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Devon Holzwarth Portrait Studio Fall2016 mini Make Art That Sells Alumni success ‘spotlight’ interview with Devon Holzwarth

Alumni success ‘spotlight’ interview with Devon Holzwarth

We are so proud of our Make Art That Sells Alumni, and we are pleased to feature a series of spotlight interviews showcasing their successes and artwork. We’ve asked them to share how the MATS courses have helped them learn and grow. You can see more Alumni Success stories here Today, we have an interview with Devon Holzwarth who has taken MATS A, MATS Bootcamp, Global Talent Search, Creating Collections for Home Decor and Illustrating Children’s Books Tell us a little about how you got started in art and design As a child growing up in Panama with a teacher mom and an intelligence agent/artist dad, I was surrounded by many cultures, lots of books, art supplies, ginger and lemongrass on the stoop, chirping marmosets in the garden, and mahogany trees that rained helicopter seeds over the house. I’m still constantly inspired by my childhood. I attended the Rhode Island School of Design,

Meet the six new artists being represented by Lilla Rogers Studio!

We want to give a big giant shout out to everyone who entered the GTS this year. The competition was fierce! So many of you went on to get commissions and agents from the exposure, and we are delighted for your successes! Those that keep at it, and grow their work, will succeed. That’s the simple formula. We are so delighted that Kendra Binney was the grand prize winner. And the exciting part was that the work was so outstanding that Lilla and her studio ladies couldn’t resist taking on ALL SIX of the finalists! Interesting fact: The judges’ six finalists’ picks were all MATS students! MATS works! Meet all six of Lilla’s newest artists Kendra Binney, Portland, Oregon I’ve been following Kendra since we discovered her work in my Make Art That Sells courses four years ago where she stood out with her dreamy, magical style for a wall art assignment. While we know that she is capable of gorgeous

GTS green Make Art That Sells Announcing the 2018 global talent search winner(s)!

Announcing the 2018 global talent search winner(s)!

What an incredible field of talent! The level of mastery and beauty made the decision incredibly exciting yet super challenging. We are grateful to our impressive panel of VIP judges who narrowed down the field from 50 semi-finalists to six, from which we were then tasked with selecting a winner. We loved seeing the work for the final assignment, which was to illustrate a short section of one of three texts to create a double-page picture book spread. After hours of discussion and deliberation here at the Studio, including reviewing the entire body of work of each artist, we are delighted to reveal the winner of our international search for our next artist, our Global Talent Search! Based on mastery of work and originality of style, we are delighted to announce that the winner of our Global Talent Search, and next represented artist, Kendra Binney!  (Scroll down for more BIG news!)   Kendra Binney, Portland, Oregon I’ve been following Kendra since we discovered her work in my Make Art That Sells courses four years ago where she

semi final 1002 Make Art That Sells ANNOUNCING THE GTS SEMI-FINALISTS! Help us choose our next artist!

ANNOUNCING THE GTS SEMI-FINALISTS! Help us choose our next artist!

The submissions for our 2018 Global Talent Search were absolutely top-notch. I’m thrilled to announce the 50 semi-finalists and you can now see them here. One of them WILL become the next top artist for my art agency to represent. The fifty semi-finalists are from all over the world: Americas – 52% Australasia – 12% Europe – 36% The grand prize winner lands representation with Lilla Rogers Studio, a boatload of consultations with some of our favorite companies, a round-trip ticket (from anywhere in the world!) to Boston, USA, for my Annual Artists & VIPs’ Retreat, and more! Our previous GTS winners are consistently booked with work! Want to find out how I selected these top 50? Read on! I created a series of three assignments which increase in difficulty. The first assignment was very broad, enabling each artist to show off their style. At minimum, it’s is an opportunity

sea anemones Make Art That Sells Your free 2018 GLOBAL TALENT SEARCH (GTS) PREP: DAY THREE!

Your free 2018 GLOBAL TALENT SEARCH (GTS) PREP: DAY THREE!

Are you enjoying the GTS Prep? Here is Day Three of our free GTS Prep. We are so excited to launch our 5th Global Talent Search (GTS) which begins June 25th! Join the fun with our free prep—three days of mini assignments to get you warmed up for the first GTS assignment. Each of these is like a little hint, too. Here’s your third and final GTS Prep mini: Draw some sea anemones! How cool are they? Seriously, to my eye they are hilarious and gorgeous at the same time. The purpose of this is to invite you to draw organic shapes. TIP: Think about shading, as that will help you define the form (the roundness). You will want to have a little practice with this for when you get your first GTS assignment. Feel free to make up your own anemones if you like! Any style works here. You can

A G J letters Make Art That Sells Get your 2018 GLOBAL TALENT SEARCH (GTS) PREP: DAY TWO

Get your 2018 GLOBAL TALENT SEARCH (GTS) PREP: DAY TWO

Yay! Today is Day Two of our free GTS Prep. We are so excited to launch our 5th Global Talent Search (GTS) which begins June 25th! Join in on the fun with our free prep—three days of mini assignments to get you warmed up and prepared for the first GTS assignment. Each of these is like a little hint, too. Here’s your second mini assignment: Draw the following letters: A, G, and J. Do them in any style and medium you like. Have fun with them. Remember, letterforms are simply shapes. TIP: Experiment and play with the letterform. Just be sure that it’s clear what the letter is. Here’s a little inspiration board I created to give you ideas: TIPS: –Look at the thins and thicknesses of each letter, especially on the letter “A”. –Note the serifs. Are they pointy? Rounded? Bell-bottomed? –Is the overall shape chubby? Lean? Wide? –Check out the dots

GTSprep1COLOR Make Art That Sells Get your 1st free download for the GTS prep!

Get your 1st free download for the GTS prep!

It’s time for our GTS Prep! We are so excited to launch our 5th Global Talent Search (GTS) which begins June 25th! Join in on the fun with my free prep—three days of mini assignments to get you warmed up and prepared for the first GTS assignment. Each of these is like a little hint, too. First up is “Let’s Make a Color”. Download this worksheet and paint right on it, or simply follow the instructions on a nice piece of paper. Use any medium you want. I am always encouraging you to use neutrals in your art, and to ‘shop’ for new colors to add to your repertoire. This playful worksheet should help you do just that. In the actual GTS assignment, you are going to be asked to use one of my favorite neutrals, so this is a warm up for that. (Can you guess the name of one of my favorite neutrals?)

DANIEL ROODE Make Art That Sells Hear what it’s REALLY like to win the Global Talent Search! INTERVIEW with DANIEL ROODE!

Hear what it’s REALLY like to win the Global Talent Search! INTERVIEW with DANIEL ROODE!

Want to know what the previous winners of the Global Talent Search (GTS) really think about their experience? We recently interviewed the previous winners of the GTS to share their experiences with you. We’re incredibly excited to relaunch the GTS this year, and we thought our readers would love a sneak peek into the competition process (and what it’s like to win!) directly from the winners. Above: Daniel Roode’s charming illustrations on various books & products Today we’re chatting with Daniel Roode, winner of the Global Talent Search Special Studio Award in 2013. Some of Daniel’s clients include: Simon & Schuster; Nickelodeon; Scholastic, Inc.; Hallmark; Fisher Price; Editions Milan and many more. Read on to find out all about Daniel’s experience entering & winning the Global Talent Search and what he thinks about being represented by Lilla Rogers Studio! Make Art That Sells: Hey, Daniel! Thanks for chatting with us

CLAIRICE GIFFORD1 Make Art That Sells Hear what it’s REALLY like to win the Global Talent Search! INTERVIEW with CLAIRICE GIFFORD

Hear what it’s REALLY like to win the Global Talent Search! INTERVIEW with CLAIRICE GIFFORD

Want to know what the previous winners of our Global Talent Search (GTS) really think about their experience? We recently interviewed the previous winners of the GTS to share their experiences with you. We’re incredibly excited to relaunch the GTS this year, and we thought our readers would love a sneak peek into the competition process (and what it’s like to win!) directly from the winners. Above: Beautiful books and products featuring Clairice’s signature typography & design   This week we’re sharing an interview with Clairice Gifford who won the GTS Special Studio Award in 2015; her prize signed her on to Lilla Rogers Studio for art representation.   Some of Clairice’s clients include: Flow Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine, Design House Greetings, Hallmark, Real Simple, and Publix Read on to find out all about Clairice’s experience with the Global Talent Search (GTS) and what it’s like to be represented by