taken MATS A&B and several Bootcamps

The MATS classes I took helped my work go to the next level through focusing on trends and limited colour palettes. For 2017 I am hoping to get some more licensing work!

See more work here: Website | Shop

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Christine Anderson

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I was thinking of fun and festive animal characters for this design. I have taken MATS Bootcamp and the Home Decor class. Taking the Make Art That Sells Classes have really helped me realize the importance of ICONS . Focusing on and making lots of icons has really allowed my art to grow, because it makes it so much easier to design multiple pieces that coordinate and be suitable for a variety of surfaces.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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This was a card for last years  world wide secret Santa put together by Elise Chevry of Les Ephelides Design. I have taken MATS A and B and Bootcamp 2015, 2016.
These classes have brought my passion back for art after a 20 year delay. It has made me more focused and timely. I am still working on modernizing my style. It has especially introduced me to a wonderful group of artists which has really been one of the best rewards.
In 2017 I plan to enter a local juried competiton (Art on the Creeks).
See more work here: Instagram

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Transform your art career and Make Art That Sells. Registration is open for Illustrating Children’s Books (starts 16 January, 2017), Assignment Bootcamp (starts March 2017) and our amazing self-paced versions of MATS A & MATS B which include a huge vault of reviews from Lilla and class assignments from all our previous sessions.

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Twelve Days of Affirmations #8


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Welcome to Day Eight of  “12 Days of Affirmations” by Lilla.

We hope that these inspire, encourage, and make you smile during this holiday season. Please feel free to share the affirmations on Instagram and let us know if they’ve helped you or if they’ve inspired you to create one of your own. Use the #makeartthatsells so we can be sure to see them.

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Lilla has used affirmations as a powerful tool for her entire career, and she’s lettered her own favorite ones to help guide your own career and art practice.

Affirmations are a great way to program your beliefs so that you move in the direction you want your life to go. By repeating a key phrase, you reframe your beliefs in a subtle, but powerful way. Post them in key places around your house or workspace.

Lilla says, “My morning mirror is covered with sticky notes of affirmations I’ve written for my own life raising teenagers, getting through bumpy career points, or working toward goals I want to achieve.”

Stay tuned for another one tomorrow!

MATS Alumni Festive Showcase 2016 – part 8


Happy Festive season! We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase some festive designs and products they have created for the season. Here is part 8. See all the festive showcase posts here as they unfold.

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Mateja Lukežič | Mima illustration

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You can get a holiday spirit with this lovely and colorful postcards. Find out more here

So many things I have learned through the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ course. I have learned how to develop a great illustrations for children’s books, how to see and read the text and make characters (poses, emotions) and enviroment the best possible. The course showed me inside information from the children’s book industry and how to contact the art director. And the most important, to be kind to yourself, to believe that I can make it.

We had a book fair a few days ago and I decided that my next step is, after I finish my portfolio, to send it to the largest book publisher in my country. I got a contact of an art director on a book fair and now is up to me. I know I can do it and for this I can be thankful for Lilla and Zoe to teach me everything I should know for illustrating childrens books. In this stage I’m brave enough to show my work to publishers.

See more work here: Website

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Eva Spitzer

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House socks. See more here

My house socks are inspired my backyard: ducks, plants, trees, flowers, mountains. The house I grew up in is white with a red roof. I learned to draw icons in MATS A and B and applied that to my sock designs. I look forward to continuing to develop my skills and expanding my line of products outside of socks, and building up my portfolio of artwork. I took MATS A and B right as I was starting my business of patterned socks, and it was a wonderful experience and improved my work greatly.

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Katie Erickson | Art Spreads Joy

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This Christmas Card design shows a humorous situation for a custom portrait holiday card.

The courses have helped me go a step further in each drawing I produce. I’m looking forward to 2017 as my best year yet while I continue to work through my MATS course content!

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Kay Wolfersperger

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Holiday greeting card for grandparent to granddaughter

I have taken: MATS A, MATS B, Bootcamp and Home Decor

My artwork has evolved more in the year that I have been taking MATS classes than it has my whole life! The classes gave me the structure so I could learn to work within in a brief, but they also gave me enough freedom to find which way of working was best for me.

The facebook groups have been a creative haven to interact with like-minded folks where I can find feedback, encouragement and advice. I’ll continue taking MATS B which I am currently in. I can’t wait to see where it takes me after having such a productive year already with MATS!

See more here: Website

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Lisa Miles| Creative Sofa
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‘Just Chill’ Watercolour Christmas Card

I have taken MATS Bootcamp and MATS A. My style and techniques have evolved and progressed whilst taking MATS classes. I have looked at subject matter and colour palettes that I would not have considered previously.

I have realised which aspects I really enjoy in my art; a bit of humour or happiness, cute animals and people. The classes have also helped me find out a great deal of useful information about various markets that I would not otherwise have had access to. This also helped me consider markets and products that I would not have even thought about.

Through the Facebook groups I have realised that many artists have the same types of concerns about their work and processes. I have also been introduced to lots of useful resources, art suppliers, printers etc and gained valuable information about the industry in general. In 2017 I will continue to develop my art by challenging myself to learn about new techniques, use new materials and to branch out further into different subjects.

See more here: Website

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Transform your art career and Make Art That Sells. Registration is open for Illustrating Children’s Books (starts 16 January, 2017), Assignment Bootcamp (starts March 2017) and our amazing self-paced versions of MATS A & MATS B which include a huge vault of reviews from Lilla and class assignments from all our previous sessions.

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Twelve Days of Affirmations #7


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Welcome to Day Seven of  “12 Days of Affirmations” by Lilla.

We hope that these inspire, encourage, and make you smile during this holiday season. Please feel free to share the affirmations on Instagram and let us know if they’ve helped you or if they’ve inspired you to create one of your own. Use the #makeartthatsells so we can be sure to see them.

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Lilla has used affirmations as a powerful tool for her entire career, and she’s lettered her own favorite ones to help guide your own career and art practice.

Affirmations are a great way to program your beliefs so that you move in the direction you want your life to go. By repeating a key phrase, you reframe your beliefs in a subtle, but powerful way. Post them in key places around your house or workspace.

Lilla says, “My morning mirror is covered with sticky notes of affirmations I’ve written for my own life raising teenagers, getting through bumpy career points, or working toward goals I want to achieve.”

Stay tuned for another one tomorrow!

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