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.
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". If you are interested in licensing any please contact Lilla Rogers Studio.
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.
Maps and Lettering
What I love about illustrated maps is the concept of capturing both the emotional 'feel' of a place plus objective information in one image.
Background Sets and Props
As a child I loved to make small imaginary, woodland worlds from cut up kitchen roll holders and bits of paper. As an adult being commissioned to produce backgrounds for craft books is a huge delight.
I've worked on eight such books - featuring teeny tiny crochet, felted animals and a range of origami subjects including dinosaurs, wild animals and transport. Using cut coloured paper and sometimes balsa wood and fabric I made the props then worked with photographer Geoff Dann setting up the scenes.
I love the collaborative aspect and also the tactile nature of working on such projects. I would very much like to explore other uses and opportunities for this sort of work.
In autumn 2013 I was hired for the day, by a media company making a video, to draw on a school blackboard in an old warehouse in East London. I so enjoyed the experience I made my own board which hangs in my kitchen.
As well as producing images for weddings and "pretty" events this seems like a great medium for information graphics that need to be eye catching but not too hard edged.
Painting and Wall Art
At the start of my 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 on my return. On some pieces I'm combining paint and digital.