Sudi McCollum for Bellwether Farms

Sudi McCollum’s illustrations used in the branding and packaging for the Bellwether Farms dairy line have contributed to a highly successful campaign and tremendous growth for the company. Inspired by early American primers for children, the naive charm of Sudi’s illustrations evokes a feeling of simpler days.

Check out Sudi’s image below and see more of her imagery in her online portfolio.

Sudi is represented by Liz Sanders Agency.

Branding and packaging for Bellwether Farms.
© Sudi McCollum

Happy Valentine’s Day from Liz Sanders Agency

Happy Valentine’s Day from Liz Sanders Agency and a couple of her wonderfully talented illustrators.

Judy Reed Silver created these Valentine-themed gift bag designs employing Judy’s use of repeat pattern. Judy’s style tends to focus on an eclectic collage of Asian influences, modern and vintage illustration, design and photography. She has licensed her illustrations and designs for rugs, wallpapers, fabrics, stationary, shoes, T-shirts, tableware, children’s/infant bedding, gift bags, product packaging and wall décor.

A collection of Valentine's Day gift bags.

Sudi McCollum created this Valentine’s Day greeting card for Seller’s Publishing inspired by Chinese cut-paper art.

Valentine's Day greeting card.
© Sudi McCollum

Happy Thanksgiving from Liz Sanders Agency!

Happy Thanksgiving from a few of Liz Sanders Agency artists, Suzanne Beaky and Kyle Poling!

Suzanne Beaky created this lively self promo for a direct mail piece mailed to the children’s book publishing market. Suzanne creates wonderfully expressive illustrations which are commissioned for children’s books, magazines and educational publishing worldwide. Suzanne grew up in Gahanna, Ohio, and studied illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design.

Her expressive illustrations are commissioned by children’s book, magazine, and educational publishers worldwide. See for yourself some of the images she’s created.

Children's illustration of a young boy at the Thanksgiving Day Parade

Below is a promotional illustration created by Kyle Poling showing a traditional Pilgrim and Native American Thanksgiving.

Kyle Poling's illustration of a pilgrim Thanksgiving

Suzanne Beaky’s Children’s Book, ‘Chicken Licken’

Suzanne Beaky’s super animated chicken grabs the attention of those little ones. A prolific published illustrator, Suzanne created this personality plus chicken for the children’s book Chicken Licken, published by Heinemann Publishing.

The book is party of the Shared Reading Books series, which are oversided books that the teacher reads to a group of children. Let us tell you, they are entranced by the story and Suzanne’s fun and often silly art. We want to share a little bit of the book along with Suzanne’s illustration.

Suzanne is represented by Liz Sanders Agency and you can check out more of her work on her rep’s website.


One day Chicken Licken was pecking around for seeds to eat.
Then all of a sudden a big acorn fell on his head.

“What was that?” he asked.
He looked up at the sky.
And then he got very worried.

Cartoon illustration of a chicken for a children's book, Chicken Lickin'

© Suzanne Beaky

Local Philanthropy with Amy Ning

Charleston Magazine‘s art director, Camilla Van Eeckhoven, hired Amy Ning to create a visual for inclusion in their November issue. The article’s author, Linda M. Plunkett, a Charleston native, writes about the evolution of local philanthropy. Amy came up with this graphic illustration to express the concept of ‘giving back’ to the community in the article titled “Growing Good“.

Amy is represented by Liz Sanders Agency and you can see more of her work here and at her rep’s website.

Conceptual illustration showing local communities 'giving back'.
© Amy Ning

Kyle Poling and Amy Ning’s Spooktacular Images

Liz Sanders Agency artists, Amy Ning and Kyle Poling, have been busy scaring up some seriously great illustrations.

Kyle Poling created all kinds of cute Halloween characters for a fun and lively children’s book. Author Ilanit Oliver wrote Ten Flying Brooms for Scholastic Corporation, which Kyle happily illustrated bringing the educational children’s story to life. The counting story is filled with all sorts of rhyming and high-flying bats, witches and broomsticks and is sure to keep kids engaged and learning.

© Kyle Poling

Amy Ning created a graphic version of the usual Halloween suspects for the Orange County Register. The article entitled “Scary Stories” features Amy’s frightfully good image. We simply love her work!

Illustration of Halloween characters
© Amy Ning

We’re Celebrating Oktoberfest with a Giveaway

TOMORROW is the last day to take advantage of our wonderful giveaway! See the details below to find out how you can have your work shown on Folioplanet!

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We’re Celebrating Oktoberfest at Folioplanet with an Unbelievable Giveaway!
It’s not free beer. It’s something better.


Sign up for an annual portfolio at Folioplanet by October 31st
and receive one of the following:

$100 Amazon Gift Card
$100 Target Gift Card
$100 Starbucks Gift Card


Current Folioplanet Portfolio or Stock advertisers can also get in on the action.
Refer a friend and we’ll send you a gift card, too, to say thanks!


Follow the instructions below to get started. Eligibility and terms indicated below.


1. Click on the sign up link and fill out the registration form.
(If already listed, go to the login page and upgrade your listing. Then follow the steps to finalize account activation.)
2. Click on the “validate” link and enter the validation code sent to you via email.
3. Fill out the listing form here, then click “Add Link”.
4. Click the radio button indicating a quarterly portfolio for $100.
5. Enter your payment information on the following page.
6. Upon verification of your listing, you will receive an email to redeem your egift card.


Terms of Oktoberfest Giveaway:

The Folioplanet Oktoberfest Giveaway is reserved for professional illustrators only who also have a personal website for the purpose of marketing their talent. All submitted listings will be verified and you will be notified of final eligibility. If ineligible due to qualifications not met any deposit will automatically be refunded.

The giveaway is for new portfolio accounts only. Stock accounts are not eligible. Under the terms of the 2015 Oktoberfest Giveaway the portfolio contract is an annual contract with quarterly payments of $100, the first payment being due immediately upon account activation. By submitting your listing and payment information you are agreeing to the terms of the giveaway and will be billed automatically each quarter through the end of the first year. After the completion of your first year you will automatically renew on a quarterly basis unless you notify us via email prior to your 5th quarter billing cycle that you wish to discontinue.

Upon final approval you will receive an email from Folioplanet. Please reply to indicate your preference and include a valid email address. Eligible advertisers will receive ONE $50 egift card for ONE of the following merchants: Starbucks, Target or Amazon. Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery of your gift card.

For current Folioplanet clients with a paid subscription for either a portfolio or stock account, if you refer a friend which results in an eligible paid portfolio you will also receive ONE $50 egift card for ONE of the merchants indicated in the above paragraph. Simply email the name of your referral along with their address, phone number and email. Once verified you will receive an email from Folioplanet. Please reply to indicate your preference and include a valid email address. Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery of your gift card.


Sudi McCollum’s American Folk Inspired Art

Sudi McCollum has creativity and artistry in her blood. Both of her parents had that creative genius thing, which they kindly passed on to Sudi. After college, Sudi found a successful career in graphic design. She became so sought after for poster commissions from her advertising clients that the rest, they say, is history. She launched a successful career in illustration where she specializes in packaging, publishing and promotional materials, as well as home accessory design.

Sudi has a range of graphic styles, one of which is inspired by American Shaker folk art. This more contemporary take on the Shaker style was created for a catalog company that has an American folk art-style product line. Gorgeous! See more of Sudi’s work here and on her artist representative website, Liz Sanders Agency.

Woodblock illustration in American Shaker Style
© Sudi McCollum

Colleen Madden Illustrates Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas”

Illustrator Colleen Madden recently finished work on a new children’s book, and all indications are that we will be seeing it everywhere very soon. The story, or words actually, are taken from the Mariah Carey song “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Colleen’s style had the right blend of painterly fun and sweet that Ms. Carey and the publisher, Random House Children’s Books, were looking for. It was a demanding project with a tight deadline, but Colleen pulled it off beautifully. If book sales are anything like the song sales, there is no doubt that the book will be a big hit!

Looks like it’s time for Christmas shopping! Copies will be available starting November 10th.

Colleen is represented by MB Artists. You can see more of Colleen’s work in her Folioplanet portfolio.

Cover illustration for "All I Want for Christmas is You"

Illustration for Mariah Carey book "All I Want for Christmas"

Illustration for Mariah Carey's book "All I Want for Christmas is You".
© Colleen Madden