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I Just Like to Make Things: Learn the Secrets to Making Money while Staying Passionate about your Art and Craft Spiral-bound – February 1, 2013
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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 http://www.lillarogers.com.
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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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On the other hand, if you're a crafter, or an artist who wants to sell your individual work yourself, this won't be of much use to you. This gives you resources for having your creations made by factories, not by yourself. The number of successful artists and crafters who want to or who CAN sell on a scale like this is very small compared to those who want to create and market individual items themselves. A better resource for those in that category might be a guide to creating your own online site or an attractive show display.
Side note: I found out about this book after I first signed up for one of Lilla's online art courses - which I very highly recommend! You can find them on her website, or just google her name or 'make art that sells'.
"I Just Want to Make Things" is a must have for anyone contemplating a career in creating for a living. I love the spiral binding- the whimsical illustrations capture the joy of the artists and the flavor of the the book. Colors, text and icons are right on trend and give a hip vibe. I think my favorite part is the story of how Lilla came to launch her own line of craft products with Prima (like she didn't already have enough to do?!). I also liked the part where Lilla interviews her mom, an artist as well, who shares her words of wisdom.
Hearing advice and encouragement from art directors and those who buy art was very interesting. Lots of the people interviewed have practical advice to share and tips to help you stand out from the crowd. This book is a great resource- I will refer back to it over and over.