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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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Check out our hugely popular FREE 3-part video series,
Drawing your way to a Lucrative Career!
It’s got fun exercises and even a quiz
to help you pick the right course for you!

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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?

As a creative person, you love making art. Why not get something that’s going to make you really happy throughout 2017? See our courses here.

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Lilla

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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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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MATS Alumni Festive Showcase 2016 – part 7


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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Dominika Bozic |Les Chérubins

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This is a Christmas card designed with my illustration “Fairy on the Christmas Tree”

I took MATS Bootcamp 2015 and MATS Bootcamp 2016 and I am following all the freebies and small assignments Lilla is giving for inspiration.

Classes and Lilla’s advice on her blog and periscope helped me focus and realize how this “job” I have chosen to do for the rest of my life is the most amazing thing that have happened to me. The advice I am getting from her classes and from the community of artists on our Facebook group page are precious. Through the constructive feedback for your work but also for work from other artists, one can learn more quickly what is working and what is not. For me is also very important to be able to get the information about the styles, icons and colors clients are looking for at the moment.

See more work: Facebook | Blog | Instagram

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Jules Gissler

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8 -Holiday cards– blank inside– in a clear plastic box– tied with a ribbon $20 OR 5×7 $38 or 8x 10 giclee both in black metal frame $55

I have taken MATS A, MATS B, MATS Bootcamp, & MATS Home Decor

The classes have helped me with my color choices I use in my art. I used to not think about it, but now I am more aware.The classes has helped me think more about my lettering and how to incorporate that element into my piece. I feel like I’m heading in another direction with my art and finding I really like colored pencil—and still mixing paint or markers in creating a piece. I’m also finding I love to write and make up quirky stories and have this also as an element in my art and think 2017 I will incorporate more of this in my art.

See more work here: Website

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Emma Bresola

Postcard "JOY" is inspired by Holiday cookies

This postcard “JOY” is inspired by Holiday cookies and was a lot fun to create. The tree is made from a mesh and all the other icons were hand made and then digitalized.

This year I have taken MATS A and MATS B classes, and I took part on GTS. Lilla Roger’s art classes have helped me to stay motivated in creating more art and to rebuild my portfolio.

In 2017 I am planning to take a Bootcamp class and I would like to focus more in children apparel and home decor, but I open up to any other markets.

See more work here: Website

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Molly Schafer | Feral Pony Illustration

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This is an illustration of a happy snow-family out for a stroll in the snow. I wanted to capture the joy and happiness a child can bring to a family along with the excitement of a snow day! I have taken the first -ever MATS A back in June 2013 and Assignment Bootcamp.

What I’ve learned in Lilla’s classes continue to help my artwork evolve. In 2016 I’ve been focusing on personal projects that let my unique style shine and experiencing the joy of creating. And in 2017 I plan to fully realizing this by creating on my own comic books- something I have always wanted to do!

See more work here: Website

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Emma Evans | icklewitch-illustration

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My festive inspired piece – Christmas Vicuña

I took the mats bootcamp in March this year, I am a graduate in surface pattern design but I needed help to kick start my creativity again! Mats bootcamp was amazing it has gave me back my confidence, I learned a lot developed my skills and met some lovely people along the way. So much so I am already enrolled again for March and can’t wait.

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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