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MATS Alumni Festive Showcase 2016 – part 10


Happy Festive season! We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase some festive designs and products they have created for the season. Here is part 9. See all the festive showcase posts here as they unfold.

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Leah Malmos

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This is new work I have created for the Holiday season. This is a placement print with hand lettering, available for license for all types of markets like paper and/or party paper. I have taken MATS B, Home Decor and the Children’s Illustration Course.

I look forward to taking Bootcamp in 2017 to keep my portfolio fresh and exciting with new trends including networking with amazing artists across the world. 2017 will be the best yet in my career because I feel all of the work I am putting in is creating new and exciting opportunities for me. I can’t wait!

See more work here: Website

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Devon Holzwarth

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For the past year I’ve been taking MATS classes and have had lots of firsts – this is my first holiday themed piece. Like everything else, once you get your feet wet lots of other ideas start coming so I already have more in the works. I paint mostly in gouache and this is a mix of gouache and china marker which I love for its great texture.

I started last November with MATS A, then on to Bootcamp & Home Decor, and just wrapped up the new Children’s Book course which for me was life changing. My inner six year old was jumping for joy being immersed in books and now I’m working toward the goal of illustrating books for all ages, and hopefully getting into editorial work as well. I’m looking toward what I hope to be a busy and exciting 2017.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Etsy

 

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Wendy Leach

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I have taken The MATS illustrating children’s book course and I’m currently working on MATS A&B.

The attached image is a design I created for my personal Christmas Cards. The image includes some of my favorite holiday themes, presents, bears in hats and scarfs and snow.

I have really enjoyed the courses I have taken plus all the fun little extras that you do like the GTS or the festive showcase. All of these things have keep me motivated and moving forward at a pace I would not have accomplished on my own. I have also really enjoyed the community aspect of it all.

I do have to say my favorite has been the children’s book class. There was so much great information. I’m still working my way back through it and loving every minute of it. I now spend more time thinking about the characters I draw their personalities, what there body positions says as well as their facial expression and maybe if they are thinking about what they had for lunch.

I was in a bit of plateau before I found the Make Art that sells courses this last July. Lilla, and these courses have inspired me to make a commitment to my art and really push towards the career I want. After seeing how much I have grown in the last couple of months I’m supper excited and very optimistic for 2017.

See more work here: Website

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Tina Mueller | Tinati Design

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Why not do things a little different this year and build a snowbird instead of a snowman? Fun winter design inspired by the tradition of building a snowman. The Snowbirds collection is available as fabric or gift wrap in my Spoonflower shop.

The MATS A course really helped me get a better understanding of what makes a great design come together and what buyers are looking for. It gave a great insight into the different markets and how they work including everything you need to know to get started. The reviews by Lilla and the interaction in the facebook community were invaluable and made it extra special. For 2017, I’m planning to concentrate on growing my portfolio. I’ve just signed up for the Make It In Design Winter School and the MATS Assignment Bootcamp course starting in March and can’t wait now for the new year to start.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Spoonflower

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Michelle Scott | dotsofpaint studios
2016-WhaleXmasCard-flatA greeting card for the holiday season entitled: “Whales on Holiday”. From my original watercolor whale paintings – this time depicting each whale embellished with festive hats and silly antlers, balancing stars and decorated trees, and all with a cherry on top! Or lanced by a narwhal – the unicorn of the sea! :)
Inside greeting: “Have a Whale of a Holiday!” May be blank or personalized with your own greeting if desired. Available in single cards as well as 6 and 12 packs in my etsy shop.

I’ve found it’s not as much learning as it is growing. The Make Art That Sells courses gave me a great sense of accomplishment and a new incentive to dive back into actively pursing an illustration career after many, many years. In Bootcamp I found myself surrounded by others who were a lot like me which gave me the confidence to just do the work and not worry so about it being perfect before posting. This led me to start posting more of my work on social network sites as well. This January, I will be taking the Children’s Book Illustration course and am very excited about what that might lead to.

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Paul Stoddard

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My design is a Cuckoo Clock Cell phone case.

I have taken a Bootcamp course, Home Deco Course and two Global Talent search.
The class help me take a step back and look at my work and to add lots more details and joyful icons into a drawing. in 2017, I will focus on building a nice body of work and start shopping it around.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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MATS Alumni Festive Showcase 2016 – part 9


Happy Festive season! We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase some festive designs and products they have created for the season. Here is part 9. See all the festive showcase posts here as they unfold.

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Ashley Lotecki | Ashley Lotecki Design

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This year I’ve been focused on developing and crafting a line of products that feature my illustrations and hand lettering using different techniques. I am excited to say that I will be launching my own e-commerce store very soon! Here is a peek at one of my original wooden ornament designs “Gingerbread Man,” which I laser etched and cut, then hand-finished.

The MATS classes have been a great way to have designated time for me to focus on further developing my voice as an artist – with a stronger voice I’ve been able to, and continue to, push my ideas further and start developing products featuring my illustrations by utilizing different art forms and methods beyond the traditional.

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Sarah Aspinall
Penguins-Love-Colors-photo-of-bookThe product I would love to tell you all about is my brand new debut Picture Book- ‘Penguins Love Colors’, (Blue Sky Press, Scholastic). Official release date 29th November- just in time for the holidays!! :) There is also an animated trailer I had made especially: Here

Link to buy : click here to order! (is also available at Barnes and Noble and Independent book sellers throughout the country, as well as at Walmart and Target).

Aimed at ages 2-6, the story is about 6 creative little penguins who LOVE to paint! Living in a world covered in snow, they decide to brighten things up one day as a colourful surprise for their penguin Mama who loves colors too!

The classes have been invaluable in terms of helping me to develop my work. One of the first briefs Lilla gave during my first MATS Class, was a Christmas card with a penguin on it! I came up with a very strange design, but didn’t stop refining and experimenting for many months afterwards… and now I have not one, but TWO children’s picture books all about my little penguins. ‘Penguins Love Their Abc’s’, will be out this time next year. Hooray!!

My plan for 2017 is to expand into some different illustration markets. Editorial, paper goods and baby/children’s products would be wonderful. I also hope to build upon book series, I have everything crossed for a third book, and hope the release of my first will expose my work to art directors all over the world.

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Ruth Hickson

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My Christmas decorations came directly from the Lumberjack assignment in Bootcamp! They comprise a collection of woodland themed characters handmade from beautifully soft lumberjack flannel embellished with felt, buttons and sequins – I loved the assignment and was so inspired that I actually made the decorations and they are available to buy on my Etsy shop.

I have taken MATSB (live) Bootcamp and MATS A and B self paced – just signed up for children book course too – can’t wait! Mats courses have really revolutionised my creative process, I draw, draw, draw all the time now and with a much more varied subject matter than before – I don’t restrict myself anymore and enjoy it more as a result. The courses also pushed me into developing new work for different markets, not only that but through Mats I have made wonderful supportive friends online, who share ideas, opportunities and advice with such wonderful openness i feel totally blessed.

See more work here: Website | Shop

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Kim Fleming | Kim Fleming Illustration

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A wintry watercolour pattern. Link to purchase

I’ve taken MATS A&B and several Bootcamps

The MATS classes I took helped my work go to the next level through focusing on trends and limited colour palettes. For 2017 I am hoping to get some more licensing work!

See more work here: Website | Shop

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Christine Anderson

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I was thinking of fun and festive animal characters for this design. I have taken MATS Bootcamp and the Home Decor class. Taking the Make Art That Sells Classes have really helped me realize the importance of ICONS . Focusing on and making lots of icons has really allowed my art to grow, because it makes it so much easier to design multiple pieces that coordinate and be suitable for a variety of surfaces.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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This was a card for last years  world wide secret Santa put together by Elise Chevry of Les Ephelides Design. I have taken MATS A and B and Bootcamp 2015, 2016.
These classes have brought my passion back for art after a 20 year delay. It has made me more focused and timely. I am still working on modernizing my style. It has especially introduced me to a wonderful group of artists which has really been one of the best rewards.
In 2017 I plan to enter a local juried competiton (Art on the Creeks).
See more work here: Instagram

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MATS Alumni Festive Showcase 2016 – part 8


Happy Festive season! We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase some festive designs and products they have created for the season. Here is part 8. See all the festive showcase posts here as they unfold.

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Mateja Lukežič | Mima illustration

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You can get a holiday spirit with this lovely and colorful postcards. Find out more here

So many things I have learned through the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ course. I have learned how to develop a great illustrations for children’s books, how to see and read the text and make characters (poses, emotions) and enviroment the best possible. The course showed me inside information from the children’s book industry and how to contact the art director. And the most important, to be kind to yourself, to believe that I can make it.

We had a book fair a few days ago and I decided that my next step is, after I finish my portfolio, to send it to the largest book publisher in my country. I got a contact of an art director on a book fair and now is up to me. I know I can do it and for this I can be thankful for Lilla and Zoe to teach me everything I should know for illustrating childrens books. In this stage I’m brave enough to show my work to publishers.

See more work here: Website

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Eva Spitzer

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House socks. See more here

My house socks are inspired my backyard: ducks, plants, trees, flowers, mountains. The house I grew up in is white with a red roof. I learned to draw icons in MATS A and B and applied that to my sock designs. I look forward to continuing to develop my skills and expanding my line of products outside of socks, and building up my portfolio of artwork. I took MATS A and B right as I was starting my business of patterned socks, and it was a wonderful experience and improved my work greatly.

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Katie Erickson | Art Spreads Joy

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This Christmas Card design shows a humorous situation for a custom portrait holiday card.

The courses have helped me go a step further in each drawing I produce. I’m looking forward to 2017 as my best year yet while I continue to work through my MATS course content!

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Kay Wolfersperger

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Holiday greeting card for grandparent to granddaughter

I have taken: MATS A, MATS B, Bootcamp and Home Decor

My artwork has evolved more in the year that I have been taking MATS classes than it has my whole life! The classes gave me the structure so I could learn to work within in a brief, but they also gave me enough freedom to find which way of working was best for me.

The facebook groups have been a creative haven to interact with like-minded folks where I can find feedback, encouragement and advice. I’ll continue taking MATS B which I am currently in. I can’t wait to see where it takes me after having such a productive year already with MATS!

See more here: Website

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Lisa Miles| Creative Sofa
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‘Just Chill’ Watercolour Christmas Card

I have taken MATS Bootcamp and MATS A. My style and techniques have evolved and progressed whilst taking MATS classes. I have looked at subject matter and colour palettes that I would not have considered previously.

I have realised which aspects I really enjoy in my art; a bit of humour or happiness, cute animals and people. The classes have also helped me find out a great deal of useful information about various markets that I would not otherwise have had access to. This also helped me consider markets and products that I would not have even thought about.

Through the Facebook groups I have realised that many artists have the same types of concerns about their work and processes. I have also been introduced to lots of useful resources, art suppliers, printers etc and gained valuable information about the industry in general. In 2017 I will continue to develop my art by challenging myself to learn about new techniques, use new materials and to branch out further into different subjects.

See more here: Website

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Transform your art career and Make Art That Sells. Registration is open for Illustrating Children’s Books (starts 16 January, 2017), Assignment Bootcamp (starts March 2017) and our amazing self-paced versions of MATS A & MATS B which include a huge vault of reviews from Lilla and class assignments from all our previous sessions.

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MATS Alumni Festive Showcase 2016 – part 7


Happy Festive season! We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase some festive designs and products they have created for the season. Here is part 8. See all the festive showcase posts here as they unfold.

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Dominika Bozic |Les Chérubins

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This is a Christmas card designed with my illustration “Fairy on the Christmas Tree”

I took MATS Bootcamp 2015 and MATS Bootcamp 2016 and I am following all the freebies and small assignments Lilla is giving for inspiration.

Classes and Lilla’s advice on her blog and periscope helped me focus and realize how this “job” I have chosen to do for the rest of my life is the most amazing thing that have happened to me. The advice I am getting from her classes and from the community of artists on our Facebook group page are precious. Through the constructive feedback for your work but also for work from other artists, one can learn more quickly what is working and what is not. For me is also very important to be able to get the information about the styles, icons and colors clients are looking for at the moment.

See more work: Facebook | Blog | Instagram

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Jules Gissler

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8 -Holiday cards– blank inside– in a clear plastic box– tied with a ribbon $20 OR 5×7 $38 or 8x 10 giclee both in black metal frame $55

I have taken MATS A, MATS B, MATS Bootcamp, & MATS Home Decor

The classes have helped me with my color choices I use in my art. I used to not think about it, but now I am more aware.The classes has helped me think more about my lettering and how to incorporate that element into my piece. I feel like I’m heading in another direction with my art and finding I really like colored pencil—and still mixing paint or markers in creating a piece. I’m also finding I love to write and make up quirky stories and have this also as an element in my art and think 2017 I will incorporate more of this in my art.

See more work here: Website

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Emma Bresola

Postcard "JOY" is inspired by Holiday cookies

This postcard “JOY” is inspired by Holiday cookies and was a lot fun to create. The tree is made from a mesh and all the other icons were hand made and then digitalized.

This year I have taken MATS A and MATS B classes, and I took part on GTS. Lilla Roger’s art classes have helped me to stay motivated in creating more art and to rebuild my portfolio.

In 2017 I am planning to take a Bootcamp class and I would like to focus more in children apparel and home decor, but I open up to any other markets.

See more work here: Website

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Molly Schafer | Feral Pony Illustration

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This is an illustration of a happy snow-family out for a stroll in the snow. I wanted to capture the joy and happiness a child can bring to a family along with the excitement of a snow day! I have taken the first -ever MATS A back in June 2013 and Assignment Bootcamp.

What I’ve learned in Lilla’s classes continue to help my artwork evolve. In 2016 I’ve been focusing on personal projects that let my unique style shine and experiencing the joy of creating. And in 2017 I plan to fully realizing this by creating on my own comic books- something I have always wanted to do!

See more work here: Website

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Emma Evans | icklewitch-illustration

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My festive inspired piece – Christmas Vicuña

I took the mats bootcamp in March this year, I am a graduate in surface pattern design but I needed help to kick start my creativity again! Mats bootcamp was amazing it has gave me back my confidence, I learned a lot developed my skills and met some lovely people along the way. So much so I am already enrolled again for March and can’t wait.

See more work here: Instagram

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MATS Alumni Festive Showcase 2016 – part 6


Happy Festive season! We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase some festive designs and products they have created for the season. Here is part 6. See all the festive showcase posts here as they unfold.

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Mirka Hokkanen

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Scandinavian Christmas elves. The designs were watercolors scanned in and printed at Spoonflower.com. I wanted to have 3-dimensional elves to have as a group on a shelf, and tea towels for the kitchen.

The elves are for sale at the local Christmas markets that I am attending and the tea towel was a preorder through my social media and mailing list.

I felt the Children’s book illustrating class was life changing for me. I have been a fine artist for a long time and people have always been telling me that I should be illustrating kid’s books, but I had no idea where to start. This class gave me the tools to start sending portfolios out and get work.

Lilla and Zoe were amazing teachers, and the Facebook group was just as warm and inviting. I learned so many new things! Artistically, what surprised me the most, was that I became so much more comfortable with hand lettering even though I thought I was coming to draw children and animals. I also became more proficient in drawing figures. The class was super fun, I feel like I really found my calling and I can’t wait to start pitching to art directors in 2017 and hopefully get a book illustration job in the next two years.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Gabriela Larios

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The classes helped me to reinforce certain techniques and my style. The experience of being part in this year’s MATS Illustrating for Children’s Books provided a more in depth understanding about character development and movement. What I like about the MATS courses is the fact that it takes you out of your comfort zone and pushes you to create different subject matter based on briefs that you wouldn’t otherwise explore. The MATS courses have helped to diversify and enrich my portfolio.

In 2017 I look forward to collaborate with new companies and partnerships already established and follow-up exciting projects in the pipeline which are in line with my passion for nature, picture books and its conservation for future generations.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Christine Benda

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This image is a personal Christmas card I designed. I have taken MATS A, Home Dec, GTS and Children’s Book Illustrating. I am working on MATS B self paced. My work has improved so much this year. I am so excited by what I have seen in my own work, especially during the children’s book course! In 2017, I’m going to continue to grow my portfolio and hopefully send out some work by the end of next year.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Becca Campbell Smith | The Story Smith
ChristmasInTheSand_BeccaCampbellSmith“Christmas in the Sand” is a Christmas card commissioned for The Little Labs Shop in Burbank, California. This card was illustrated as a collaboration with Love Notes Stationery, which is a greeting card brand formed with my three close illustrator friends.

The inspiration for the design came from when I lived in California and felt left out of the magical snowy winters that the rest of the country sang about. I imagined a magical Christmas somewhere where snow would never exist… in the ocean.

I have taken MATS A, Bootcamp, GTS 2016 and Illustrating Children’s Books.

These classes have been so fantastic in helping me grow and develop my style. This was my first year seriously trying illustration. I felt so lost on who I was as an artist and with every class I’ve become more and more comfortable being myself and what that looks like.

My plans for 2017 are to keep growing and learning. Now that I’ve found my style, I’d love to keep refining it and getting that magic. In January, I’m taking the leap to start sending out my art to agents and art directors, which is scary, but Lilla has prepared us well.

See more work here: Website

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Eveline Vanparys | Kleine Vos Illustraties

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A Christmas Card inspired by Bruges in winter time

I learned so much about the markets and I got tons of inspiration from MATS A. Now I am taking MATS B, learning even more. I really enjoy taking these courses, they’re helpful, inspiring and fun!

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MATS Alumni Festive Showcase 2016 – part 5


Happy Festive season! We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase some festive designs and products they have created for the season. Here is part 5. See all the festive showcase posts here as they unfold.

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May Leong | May Leong Design Studios

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A perching Robin enjoying serenity, peace and joy of the festive season.

I have taken MATS A & B and the classes helped me to discover the types of art that the market is looking for and to narrow my focus in creating artwork in the markets that I am interested in. In 2017, I would like to continue to enhance my art skills and to market my beautiful designs to reach more clients

See more work here: Website

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Yayun Chang-Cahill | DimSumLove

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My product is a holiday card (5″x7″) and my goal is to celebrate the Asian American story to all of my works.

I’ve taken MATS Bootcamp 2016, and MATS A&B Sef-paced. The MATS classes have really helped me to focus my vision into real-world applications and actual portfolio pieces. I feel that the community has given me a tremendous amount of feedback, support and they have elevated my level of output.

See more work here: Website

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Jennifer Gibson Illustration & Fine Art

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An “endearing” holiday card with a special wish. Made with gouache and inks. Available for purchase here

 

I have taken Bootcamp for the first time in 2016, and am currently enrolled in MATS B.

Bootcamp was great! I had not taken a MATS class before and the level of support in combination with the inspirational assignments were the perfect fit for upping my portfolio. I especially liked the 1920’s ladies assignment. It led to positive feedback from an Art Director!

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Deb Hudson
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This is a Christmas Greeting card hand drawn in coloured pencil. It’s available to purchase here

The MATS classes helped me grow and develop my work & style and to gain confidence. I learnt new techniques and overall have grown in leaps and bounds. I’ve since opened my own shop and make sales daily. The added bonus of the course is meeting and staying in contact with other likeminded inspirational artists who have so much helpful advice to offer. I plan on taking more MATS courses in 2017 and hope to grow even more.

See more here: Website | Shop

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Nadja Sarell

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Christmas card designs for 2016

I took my first MATS courses in 2016. I enjoyed MATS Bootcamp very much and learned about different markets that my style could adapt easily. I created new pieces for my portfolio that were different from anything else I had done before.

When the Illustrating Children’s Books course was announced, I signed up immediately. I loved the class, met wonderful, creative people and learned some amazing new things about picture books and publishing world. This intensive course was definitely the most mind-blowing creative experience in 2016.

In 2017 I will continue my illustrator’s career, but with many new creative skills and business insight in my pocket.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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Transform your art career and Make Art That Sells. Registration is open for Illustrating Children’s Books (starts 16 January, 2017), Assignment Bootcamp (starts March 2017) and our amazing self-paced versions of MATS A & MATS B which include a huge vault of reviews from Lilla and class assignments from all our previous sessions.

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MATS Alumni Festive Showcase 2016 – part 3


Happy Festive season! We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase some festive designs and products they have created for the season. Here is part 3. See all the festive showcase posts here as they unfold.

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CARRIE CHAPKO

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I created this pattern for a local Wisconsin shop to be used on holiday gift wrap. It features watercolor icons in a Wisconsin Christmas theme. I have since had a request to create a version for Montana too! More info and to purchase here

MATS classes have helped me tremendously in finding my style and feeling more confident in it! Deciding to take these classes was the best thing I ever did for my art career, I am so grateful for them. Working alongside a talented bunch of artists and illustrators from around the world has also helped, I value all the feedback I’ve gotten.

I look forward to even more classes and personal growth in 2017. Thank you MATS!

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SUSAN HUGHES | SUSAN HUGHES DESIGN

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I painted a holiday wreath that I have put on gift enclosures. You can see the link here

I have taken the Illustrating Children’s Book MATS class.

I was initially hesitant to sign up for Illustrating Children’s Books class because of the cost and I thought all the praise might be just hype. But I was more than satisfied and feel I got every penny’s worth and then some. The class helped me develop my color story for Christmas. Lilla teaches that color is so important and she opened my eyes to new color schemes. Before Lilla, I would just paint with colors that I didn’t mix, but after MATS I always mix my colors and I am much, much happier with the results.

My memories of muted green and reds in my Aunt Ann’s house at Christmas along with her Primitive antiques with naturally distressed textures influenced the piece that I’m submitting. I was able to match the colors in reality with the colors in my imagination. Not too mention the lettering video included in the Illustrating Children’s Book course–I did the “happy holidays” lettering with tips from that video. Thank you Lilla for your influence.

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DONNA ROLLINS

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“The most wonderful time of the year, when family, friends and cookies are near!”

Watercolor illustrations of Holiday cookies designed for a card, paper goods or wrapping paper.

I have learned there is a wide number of outlets searching for art for products. I also purchased Lila Roger’s book, “I just like to make things”. The book and classes have been invaluable. When I go online to look for freelance projects I find I have pieces from the MATS classes that match the requirements of the job making it very easy to apply and occasionally get the job!

See more work here: Website

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JUDY SORRELS

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A set of new Christmas card designs, inspired by loving relationships and the joy of the season – The Carrot Nose Collection. They can be purchased through my website.

I’ve taken Mats A, B, and Home Decor and they’ve been so educational and inspiring; full of insight, tips and techniques while introducing me to a wonderful world of sharing, caring artists. Seriously, life changing.

Next steps: keep designing, learning, taking on new challenges and diving into marketing my work. Hopefully more MATS classes in my future.

See more work here: Website

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DAWN GONZALES | DAWN GONZALES ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN

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I grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming and Tucson, Arizona, and so I miss my Cowboy Christmases. This design was created as a seasonal garden flag for licensing.

The MATS BOOTCAMP classes were invaluable to me as an artist trying to reconnect with my first love of drawing. Since taking these classes, I have built up a body of work of which I am extremely proud, I have gotten a licensing agent and was able to attend Surtex 2016. Over the past two years, I have received some awesome jobs because of my enhanced skills.

My illustration and typography work have landed me projects doing t-shirt designs for a major retailer’s Spring 2017 line, licensed designs for bolt fabric and beer label packaging as well as several press mentions in Upper Case Magazine and Pattern Observer. Because of my work through MATS, I have gained a confidence that I had lost in my youth and am happy to share that this year my art will have been featured in 4 group gallery shows.

The most valuable thing I learned from Lilla Rogers and MATS is to “make art everyday.” Next up for me in 2017 is a wonderful full time Art Director dream job that I accepted last week. I couldn’t be happier. Thanks Lilla Rogers Studio School!

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Transform your art career and Make Art That Sells. Registration is open for Illustrating Children’s Books (starts 16 January, 2017), Assignment Bootcamp (starts March 2017) and our amazing self-paced versions of MATS A & MATS B which include a huge vault of reviews from Lilla and class assignments from all our previous sessions.

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MATS Alumni Festive Showcase 2016 – part 2


Happy Festive season! We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase some festive designs and products they have created for the season. Here is part 2. See all the festive showcase posts here as they unfold.

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 KAREN VERMEULEN

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It’s Christmas time again! this little birdie is a little surprised to find that it’s that time of the year again. A folksy robin with a big questioning eyeball in a snowy landscape will be on greeting cards and gift tags for sale at markets in Cape Town, for more details or mail orders please contact me through my website.

I took Mats A self paced and I did some of my favourite work through a class project. Mats taught me a different approach and allowed my illustration work to go up a few levels. I’m hoping to create more work I’m proud of in 2017, to keep learning and creating and growing my career as an illustrator.

See more work here: Website | Instagram

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ARROWYN CRABAN LAUER | LITTLE GOLD FOX DESIGNS

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A stag leaps handsomely through the autumn wood. Click here for more info. This is an original mixed-media design

The card is 4.25 x 5.5 inches printed on 100% recycled Speckletone paper in beautiful Portland, Oregon. The paper is a lovely natural white card stock with darker fibers woven through and the inside is blank leaving room for a personal message. Comes with a brick red envelope.

The MATS classes have revolutionized my artwork. The first class I took I went through a period of grieving when I realized how little I had actually invested in my artistic ability over the years. These classes gave me permission to explore, to experiment, to envision a new way of expressing myself.

This design had its origins in one of the assignment in the Home Decor class. I plan to expand on this style and build up a portfolio of work for licensing in 2017.

See more work here: Website | Etsy | Facebook

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ALLY BRYAN | COLOURED SPACE DESIGNS

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The first card was the reindeer with sunnies on (we are in Australia and most of us have these as our daily wear!) The reindeer was a motif that featured in a card I created for a MATS brief on creating a Christmas card. then I just kept going drawing motifs as Lilla always says and thinking about our surrounds and what flora, fauna and unique animal life we have here in Australia! The next 3 cards were born, the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Roo + Koala and Christmas Bird – just a friendly chirpy face that we hear every day!

Once I created them I set off to find a home for them – my Goal this year was to break into the gift wrap and card market. I hold a shop called Berkelouw books close to my heart. There are 10 stores in NSW and I love everyone of them. Great havens to get lost in – I love books! I tracked down the buyer for them and headed off to sell my soul! I was blown away when they took 14 of my designs and I now have them on Greeting cards and gift warp in all of there stores! I have to pinch myself when I walk by! I would like to say a huge thank you to Lilla and also all of the lovely talented artists I have met along the way. You have all been an inspiration to me and have given me the courage to believe in myself and to head out and make my dreams a reality! Thank you!

The classes I have taken this year and last are MATS A + B, GTS and Bootcamp. Next year I would like to try the new home decor courses and whatever else I can fit into my schedule! Lilla you have made me approach my projects in a much more structured way so that when I receive your brief it is not as daunting as it used to be. I feel every time I work with this community I learn something new – thanks for sharing everyone!

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Facebook

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JILL BERGMAN

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This is a design for a Holiday greeting card using hand made stamps, collage, and pencil.

The MATS classes I have taken are the recent Illustrating Children’s Books, Bootcamp, and I’ve entered in the Global Talent Search.

The classes have helped me simplify my imagery and target it better to my desired audience. So many little pointers have also helped with promotion and confidence in my work. In 2017 I will be submitting book proposals to agents and publishers with mush more confidence that my presentation is eye-catching and includes the type of work they would like to see.

See more work here: Website | Blog

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TRACEY ENGLISH

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I designed this range of gift wrap and gift bags for Deva Designs, a UK based company and they are for sale this holiday season in UK Shops and online.

I took the initial MATS A and B, various Bootcamps and Home Decor twice!

The classes encourage you to develop new ideas, and work on portfolio pieces all with in a very supportive, creative environment.

I am always looking for new outlets for my designs and hope to develop more new opportunities during the following year. MATS classes encourage you to think outside the box and go down avenues you didn’t even know were possible.

See more work here: Website | Instagram | Facebook

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Transform your art career and Make Art That Sells. Registration is open for Illustrating Children’s Books (starts 16 January, 2017), Assignment Bootcamp (starts March 2017) and our amazing self-paced versions of MATS A & MATS B which include a huge vault of reviews from Lilla and class assignments from all our previous sessions.

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MATS Alumni Festive Showcase 2016 – part 1


Happy Festive season! We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase some festive designs and products they have created for the season. Here is part 1.

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JESS RACKLYEFT | JESSESMESS

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A design for a Christmas card based on a MATS assignment involving Christmas cookies!

I’ve taken Children’s books, bootcamp, Home Decor and MATS A and B. MATS has been a major contributor to my artistic growth this year, I’ve pushed my boundaries and professionalism through the classes. I’ve also built a whole array of new work for my portfolio and some of this has ended up in card designs, home decor products and other client projects.

See more work here: Website

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FRANCESCA IANNACCONE

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Set of 8 Holiday cards.

I have taken Bootcamp over the last 3 years. I sign up because it gives me such an amazing amount of new work for my portfolio – whole collections can grow from one idea. Every time I take Bootcamp my work grows a lot, encouraged by the wonderful Facebook camaraderie and the tips Lilla gives in every assignment. It also encourages me out of my comfort zone – I draw people much more than I used to!

2017 Goals: I intend to keep growing my art in 2017 with more courses and more commissions.

See more work here: Website | Shop | Instagram

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KELLY FREDERICK MIZER

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I just finished taking the children’s book illustration course with Lilla and Zoe. I am sad to see it end, but I learned so much and am now very energized about making new works for 2017. The class was the first MATS class I have participated in and I am hooked. There is something about having deadlines that is inspiring. Zoe and Lilla have me thinking about expressions and gestures in a way that I hadn’t prior to now.  Plus, I have learned to trust my own drawing and painting style when it comes to illustrations. That has been a goal of mine for awhile, but the course forced me to go for it.

2017 Goals: In 2017, I am reworking many of the illustrations that I created for the children’s books I have written. In the meantime, please consider showcasing this festive holiday Rudolph textile for your showcase. It is available for licensing.

See more work here: Website

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Scene from recent range commissioned for Hippo Blue Wonderful Christmas in Oz.

I was asked to create a Christmas in Oz world and then extend the art to a number of  different products including: Activity Book, Colouring Postcards, Card Game, Wall Decals & Stickers, Santa Sack, Jigsaw Puzzle and Gift Cards. The products are all available online and can be personalised with your child’s name. There is also the option to choose the gender, hair colour and skin colour for your child, so they will receive a very special personalised gift this Christmas!

MATS has helped me really develop my own style. The classes have been great for my folio and a lot of the work I created during the classes has gone on to secure me actual jobs in the industry. A number of my MATS illustrations have also been licensed as greeting cards. Through the Facebook group I have met some fabulous, like minded illustrators and have connected with a number of them in real life. I was contacted recently by a fellow MATS alumni to take part in a group exhibition here in Melbourne, this has led to art sales and licensing deals. So, it’s been brilliant really! You never know where things will lead …

2017 goals: I have a permanent part time job illustrating and designing for a toy company in Melbourne which I adore.  I also have a number of on-going illustration clients. My plan is to keep growing, keep developing my style and keep putting stuff out there. Plant seeds and see what grows! If I knew exactly what was going to happen then that would be boring. I also have a fine art practise under the name PESKY. I am represented by Port Jackson Press in Melbourne and will be having a solo show mid way through next year, so there is a lot to look forward to!

See more work here: Website

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ALYSSA BERMUDEZ | BERMUDEZBAHAMA

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This nativity scene is featured on my Christmas cards and gift tags this season. They can be purchased in my etsy shop. I’ve taken MATSA and MATSB and it’s helped me to develop my color, design and process for achieving it. Since then I’ve published a Children’s Book, worked with agents and continued to expand my own business. I’ve learned many dos and don’ts in the process and look forward to using that knowledge in 2017 for more expansion and creativity.

See more work here: Website | Shop

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Transform your art career and Make Art That Sells. Registration is open for Illustrating Children’s Books (starts 16 January, 2017),  Assignment Bootcamp (starts March 2017) and our amazing self-paced versions of MATS A & MATS B which include a huge vault of reviews from Lilla and class assignments from all our previous sessions. See all classes HERE

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The MATS Festive Student Showcase – part 11


We are so proud of our wonderful Make Art That Sells alumni and are pleased to showcase part 10 of the festive designs and products they have created for the season. See all the festive showcase posts here

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Anne Bentley

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I’m new-ish to MATS, having taken bootcamp and MATS A for the first time this year. One thing, in particular, that Lilla said during MATS A has really resonated with me. And that’s to do the kind of work I like to do and be myself. Because of MATS I’ve ‘met’ this incredible community of illustrators. I’m going to Surtex in 2016 with the Finch & Foxglove art collective.

See more of Anne’s work here: Website | Instagram

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Rachel Mense

This is a Holiday Greeting card for those who love a good adventure and winter thrills. Playing with geometric winter wonderland creatures and non-traditional Christmas colors.

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I have taken MATS A&B, Bootcamp, GTS as well as HomeDecor. The classes are wonderful, filled with great gems, guidance and insight into the industry from Lilla but also amazing support from all the designers and artists who do the courses. I am excited for 2016 and planning to create a much more art and experiment with different media!

See more of Rachel’s work here: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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Anais Lee

I created this Holiday card for MATS B greeting card week. This card is available on my Minted shop

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I have taken MATS A & B, Bootcamp (twice), and Home Decor. These classes have taught me so much about art licensing, commercial art markets, and how to make art that sells! I loved doing the minis and assignments. They were huge motivations for me to step out of my comfort zone and create more art. Lilla’s affirmation always cheers me up when I have self-doubts. I have grown and improved so much in my creative career since I took MATS classes. In 2016, I will be exhibiting solo at Surtex!

See more of Anais’s work here: Website

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This is a Woodland themed Christmas card I created for 2015 with a coordinating pattern.

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I took MATS B this past fall and am currently taking self-paced A&B. I hope to continue to take the classes and build my portfolio in 2016 and look forward to more assignments and art making! The classes have completely changed my perspective of art making and given me new inspiration in my career.

See more of Leah’s work here: Website

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Patty Rybolt Designs

This is my 2015 tea towel calendar printed on Linen-canvas (ready to hem) Available for sale on my Spoonflower shop

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MATS classes include MATS A, MATS B, MATS Bootcamp twice and the Global Talent Search. These classes have helped me so much… I took a short 15 year break from my art career to raise my children and these classes have really helped my to reboot my portfolio. I am hoping to take the bootcamp class again this year and hopefully the home dec course as well!!

See more of Patty’s work here: Website

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Lynn Gaines Design Studio
Here are my Christmas card concepts I designs in MATS B

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I have taken MATS A, B, and Creating Collections in Home Décor +Bootcamp 2014 and 2015

In 2015 MATS classes have helped me to stretch and grow and to freshen up my everyday work as a staff artist for a major Greeting card company- it has renewed my joy in doing what I love for a living and kicked my old rut to the curb.

In 2016 I hope to find an agent and to pursue my dreams of being a freelance artist with fun dream clients like Land of Nod and Anthropologie

See more of Lynn’s work here: Website

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Transform your art career and Make Art That Sells. Registration is open for  Creating Collections for Home Decor (starts 25 January, 2016),  Assignment Bootcamp (starts March 2016) and our amazing self-paced versions of MATS A & MATS B which include a huge vault of reviews from Lilla and class assignments from all our previous sessions.

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