Artist Carolyn Gavin ambushes Lilla’s instagram account

Carolyn Gavin recently took over Lilla Rogers’ Instagram account @Lillarogers. Carolyn splits her time between Canada and Belize.  She sure did give us a treat to see a glimpse in the day of her life as a working artist in Belize. It was filled with lush tropical life, gorgeous colors, and even a sneak peek into a Mayan Chocolate Factory and Organic Cacao Farm!

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Hop over to @Lillarogers on Instagram to see more of Carolyn’s colorful day in Belize. See Carolyn Gavin’s portfolio here.



Announcing our top 50 Global Talent Search 2016 Semi Finalists


Announcing the 50 Semi-Finalists in our 2016 Global Talent Search!


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TOP 50 who go through to round #2 (alphabetical by first name)

Abby Bunnell, Allistair Burt, Anette Heiberg, Anna Berger, Anne Bentley, Bec Williams, Colee Wilkinson, Dana Tanasa, Daniela De Marco, Diane Neukirch, Elizabeth Munro, Elizabeth Wood, Emily Jepps, Emma McGowan, Eva Zurita, Gill Bond, Heidi Griffiths, Jess Racklyeft, Juliet James, Katherine Quinn, Kimberly Carter, Laurence Lavallee, Lee Foster-Wilson, Lisa Kirkbride, Mara Penny, Marenthe Otten, Marieke Middendorp, Meghann Rader, Michele Phillips, Michelle Brown, Neryl, Walker, Nicole LaRue, Paloma Pedrera Martinez, Portia Monberg, Rachel Grant, Sandrine Monnier, Sarah Allen, Sarah Papworth, Sarah Hand, Sharon Montgomery, Sofia Moore, Stephanie Hofmann,, Susan Spiers, Susan Evenson, Tatiana Von Beelen, Tatjana Mai-wyss, Terri Kasuba, Tina Loeffler, Trisha Klempel, Youngsun Kim.



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As you can imagine, it was incredibly hard to narrow the entries down to 50. There were a number of entries that came very close. So this year, we thought it would be nice to let those folks know. We hope that gives them a boost of confidence!

These are the 33 Honorable Mentions (alphabetical by first name)

Adrienne Vita, Apara Maney, Asa Gilland, Caroline Bonne-Muller, Christina Mann, Elaine Lu, Eleyorsnir, Eliza Todd, Emma Allsup, Farah Shah, Fleur Harris, Bree Bee, Jan Gerardi, Jennifer Geldard, Kerrie Satava, Kristin Roskifte, Laurie Downing, Leanne Oughton, Gill Cameron, Lori Rudolph, Mandy Tait, Monika Suska, Anita Ashfield-Salter, Nikki Upsher, Paula Taylor, Rebecca Morley Jones, Alexandra Michel, Sarah e Hand, Tammie Bennett, Tarsila Kruse, Tina Roos, Victoria Tentler-krylov, Yu Kito Lee


Q: Lilla, how did your team select the 50 semi-finalists out of the boatload of incredible submissions?

A: First and foremost, we asked ourselves, would we love to represent this look? On a gut level, is this a style we are infatuated with?

Q: Were there specific criteria?

A: We considered the following in selecting the 50 semi-finalists

  • Will this style get lots of work with our outstanding clients?
  • Does the art stand out from the crowd? Do you get a sense of a well-formed and unique style?
  • Did the artist give 110%? Is the entire image loaded with goodness?
  • Do we see fluent drawing ability?
  • Is the color palette and the overall composition of the piece consistent and at a high level?

Why is the important to our clients?

It allows the agency to continue to deliver the freshest and best work in the industry along with our list of stellar artists. We are the place to find the newest and greatest talent from all over the world.

What’s next for the semi-finalists?

  1. The 50 semi-finalists have been notified today that they are, in fact, the 50 semi-finalists. You know they are going to be over the moon! (To all those that did not make it into this round, I want to assure you that I could not select all the qualified candidates.)
  2. They will receive their second assignment today as well, which is a continuation of the story of our main character, Sunny Spindler, played by our own Reine Sloan!  The purpose of a narrative is to help the artist engage with the subject matter and demographic.
  3. The second assignments are due Monday, August 29th.
  4. Our panel of 20 top industry judges will privately select their favorites based on their highly regarded expertise.
  5. The Public Gallery opens for live voting for the People’s Choice on Wednesday, August 31st and runs through Monday, September 5th. Here’s your chance to vote!
  6. We announce the six Finalists on Wednesday, September 7th.
  7. The winner is announced Wednesday, September 28th and their amazing full-time career as a represented artist begins!

See all the dates here

The People’s Choice begins August 31st

Remember, you can cast your vote for your favorite image on Wednesday, August 31st through Monday, September 5th. Watch for our newsletter for more details.

Follow along as the contestants share on Instagram #globaltalentsearch.

We are honored that such outstanding talent has participated in our annual Search!

Warm regards,
Lilla, Beth, and the Studio Ladies
Lilla Rogers Studio







Introducing the 2016 Global Talent Search assignment


It’s remarkable. The submissions for our annual Global Talent Search are absolutely top-notch.

What is the Global Talent Search? It’s our annual competition to find the next top artist for our art agency to represent. The winner lands a boatload of assignments, licenses, and consultations with some of our favorite companies. (I will tell you that our GTS winners of previous years are consistently booked with work!)

The fifty semi-finalists are from all over the world.

21 Europe
22 North America
6 Australasia
1 Africa

82% of the participants have taken one or more of my e-courses, Make Art the Sells.

The competition consists of three assignments. In the first assignment we introduced our fictional character, Sunny Spindler, who owns a charming candy shop and café.

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Meet “Sunny Spindler”, the star of our competition this year.

We asked the participants to design a teacup and napkin set for Sunny’s café.

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Sunny’s cafe

I provided tons of inspiration and reference from photographs I’ve taken in England, New York City, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, to get the participants motivated.

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Liberty of London

They were given total creative free reign and encouraged to be themselves with a vengeance.
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Narrowing the submissions down—there were close to 1,000—was not an easy task!

Watch for the big announcement!
We’ll announce the 50 semi-finalists tomorrow, August 19, 2016 in our newsletter and here on the blog. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter if you haven’t already (on the right hand side of this page), to stay on top of the competition.

The People’s Choice begins August 31st!
Remember, you can cast your vote for your favorite image on Wednesday, August 31st through Monday, September 5th. Watch for our newsletter for more details.

Again, we are honored that such remarkable talent has participated in our annual Search!

Warm regards,

Lilla, Beth, and the Studio Ladies
Lilla Rogers Studio





Carolyn Gavin debuts her own home décor line with TAG, Ltd.

Artist Carolyn Gavin’s brand new home décor collection “Garden Party” for TAG, Ltd. recently made a big debut at the Atlanta Gift Show for the wholesale market.  These gorgeous products will soon be available through various retailers and we will be adding them to our products page as soon as we find out!

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Carolyn created this beautiful line through the e-course from Make Art That Sells called “Creating Collections for Home Décor,” co-taught by Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau. You can learn more about this incredible course here.  See more of Carolyn’s portfolio here.

Congrats to Carolyn on a beautiful line and thanks TAG, Ltd. for being a great client to work with!


The Studio Ladies


Sarah Walsh Ambushes Lilla’s Instagram Account

Sarah Walsh ambushes Lilla Rogers’ Instagram account @Lillarogers.  Sarah lives in Kansas City with her family. We had the best time following along in her spunky colorful day!

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Sarah even turned me onto a new TV show. A Netflix original series “Stranger Things” which is pretty dope! Hop over to @Lillarogers on Instagram to see all of Sarah’s day.  See Sarah’s portfolio here.  Tomorrow we will be following along with Carolyn Gavin’s busy day as she takeovers Lilla’s Instagram account. Be sure to watch!



Suzy Ultman – Land of Nod A-Z Flashcards

Hi Lilla!

I’m so excited about the release of these chunky, colorful, design-filled ABC flashcards. My team at Land of Nod is always so generous with their art direction, and they allowed me to explore some unusual characters in this card mix. My hope is that this deck is a whimsical, educational ride for the whole family. You can purchase them here.  Enjoy :)






Artist Zoe Ingram Ambushes Lilla’s Instagram Feed

Zoe Ingram ambushes Lilla Rogers’ Instagram account @Lillarogers. Zoe lives in Australia with her family! Zoe won the Global Talent Search in October 2013. It has been a life changing event for her.





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Hop over to @Lillarogers on Instagram to see all of Zoe’s day! See Zoe’s portfolio here.



Kate Mason Ambushes Lilla Rogers’ IG Feed.

Kate Mason ambushes Lilla Rogers’ Instagram account @Lillarogers. Kate lives in Australia and is a busy mother of 5!  Kate won the Global Talent Search in October 2015. It has been a life changing event for her.

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Hop over to @Lillarogers on Instagram to see all of Kate’s colorful and busy day! See Kate’s portfolio here.



Katie Vernon Ambushes Lilla’s Instagram Account

We’re having a blast with our “Takeover Thursday” series where a Lilla Rogers Studio artist is ambushing Lilla’s Instagram account @Lillarogers. It is a glimpse into a day in the life of being a Lilla Rogers artist #ArtistAmbush.

We were lucky to have a sneak peak into Katie Vernon’s life last Thursday as a working artist. Katie won the Global Talent Search in October 2015. It has been a life changing event for her!

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Art by Katie Vernon

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photo by Katie Vernon

Check out Katie’s portfolio here. Follow along in the fun on Instagram @lillarogers each Thursday for a rare sneak peek into the life of a working artist. And don’t miss out on your chance for a life changing opportunity through the Global Talent Search 2016 to win representation by Lilla Rogers Studio! Registration for the art competition closes on July 27th. Sign up today.