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I Just Like to Make Things: Learn the Secrets to Making Money while Staying Passionate about your Art and Craft [Kindle Edition]

Lilla Rogers
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Gain a wealth of information, inspiration, and know-how on moving your artistic career forward from one of the most successful illustration agents in the industry!

I Just Like to Make Things is a dazzling, colorful volume of career and personal advice for artists, filled with ideas, playsheets (as opposed to worksheets), case studies, and tools for staying inspired and creative. These pages are grounded in the wisdom and experience gleaned from a long and buzzing career as creative juggernaut Lilla Rogers shares her analysis of leveraging various working styles and ways to keep your art fresh. Artist interviews provide inside details about the best jobs, as well as tips on how to work smart and stay creative. You’ll also find annotated case studies of several successful art jobs, in addition to coloring book pages, hand-drawn charts, and lots of crazy fun.

Acquire real-life, professional advice from an artist known for setting the trend with I Just Like to Make Things!

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About the Author

Lilla Rogers was a full-time, highly successful illustrator beginning in 1984 with clients ranging from the New York Times, Takashimaya, Barneys New York, and Levi’s. She had agents in Tokyo, Paris, and New York. In 1994 her top students asked her to represent them. Since that time, Lilla Rogers Studio has become one of the most respected illustration agencies in the US, with clients in Europe and Asia and known for setting trend. Being an illustrator and teacher allows Lilla the unique position of helping her artists grow as she fully understands the creative process and how to nurture the best in each artist. She has lectured internationally at conferences and trade shows, such as the Illustration Conference (ICON) and PrintsourceNewYork, colleges and corporations, and is interviewed for her expertise as an agent, trendsetter, and artist. She lives in Arlington, MA. Visit her online at

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People Buy Your Joy
It's All About Having Fun With the Process

You are a creative person. That's wonderful! That's a gift. But to have a fabulous and lucrative creative career, you want to drill down to the essence of your creative passion. You want to remember why you're doing what you're doing because you can get pulled away and lose sight of the reason you're so smitten with making art. Heck, you got into this crazy business because you just love making things.

Whether you're a newbie or an old pro, you want to be sure your grand plan is about feeding your soul so you can be refreshed and inspired. Staying inspired is the best thing for your career, your artwork, and your psyche. Why? Because passion sells. People buy your joy.

As an art agent, I know that my busiest artists are the ones who are having the most fun. They know how to tap into that place.

I hope you'll have fun scribbling and jotting thoughts on the journal prompt pages and play sheets in this chapter. I've made them specifically to keep you inspired and remind you of the pleasure of creating. Get ready for some discovery!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 31319 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; Spi edition (1 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #178,471 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner! 19 Jan. 2013
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
Lilla Roger's book is a wonderful, visually-inspiring read for all creatives wanting to follow their passion and make a living from their art or craft. It showcases the work of some of the best illustrators and artists working today and gives the reader shed loads of insider tips on how to get noticed in the world of art licensing, surface pattern design and manufacturing. I found the book hard to put down, and it has helped kick-start my New Year's creative juices following a few weeks of post-Christmas lethargy. Lilli interviews many art directors working in fabric, magazine, stationery and clothing companies, making you feel like you have gotten the inside scoop on the industry. You learn what inspires these directors, how important it is to be trend-aware, and ways of getting your work in front of key people in your particular field. After reading the book in its entirety today, I have a "to-do list" the length of my arm, a headful of ideas and several pages of wonderful websites to visit. The book is also an invitation to work with Liila which makes her stand out as accessible and visible. I recommend to all creatives everywhere!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fresh Approach 26 April 2013
By Trina
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
"I Just Like to Make Things" is written in an incredibly light and open way. It includes stories about Lilla's own family and career path plus thoughts from some of the artists she represents. She has interviewed buyers and creative directors in various areas, for example, stationery, fabric, wall art and editorial which gives a rare insight into what they need and look for when commissioning or buying art for their products.

It also covers subjects such as how to stay motivated and how to deal with envy - things which can actually be as much a block to a career as not getting your marketing right or not having an appropriate website but aren't usually acknowledged.

It's motivating in a light and energetic way that sweeps you along with Lilla's own enthusiasm and knowledge. The fact that Lilla has been a working illustrator for over thirty years and an agent for over twenty means she has a deep understanding of markets and trends, how the industry works and how artists work and think and feel.

The three things I've really taken away from the book (and perhaps I should have already appreciated more - see disclaimer below)

1 "People buy your joy" - producing artwork that gives you joy is more likely to sell.
2 The importance of bouncing back and persevering (where she gives a personal example of the hurdles to launch her jewellery range).
3. Lilla doesn't over look the need for hard work and getting on with it. Once you have the information, you still need to put in the hours.

However, if after reading this book, this is the career path you wish to follow I think you'll be desperate to get your art materials out!

Disclaimer: Lilla has represented me for Illustration work in the USA for the last seven years.
However if she wasn't already my agent, after reading this book, I'd be wishing that she was!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars make and sell 2 Aug. 2013
By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER
For anyone who loves to make things, this book works on several levels. Lilla is a successful artist herself, not only that, she is also an agent for artists. She has created a book that helps you free up your creativity with exercise suggestions to get your artistic talents all in a row; ideas and inspiration to stay focussed plus an insider's look at how to break into a market and what an agent or potential buyer is looking for. She has interviewed successful artists to clue you in. She looks at individual markets where you could sell. Learn how to sell what you make. This book is beautifully presented, easy to use and should prove useful. It's great for art students, Etsians, creative professionals and the stay at home Mums or cottage-style industries that have burgeoned onto the creative scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent aid to creative motivation. 24 May 2013
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As a freelance designer I need to be motivated to keep coming up with ideas and inspiration. Initially I was a bit cynical, but once I`d flicked through it and seen the packed, colourful pages, I was inspired straight away to try out the exercises. I`ve also used Julia Cameron`s The Artist`s Way, which is structured more like a course but lacks the visual impact of this book. This will appeal to visual artists who are looking for a boost to their creativity, and I can recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written 15 Nov. 2013
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I have been considering moving towards a new direction recently from magazine articles. This book is just what I needed, it opened up a lot more potential markets for selling - and has given me not just food for thought but also inspiration to take my art forward.

The book is full of gorgeous artwork as well as interviews with other artists and professionals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strongly recommend 19 April 2013
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I would definitely recommend this book to any designers working or wishing to establish themselves within the art licencing sector. It answers many of the key questions about licencing your art, what clients within specific industries are looking for whilst at the same time encourages artists to stay faithful to their unique selves.
Thanks Lilla Rogers for sharing so much valuable information gained through many years of experience!
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