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Alumni success ‘spotlight’ interview with Aigul Igembayeva


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We are so proud of our Make Art That Sells Alumni, that we are pleased to continue a series of spotlight interviews showcasing their successes and artwork. We also ask them to share how the MATS courses have helped them learn and grow. You can see more Alumni Success stories here

 

Aigul IgembayevaToday, we have an interview with Aigul Igembayeva.  Aigul has taken MATS A&B.

Tell us a little about how you got started in art and design
It was long path: I took lessons in drawing in Moscow, I studied Adobe programs, calligraphy, and took the course of typography at British Higher Design School in Moscow. Now I am learning at e-courses of Lilla Rogers, Rachel Taylor. I believe that all my experience and courses gives me diverse experience.

 

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Lilla always says “People buy your joy.” What brings you joy?’
Drawing beautiful things, morning walking, ginger tea, cappuccino and traveling :)

Which is your favorite market(s) to design for and why?
Home Decor. Because through my patterns and illustrations I want to share emotions. I dream that somebody will hurry to reach home and on the way there dream about having their favorite tea from a favorite cup. And it’s going to be my pattern printed on the cup that will make it favorite and dear. Or somebody loving his decorative pillows with my illustrations.

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What are you working on currently?
Now I working on new collections for my portfolio and a few private orders.

What are some of the key things you have learned from the MATS experience?
The key things it was understanding that art market is huge, and everyone who wants to draw and making a living from art, can find his favorite market and develop his art career path.

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How have the classes helped your artwork evolve /grow?
MATS classes were very useful for my artwork, because while doing the assignments I tried different styles, and it helps me to clearly see what kind of style I like, also I add to my portfolio a few good illustrations and patterns.

Any aha moments during MATS you would like to share?
The deep understanding that people buy joy, people feel things which were created with joy.

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What are your key successes since taking a MATS class?
1. I have a strategy how to develop my art career path. It is a really important!
2. I’ve sent letters to art directors, got answers and I don’t afraid do that anymore :)

How would you describe taking a MATS class to a fellow artist looking to develop their art
MATS very good class for artists of all level, especially who wants to see his art on the physical products and develop art business in art licensing. MATS gives you understanding how a markets is working and understanding hot to draw your art for your favorite market.

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What is your dream gig for your artwork?
I want to draw for homeware companies (for kids bedding, for ceramic tableware and etc.)

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Graduates of our courses have gone on to win work from clients such as Hallmark, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Oopsy Daisy, Uppercase Magazine, West Elm, Midwest CBK, and more. It is industry learning that works in the real world. Find out more HERE and start today!

Alumni success ‘spotlight’ interview with Courtney Beth Keller


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We are so proud of our Make Art That Sells Alumni, that we are pleased to continue a series of spotlight interviews showcasing their successes and artwork. We also ask them to share how the MATS courses have helped them learn and grow. You can see more Alumni Success stories here

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cbk-headshot-BW-illustrated-550pxToday, we have an interview with Courtney Beth Keller of One Little Printshop. Courtney has taken MATS Bootcamp twice and MATS Home Decor twice, plus MATS A&B.

1. Tell us a little about how you got started in art and design

I started making art as a child – I remember in elementary school, cutting stacks of paper into heart shapes and other shapes, stapling it together and drawing images on the pages, essentially creating my own 1980’s stationery line. :) I always took art classes, and in junior high I won a contest drawing our yearbook cover. I started oil painting in high school, attended Kansas City Art Institute and in my 20’s, ran an online shop called Peace Boutique selling bags I sewed and screenprinted with my designs, always as a side gig while keeping a full-time job. I sold handmade skirts and dresses all over the world, from the US to the UK to South Korea. The high point in that era was selling a dress to Margaret Cho! When my son was born in 2011 I decided to take my creative work freelance and make it a full-time endeavor as One Little Printshop, illustrating and designing and creating work I could license. I illustrated a series of 3 children’s books over several years. When I discovered MATS courses, the world opened up!

2. Lilla always says “People buy your joy.” What brings you joy?’

I find joy in discovery, love working with different materials, and exploring texture, ink, textile, fabric, and COLOR! I also find joy in collaboration, and putting my energies into projects bigger than myself is incredibly rewarding.

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3. Which is your favorite market(s) to design for and why?

Currently I’m most interested in creating home decor / interior decor / textile patterns, because that is when I feel the most free and create interesting patterns. I think the fact that home decor allows for such a huge range in scale is part of what I love. Patterns can be tiny, printed on a tiny glass plate, or HUGE, printed on curtains or wallpaper.

4. What are you working on currently?

I am finalizing my Surtex preparations, including a Blurb book, a stack of fabric samples, and making little glass-and-metal magnets to give away. I’m also working on a list of projects to dive into after Surtex, so I don’t get lazy over the summer. This fall, my son will begin kindergarten and my studio time will nearly double – I’m very excited to see what the second half of 2016 brings!

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5. What are some of the key things you have learnt from the MATS experience?

I think the biggest takeaway for me has been the understanding that being a solo entrepreneur doesn’t mean working alone in a vacuum. I was fortunate enough to become a member of the Finch & Foxglove artist collective. The combination of 8 creatives from around the world has helped fill in my blind spots. I am a very productive artist but I have a very hard time knowing how to promote myself, and would never have achieved the preparation level for Surtex that I have achieved with the help of the group. Together, we go far! MATS taught me to find my tribe, throw my energy into moving us all forward in our careers, and it’s been life-changing.

6. How have the classes helped your artwork evolve /grow?

The MATS classes helped me see that I don’t need to segment my interests and knowledge. My web work and digital skills are just as important in my career as my painting and drawing skills. I used to stress about whether to let my web design play a part in my analog art. I’m not sure why, but I segmented different creative interests. More than any other MATS course, the Home Decor class made me realize I could let all my various interests intermingle and shine; my digital skills help me so much when I create mock-ups and build my website. My printmaking and hands-on background helps when I make promos, because I am not afraid to get messy with glue, ink, paint, printing, and metal. My graphic design background helps me when I put together my portfolio book. My creative garden can all grow in the same dirt, different flowers and plants are welcome.

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7. Any aha moments during MATS you would like to share?

YES. My aha moment was a humble one, but huge for me. I have struggled a bit as a solo mom raising my son alone, with envy: I would see others post things in the Facebook group like “hubby took the kids all day so I could make art!” and feel a sinking feeling. I only looked at what I didn’t have and thinking I could never achieve without the same support / financial infrastructure / art supplies / studio / whatever. Some time during 2015 MATS courses, this changed for me. I had this huge AHA moment that those petty comparisons are meaningless. I have to embrace my own situation and make art from where I’m at today. And once I did that, all the side-line glances and envious frustration I felt… *poof* …vanished.

8. What are your key successes since taking a MATS class?

The most obvious success for me has been joining a collective and working toward my first big trade show. But there are other successes too: I’ve got a Spoonflower shop with over 100 different designs for sale, and nearly every day someone favorites one of my designs. I’ve also put energy into creating a steady Instagram following. I won a lettering contest by Sakura International (the company that makes Micron pens), which was a wonderful personal accomplishment – and they sent me a bunch of art supplies!

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9. How would you describe taking a MATS class to a fellow artist looking to develop their art

I would encourage people to take MATS as a creative improvement process. It’s all about what you put into it. Go into it thinking you’ll come out improved, and you will!

10. What is your dream gig for your artwork?

My ultimate pie-in-the-sky gig would be creating a collection for Marimekko.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Collective

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Graduates of our courses have gone on to win work from clients such as Hallmark, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Oopsy Daisy, Uppercase Magazine, West Elm, Midwest CBK, and more. It is industry learning that works in the real world. Find out more HERE and start today!

Alumni success ‘spotlight’ interview with Emma Allsup


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We are so proud of our Make Art That Sells Alumni, that we are pleased to continue a series of spotlight interviews showcasing their successes and artwork. We also ask them to share how the MATS courses have helped them learn and grow. You can see more Alumni Success stories here

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profile-pic-emma-allsupToday, we have an interview with Emma Allsup from emmajayne-designs. Emma has taken MATS A and Bootcamp.

Tell us a little about how you got started in art and design.

Since I was a young girl, I’ve always loved painting and drawing. I remember whenever there was any opportunity to add drawings to my school work, I’d be in my element. I used to produce full-page illustrated diagrams in my science books! My love for art and design simply grew from there on.

Lilla Always says “People buy your joy”. What brings you joy?

Hmmm… this is tricky one, because I enjoy seeing amazing art which inspires me to create my own designs. I get huge satisfaction from the entire design process, from initial research and drawings, through to developing my ideas to a final design. Of all of these, the aspect of my work which brings me the most joy is when I play around with colour combinations, techniques, design layouts and generally having fun with it all.

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Which is your favourite market(s) to design for and why!

My favourite markets to design for would have to be fashion and gift-wrap. I love producing patterns, which I enjoy visualizing on fashion garments and wrapped presents. With fashion, anything goes, and I love that, because it means that I get to exercise my versatility and imagination.

I also enjoy creating standalone illustrations for gifts, because of the variety of the facets which make up a gift, from the gift itself, to the packaging. Packaging layouts can be wildly different from product to product, and that variation keeps everything interesting, and provides a wonderful challenge.

What are you working on currently?

At present, I am working on Christmas gift wrap for children and babies. They’re so much fun to produce and I’m really enjoying coming up with cute characters. I don’t have many designs for that age-group in my portfolio and I will be adding more in the coming months.

I’ve also recently produced a range of bird illustrations and logo for one of the UK’s best known zoos. My next project will be to create different bird poses for an animation, and I am really excited about that!

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What are some of the key things you have learnt from the MATS experience?

One of the key things I’ve learned from the course is to just relax and have fun! It’s surprising how easy your mind works when you’re enjoying yourself and are totally engrossed in what you’re doing. I’ve learned to open my mind more, and to let my creativity take the lead. I have learned that I love seeing variety in my work, and also that I prefer working in mixed media.

I’ve learnt that when a design is finished, that presentation is also a key point. People will love your designs but it adds an extra perspective to see your design in context. I only realized the importance of this when I was completing briefs in Bootcamp.

How have the classes helped your artwork evolve/ grow?

I have been trying out a number of techniques which were very new to me. I have also pushed myself and really focused on the end result. At the forefront of my mind I have made sure that when designing, my work is clear, has a commercial edge and looks fun.

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Any aha moments during MATS you would like to share?

As mentioned previously, I realized that I love to see variety in my work. 
I was actually rather surprised how many people liked my work, as I was afraid that it might be a bit too ‘niche’.

What are your key successes since taking a MATS class?

I now have a design role in a busy, commercial studio and have had a few interesting jobs through freelancing. I won an international scarf design competition too, for which I submitted a design for a ‘Summer’ themed silk scarf. I’ve also been successful in selling my designs on different products on Society6. Overall, these are four big successes and I can say that it’s all happened as a result of taking the MATS courses.

How would you describe taking a MATS class to a fellow artist looking to develop their art?

When starting any brief, it’s sometimes difficult knowing where and how to start. In a Lilla Rogers MATS class, you begin with a ‘mini’ exercise. This is a deliberately short exercise, as a warm up and so as to not overwhelm you. I find this a very useful exercise, because the warm-up gets your creative juices going! In fact, I have found it so useful, that I have actually started using that method for my own projects. Next, you are then given an assignment which you can take in any direction you so wish. You have the freedom to develop your mini and any other ideas you have. There’s a Facebook group, where you can get support and share your ideas. People in your class are very friendly and there’s always someone to help you, if you need it. Besides the other students, Lilla gives you handouts about the market you’re designing for. There’s such a positive and creative vibe within the class. Lilla encourages you do be original and do what makes you shine.

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What is your dream gig for your artwork?

I’d absolutely love to see my work on different products, being sold in high end department stores, plus, I know a lot designers go to Surtex and this is definitely something I’d like to take part in, in the near future. With a lot of hard work and dedication, I’d also love to produce my own patterns for garments, possibly designing some of the clothing too. I also have another dream gig, which sees me creating my own stationery company. Stationery design is another of my all-time favourite things to do.

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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Graduates of our courses have gone on to win work from clients such as Hallmark, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Oopsy Daisy, Uppercase Magazine, West Elm, Midwest CBK, and more. It is industry learning that works in the real world. Find out more HERE and start today!

 

Bootcamp Student Showcase {Part 6} and testimonials!


In our final part of the student showcase, we wanted to share a few of the handful of personal successes and what the students got out of taking Bootcamp.

Graduates of our courses have gone on to win work from clients such as Hallmark, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Oopsy Daisy, Uppercase Magazine, West Elm, Midwest CBK, and more. It is industry learning that works in the real world. Find out more and register HERE

 

SUSAN CARTER

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Bootcamp gets me excited and inspired about making art! I have discovered that combining and sharing the things I LOVE with the joy of art making equals MAGIC. I am having FUN and making more art than ever.

Bootcamp has awakened me to soo many NEW possibilities for my artwork. I am looking forward to seeing my art turned into children’s toys, clothing, and decor collections. My art work will also look great on lots of paper goods; greeting cards, gift wrap, stickers, journals, wall art and more. I just finished a few vivid watercolor/collage pieces. I also am working a series of magical bird watercolor paintings that is a continuation of a Bootcamp assignment from last year, a tarot card inspired wall art piece.
I recommend Bootcamp for any artist looking for a super-FUN way to get excited about making art that you LOVE. It is a great place to connect to an inspiring group of artists. I love how each assignment encourages us to see and grow in new ways. Hope to see you there!
See more work here: Website

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ELIZABETH WOOD

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elizabeth_wood_portrait_500pxI really like the format of the month-long Bootcamp assignments. It provides ample time for experimenting. The projects cover a wide range of illustration projects, it has helped me identify markets where my work fits well. It also helps to have assignments that feel like paid projects to further inform me of what it’s like to be a full time illustrator. Last but not least, it has provided an opportunity to build friendships and a supportive network of fellow artists.

I’ve received paid work projects from my portfolio overall including Bootcamp work, so I see that as equally opportune as receiving work solely from Bootcamp assignments. It’s also helpful because Art Directors and other people looking for illustrators can see that one can handle different markets because of the media experimentation and a variety of projects that serve as Bootcamp assignments.

My paid projects have come from my graphic design clients, who now hire me mostly as an illustrator rather than a designer since they see my MATS work posted online. I’ve sold a bunch of original paintings which has been thrilling. Because bootcamp allowed me to explore different media and approaches to making work, it drew the attention of Illustrated Impact —they specifically pointed out that they enjoyed seeing me use different media. They asked me to contribute to their collective in December (they launched it in November) covering an important social justice issue.

Lastly, well regarded illustrators, and a couple of agents have begun to recognize my work as a direct result of all of the MATS classes something which brings me a feeling of deep gratitude. Even though personal satisfaction in my work is paramount, it helps to get positive feedback from industry leading creatives who are inspiring, it keeps me inspired and motivated.

Currently, I’m working on two paid illustration projects (approximately 8 spot illustrations for each project) related to supporting women’s health and reproductive options. I’m also continuing to make work to post to my store. I’m part of an awesome collective with fellow MATSians who are very supportive, kind and talented. Their work and enthusiasm keep me inspired.

A writer I know has asked me to illustrate a book cover, and I’ve had other businesses approach me about doing illustration work, but we’re just in the discussion phases at the moment. I sketch every day outside of work-related imagery. I’ve become addicted to compiling my sketches, using the icon approach, which has been tremendously helpful in expanding my illustration abilities, and posting them on Instagram and Facebook. :)

Bootcamp is very comprehensive course, covering a wide range of projects and markets. There’s a very supportive atmosphere from Lilla, the MATS team, and fellow students/artists. It’s well paced, very informative, well organized, and allows you to create a monthly piece of work that is likely portfolio ready. As an artist/creative person, it can be easy to feel like an oddball outsider in life. The Bootcamp course allows you to authentically feel a sense of belonging with fellow creatives.
See more work here: Website | Instagram | Facebook

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MATS Assignment Bootcamp (2016) was my first creative bootcamp. I’ve always been busy with my own projects, but was never fully aware of how to effectively tap into my creativity, from the point of producing a piece that would be commercially viable. During the five months of assignments, I saw not only my style grow in leaps and bounds but also my desire to create more with it. I continue to build my portfolio.

I’ve just sent out my pitch, from the Illustrating Children’s Books course to a selection of publishers. Now it’s back to designing my 1920s colouring book, the cover of which was a Bootcamp assignment (2016). I’m also working on ideas for illustrative food recipes and am in the very early stages of writing my first ever creative e-course. When I have a moment, I plan to make a Blurb book of my best work from 2016.

Bootcamp teaches you how to approach creative assignments in bite-sized portions. From research, sketching and tapping into your personal style. At the end of the Bootcamp you will have five distinct artworks for your portfolio. During and after the Bootcamp, there is access to a private community for support and feedback. I’m already signed up for 2017! 

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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CARRIE CHAPKO

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carrie_chapkoBootcamp has been helpful to me because I’m challenged to draw things I would’ve never thought of drawing before. I’m also inspired by all of the talent in the class, and the feedback I receive from classmates also helps me to push and learn new skills.

I’ve had two local shops get touch with me after seeing my Bootcamp work on a journal mockups. I’ve wanted to open an Etsy store for a long time and after working with one of the shops creating new art for journal covers, I decided to make my Etsy store happen. In November 2016, my shop opened just in time for the Christmas shopping season! I’m thankful to MATS for giving me the push I needed.

Right now I’m busy making notebooks for a wholesale order for a local shop. I’m taking more online courses to keep pushing myself and I have 3 custom orders waiting for me too. I have a full time job as a graphic designer/art director so it has been a very busy time, but I absolutely love it.

Bootcamp is an easy paced class, you’ll get one assignment per month for 5 months. The assignments are wonderfully written and inspiring, the community of artists you’ll be working alongside is invaluable. Those are my two favorite things about the class! Taking Bootcamp is one of the best decisions I made for my art. I highly recommend it for anyone who is looking to develop their art, all skill levels are welcome.

See more work: Website | Etsy | Instagram | Facebook

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 KATIE DOUCETTE

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me (1)The classes pushed me to create beyond my comfort zone. I learned to put forth more effort and detail in my work in order to make it stand out from the crowd.

I have received several licensing deals since taking MATS. My most exciting deal so far has been with Wilmington Prints Fabrics. I have six fabric collections in the works; one of which is based on some of my nautical artwork from MATS.

I am currently working on growing my wholesale art business in the midwest, and creating lots of holiday art for licensing. I would recommend MATS to anyone who is serious about making a career in art. It pushes you creatively, while giving excellent tips on how to submit artwork and create a professional portfolio.

 

 

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

 

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MATS ASSIGNMENT BOOTCAMP IS BACK!

How would you like to get something from a top art agent every single Monday, for five months, to grow your artwork and your career—for the price of one latte a week?

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Now in its fourth year, Make Art That Sells: Assignment Bootcamp 2017 with art agent Lilla Rogers is an exciting, structured five month e-course full of all-new assignments and bonuses to inspire you to make great art that attracts work Class begins on MONDAY, 6 MARCH.

Lilla has written brand-new fabulous Minis and Assignments for you, so you can attract work in the hottest markets. 

Here’s what you get:

// Monthly assignments. Five in-depth, inspiring assignment briefs in the hottest art markets, written by top agent Lilla Rogers. They’ll encourage you to explore your style and create professional-level art for your portfolio, while having fun along the way!

// NEW! Trends.  Lilla’s Trends boards.Isn’t inspiration what you crave?  Each month, you’ll download a cutting-edge trend board with gorgeous color direction to inspire you further. (see sneak peeks of the boards below)

// A community. Some say our community is the most supportive of any they’ve experienced. You’ll enjoy an invaluable community of like-minded artists of all levels to inspire, support and motivate you. 

// Public Gallery Exposure. Show your work! You’ll have the option to post your work to a public gallery where it can be viewed by peers, art buyers and industry experts. Who knows who might spot your work? 

//NEW! Ask the Agent: Facebook LIVE with Lilla. Ask Lilla your questions in a live real-time video each month! (Plus Lilla always has words of wisdom, show and tell, giveaways, and other tricks up her sleeve for you in these popular live events.)

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Alumni success ‘spotlight’ interview with Kate Endle


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We are so proud of our Make Art That Sells Alumni, that we are pleased to continue a series of spotlight interviews showcasing their successes and artwork. We also ask them to share how the MATS courses have helped them learn and grow. You can see more Alumni Success stories here

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mestudioToday, we have an interview with Kate Endle. Kate has taken Bootcamp,  MATS A & B and Home Decor. She is also signed up to more classes for 2017!

1. Tell us a little about how you got started in art and design.

I have been an artist since I was about a year old. My mom saved all my drawings from when I was a toddler! So, technically, I’ve been an artist for about 44.5 years; I’ve been illustrating professionally for about 25 years. I have very supportive parents and teachers and have been encouraged to create since I was a tot. I went to The Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio, USA, where I obtained my BFA in Illustration. The big decision for me was whether to major in Advertising or Illustration. Because of my love of drawing and painting I chose Illustration.

2. Lilla always says “People buy your joy.” What brings you joy?’

SO MUCH!! Art, of course. Color, pattern, nature, my husband and family, good food and friends, waking up in the morning, going on walks, the first sip of coffee in the morning, seeing live music, traveling, and my massive collections of Japanese folk art, weird wooden things, stickers, vintage children’s books, vintage ceramics, house plants, and more. Pinterest and Instagram, too. Clearly, I could go on and on…

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The fox image from the suzani  assignment in MATS has been purchased for licensing. 

3. Which is your favorite market(s) to design for and why?

I love licensing my work for paper and home decor products. I am a child of the 80’s so stickers and stationery from that era was a BIG deal to me when I was a kid. When I see my work on those types of products I really feel this sense of accomplishment because that was a goal of mine as a child.

4. What are you working on currently?

I’m working on the final touches for my next two board books- Ocean Motions and Penguin On a Scooter (Little Bigfoot/Sasquatch Books Spring 2018). I’m always working on images for Madison Park Greeting; they license my work for paper products, magnets, necklaces, and keychains. I also sell my art at the historic Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle, Washington as a craft vendor. A couple days a week I set up a booth at the market and sell my originals, prints, and children’s books. Replenishing inventory is a constant project for me.

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5. What are some of the key things you have learnt from the MATS experience?

Try something new. Conquer my fears by going towards the thing that give me feelings of apprehension.

6. How have the classes helped your artwork evolve /grow?

MATS has pushed me to explore different themes for my art. The images I have created through MATS would not have happened without the guidance provided by classes.

7. Any aha moments during MATS you would like to share?

Rediscovering my sketchbooks! I am a collage artist working in paper. I do draw, but not like I used to as a kid. Working on the minis make me feel like I am riding an art roller coaster. The immense joy of being free to create for fun literally brought me to tears. My first round of MATS classes (Bootcamp and MATS 2014-2015) was a very physical and emotional experience that’s a bit hard to put into words. My aha moment was, “This is never-ending. The wealth of inspiration in art is never ever ending. I can, and will, create art for as long as I am breathing”.

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8. What are your key successes since taking a MATS class?

My MATS assignment was purchased by The Land of Nod and Madison Park Greetings. Dream come true!! Thanks, Lilla Rogers and her crew, for creating such a brilliant set of classes. I signed up for another round of Bootcamp, MATS A and B, and Home Decor 2017 classes. Woo hoo!

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My unicorn series was heavily influenced by the suzani MATS assignment and I sold that series to Madison Park Greetings, too, for magnets and necklaces

9. How would you describe taking a MATS class to a fellow artist looking to develop their art

I would put a big emphasis on the global community that is created by the classes. Not only are the assignments inspiring, but I love having MATS friends through social media. The Facebook and Instagram component is very important for me and I appreciate the platform MATS give us to continue our online friendships after the course is complete. It’s easy to feel alone and isolated as a freelance artist. While taking MATS classes I feel like I have thousands of people I can go to for advice via the internet.

10. What is your dream gig for your artwork?

I would love to work for Ikea, Chronicle, eeBoo, Crocodile Creek, or any job that pays me to travel to make art. Creating a bedding collection for The Land of Nod would make me explode with joy! I also think it would be dreamy to be hired to write and illustrate an art/lifestyle book. It would be super fun to see my images animated. Dream big or go home, right?

See more work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

 

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MATS ASSIGNMENT BOOTCAMP IS BACK!

How would you like to get something from a top art agent every single Monday, for five months, to grow your artwork and your career—for the price of one latte a week?

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Now in its fourth year, Make Art That Sells: Assignment Bootcamp 2017 with art agent Lilla Rogers is an exciting, structured five month e-course full of all-new assignments and bonuses to inspire you to make great art that attracts work Class begins on MONDAY 6 MARCH.

Lilla has written brand-new fabulous Minis and Assignments for you, so you can attract work in the hottest markets. Don’t miss out on this brilliant opportunity to build your portfolio at a very do-able pace over the next five months.  

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Would you like to experience all of the Make Art That Sells classes yourself? Browse our live and self-paced classes here

Graduates of our courses have gone on to win work from clients such as Hallmark, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Oopsy Daisy, Uppercase Magazine, West Elm, Midwest CBK, and more. It is industry learning that works in the real world. Find out more HERE and start today!

Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 10 {Oct 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our first session of Illustrating Children’s Books. Here is part 10 in the showcase series.

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Alexandra Thompson

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Alexandra ThompsonprofileMy favorite week was the week of poses. I just loved getting to know all of my characters. The more I drew each one, the better I got to know them and learn a little bit more about their personalities.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

I learned so much through this class. From the business side of things, like how to submit my work to agents and what they are looking for – to working on character development and drawing techniques. Most of all, it was seeing the kind of personal growth that I was capable of if I just dedicated the time each and every day to work on my art.

What did you discover about yourself?

I learned that the more I draw, the more I’m able to see my own personal style evolve and take shape. It’s always been a struggle to define my own personal “style” and this course has been a huge help.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This course is intense, inspiring, packed with amazing information, and worth every penny.

See more work here: Website

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Annie Gillaume-Gantz

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How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ course helped me to begin to rediscover who I am and want to be as an Illustrator after a long period not pursuing my Illustration career.

What did you discover about yourself?

It helped me rediscovered my love of childrens book illustrations that I once knew in college and helped me to let go of some of my formal college art school training and be free to be me.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

An amazing and intense experience, that I signed up for again, that pushed me to thrive as an artist in an enjoyable format.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Erica De Chavez | PandaErica

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PandaErica_ProfilePhoto_72dpiThis is my finished book cover assignment from the 5th and last week of class. This assignment is my favorite piece that I completed out of the whole course. It really encapsulates all of the elements I learned from the class: good composition, hand lettering, strong character design and environment all into one. Each week I learned more and more about my main character and all of the secondary characters too and had a really good idea of what kind of environment I wanted them all to exist in. All of the exploration and experimentation I did in the weeks culminating to this assignment also helped me establish the final style I wanted to illustrate the cover in too!

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class helped me grow by giving me a comfortable space to explore and create my art in with the support of a community of artists who were taking the class alongside me. Lilla and Zoe’s PDFs of cheat sheets, tell alls, industry interviews and overall positive can-do attitude helped me stay motivated and focused on creating art that was the best I could produce in such a short amount of time. Not only was all of the information and content of the class insightful and fun, it’s also readily downloadable so that I can always go back and re-read and go over all of the amazing tips and tricks that will help make all of my illustrations in the future better.

What did you discover about yourself?

During the course of the class, I discovered that by exploring and pushing myself outside of my comfort box of how I normally illustrate helped me find what I truly like and dislike creating. The quick turnarounds and mini assignments helped me stretch my imagination muscles and in the end helped me discover quicker techniques and ways of creating art that I normally would not try on my own. Also, with Lilla’s clever worksheets that helped break down and analyze the story texts, I learned what kind of art and stories my individual style and personality are naturally drawn to.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This course is motivating, supporting, informative, eye-opening, and totally worth the price of the class! I got so much great feedback on my own art, learned a ton about the industry and what art directors/agents really look for in a children’s book illustrator. I also learned how I can apply those qualities into my own art and portfolio.

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Arpi Krikorian

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Arpi KrikorianprofileThis was part of the “spread” assignment. I love that I went outside my comfort zone and changed my usual color scheme. It describes the part as Ada as an infant.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

This class helped break down all the steps of developing a character which is what I struggled with the most.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I can actually draw a cohesive story and develop believable, animated characters.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This course is the perfect class to take to make your dream of developing a children’s book a reality. You discover the truth in “you had it in you all along”. It was absolutely my favorite class I have ever taken, anywhere!

See more work here: Website | Instagram

 

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Angeli Rafer

AngeliRafer_StudentShowCaseEntryThe image is from Week 4, Environment, which challenged me to consider not only the character design, but how they fit in with the background and props to help bring the story to life.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

Seeing other wonderful interpretations of the same text has inspired me to continue to pursue and develop my own style; there’s literally a niche for everyone! This course has given me the confidence to feel proud about my art’s unique look and to begin to strategically market it, instead of trying to pigeon-hole my style into something it’s not.

What did you discover about yourself?

That I’m a bit impatient and eager to move on to the final art when really I should slow down and take as much time as possible to develop an idea before even considering the final.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

An exhilarating crash course in children’s illustration that also gives you room to slow down and reexamine where you are now as an artist, and how to grow to reach your future goals.

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Violet Agg

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Violet Agg_Profile Picture finalThe image I choose is my cover proposal for the traditional russian tale “The Gigantic Turnip”. My goal was to showcase important elements of the plot, from the moment the character of the grandad plants the turnip and cares for it to grow, to the moment the turnip gets gigantic and it needs to be pulled out of the ground. While developing the characters for this story I started to notice the character of grandad had a very sweet and caring personality, he was nurturing the Turnip with fatherly love. So for that reason, I wanted to show that special bond between them and thats how I decided I would compose the scene. It’s my favorite week as it implemented and connected everything that we learned during the course (poses, character design and environment to name a few). By the time we were given this assignment I had a very clear vision of the overall aesthetics of the world I wanted to create for this story and therefor the design of the cover was a very smooth process and enjoyable process.
How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The course allowed me to grow in confidence by sharing my work with others in various stages of their illustration careers as well as sharing my work with an agent and an art director.

Regardless of what level you are currently at, you have to show the work, which is a positive as putting your work out there is the first step you have to take for things to start happening.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered the following about myself during the course:

*I discovered that by adding a bit of texture to your image it can bring it to life, its the subtleties that define the personality of your style.

*I really like the craftsmanship behind traditional looking illustrations, but I also love unusual compositions. For me is important to respect the line that forms a particular anatomy of an animal or a person of a certain age. I don’t like drawings that are forced to be something they are not.

*Illustrating makes me happy , I don’t need approval from others to feel happy about my work
I can be self critical and implement changes without comparing my work to others

*I will always be original by listening to my own unique voice.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I would describe the course as an opportunity to infiltrate the world of a professional children’s books illustrator. You get the chance to learn from multiple perspectives (agent , art director , illustrator) taught in such a way that it feels like you are working on commissioned pieces, it simulates what it would be like to do this for a living.

Its encouraging to listen to the interviews of professional children’s books illustrators, because they have the same struggles and doubts that you may feel while working in your own illustrations, you know then that is ok if you don’t have all the answers in one go, everything eventually will unravel if you are willing to put in the work.

Lilla and Zoe break down all the elements that make a picture book successful in a class filled with invaluable material, lots of fun and words of encouragement.

See more work here: Website

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Do you dream of illustrating a children’s book?  Would you love to create a magical world with characters that you’ve designed? Do you love the magic of children’s books and feel that you have something to offer? Then this course is for you.matsD-banner-h02650

In five weeks, you’ll create a brilliant children’s book pitch to help you land your dream children’s book gig. You’ll get over 20 videos, weekly assignments, live weekly video reviews, interviews with publishers and illustrators and more. Co-taught by top art agent Lilla Rogers and highly-respected children’s book art director Zoe Tucker.

Spaces are limited! Don’t miss out. REGISTER HERE

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Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 9 {Oct 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our first session of Illustrating Children’s Books. Here is part 9 in the showcase series.

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Lynne Pritchard | Gingermog

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LynnePritchard_prfileMy illustration “Lost in the Woods” was inspired the fantasy landscape imagined outside of my tiny attic window, In reality I live in the middle of urban London and the view outside my window is a brick and slate tangle of roofs, chimneys, drainpipes and historical TV aerials, which became in my imagination a magical wood my little black escapes to explore every night.

It was my favourite exercise because it helped me explore and become braver with texture and colours. I began to loosen up.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

I became braver with texture and colour.

What did you discover about yourself?

Freedom to really do my own thing and explore my imagination without heavy self criticism similar to the joy of creating and unlimited imagination when drawing as a child.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

An in depth, energetic and multi coloured boost to kick start your children’s illustrations portfolio and begin pursuing your dreams to getting published.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

 

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Katie Mazeika

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The image is from the environment week. It was my favorite week because that was the week we put it all together. The thinking about our character’s expressions, poses and accessories all come together when we created a two page spread. My image shows Ada Lovelace analyzing a bird while dreaming about making her own wings and flying.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

I learned not to throw away any part of an expression or pose. Every little thing can point to who your character is.

What did you discover about yourself?

That I can drop the nitpicking over little stuff and work faster.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

Intense, I felt like I needed several weeks to go back and digest the material. There is so much information, but it’s all great stuff. Even listening to Lilla and Zoe rehash things I thought I knew was enlightening.

See more work here: Website | Facebook

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Frederika Kluiwstra

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This is from the story of Ada Lovelace. Text to be illustrated: When Ada was 17 years old she met Mr. Charles Babbage. Charles was an inventor, and he was very, very good at maths. He spent his days locked away in his study at Cambridge University, creating weird and wonderful mathematical machines.

The assignment was about drawing environments, a scene from a chosen text on a double page spread. The main character had to be included in the illustration. I loved this week about environments. It really challenged me to think about composition and how to draw an interesting and storytelling illustration, like which scene items you chose. It was also fun to add something extra to the story – the cat is not in the provided text for example.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
It challenged me to draw more and more. Try new things. And not to compare myself with others.

What did you discover about yourself?
That I am on my way and that I love to draw.

How would you describe the course to a friend?
This is a very challenging and fun course about illustrating children’s books. You will get great assignments and a lot of valuable information about topics like analyzing the text that you are going to work from, building a character, including accessories and the environment, cover design and how to build a career.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Jenny Stocker

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JennyStockerArtistPhotoHow did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

“Illustrating Children’s Books” was such a challenging course for me! I draw everyday, but I’m primarily a printmaker, who’s always been interested in illustration. Listening to Lilla , Zoe, and the amazing guests who discussed not just technique, but the business of being an artist in this field was really eye-opening…although I work with sales in mind, it was very different for me to address appealing to a broader audience, (children first, then publishers and even parents!) Making that mental shift to being an illustrator and working with a brief is an interesting journey that I’m just beginning.

What did you discover about yourself?

I learned so much in this course, not only from doing my own work, but from the excellent reviews each week. I did most of the coursework in black and white, staying in my comfort zone…and I realized by the end, that I needed to take more risks with color. Also, I’m very “old school”, using traditional techniques then scanning and using minimal digital work (mainly darkening pencil lines to show up on the screen.) As I continue with MATS courses, it’s my goal to learn more computer skills to enhance my illustrations.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

I have already recommended this course to several friends! I have also told them to be prepared to work hard, to be open to change, and to take advantage of all the course offers with the daily prompts, Facebook group, and the weekly assignments…

See more work here: Website

 

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Mara Penny

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The main character, Ada Lovelace, as a child.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

This class really made me analyze every aspect of my illustration process.

What did you discover about yourself?

I was surprised that I liked researching the charter so much. I loved digging into the time period to get the details right… Ada’s dress has a Fano Plane pattern. Look it up ;)

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This course was chock-full of valuable information! It covers every single aspect of illustrating children’s book. It truly is a step-by-step guide.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Do you dream of illustrating a children’s book?  Would you love to create a magical world with characters that you’ve designed? Do you love the magic of children’s books and feel that you have something to offer? Then this course is for you.matsD-banner-h02650

In five weeks, you’ll create a brilliant children’s book pitch to help you land your dream children’s book gig. You’ll get over 20 videos, weekly assignments, live weekly video reviews, interviews with publishers and illustrators and more. Co-taught by top art agent Lilla Rogers and highly-respected children’s book art director Zoe Tucker.

Spaces are limited! Don’t miss out. REGISTER HERE

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Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 8 {Oct 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our first session of Illustrating Children’s Books. Here is part 8 in the showcase series.

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Danelle Prestwich

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Danelle Prestwich facebookprofilepicThis image is from the “Poses” assignment. It is my favorite because I loved exploring the different poses mixed with expressions of my character. Her personality and character came alive for me during that assignment.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The class opened my eyes to the world of Children’s Book illustrating. There was so much to the business side that I was unaware of- now I feel more prepared and grounded as I am building up my portfolio to send to art directors.

What did you discover about yourself?

During the length of the course I discovered that I am more capable than I could have imagined. In the past I struggled with completing illustrations because I thought that I didn’t have the skills or the time, but this class pushed me to deliver completed pieces for the main assignment weekly as well as mini assignments and sketches. It enabled me to see that with a little hard work I can have what it takes to make a living as an artist.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This class is great for anyone who is interested in breaking into the world of Children’s Literature, but doesn’t know where to begin. The weekly assignments are great portfolio builders! Also, Lilla and Zoe wonderfully explain the process of illustrating a book, as well as what to submit (and what not to submit) to art directors and publishers.

See more work: Website | Instagram

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Gabriela Larios

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Gabriela LariosprofileMy favourite week was week 4 where we learned about environments – I discovered that I really enjoy the creation of environments which is like in a theatre, the setting where all the characters and the action takes place. This was one of the more intense weeks of all the course, every element in my piece was created from scratch and I was very pleased with the result.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

It helped me to get a deeper understanding of how to illustrate Children’s Books especially how to develop less static/rigid characters with more expression and movement suitable for a picture book. It taught me the importance of observing animal or human figures in more detail to be able to develop convincing characters.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered my strengths and weaknesses regarding children’s books illustration and things I need to continue developing further. I also became more confident about skills needed to create successful characters and what publishers are looking for and expecting to see in your portfolio so they feel confident to work with you.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

MATS Illustrating for Children’s Books is a very insightful course which gives you in depth relevant knowledge about how to create great characters and pitch children’s books ideas to potential publishers.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

 

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Leah Quinn Design

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The ‘Environment Week in Week Four’ was one of my more favorites, though frankly each week was my favorite, who am I kidding! ;)

What was so fun about this particular week was seeing all of my art pieces coming together in a scene, which was a completely new skill I learned being quite different from creating mockups for Home Decor. I also loved seeing me experiment by applying my pattern designs in new ways as I found this thrilling for me to play with.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The Illustrating Children’s Book course did so much for me in terms of becoming more confident working in PS, including drawing and coloring digitally – which was something I set out to do with this course. I also so loved how the course took me out of my comfort zone easily and with assuredness to simply create art and characters while not worrying about the outcome per se. I learned to play while creating my art in ways I haven’t ever before.

What did you discover about yourself?

One of the things I discovered about myself was how easy it was to find my joy while creating for this course. By chance, I had very little time as compared to other times I took MATS courses to properly give the time needed to do my own art with justice for the course. But I kept at it. I submitted something every week. Even though I saw many ‘mistakes’ I made such as an overly stiff Ada standing, I could see it, whereby before I wasn’t seeing those things that needed fixing so quickly. Having a more relaxed ‘feeling’ to my submitted work is a goal for me during MATS courses for 2017.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

In describing this course to a friend, I would share this, “When the student is ready to really learn, the right teacher is there before them. And just like that, as if by magic, MATS has literally the best courses out there in learning all there is to know about producing agent-ready art for pitching. Investing in one’s self and own art career is worth more than it’s weight in gold. Your art is the source of your joy and learning how to apply that joy is thrilling! This MATS’ ICB course is so filled with incredible videos, art examples, fun exercises for character and environment development, you won’t even know how much fun and amazing art you have created until the end of the course. Take it, your portfolio and perspective agent will thank you!”

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Isabelle Follath

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This is my cover for the Gigantic Turnip story from week 5. It shows the very moody turnip (she is a gigantic diva!) with the granddaughter and the little mouse, the smallest heroes of the story.
I particularly loved week 5, because we had to apply everything we’ve learned including lettering to design the cover illustration and I noticed the huge improvement I have made during those 5 weeks.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The ICB class made me try out new techniques and explore new subjects, which gave me a heap of new ideas and made my style stronger. Sharing my work with all those generous and supportive fellow MATSies made me much more confident working in my own style and putting my work out there. One of the most valuable things I’ve learned is to break every task into small manageable pieces, which is a total blessing!

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I make my strongest artwork when I keep Lillas’s words «People buy your joy» in mind. That really puts the fun and magic back into my work.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

The Illustrating Children’s Books course teaches you all the vital things you need to know to create a successful portfolio for the children’s book market in 5 weeks. From character development, expressions, poses, environment, to a double page spread and even a cover. The weekly assignments are very challenging but always fun and so inspiring. You also get tons of inside information that would normally take weeks searching for and you even get tips on how to approach Art Directors and Art Agents.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Megan Pendergrass

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megan Pendergrass-photoSpread for the Owl and the pussy cat story. This weeks assignment focused on environment which ended up being my favorite. I had a good time imaging the world the characters I made lived in.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
The class taught me the overall process of making a children’s book. I have always had these stories and characters that I wanted to develop but I didn’t know where to start. This class shows you were to start and what to do when you have something. Its also good for portfolio building anyone would benefit. Also just having deadlines and supportive competition from my classmates.

What did you discover about yourself?
I found I really like illustrating for a story it feels like a visual puzzle. I found it to be similar to animation but I like how a picture book tells the same story in a condensed way.

How would you describe the course to a friend?
Comprehensive course for learning about illustrating children’s books and the market. A great resource for children’s book beginners or veterans.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Kasia Warpas

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Kasia Warpas profileThis is a spread design to a story about Ada Lovelace who, as a child, wanted to fly. This spread brought the most of joy to me during the course. I spend a lot of time researching birds, wings, feathers and renaissance constructions of flying machines. I sketched and sketched like Ada would sketch when she was studying the art of flying. And than I have decided to stick all of these ideas to the wall, to create an imaginary studio where Ada would try her ideas out. I suppose I like it the most as it captures the moment when I became Ada herself – a very emotional and intimate moment.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
The class was helpful in many ways. The daily sketchbook prompts made me develop a systematic routine of just doodling and exploring. The weekly assignments motivated me to work hard on my style and to try new tools out. The MATS community helped me to see my work objectively – to improve them, but also appreciate them more. Zoe and Lilla added a tone of valuable insights from the industry that helped me to understand it better and prepare my portfolio accordingly.

What did you discover about yourself?
During the course I learned that I need quite a long time to think about the ideas for my illustrations, but when the thinking is done – I’m pretty quick in the execution. It also occurred that I love designing spreads and that my training in animation making is very useful while thinking about the pace of a book. Last but not least, it occurred that being me is quite okay and the more I do it the better I become. Yay!

How would you describe the course to a friend?
It’s a very intense course that will make you think in spreads and vignettes, see poses everywhere, gather accessories and note emotions on everything. You will draw like crazy and you won’t sleep out of excitement. But you will finish it as a stronger, more confident person, who tried something new and owned it. And you will get to know a bunch of wonderful, extremely talented people from all around the world.

See more work here: Website | Instagram 

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Do you dream of illustrating a children’s book?  Would you love to create a magical world with characters that you’ve designed? Do you love the magic of children’s books and feel that you have something to offer? Then this course is for you.matsD-banner-h02650

In five weeks, you’ll create a brilliant children’s book pitch to help you land your dream children’s book gig. You’ll get over 20 videos, weekly assignments, live weekly video reviews, interviews with publishers and illustrators and more. Co-taught by top art agent Lilla Rogers and highly-respected children’s book art director Zoe Tucker.

Spaces are limited! Don’t miss out. REGISTER HERE

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Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 7 {Oct 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our first session of Illustrating Children’s Books.  Here is part 7 in the showcase series.

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Henna Ryynänen | Studio Spotnik

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In the ICB class I worked with the Giant turnip story and week 4 was my favourite. I have to admit I enjoyed all the weeks but after week 3 I really got in to this and had a huge progress in my style and way of thinking.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

The IBC class helped me to realise that there’s room for everyone in the art business. No matter if your style is very groovy, bold or really minimal you’ll have plenty of opportunities if you just keep trying and drawing daily. Art career is a process. Most importantly i found my joy again.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I can draw emotions really well and I really enjoy drawing with traditional styles. Before this course I was stuck with vector drawings. Week with Lilla opened my eyes completely and I had courage to test new ways of drawing.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If you are seeking good guidance for the illustrating children’s books business this is the course for you. You’ll learn so much about the industry and there’s amazing Facebook group full of talented peers. be active, remember it’s not a competition it’s about you and your personal growth. Just have fun draw like maniac!

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Too Lilyish

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toolilyish profile imageWeek 2 emotions, I really enjoyed bringing the character to life, getting to know them better through facial expressions and gestures.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
It really pushed me out of my comfort zone to develop a stronger sense of style and personality within my work. This then led to getting represented by Bright agency at the end of last year!

What did you discover about yourself?
That you are capable of more than you think, to not give and up and to keep drawing everyday!

How would you describe the course to a friend?

Amazing, fun, inspiring, challenging, encouraging, fast passed, with fantastic teachers and a great support network.

See more work here: Website | Blog 

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Nadja Sarell

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NADJA_SARELL_ProfilePicMy favourite assignment was the cover design from week 5. Though I did enjoy all the steps leading to it too! The cover was my favourite because by then I knew my character Ada Lovelace so well. I had developed my style further and I got to be creative with the concept, composition and typography. I had already solved the character, so I could just enjoy creating an appealing illustration and bringing the whole story of Ada into one image. It wasn’t easy though!

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

During the very intensive five weeks I had a chance to experiment, learn from others and develop my own “voice” as an illustrator. I got more confident in recognizing my style and my place in the vast world of children’s book illustration. There was also plenty of useful business info and insider tips.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I can work hard and really push myself when necessary. I did love the weekly deadlines to help me with that!

How would you describe the course to a friend?

“Illustrating Children’s Books” suits anyone who wants to be a children’s book illustrator, from beginner to professional. It has an incredible online community of students from around the world to support you and give positive feedback. Lilla and Zoe are a dream team; inspiring, demanding and fun! Be prepared to work hard to get the most out of the course.

See more work here: Website| Instagram

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Jennifer Lynam Brown

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This is My Ada character sheet. My favorite week was when we developed our characters. My Ada came alive for me that week, I had so much fun getting to know her and watching her emerge in different poses and expressions.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

My illustration work took a leap forward during the course “Illustrating Children’s Books”. I learned what it takes to keep meeting deadlines and to make improvements on my first sketches. I am inspired and I now have a regular practice schedule. I know I have more to work on, other students gave me a level that I need to push myself toward. But I feel like I am on my way.
I also know that I have to keep finding joy in the work. MATS makes sure we incorporate joy along the way!

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I love the work. It’s not easy, especially to begin. But once I have a project going I am happy and moving forward. Jobs haven’t come my way yet but I have a new direction and a purpose for myself. I am more realistic about what it will take for me to create my best work. Lilla and Zoe provide the support that I need to keep working and developing.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If you want encouragement and inspiration for becoming a Children’s Book illustrator this is a wonderful step to take in your career.

See more work here: Website 

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Elizabeth Sparg

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elizabeth-spargThis is my spread for the text: “Ada was born in London, on a cold, bright, December day, in 1815. Things were a little different back then, and if you looked out the window on that snowy day it might have looked a lot like this. (They lived in a beautiful smart part of town, and there were no cars on the street, just horse and carriages going by.)”

The “Environments” week was my favourite week because this was the week I started to find a style that I loved. It was also the week we got to start to put everything together which was very exciting.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
I learnt a lot about creating characters and telling stories. This is a fairly new arena for me and the amount of information and tips gained was incredible. Even a bit overwhelming at times, but it has pushed me to try new things and become a better illustrator over all, I think. I have started thinking about characters and expressions in all my work since the course and I can see how it can add that extra something special to any artwork – something I never paid much attention to before. I feel my characters still need a lot of work, but I now have a good understanding of what I am aiming for.

What did you discover about yourself?
I loved the challenge of learning something new and I loved being part of a creative community. I have been freelancing / working alone for a while and it is has been a really refreshing and rewarding experience to be part of such an awe-inspiring community. More than anything I have realised that I want to be better (aka really good) at what I do and how much I still can learn and grow… which is really exciting. The course also helped me to believe in my abilities and to “be myself with a vengeance” as Lilla puts it. This is so valuable and to be reminded constantly is priceless.

How would you describe the course to a friend?
This course is amazing. It genuinely delivers as promised and is worth every penny. You will learn industry insights, illustration tips and exactly what is needed to confidently create a pitch you can send off to publishers. It is very intense and I would seriously recommend clearing your schedule before you do it, to make the most out of it. I regretted not having enough time to spend on the assignments, but that said, you can always revisit the assignments afterwards. The general standard of work is incredible and extremely inspiring, and Zoe and Lilla are so kind and encouraging and just choc full of knowledge. This is probably one of the most useful and inspiring course/workshop I have ever done.

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Elizabeth Wood Illustration

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elizabeth_wood_portrait_72ppiWeek 3: Poses for The Owl and the Pussycat. Week three was my favorite week as I felt the “Poses” assignment is what I can do best among all of the assignments from the class. I love drawing and doodling all sorts of characters in various movement with readable facial and body expressions. It was still a very challenging week, but the media and assembly approach I took that week turned out to be best in terms of work flow.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

Too many ways to count. Primarily, it helped me understand what the children’s book industry is looking for in terms of characters, how they are conveyed to be highly readable emotionally and otherwise, how the interactions and/or body language between characters is of vital importance, telling the story in a way that not only captivates but makes sense to the reader, and use of color. It really helped to receive an abundance of tangible information about the industry, the anatomy of books, tutorials in drawing approaches and other practical industry advice. Last but not least, it’s OK to be less literal in depicting a scene/image as long as the emotion and story are clearly conveyed, and all styles from representational to a naive, non representational style can be effective.

What did you discover about yourself?

I can create emotion in my work and keep my overall style/voice, and experiment with media at the same time to develop stronger work.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

Highly informative, lots concrete information. A very supportive environment. An intensive, challenging schedule, but provides enough time to absorb the information and to grow as an artist. Both Lilla and Zoe shared a great deal of practical information, and kind encouragement and support to the entire class.

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Do you dream of illustrating a children’s book?  Would you love to create a magical world with characters that you’ve designed? Do you love the magic of children’s books and feel that you have something to offer? Then this course is for you.matsD-banner-h02650

In five weeks, you’ll create a brilliant children’s book pitch to help you land your dream children’s book gig. You’ll get over 20 videos, weekly assignments, live weekly video reviews, interviews with publishers and illustrators and more. Co-taught by top art agent Lilla Rogers and highly-respected children’s book art director Zoe Tucker.

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Illustrating Children’s Books Student Showcase part 6 {Oct 2016 class}


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We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase a series of gorgeous student work that was produced in our first session of Illustrating Children’s Books. Here is part 6 in the showcase series.

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Christine Benda

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Attached you will find a copy of the image I used during the character poses week. This week was my favorite week! We had already spent some time developing our character, drawing their accessories and then drawing them with expressive facial emotions. The third week we worked hard on getting characters to show expression with their whole bodies. It was fun to use real humans as models for my farmer bunny from “The Enormous Turnip”. I had a lot of fun creating a whole page of poses for him. I really thought a lot about how he might move, what activities he may do, and especially playing with his ears! I moved him off the farm and sent him to yoga classes and baseball games. I decided I didn’t want an old grandpa bunny who would throw his back out dealing with the gigantic turnip! I wanted a modern hip grandpa bunny.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

It was a blast! This whole course was so jam packed with materials. I will be using my notes and printouts and going back and creating more art for children’s books.

What did you discover about yourself?

I was able to get over my own fears a bit in this class and just have fun. As a first grade teacher, I am familiar with a lot of the books that are out there. It was great to be able to explore the books shared in the class. I had fun sharing my characters with my students, too.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

If a friend was interested in taking this class, I would tell them to set aside at least a couple hours each day and work really hard BUT have an awesome time exploring your imagination. It was so much fun to create this whole little family that went along with the text. Lilla and Zoe did a wonderful job of collecting so much information. I also LOVED the sketchbook daily prompts. Those were so helpful to keep me focused. Don’t forget you’ll have the support of a Facebook group to get feedback, support and even ideas. Thank you for my new favorite course!

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Angeliki Delecha

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Angeliki Delecha ProfilePicThe entire course was totally amazing! I chose to show my illustration from the cover.It was the 5th week of the course and it was amazing because i believe that the cover is the first thing we see when choosing a book , and it has to be well presented and stand out amongst all the other beautiful works out there.This particular assignment, which ended in designing our book cover was my favourite because we could demonstrate in one illustration everything we learned during these five weeks on the course, including composition, lettering, poses, emotions, presentation, mood. We went through a lot of exploration and at the end of the course we knew our character’s personality and posture very well.”

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
Very much indeed, first of all having worked on children’s book market for 8 years now, it gave me a different approach on the market. Made me realise my strong and weak points, and see which ones i need to work out on more. Also the emotional support Lilla and Zoe offered us during the course was astonishing! As artists we struggle with personal insecurities and they taught us how to put them aside, to enjoy the process, play and have fun. We produced a big amount of work that isn’t normally done under 5 weeks, and we did it! and it was super exciting!

What did you discover about yourself?
I learned that i love my work, i have a passion for art, and especially children’s books, and i will continue giving it my best, taking art lessons, practising, studying and becoming my better self, thus a better artist! As our beloved teacher Lilla always says ”BE YOU WITH A VENGEANCE!”

How would you describe the course to a friend?
I would definitely recommend anyone Lilla’s courses, not just this one, I am simply amazed by her good spirits, her love and passion for what she does. She is definitely the most kind hearted and efficient art teacher i’ve ever had!. And Zoe is such a sweet person! She is the art director everyone dreams of! She is kind, but also knows an amazing amount of things and her insights and guidance were things i will look back from time and time again. The best thing about the courses is the lovely pdf’s and videos, that even after the course has ended, you can go back and freshen up on your notes, study and take action on your personal projects! I will follow Lilla and Zoe and take part on as many courses as i can! A must try for sure, for every artist out there who wants to have an amazing lucrative portfolio and expand the job opportunities.

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Caroline Bonne Muller | Cartita Design

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Caroline Bonne Muller 300x300 linkedin_oI choose week 2, expressions. I learned so much that week, I had no idea what you all could tell in the positions of eyes, eyebrows and mouth and still having the same girl, even when I changed hairstyle!! It was an eye-opener!!

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

Every Mats course I take, gives me more confidence and more tools to work with!

What did you discover about yourself?

How much I enjoy to tell a little story in my drawings.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

Amazing!! Do it and experience yourself!

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Laura Irrgang

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laurairrgangIt was so fun to place characters from my story in different rooms of Ada Lovelace’s house. I chose to make Lilla and Zoe teachers for my character. Lilla always says “Give a lot”, so I tried to make this image full of exciting things to look at. When I was a child, I adored books where there were tons of things on every page.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

This course helped me really concentrate on characters. By thinking about how to tell the story in the best way possible, Lilla and Zoe showed me how to craft more effective characters.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I CAN create an entire children’s book course if I break it down step by step. Everything seems easier when you’re only focusing on the next step.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

This course is a whirlwind of information about how to illustrate a children’s book. It will teach you everything you need to know. Lilla and Zoe break it down for you step by step. They hold your hand through the process and make it fun! If you want to really challenge yourself and move your work to the next level, you simply have to sign up.

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Lettie Jane Rennekamp

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Lettie Jane RennekampprofileThe image I included was the full page spread assignment. I really enjoyed drawing the environment after spending so much time on the characters. I couldn’t wait to draw the jungle I kept seeing in my head as I worked on the characters, the poses, faces, and accessories. It also felt like the picture I made that told the best story, there was an action involved.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?

It’s strange but one of the biggest things I took from the class was keeping my color palette complex and using grays. There was so much amazing information about how to make a pitch, where and with who, but I have yet to capitalize on that.

What did you discover about yourself?

I discovered that I could demand time for my artwork. It was the most difficult part of the class for me, making time, and I did it.

How would you describe the course to a friend?

A smorgasbord of information and inspiration on children’s books, practical and business tips as well as art, style, and illustration tips.

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Cynthia Jacquette

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Cynthia JacquetteBIOThe emotions week was my favorite week because, for me, it was the most playful week! I had a lot of fun exploring different facial expressions and watching my character’s mood change with a subtle shift of the eyebrows, mouth or head tilt. My character grows up in the story so it was an additional challenge drawing particular ages and discovering what features might change or stay the same.

How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
This class loosened me up and helped me let go of some of my restrained graphic design tendencies. The way the class is structured gave me room to explore working in different mediums and approaches. I feel more confident drawing people and feel like I understand what makes consistent, relatable characters.

What did you discover about yourself?
With Lilla’s mantra of “Be you with a vengeance” in the back of my head, I discovered how to tap into the silly, whimsical side that only my family and close friends normally see. It made me feel vulnerable at first but the joy (and constant chuckling to myself) that I experienced while drawing my characters was a huge revelation for me.

How would you describe the course to a friend?
Each assignment is jam-packed full of inspiration and challenges; at the end I was amazed at how much art I was able to make in just 5 weeks. Lilla and Zoe have awesome chemistry as they present the material, making it easy and fun to absorb. Being in a community with other students is invaluable—everyone is so generous and supportive!

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Do you dream of illustrating a children’s book?  Would you love to create a magical world with characters that you’ve designed? Do you love the magic of children’s books and feel that you have something to offer? Then this course is for you.matsD-banner-h02650

In five weeks, you’ll create a brilliant children’s book pitch to help you land your dream children’s book gig. You’ll get over 20 videos, weekly assignments, live weekly video reviews, interviews with publishers and illustrators and more. Co-taught by top art agent Lilla Rogers and highly-respected children’s book art director Zoe Tucker.

Spaces are limited! Don’t miss out. REGISTER HERE

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