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Get your FREE illustration assignment!

Lilla here. Welcome to your #MATSprep for Assignment Bootcamp:Portfolio, which starts one week TODAY on Monday, January 9th! “What’s a #MATSprep?” you ask. A #MATSprep is an assignment I create for you to warm up in preparation for a course that I’ll be teaching. The prep is free, so even if you don’t sign up for the course, you can still benefit from the instruction. This particular prep is to get you ready for my Assignment Bootcamp: Portfolio course, which is now in its tenth year. It’s a hugely popular course, with almost a thousand students taking it each time. I adore coming up with assignments for you that teach you something, but also ideally motivate you to make gorgeous art and expand your portfolio to pull in lucrative projects. Here’s your free warm up assignment. Your assignment is to draw these filigree items from my collection. I see you

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#MATSprep Part 3 FREE: How to write a picture book by art agent Lilla

Lilla here. Welcome to Part 3 of my FREE three part #MATSprep that I’ve written for you ahead of my picture book writing course, My Kid Book Pitch. I hope you’re enjoying all the fun tricks you can use to make your writing better and learning that you are, in fact, a writer. I just love this stuff, and it’s why I love being a literary agent for my artists and authors and why I love teaching My Kid Book Pitch. If you missed Parts 1 and 2, find them here. I hope you’ll go give it a read to catch up and get some top writing tips. Then when you’re ready, it’s time for Part 3. This is the terrible text I wrote to use as our example: Cami, a young girl, liked to draw big, grey anteaters with long snouts like the ones she saw yesterday at the

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Get Part 2 of your FREE picture book writing assignment!

Lilla here. Today I’m sharing Part 2 of my FREE three-part #MATSprep warm up assignment ahead of My Kid Book Pitch, which starts Monday, October 24th. If you’ve ever wanted to write your very own children’s picture book, you won’t want to miss it. In this #MATSprep warm up exercise, I’ve been showing you how easy and enjoyable writing your own story can be. We’ve been having a bit of fun taking the terrible sentence that I wrote and using the poor thing as an example of how to improve your own writing.   Cami, a young girl, liked to draw big, grey anteaters with long snouts like the ones she saw yesterday at the zoo. She was going to carefully show them to her class next Monday. Suddenly, a dog chased her! Yesterday, we removed the visual words and the first sentence became this: Cami liked to draw anteaters.

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Get your FREE assignment: Writing tips from an agent and author

Lilla here. In just a few weeks, on Monday, October 24th, I’ll be teaching my children’s picture book writing course, My Kid Book Pitch. I absolutely love teaching this course because I love helping creative people like you to thrive, and I love helping you to reach into your magical imagination and pull out all the stories I know you have whirling around in there. I know what you’re thinking: “But Lilla, I’m not a writer!”. I think you are, but you just don’t know it yet. That’s why I do writing retreats with my artists and artist/authors. I believe in artists’ minds and their ability to make books. (They do so well that they get book deals and I’m going to share with you what I teach them!) If you’re an artist, you may think that you can’t write a story like a ‘real’ author. You might think you

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Last part of your FREE assignment: Build a texture library

Lilla here. I can’t wait for you to join me in class! Creating Collections for Home Décor LIVE starts THIS Monday, August 29th, and I sure hope that you’re as excited as I am! Over the past few weeks, this five part #MATSprep warm up has been creating awareness so that when you sit down to make your collection in Creating Collections for Home Décor, you’re a more savvy, unique designer. Amp up: if you haven’t signed up already, get crackin’, because it all begins on Monday! Sign up here. Plus, don’t forget to join me and my fabulous Creating Collections for Home Décor co-teacher, Margo Tantau, for a FREE live Zoom event TOMORROW, FRIDAY, August 26th, at 12 noon ET/5 pm BST! We’ll be talking about the #MATSprep, answering your questions about the course and anything else you want to ask us from our decades in the industry, and

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#MATSprep Part 4: FREE assignment: Release your inner kook

Lilla here. I’m excited to share Part 4 of this #MATSprep warm up exercise I’ve created for you ahead of my course, Creating Collections for Home Décor, which starts NEXT MONDAY, August 29th. You can catch up on the previous parts here if you missed them, or just dive straight in. If you haven’t signed up for Creating Collections for Home Décor yet, there’s still time! You’ll spend an incredible five weeks with me and my fantastic co-teacher, creative director and trend queen Margo Tantau, learning everything you need to know to create and license products for the lucrative home décor market. You’ll create some stunning art and learn how to present your designs as collections, making them more appealing to clients. The course is packed with information from our decades in the industry – don’t miss it! Sign up now. In Part 3, we started to learn a little

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Discover more about your style in this FREE assignment: #MATSprep Part 3

Lilla here. Over the past week, I’ve been sharing a playful warm up assignment I created for you ahead of my online course, Creating Collections for Home Décor. In this unique class, my brilliant co-teacher, creative director Margo Tantau, and I show you how you can get a slice of the hugely lucrative home décor design pie (globally, the home décor market is estimated to reach a whopping $838.6 billion by 2027!). Every week for five weeks, you’ll explore one of the most popular substrates for home décor: metal, fabric, glass, ceramics and wood/MDF. You’ll get five Mini exercises and five professional-level Main assignments – one for each substrate – and by the end of the course, you’ll have a stunning, on-trend collection of home décor products, ready to send to clients and presented in a way that will bring a tear to an art director’s eye. Plus you’ll also

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FREE assignment inside: #MATSprep Part 2

Lilla here. Today I’m sharing Part 2 of a five part #MATSprep assignment I’ve created for you to help you get warmed up for my Creating Collections for Home Décor class. If you missed Part 1 then catch up here. Creating Collections for Home Décor is a unique online course that will not only show you how you can use your art to design a gorgeous home décor line, but will also show you how to present it as a collection, in a way that clients, creative directors and manufacturers understand – so not only are they more likely to buy your art, but they are also more likely to buy more of it. Art created by Zoë Ingram for Creating Collections for Home Décor (left) and some of the products that got made for Creative Co-op (right). Why does this assignment have five parts? It’s part of the way

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Don’t miss this fantastic FREE assignment!

Woo hoo – the wait is over! Having run for several years as a hugely popular self-paced course, Creating Collections for Home Décor is now BACK as a LIVE course by popular demand! What does that mean? LIVE weekly reviews with your brilliant teachers, top art agent Lilla Rogers and trend queen creative director Margo Tantau Weekly deadlines to keep you accountable, motivated and on track Brand NEW market-savvy trend boards to inspire you A fantastic group of creatives from all over the world to share your journey with … and more! Every week for five weeks, you’ll explore one of the five main substrates for home décor design: metal, fabric, glass, ceramics and wood/MDF. By the end of the course, you will have a complete collection of home décor products, ready to send to companies like West Elm, Anthropologie and Target. Plus, crucially, this unique course teaches you to

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FREE art assignment Part 2: Get your sneak peek of actual course content!

Lilla here. Today I’m sharing Part 2 of the #MATSprep assignment I wrote for you to get you ready for my Assignment Bootcamp: Portfolio course, which starts in just a few days, on Monday, August 1st. Don’t forget that these two prep assignments are part of the actual Mini assignment you’ll get in the first week of Assignment Bootcamp: Portfolio. How cool is that?! Today you’re going to play with some color blobs. Anyone who’s taken any of my courses will already know that I’m obsessed with color: as an art agent it’s make or break for me. Your palette can change the whole mood of a piece, and great colors will always help amp up your income from your art. That’s why we’ll be focusing exploring color in the first month of this year’s Bootcamp! Plus today I’m also going to share some time management tips, because I know