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Today we’ll take a look at the work and story of several successful licensed artists.

What I love is that they all have very unique styles and are quite different from one another.

This a great visual example of the breadth and scope of difference there is in opportunity in art licensing.

(I haven’t even spoken yet about the serious niche genres of fantasy and horror that also require talented artists from which to license!)


Beth Logan

gazillion ERMERGERD.

Cuteness overload… and cats.


Beth created a series of illustrations and sculptures of her Flossie cat the last month before her kitty died.


I just lost my Patchie too, so this is sitting really personally with me.

Check out her blog – there is such a wonderful sense of character there with stories filled with Beth’s personality.

“Realness” is attractive.

Showing your real self in your biz in all your power and glory and vulnerability is the most engaging.

We’re all misfits.

Tiny Beth Logan Gallery:




Paul Brent

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 8.44.54 AMPaul Brent has chosen the “Seaside” niche and excelled.

He’s expanded beyond the sea and has an enormous amount of products available on his website.

Jewellery, wall hangings, floor coverings, glass art, framed art, bags, needlepoint – the breadth of products that can have licensed illustrations is really unlimited.

©Paul Brent

©Paul Brent


Tiny Paul Brent Gallery:




Drew Brophy

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 5.34.04 PMI love how variety in the art licensing market.

Drew Brophy“Making things look cool since 1971.”


That’s so many levels of awesome.

First, that it’s the actual tagline for a successful business AND that it’s totally the truth.

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 5.43.03 PMDrew has been bringing surf and skate culture style to licensing for decades. He’s licensed with all kinds of the top companies: Converse, Palisades Skateboards, Walter Foster, Skin-it, Sigg, Hard Rock Casino Las Vegas, Uggs Australia and a tonne more…

Tiny Drew Brophy Gallery

I couldn’t stop… I just kept adding images. Go check out Drew’s Gallery.



Mary Engelbreit Studios

avatar_maryMary Engelbreit is one of the most prolific and (from what I can tell) famous licensed artists alive.

She has 52 700 likes on Facebook.


SEE. Famous.

Check out the “About” page on her website. She has a team of employees to help with the licensing operation.


Over 25 companies license art for their products from ME Studios. That’s huge. That’s not just 1 product either – that’s multiple products, whole collections.

I had no idea.

No wonder artists in the industry speak of Mary Engelbreit with hushed and reverent tones. (lol!)

Tiny ME Studios Gallery

Art Licensing Derek Wicks SidebarIf this excites you to no end and you can’t wait to get started – get in on insider training with professional licensed artist, Derek Wicks.

I’ve got a really information-packed expert interview with Derek available in the classes and also available in The re:ACTion Lab.


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Today we talk about 5 things you should avoid in art licensing.

Welcome to Part II Yesterday we covered 1 – 3 in our Art Licensing Baby Steps. Today we take it to the end and give you a pretty solid basis to launch your art licensing empire. No seriously. That could be you. Why not you? (P.S. Welcome to the issues that arise when you walk […]

   Art licensing can seem pretty overwhelming when you’re just getting started. With sufficient patience and knowledge of the biz from an artist who’s been working in the industry – you can make strides in creating a lucrative revenue stream to your growing art biz. Derek Wicks is a great source for information and support […]

We’ve come to the end of Art Licensing month – and to cap it off nicely, here’s a page of further resources and links to peruse at your leisure. …on your copious amounts of time off, of course… LOL!!! Remember when you used have a chance to read? Just sit on the deck with a […]

So, you’ve been seeing me bleat all month about art licensing and you’re thinking, “Hellz yah! Gimme some of that…” So you click on the Tara Reed Art Licensing Academy Link… and then cry. ‘Cuz it’s $197 bucks and you’re on a budget. Sadly, eating will always be a priority. I get that. I feel […]

Art Licensing Academy with Tara Reed opens March 25! This is your last chance to register and get in on 4 intense weeks of art licensing training and coaching support.

Join our LIVE Art Licensing Expert Interview – with Derek Wicks!! Derek has been a full-time professional artist for over 30 years and has been licensing his art since 1995. On March 17th at 8 pm EST we’ll gather on Skype to listen to Derek cover: How to know when you’re ready for licensing. The […]

Yep… there’s a theme this month. The theme is Art Licensing and your guru is Tara Reed. Interestingly, Tara has a degree in marketing that when paired with her whimsical art talent has resulted in a very successful art licensing career. Started in 2004 in Portland, Oregon – Tara Reed Designs Inc. creates “Art products […]