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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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The Life of an Artist Q&A—FREE download! I answer the big questions.


 

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Here I am in Brighton, England for the filming of an e-course.

I’ve made my living as a creative entrepreneur since 1984, and I have a lot to say about making a living as an artist. I’ve taught thousands of students, mentored dozens of artists that I represent, and had my own art career, so I have plenty of opinions. I’ve seen the good, bad, ugly and weird.

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My students in Make Art That Sells e-courses have asked me hundreds of questions over the years, and I’ve put some of my favorite Q & A’s on a free downloadable for you, called Lilla on Life as an Artist.

I find that I am often asked the same questions over and over. Here are some of the top ones I’m asked, and I answer them for you in the downloadable PDF:
Q: I am my own harshest critic. How do I stop this from taking over?
Q: In the beginning when you are struggling to make ends meet from your art, it is easy to feel pulled in many directions—the need to make art, the pressure to sell it, the importance of promotion, the demands of admin, etc. How do you manage your time in a way that allows you to move forward?
Q: How do you deal with envy?
Q: What happens when an artist is facing a difficult situation, things like sickness, or loss, or financial issues? How we can keep creating with joy in difficult times?
Q: Don’t you think that making art that sells is selling out?

Click here to get the answers to the questions.

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I hope you’ll consider signing up for one of our courses to continue your growth as a creative. Great work sells, and I am happy to help you grow your work.

 

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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!

 

Last day to sign up! The quality of a course can be measured by the quality of the work that comes out of it.


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Join us for five months of exciting and fresh art instruction by top agent Lilla Rogers. You’ll get something every single Monday, sure to teach and inspire you to make your best art. Read about all the goodness you get here.

It’s a fantastic course at an unbeatable price—the cost of a latte a week. Join us! Today is the very last day to sign up!

The quality of a course can be measured by the quality of the work that comes out of it.

 

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Hope to see you in class!

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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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Bootcamp Trend Board Sneak Peek – “Trippy”


Now in its fourth year, Assignment Bootcamp is one very popular class. And this year, we are offering Lilla’s super-inspiring and very specific trend board briefs. You’ll get one a month for 5 months (every 3rd Monday) —  that’s a total of 5 downloadable trend board briefs. (see all five in the class contents description here)

Today’s sneak peek is the ‘Trippy’ Trend Board

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Each brief contains:

  • A fabulous board full of imagery based around a highly marketable concept
  • An explanation of the board
  • Market information
  • Specific imagery ideas (what to draw!)
  • A stunning color palette
  • Text suggestions for lettering on your art

This is incredibly valuable stuff offered to you by one of the world’s top art agents.

Why trend boards?

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to draw. Lilla’s trend boards give you inspiration and focus so that your work has greater marketability.

 

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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 started on MONDAY 6 MARCH but there is still time to join us! (REGISTRATION CLOSES TONIGHT)

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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Winner announced for the Instagram competition to win a spot in Bootcamp


AND we have a winner! Congratulations Bonbiforest

The competition (info here) was to share images inspired by the Monday Moments blog series we recently ran. You can see all the action for Bootcamp on Instagram here using #artbootcamp Registration is still open, so come and join us for 5 months of art making for the price of a latte a week!

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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 started this week, but still time to register and join us!

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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Monday Moments with Lilla: #6 – “Make Art That Sells”


Our final Monday Moment today with Lilla Rogers is all about “Making Art That Sells”.  She explains why that’s so important and gives insight as to how to make this happen!

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We hope you’ve enjoyed Monday Moments with Lilla as much as we have!

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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 started on MONDAY 6 MARCH, but there is still time to join us!

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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Hurry! Class starts today! Get your first mini assignment today. Don’t miss out!


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Yippie! Class starts today! Join us today and begin making your best art ever. Get your first mini assignment right away. Don’t miss out!

We are so proud of our students! Here’s some gorgeous work from last year’s Assignment Bootcamp class.

The quality of a course can be measured by the quality of the work that comes out of it.

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NEW THIS YEAR: Get 5 professional-level trend boards! Read more here.

I’m delighted to create a series of trend boards for you for Bootcamp 2017.

Why trend boards? Sometimes it’s hard to know what to draw. What topics sell? What are clients looking to see?

My trend boards give you inspiration and focus so that your work has greater marketability. Each month you’ll get a theme and a color palette. The board is loaded with images for you to study. While they may look simple, you can discover lots of good stuff.

It actually takes time to learn how to use a trend board! I have purchased many over the years. Do you know that most professional trend books are several thousand dollars? They are great for companies but don’t really work for illustrators. Why? Because they tend to  focus more  on a vibe. In fact, they show lots of products that don’t even have art on them, like a plain vase or a sofa. That’s great for manufacturers that make products, many of whom don’t buy art. I found that I needed to make my own trend boards for my artists, and I wanted to show WHAT to draw—very specific subject matter—and for specific markets that I know buy lots of illustration. This is what I’ve done for you. I go over the specific market, list imagery ideas (what to draw) and provide text suggestions (what words to write).

I sincerely hope you enjoy them and find them beneficial!

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Be a part of Assignment Bootcamp. Make your best work ever. Join us!

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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Hurry, class starts tomorrow! Since 2013, over 5,000 students have taken our courses. See why.


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Class starts tomorrow! Read more about all the cool stuff you get in our popular e-course Assignment Bootcamp here.

Check out the fresh and varied work from last year’s Assignment Bootcamp. This gorgeous work is typical of what comes out of our courses. The quality of a course can be measured by the quality of the work that comes out of it.

Top agent Lilla Rogers’ e-courses are for all levels and all styles, so join the fun and sign up now!

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For the cost of a latte a week, you get all this each month:
• 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! 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.
• 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.)

Yes, you get something each and every Monday for 5 months!

Join us HERE!

 

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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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

 

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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_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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ALISON DAY
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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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