Make Art That Sells


I have been working on the lobster above for the last week or two. He’s not quite finished–I have a couple final details to add, but he’s getting close.

What do you think?


Ninety percent (maybe more) of what I do is by myself. Some days, I’m working in my studio at home. Other days, though surrounded by the hustle and bustle of my local coffee shop, I’m still sitting in front of my computer or sketchpad–working alone.

This is awesome when I’m jamming on a project that I love.

But sometimes, I long for more interaction. More input or guidance. Juicy creative discussions about the work (be it mine or someone else’s).

Feeling adrift, this has been especially true in the past month. What else should I be doing to get where I want to go? Who can I even ask for help?

An email about a new e-course for artists, created by Lilla Rogers, a talented illustrator and incredibly successful agent, found it’s way into my inbox.

Serendipity. You just need to be paying attention.

I signed up that day.

Lilla Rogers School logo

Make Art that Sells is the name of this five week course that explores the following markets:

  • Bolt Fabric
  • Home Decor
  • Children’s Books
  • Wall Art
  • Gift

Class contributors include Lauren Graham from Anthropologie, Kate Woodrow from Chronicle Books, Alexandrea Mooney from Real Simple Magazine, Misty Lai from Gymboree, and others. If you’re interested, you can learn more about the class here.

So far, the class has been full of useful information and inspiration. We are learning about the Bolt Fabric market this week– and my assignment is to draw mushrooms and vintage pyrex casserole dishes. Fabulous.

I hope this class provides some of the direction and feedback I have been craving. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be posting about what we’re learning and creating–so stay tuned.


9 thoughts on “Make Art That Sells

  1. I love this guy. He is great. He almost looks like he is conducting. I really like the white lines around him. I am not sure how I feel about the diamond like pattern on his head. . . a little feedback, hope that’s ok:)

      • I guess having it in the middle of the one claw with the softer circles and then a smooth claw on the other side feels a bit off to me for some reason. It makes me wonder if the claw on the right is missing something since it is smooth and the other two aren’t. Maybe it is a balance thing….

      • I see what you mean Catherine. I added the diamond pattern before I added the sweater and actually really liked the asymmetry. Maybe there’s too much going on with the sweater added in there too. I will have to think about that.

        Thanks again for taking a look!

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