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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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No doubt Silvia is influencing a whole generation of painters to flow, splash, puddle and drip their way to beauty.

I’ve had a big throbbing art boner for Chris Uminga for several years now. “Edgy-cute” is his thing and Chris is part of the modern neo-pop art movement. I met Chris several years ago while exhibiting at Fan Expo in Toronto. I was immediately IN LOVE with his adorable illustrations and quickly threw all my […]

Nathan Seabolt sent in his request to be the Feature Friday artist back in January! TA DAH!! But seriously, I have a long list of artist’s waiting to be posted and sometimes I go with a totally different set because it fits whatever topic I’m concentrating on for the site that month. This month, it’s […]

Listen here. Today I interview my pal and professional full-time artist Kelly Grace. This is a monster interview – an hour an a half… we talk art and multi-media multiples and personal style and vintage hair… We gossip about the art scene in Toronto and I get to find out about some “copying shenanigans” that […]

When I was 14, I bought a Norman Rockwell agenda. I didn’t make use of the agenda so much as it was a dreamland companion for me. At work, school, on the subway… I could pull out that calendar and browse Rockwell’s paintings and be transported into an alternate reality, rich in detail and depth […]

I decided to use up the rest of 2013’s Feature Friday’s by sharing my very first loves in art. My choices are not cool, inspired or particularly unique. I loved the lovable. And Calvin and Hobbes was ALL lovable. My high school boyfriend fanned the flames of my Calvin and Hobbes fascination. He bought me […]

Today’s Feature Friday Artist makes me excited; as an artisan of fantastic skill and beautiful handmade work – but also such an amazing pants example of rock solid business sense. Emily’s website, prices and practice are bang on. I want you to pay attention. You can check out Emily’s kick ass tiles: Website Blog Facebook […]

Kathy Hiner paints lush, free-flowing, loose watercolours of the figure. She’s done something that I thoroughly CANNOT do – embraced Yupo and used it to great success with her watercolours. You can find Kathy at her website & Facebook. Portfolio If you’d like to be a Feature Friday artist – fill out the form below.