I didn't get a chance to blog about this exciting piece of news... until now that is! A few of us artists from Lilla Rogers Studio have collaborated with Sprout Patterns to bring you some patterns for Tote bags and zipper pouches. Of course you can still buy lots of my other patterns on different fabrics on Spoonflower if you fancy making up your own patterns. However, having tested out the tote bag sewing pattern from Sprout I can honestly say that it makes it a whole lot easier.
I'm so incredibly happy to share my first home décor collection with Creative Co-Op. These are a few of the items from the collection. I'm delighted to say that I have done a second collection with Creative Co-Op and can't wait to see what the talented team produce.
Designing for Home Décor is one of my favourite things to do so to see my artwork come to life on these items is always a dream.
Towards the end of 2016 I began work on a new colouring book, my third with HarperCollins. The new book celebrates all the good things about America, such a diverse and interesting country. I certainly learned a thing or two while I was doing this book about the geography of the vast country.
This book was slightly different from the previous two books that I had done with HarperCollins in that it was a lot more literal in subject matter. It was challenging at times and I honestly didn't think I was going to finish it because not only was I working on it right throughout Christmas & New Year (our summer holidays) but also, right in the middle of the project we had some family news that really, no one ever wants to hear. But, I continued because I'd made a commitment to the publisher, my amazing client, and to myself.
I'm even happier with the finished book than I thought I would be. I just received my first printed copy!
It's available from early May from all good bookstores!
Just like a bootcamp for your body, to get you moving and exercise those stiff muscles, I like to do this with my brain every once in a while too via my agent's online classes. Assignment Bootcamp presents 1 assignment spread out over a month. It is aimed at developing portfolios and really just having fun creating some new fresh work. It's just what I need right now and I'm really enjoying it although time has been tight.
Last month, we were invited to design an abstract pattern for a backpack. This is what I came up with. A nice relaxed start to the 5 months of assignments ahead.
April's assignment was a bit tougher on the old grey matter. We had to create a mind map editorial piece highlighting 5 brave things that we have done. Here is what I came up with.
I'm so happy to share a couple of the new cards that I have now licensed with Madison Park Greetings. Back in 2008 I dipped my toe in the licensing world and Madison Park Greetings were my first ever clients, I am proud to say. All these years later, I'm really happy to say that I am still working with them. These cards have a little bit of sparkly fun on them!
I made a little video of the making of my Surtex Flyer for this year. I won't be travelling to NYC this year unfortunately so I will miss seeing everyone. I'm sure it'll be a fun filled 3 days at the LRS booth which is #2810.
I was asked to create two designs for children's apparel a while back. One was an under the sea, tropical fish theme and the other, Californ-i-a! Love working on these and an Australian company too.
I recently had the great pleasure of illustrating a feature article in the February issue of the lovely magazine that is, Live Happy Magazine. Being the February issue, the theme was love... ahh how romantic!
The first of it's kind, the weird and wonderful Lilla's Menagerie took place earlier this year.
The aim was to showcase new work to Art Directors without the hassle of travelling to a trade show which involves lots of organisation and a fair chunk of money too. To enable our clients to see brand new work, all in one place, from the comfort of their laptop, Lilla and our agents decided to give this a try and it was a great success.
Here are a few pieces I created especially for the Menagerie. If you are a Art Director/Art Buyer and you'd like to see more of my work or commission some new work please contact Lilla Rogers Studio.
If ever there was an emotionally charged, challenging book to illustrate, it is certainly this one. Without doubt one of the best projects I have worked on so far in my career.
The book is edited by Emily Trunko from the popular tumblr named "The Last Message Received" where viewers are encouraged to submit their last messages received from significant others, ex friends or past lovers.
As I began to illustrate this book and get my head around the downright sadness, the compilation of messages had me all teary and a lip quivering mess. But we got through. Art direction from Nicole De Las Heras was immensely good and the finished book just blows me away.
Find the book here or in any good bookstore.