My Toy Pitch 2022 (Self-paced)£259 / $312 (approximate)
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 course, innovative art agent Lilla Rogers and brilliant 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. You’ll discover how you can use all the great art that you already have, maybe from our courses, or your own projects, and leverage it to make new products ready to pitch. This incredibly fun duo will show you how to create art for the booming toy and game market. The course is jam-packed with assignments, videos, insider lessons, expert interviews, Lilla’s trend boards, downloadable content that’ll be your ticket into a unique, imaginative playland.
With bonus material – a brand NEW mood board in the classroom – hop aboard and create your own successful playful adventure!
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Your teachers, art agent Lilla and toy and game creative director Riley, talking all about the incredible insider industry interviews you get as part of this course.
Get ready to have a blast creating and inventing! In this fun, inspiring and motivating self-paced course, you’ll learn about and create a pitch for a different area of the lucrative and exciting toy and game market every week. Originally run as a live 5-week course, it’s now self-paced so you can follow the weekly schedule, or choose to work at your own pace.
- Week 1: Pretend play
- Week 2: Games
- Week 3: Characters
- Week 4: Playsets
- Week 5: You’ll bring everything together and take everything you’ve learned to develop your very own unique one of a kind toy!
Every week, you’ll get an assignment in that week’s category, with an on-trend cool inspiring theme supported by videos and gorgeous trend toy boards. In total, you’ll create five pitches of varying complexity, building slowly and step by step so you’re never overwhelmed, but can just dive in and enjoy the creative process. As Lilla likes to say, she tricks you into creating your very best work. You’ll be amazed what you can achieve!
You’ll master these solid, proven industry principles and strategies:
- How to build an illustration pitch that’ll land you illustration work in this market, and what art directors want next.
- How to create a strong illustrated character world, and why “setting” is the nucleus.
- How emotion, gender diversity, and clothing are woven into toys.
- The importance of details that support product spin-offs, including apparel, entertainment, playsets, plush, and apps. You’ll learn about the secret value of accessories and clothing, and why toy manufacturers look for them.
Plus you’ll get tons of show-and-tell videos with Riley and Lilla showing hundreds of products that guide you through the huge variety of toys and games out there – and find what makes them unique, get an exclusive look into how real-life toys evolved from sketch to finished product, learn how toy companies turn winning art into stellar toys, games, and playsets, and more!
Riley’s smash-hit Sneaky Snacky Squirrel game has sold over two million units and has more than 9,000 five star reviews on Amazon.
Toy and game creative director, creator of the smash-hit Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game and My Toy Pitch co-teacher, Riley Wilkinson, says: “As a toy and game inventor and agent, I’ve learned that unique toy concepts are created by unique people. That person is you! In this course, Lilla and I will teach you about the toy industry and how to think like an inventor. You’ll learn how to come up with unique ideas and unexpected concepts. You’ll hear from industry experts. You’ll learn about toy categories, what sells, and what doesn’t. My Toy Pitch is the course I wish existed when I began my career. We’ve got so much to share with you. See you in the toy aisle (and in class)!”
Pitch created by Make Art That Sells student Erica Root for My Toy Pitch. Erica is now represented by Lilla Rogers Studio after Lilla saw her art in class – and in this self-paced course you get your art in front of TWO art agents in a bonus LIVE review!
Pitch created by Make Art That Sells student Brian Lambert for My Toy Pitch.
Topics that Lilla and Riley will cover include:
- How to pitch and who to pitch to, including lists of companies that accept submissions (there are tons!)
- How to craft original make-believe worlds in your own style
- What makes a memorable toy, and how to turn those ideas into entire playable, appealing toys
- What you need to put on a winning pitch
- How to draw children and parents in with the product pieces that you’ll illustrate
- The language to use in your pitch that clients look for plus a ton of phrases and terminology to use for call-outs on your pitch
- The many ways your art can be used on toys that you probably didn’t know about!
Plus you’ll be inspired with boatloads of exciting, innovative and appealing toy and game products every week!
You can come to class without any ideas whatsoever. You’ll be surprised and delighted with how many amazing concepts for pitches you’ll come up with.
Some of Lilla’s vintage and new wooden toys, including projects that Lilla Rogers Studio did with Suzy Ultman and Helen Dardik. Let Riley and Lilla show you how you can create cool characters like these, or leverage your existing art!
The toy market is giant! Lilla and Riley have picked five of the most popular and top-selling sectors which companies always need art and ideas for. They’ll introduce you to some incredible toy companies (some of which you’ve maybe never even heard of) and to companies that Lilla Rogers Studio have worked for.
In the course you’ll dig deep into four of the main categories of toys and games: pretend play, games, characters, and playsets, before bringing it all together in the final assignment to create your very own one of a kind unique toy!
By the end of the course, you’ll really understand how you can put your own special signature on a toy invention to really make it your own, and have five winning pitches ready to send out!
Here’s what you get:
For each assignment you’ll get an hour-long replay with your teachers, art agent Lilla and toy and game creative director Riley, where they discuss the category and theme for the week.
Plus you’ll also get the following to support and inspire you:
- Your assignment for the week, which will be to create a pitch in that week’s category.
- A product board: a visual feast showing dozens of contemporary products in the week’s category, to explain and explore that category, such as a whole bunch of games, or playsets.
- A product board video that explains everything you see in the product board, together with details of what makes each toy or game sellable and unique.
- A mood board packed full of inspiring images both new and vintage.
- A pre-recorded mood board video in which Riley and Lilla explain the board and how you’ll use it to create your pitch for the week.
- An Analyze your Mood Board downloadable document to help you break the mood board down.
- A pitch template to show you what your pitches should look like and contain.
- An arty journaling page.
- You’ll view an inspiring Twist video with Riley showing you how to amp up your pitch with added twists and features like sound, movement, lights, and more.
- You’ll enjoy exclusive VIP Interviews (written, audio, and/or video) exclusive to My Toy Pitch students with top VIPs in the field. This is GOLD! Learn from industry professionals with decades of experience who have worked with the best creators and artists. These VIPs are always looking for new toy and game pitch ideas. They’ll share their dos and don’ts, what not to include in a pitch and more.
- You’ll get advice from industry experts in the form of guidance reprints, downloadable PDFs from Riley’s industry resources, including information from the inventor of Jenga, the Senior VP of Design and Development at Hasbro, a former marketing director, and more.
- Plus Lilla and Riley will be doing a bonus LIVE review, so it’s your chance to get your work in front of two agents! They’ll also be releasing bonus material so look out for the launch of a brand NEW mood board. This is gold!
Pitch created by Make Art That Sells student Trina Dalziel for My Toy Pitch.
- You’ll get an Improv Inventing video with Lilla and Riley. Lilla holds up a selection of her weird and wonderful vintage items and Riley invents amazing toys and games on the spot. These super motivating videos are a great way for students to learn how to think like an inventor and how to add elements to your idea that make it even more original and special.
- Every week you’ll get a video lesson from Lilla and Riley in which Lilla holds up an example of existing art on a book cover, etc., and Riley invents amazing toys and games on the spot. Again, this is a great way to learn how to think about inventing, and to think about how to leverage your existing art and turn it into a toy or game.
Here’s your schedule. Look at all that goodness! And remember you can follow it week-by-week if you like to follow daily lessons, or you can work at your own pace as the classroom remains open until January 31, 2023.
Don’t miss out, sign up here!
There’s no other course out there like it! It’s an incredible combination of toy invention and illustration, all crammed into five wonderful weeks.
You’ll learn a huge amount. Lilla says: “I’ve learned so much from working with Riley to create this course. He’s so inspiring and has taught me how to think like an inventor. You’ll be able to walk through the toy aisle and have real insight into all the products out there. Plus, you get amazing in-depth looks at insider info gleaned from Riley’s years of experience, you’ll see literally hundreds of examples of products that are on the market right now and learn why they’re unique, and lots more.”
Pitch created by Make Art That Sells student Imogen Joy for My Toy Pitch.
As well as contemporary toys on the market right now, you’ll also get to see a boatload of quirky vintage toys, which is both fascinating and a great way to find inspiration from the kooky past.
What is the story you have to tell? What’s important to you? You’ll be invited to bring whatever you want to bring to the table, and use your own unique one of a kind experience to create a brand-new toy. Plus, you’ll learn where ideas from and how your own unique environment can be used as a prompt to create a toy or game.
It’s super accessible: you can learn from anywhere in the world, you don’t need any supplies other than a pencil and a sheet of paper, and there are no required texts. You don’t even have to go shopping for inspiration: Lilla and Riley bring it all to you.
It’s going to be hugely fun and playful, from the playful worksheets to Lilla and Riley’s video lessons full of Lilla’s oddities collections and more.
It’s a self-paced class but you’ll have all the replays from when the course was run live earlier this year. Your teachers, Lilla and Riley, answer lots of student questions and give tons of advice. Plus, of course, you get the amazing online Make Art That Sells global community.
Pitch created by Make Art That Sells student Asa Gilland for My Toy Pitch.
And finally, you’ll discover how you can use all the great art that you already have, maybe from Assignment Bootcamp or Illustrating Children’s Books or your own projects, and leverage it to make new products ready to pitch.
Hop into a world of play here!
This course is really for anyone, whether they’re bursting with ideas for toys or have none at all. If you think it would be really cool to invent a toy or game and put your art on it, then this course is for you. Plus of course, it’s a whole new income stream, which is really important when you’re building a successful creative career – and don’t forget, everyone buys stuff for kids.
Pitch created by Make Art That Sells student Katherine Quinn for My Toy Pitch.
Here are some of the people who would benefit from taking this course:
- Artists who already do a lot of children’s book illustration and other art that’s very kid-friendly and on products for children, who’d like to expand their range and find new income revenues
- Any artist who has dreamed of creating a toy and doesn’t know where to begin
- Artists who have no ideas at all about how to create a toy: this course will give any artist an overview of the toy industry and details about specific segments, and how to research and develop an idea from scratch
- Anybody who thinks it would be really cool to learn how to invent their very own completely unique toy or game
- Artists who have licensed their art on toys and games and now want to invent their own toys and games
Lilla says: “Ever since we introduced Riley to the artists I represent, they are already flooding him with ideas and concepts – and this is a great example of what an artist who takes this course will do: they’ll learn how to develop unique products, toys, and games using their brilliant art and their own wonderful creative brains. I can’t wait to see what’s going to come out of this course!”
Hear more from your teachers, Lilla and Riley, on why they wrote this course PLUS the top three things an art director wants to see in a toy pitch here:
Join Lilla & Riley, sign up here!
Lilla Rogers is one of the most successful illustration agents in the world, managing the careers of high-caliber artists whose works you’ve undoubtedly seen in children’s books, magazines, greeting cards, and on scads of deliciously designed goods from games, toys and children’s books to journals and packaging.
Some toys illustrated by Lilla’s artists, including Princess Magic by Rebecca Jones for Mudpuppy, Purrmaid by Flora Waycott for Mudpuppy, and wooden puzzle by Helen Dardik for Auzou.
Lilla has sold art for products and ad campaigns worth over a quarter of a billion US dollars and has clients all over the globe.
As well as being a top art agent, Lilla is also a skilled educator and has taught everyone from little kids to professional artists. She prides herself on the effectiveness of her teaching and making learning with her accessible, achievable and fun. As a creative person herself, she knows how to gear her teaching towards creative minds, and bring out the very best in them. You’ll be amazed by what you can do!
Meet your teacher, author and art agent Lilla Rogers.
Riley is a child pretending to be a grownup! Now Toy, Game and Children’s Entertainment agent at Lilla Rogers Studio, he’s created toys, games, and entertainment for kids, families and adults for the last 25 years. From wood puzzles to card games to talking microscopes, he’s worked as a designer, art director, and creative director for toy and product companies since he started his career.
He created the smash-hit game for preschoolers, The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game, illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti. Sold in countries around the globe, this award-winning preschool matching game has sold over two million copies since it was released. With nearly 10,000 five-star Amazon reviews, the award-winning game has won awards and the hearts of children. The game inspired the development of four sister games and was published as a board book by Candlewick.
His in-house experience includes Harlequin children’s division, Educational Insights, MGA Entertainment, Mattel Creations and American Girl. He’s worked with top-notch children’s publishers including Scholastic and DK. His work has appeared in Uppercase and Communication Arts.
His experience in product scouting, development, design, writing, and manufacturing help him transform ideas into sellable, giggle-filled toys and games. He also holds the patents for two original inventions.
Riley has been a Make Art That Sells devotee since 2016 and was a judge for two of the MATS Global Talent Search competitions.
Meet your teacher, toy creator, creative director and art agent Riley Wilkinson.
If you have a question about Make Art That Sells please check these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) first. If you do not find an answer to your question here please feel free to contact us at [email protected].
Q: I’ve never taken an online class before. How does it work? Do I need to be at my computer at a certain time?
A: The course happens in a gorgeous password-protected private classroom right here on this site. There is a separate online classroom here on the Make Art That Sells website for each course, divided into lessons. The class was originally live and is now self-paced so all lessons are instant access.
The beauty of an online course is that you can check in whenever you like and do not need to be online at a specific time as the content will be available 24/7, so it does not matter what time zone you are in. You can log on every day if you choose, or set aside time once or twice a week to work through it.
The written content in the class will be downloadable and you will have access to the classroom until January 31, 2023 so you have plenty of time to work at your own pace.
There will also be a private Facebook group where you can connect with others and share images of your work, and this will remain open indefinitely.
Q: What format is the class taught in?
A: The class is taught using recorded video sessions, written posts, downloadable information including a 100+-page worksheet and valuable resources, and a huge amount of imagery. Everything is made available in a bespoke, password-protected private classroom. There are assignments as well as a handful of additional creative exercises in the course.
Q: Do I need to have a drawing tablet or be able to create digital illustrations for this course?
A: You don’t need any special software or equipment for this course. Our students use all kinds of different methods, some are strictly digital, others are traditional artists, and lots are in between. Any method you want to use to create your illustrations is fine!
Q: Can I access Make Art That Sells courses from any device?
A: Yes, you can access Make Art That Sells courses from any device once registered, but we strongly recommend viewing our courses on a desktop or laptop for the best user experience. We pack lots of information and visuals into our courses and they are best viewed on larger screens.
Q: How hard is the course?
A: Lilla is a gifted teacher and has broken down the assignments into clear steps to help you create great art without getting overwhelmed. This course is suitable for all stages and abilities.
Q: Does it matter what order I take Make Art That Sells courses in?
Make Art That Sells courses can be taken in any order. You can take each course individually, or take them all to put a rocket under your creative career!
Q: How do I choose which course is right for me?
A: It really depends on whether you are looking to learn.
- If you want to know what art directors look for in the top ten art markets and how to go about creating work they might buy… you want Hot Markets for Your Art Part A and Part B.
- If you want to know how to pitch ideas for entire product collections for the lucrative home décor market, to sell MORE of your work to each client, you want Creating Collections for Home Décor.
- If you want to create a stunning children’s book illustration pitch that includes everything an agent or art director will want to see, you want Illustrating Children’s Books.
- If you just want to have assignments to stretch you creatively and build your portfolio weekly over three months, you want Assignment Bootcamp: Portfolio it’s the perfect course for you.
Q: Will I be able to communicate with others in the class?
Yes, you will be able to communicate in the private Facebook group provided (where you can also share images of your work and your ideas). This will be a great chance to connect with other artists and designers, get different perspectives and share your ideas. Our students find this one of the best parts of Make Art That Sells.
Q: Will the class material be available after the class has ended?
A: Yes, you will have access to the classroom until January 31, 2023. The written class content can be downloaded from class. The private Facebook group will remain available to you indefinitely.
Q. Is this an art class or a business class?
A: It is both, but it is not a technique class. The course focuses on giving you the insider view on what you need to do when creating your pitch to make it more commercially viable while still being uniquely you. As with all of our classes, there is a strong creative element to it, but it also looks at the toy industry in-depth and gives business insight there.
Q: When is the class?
A: The class is available immediately and is instant access.
Q: How much is it and how do I register?
A: My Toy Pitch is £259 which is approximately USD $339. Please note this approximate $ equivalent is given for reference only. When paying by Paypal, you will be charged in your local currency at the prevailing Paypal exchange rate.
Depending on your country of residence, you may also be charged sales tax on check out. This will automatically be calculated when you register.
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Q: I see the prices are given in GBP (British pounds). Can I pay in another currency?
A: Yes, Paypal accepts most currencies. All class fees are charged in GBP (British pounds), and this will be the amount which shows up in your Paypal transaction, but you will automatically be charged in your local currency at the prevailing Paypal exchange rate valid at the point you sign up – so if you have a USD$ bank account the funds will be removed in USD$.
Q: What payment methods do you accept?
We process all our payments with Paypal, a safe and secure way of sending money online. If you do not have a Paypal account you can sign in as a Paypal guest and pay via credit or debit card. All class fees are in GBP (British pounds) but you will automatically be charged in your local currency at the prevailing Paypal exchange rate valid at the point you sign up.
Q: I don’t live in the USA. Is this course relevant for me?
A: Lilla Rogers represents artists internationally and has clients all over the world. Although the main buyers for art in the markets covered are in the US and the UK, much of the content is relevant for you wherever in the world you are, especially if you are interested in selling your work internationally. And because everything is made available to you online, it does not matter what time zone you are in.
Q.: How is this course different from Lilla’s book?
A: Lilla’s book ‘I Just Like To Make Things’ is a fantastic resource and is highly recommended as a companion to Make Art That Sells courses. Being spiral bound you can draw and journal in it. Full of annotated visuals, it provides insights into a variety of art and craft markets. However, this course takes you step-by-step through building a strong pitch to showcase your work. It also gives you the opportunity to get your art in front of Lilla as well as become part of a community. Perhaps most importantly, you have the chance to put your questions to Lilla when the course is live.
Q: How is this course different to a college course?
A: As an agent whose artists have illustrated and authored lots of children’s books, games and other products, Lilla knows exactly what sells and what doesn’t sell. She knows what clients are looking for and how to present work to them. The course is based on many years of experience in the industry, and a clear understanding of where the gaps are.
As an online course, you can attend from the comfort of your own home or studio, anywhere in the world, and the private classroom is open 24/7 so you can make it work around your life.
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- You acknowledge that your work will only get viewed by Lilla if you submit your assignment(s) as directed when any given class is live. You also acknowledge that although Lilla will view every piece of work submitted and provide general feedback to class during any live courses, and that only a handful of pieces will be chosen each week for specific critique (which will be shared with the class), and there is no guarantee that you will receive personal critique from Lilla during the course. Furthermore, you acknowledge that there is no feedback from Lilla Rogers offered in any course which is not live.
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