Since the mid 90s I've produced illustrations for several hundred consumer, trade, inflight and supermarket magazines on various subjects including women's lifestyle, health and fitness, medical and mental health, marketing, business and technology.
Painting and Collage
At the start of my illustration career several commissions involved painting but by the late 90s I'd moved on to working digitally (with a few exceptions) and have only returned to paint in the last few years.
I love how working digitally and the freedom it allows to experiment easily with scale, overlaps and composition has fed in to my painting and collage on my return.
A move in 2016 to rural Northumberland provided the physical and mental space to allow more time for painting. As a contrast to my illustration work my paintings come from a very personal space influenced by my love of exploring European cities, the countryside, nature and domestic interiors.
I've worked on a variety of book projects - covers and full page illustrations through to little spot illustrations, both full colour and limited palette, a handful of images to fully illustrated books including end papers and decorative borders. I'm equally happy starting from scratch on concepts at the beginning of a project or coming in at the end to produce some pre decided images. Subjects have included mind, body, spirit, craft, wedding, family, relationships, domestic, gardening, animals and eco living.
Illustration - Decorative
Work here includes commissions and personal pieces. Some have been licensed to teNeues, Trader Joe's, American Greetings, Hallmark and Madison Park Greetings and featured in Uppercase Magazine and Lürzer's Archive "200 Best Illustrators 2013/14" and "16/17". If you are interested in licensing any please contact Lilla Rogers Studio.
Lettering and Maps
What I love about illustrated maps is the concept of capturing both the emotional 'feel' of a place plus objective information in one image.
I've produced artwork for Boden Kids, BlueQ and Land of Nod and been commissioned and sold prints for swimwear, wrapping paper and stationery in Europe and the USA.
All my work is hand drawn then coloured and well labelled in layers in either Illustrator or Photoshop.
Step by Steps
This is an area of illustration I never expected to enjoy so much! I love the challenge of producing clear step by step illustrations.
I've produced work for books on jewellery, egg decorating, pumpkin cutting, apron making and many on sewing and other crafts.
Commissions have ranged from three or four steps for magazines on things such as how to decorate a christmas tree or exercise foot muscles through to craft books involving over two hundred illustrations.
Personal Work and Sketchbooks
A mix of work done in sketchbooks and more recently also on my iPad Pro and exploratory, playful projects that stray a bit from my main style.
I particularly love to keep a sketchbook whilst on holiday and how a pen sketch of a lazy afternoon at a Greek beach taverna can so often years later, summon up the feel of the day so much more than a photograph.