Learn how to get paid for dreaming up characters!

Bootcamp Special: Character Play starts February 7th – find out more here


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Create winning characters

Our second brand NEW course for 2022, Bootcamp Special: Character Play, starts Monday, February 7th!

Learning how to create winning characters can give a huge boost to your creative career and get you more work in a ton of hot art markets!

In this unique course, you’ll join brilliant children’s book art director and picture book author, Zoë Tucker, and toy and game expert, art agent and smash-hit game creator, Riley Wilkinson to learn how you can create appealing characters that can be licensed for toys, games, books and more.

Give your portfolio a tremendous boost in two of the hottest art markets right now with Bootcamp Special: Character Play! Don’t miss out – register now!

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Last chance to join for free!

HURRY! Course started Monday, January 10th! Redrawing Black History is an exciting, fascinating and visually rich four week online course which will give you a deeper understanding of the richness and beauty of Black American history.

The course is scheduled to run ahead of Black History Month 2022 in the USA, and because we want this course to be available to as many people as possible, we are offering it entirely FREE of charge.

HURRY – don’t miss out, register now! You will not need to give any credit card details in order to join this course.

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Alumni success stories

Make Art That Sells courses really work!

Imagine illustrating your very own magical children’s book … Imagine getting an email from your favorite magazine saying they love your work and begging you to work with them … Imagine a whole range of home décor with your beautiful art on it …

Our raved-about online courses, led by top art agent Lilla Rogers, really do work! Click here to read alumni success stories.

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Tons of free tips and advice!

We’re thrilled to be sharing this fabulous FREE bonus that’s absolutely stuffed with valuable information and gorgeous art. Learn how to get an art agent, get tips for illustrating children’s books, see how arranging your home décor designs as collections can help you sell more art and more!

This gorgeous info-packed booklet contains tons of tips from our brilliant teachers, and it’s completely FREE – find out more and get your copy here.

(Want more? Head over to our brilliant Freebie Library for even more tips and advice from art agent Lilla and other industry experts!)

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Try a free class!

What are MATS courses really like?

Click here for a FREE class from our highly acclaimed and wildly successful course, Hot Markets for Your Art Part A: The Inside Scoop on Bolt Fabric.

Together, Hot Markets for Your Art Part A + Part B will help you build a kickass portfolio to sell art in ten of the most exciting and most lucrative art markets, including children’s book illustration, editorial, bolt fabric, wall art and more. Plus they’re self-paced, so you can start as soon as you sign up!

Fabric shown is by Helen Dardik, represented by Lilla Rogers, for Clothworks.

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Want representation?

Would you like to get your beautiful art directly in front of a top art agent?

Art agent Lilla Rogers is always on the look out for fresh new talent in class. In fact, all but one of the new artists which her agency have taken on since Make Art That Sells was founded in 2013 have been Make Art That Sells students!

Why? Because our courses are specifically designed to help you create a powerful, job-snagging portfolio that will land great work!

Lilla tells us that she’s actively looking for new artists to represent right now, because so many of her artists are fully booked up so she can’t give them any more work! She offered representation to a record EIGHT Make Art That Sells students in 2021 – will you be next?

Book your place on one of our great courses now, and perhaps the next artist to be represented by Lilla will be you!

Image shows A Year of Weeks, written and illustrated by Erica Root, a Make Art That Sells student who is now represented by Lilla Rogers Studio.

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Get Lilla's hint letter!

Give the gifts of creativity, inspiration, learning and joy! Make Art That Sells courses are the perfect gift for any occasion! Whether it’s a birthday, the holidays, an anniversary or just because, it’s the ideal way to tell the creative in your life that you love, support and believe in them.

We’ve made it easier for you to gift Make Art That Sells courses with our virtual gift cards. They’re now available to buy online for any amount from £20.00 (approx. $28) upwards – click here to find out more.

Plus if you’re hoping for Make Art That Sells courses yourself, art agent Lilla has created this handy hint letter for you! Click here to download your copy,  print it out and fill it in, then leave it in a prominent position. Sorted!


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Online Course Schedules

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  • Start today
    Hot Markets For Your Art Part B 2022
    Self-Paced

    Build a professional portfolio to sell art in 5 of the most lucrative markets: stationery baby/children’s apparel & décor scrapbooking editorial (magazines) party paper Self-paced, start anytime Make Art That Sells is a unique combination of a professional portfolio builder and an ultimate insider’s guide to making art that sells. Graduates of this course have gone on to win work from clients such as Midwest CBK, Demdaco, Paperchase, John Lewis, Galison, Madison Park Greetings, Dot & Bo, Land of Nod, Quarry Books, and more. It is industry learning that works in the real world. This comprehensive course includes access to videos of Lilla Rogers reviewing over 500 pieces of art and you will have full access until December 31, 2019!

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  • Start today
    Hot Markets for Your Art Part A 2022
    Self-Paced

    Build a professional portfolio to sell art in 5 of the most lucrative markets: bolt fabric home décor children’s books wall art gift Self-paced, start anytime If you want to learn exactly what to put into your artwork to make killer portfolio pieces while staying true to your style and taste, this course is for you. Graduates of this course 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. This comprehensive course includes access to videos of Lilla Rogers reviewing over 500 pieces of art, and you will have full access until January 31, 2023!

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  • February 7, 2022
    Bootcamp Special: Character Play 2022
    Live

    This course opens on 02/07/2022. Create characters for books, toys, games and more! Join brilliant children’s book art director and picture book author, Zoë Tucker, and toy and game expert, art agent and smash-hit game creator, Riley Wilkinson, in this brand NEW course! Learning how to create winning characters can give a huge boost to your creative career and get you more work in a ton of hot art markets. In this new course, you’ll get something every Monday for four months that will teach you how to do just that, while creating four show-stopping pieces of art for your illustration portfolio. Imagine getting paid to dream up appealing characters for children and adults to fall in love with … Let Zoë and Riley show you how! Want more details? Scroll down for more information. *Note: MATS courses can be taken in any order, and many people repeat them because

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  • March 7, 2022
    My Toy Pitch 2022
    Live

    This course opens on 03/07/2022. My Toy Pitch: illustrating for the toys and games markets! Create a winning toy pitch and hop into the world of play! Turn play into pay! In this great course, innovative art agent Lilla Rogers and children’s toy and game creative director Riley Wilkinson will guide you through the playful world of the toy and game market. They’ll share industry secrets and show you how to showcase your unique art on products that’ll capture the hearts of children as you create an exciting original toy and develop your own winning, playful pitch. The course is jam-packed with assignments, videos, insider lessons, downloadable content, and live reviews that’ll be your ticket into a unique, imaginative playland. Hop aboard and create your own successful playful adventure! Course Information My Toy Pitch 2022Mar 07 - Apr 18, 2022 £399.00 / $541* Sign Up Now This course does not

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  • May 23, 2022
    Illustrating Children’s Books 2022
    Live

    This course opens on 05/23/2022. 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 Zoë Tucker. Serious about a career in children’s book illustration? Want to start landing illustration jobs? Our popular Illustrating Children’s Book course is for you! Course Information Illustrating Children’s Books 2022May 23 - Jun 27, 2022 £399.00 / $541* Sign Up Now This course does not have any sections.

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  • August 1, 2022
    Assignment Bootcamp: Portfolio 2022
    Live

    This course opens on 08/01/2022. Get creative inspiration every week! As a top art agent, Lilla Rogers assigns $$$-worth of art every day – so she knows exactly what’s selling in which markets right now, which trends are on the up, and what art directors are looking for (and what they’re not). In Assignment Bootcamp, she mixes this market-savvy knowledge together with a hefty dollop of playfulness to come up with three professional-quality briefs and loads of mini assignments along the way that will help you crank out three beautiful portfolio pieces for three super hot art markets, and have a whole bunch of fun doing it.   Scroll down for more information. *Note: MATS courses can be taken in any order, and many people repeat them because they grow so much with each round of the course! *All USD values are approximate Course Information This course does not have

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  • August 29, 2022
    Creating Collections for Home Décor 2022
    Live

    Build a comprehensive, professional and winning home décor pitch presentation, with the guidance of leading art director Margo Tantau. If you want to learn exactly what to put into your artwork to make a killer home décor collection while staying true to your style and taste, this live course is for you. Graduates of this course have gone on to win work from clients such as Anthropologie, Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Oopsy Daisy, West Elm, Midwest CBK, and more. It is industry learning that works in the real world and you will have full access until April 03, 2023! This course provides the skills and knowledge to fill a huge gap in the lucrative home decor market – for artists who can conceptualize and pitch full product collections. By showing art directors that you can do this, you put yourself ahead of the game and stand out from other artists as a commercial professional. Not only are they more likely to buy your work, but they are also likely to buy MORE of your work – perhaps even your entire collection.

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  • October 24, 2022
    My Kid Book Pitch 2022
    Live

    This course opens on 10/24/2022. My Kid Book Pitch: Create a Children’s Book Pitch Only You Can Write. How do you write an original, special picture book that editors will love? How can you stand out from the many thousands that are sent to editors every year? How can you avoid the top 10 mistakes and create a story that comes from your own unique experience? Art agent Lilla says: “Creating a unique book comes from understanding what makes you unique and discovering the story you’re excited to tell. To help you do this, I’ve created a playful, personalized and structured course that will bring out your special story. It’s packed full of quirky worksheets, fun exercises and interactive videos that will guide you step by step to create your own special brilliant story – the story that only you can write.” Course Information My Kid Book Pitch 2022Oct 24 - Nov 22, 2022

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Imagine spending hours playing with Hsinpin Pan's adorable mushroom farmers and their swappable mushroom hats 😍

What will your characters look like? Find out in our brand NEW course, Bootcamp Special: Character Play, which starts in just a few weeks, on Monday, February 7th!

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Hurry hurry - there's still time to sign up for My Year of Art School at a huge 20% off!

Still wondering whether to make the leap? Don't take our word for it - find out what previous My Year of Art School students REALLY thought in today's blog ...

✨ I loved it so much I’m doing it again.
✨ I landed a book deal and am about to turn illustration into my full time career.
✨ I’ve grown my art in so many magical ways.

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Sea kitties or mer cats - what characters can you dream up? Find out in our brand NEW course, Bootcamp Special: Character Play, which starts in just a few weeks on Monday, February, 7th!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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How adorable are these groovy characters that Make Art That Sells student Lydia Graves @lydia.w.graves created for our My Toy Pitch course? 😍⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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