Powerful Portfolios




Learn how to design, build, and pitch a powerful portfolio that attracts the clients of your dreams in this 3-day workshop.

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What's Inside

Real-life Examples


Hear how successful artists used their portfolios to build their impressive art licensing careers.

Style & Industry


Learn what to include in your portfolio, and how to find and define your style and industry.

Pitch to Clients


How to successfully pitch your portfolio to the companies you’re dying to work with.

Online Marketing


How to present and market your artwork, including which online platform to use and how to drive traffic to your site.

Who is this workshop for?

  • Creative people who love creating art, but aren't sure how to market it to companies.
  • Artists and designers who have a portfolio, but feel like it is "missing the mark" when it comes to attracting the companies you love.
  • Creatives who want to hear from professional artists and designers about how they got their work licensed.
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Meet the Hosts


We’re Liz Kohler Brown & Maja Faber. Together we have taught over 300,000 students in our online classes on illustration, surface design, and how to work professionally as creatives. We have successfully licensed our artwork to clients worldwide, and have learned what a difference a powerful portfolio can make.

Maja Faber

Maja Faber is a Swedish surface pattern designer and online teacher, with a passion for patterns. She has successfully licensed her artwork to clients worldwide and has taught thousands of students about surface design and illustration, in her popular online classes. Maja has worked with clients like Bed, Bath & Beyond, Winter Water Factory, and Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.  She has licensed her playful patterns on everything from stationery products to kids and baby apparel, and fabric collections.

Liz Kohler Brown

Liz Kohler Brown is a designer and hand letterer based in North Carolina.  Her work is vibrant, playful, and full of detailed linework and surprising combinations. Her work has been featured on products for companies like Target, (RED), Hawthorne Supply Co., and Inkwell Cards.  Liz loves creating eye-catching designs for companies that want to bring a bold and whimsical feel to their products and publications.

Have you heard that you need a portfolio for your artwork, but don’t even know where to start?

Save your seat for our 3-day live workshop to learn how to design, build, and pitch a powerful portfolio that attracts your dream clients!

Hear real-life examples of how successful artists used their portfolios to build their impressive art licensing careers. Learn how to find and define your style and industry, and how to successfully pitch your portfolio to the companies you’re dying to work with. We'll talk about what to include in your portfolio and how to present and market your artwork, including which online platform to use and how to drive traffic to your site.

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Ready to get starstruck? So are we.


In this workshop we have invited some of our favorite artists and designers, with clients like Target, Cloud9, and Anthropologie, to share their stories and knowledge about building and sharing their powerful portfolios. How did they do it? What are their best tips and practices? Learn this and much more in the inspiring and educational presentations by our guest artists:

Cat Coquillette


Artwork seen in: Anthropologie, Target, Urban Outfitters

Cat Coquillette (CatCoq) travels the world full-time as a nomadic artist and her illustrations are inspired by her firsthand observations and encounters around the world. Cat is also passionate about education and has over 20 classes geared at helping creatives learn art and business skills.




Artwork seen in: Pyrex, Cloud9 Fabrics, TX Maxx Australia

Shannon McNab is an American artist and educator living in Dublin, Ireland who left her boring corporate job to become a surface designer. Her love of numbers and organization allowed her to grow her business quickly and now she teaches the methods she developed to aspiring artists on her site, Sketch Design Repeat.

Amarilys Henderson


Artwork seen in: Papyrus, Paintbrush Studio Fabrics, Quarry Books

Published author, popular online instructor and experienced surface designer, Amarilys Henderson knows the power of watercolor. Amarilys guides fellow creatives to find their voice, boldness, and calling in the buzzing artosphere. See and meet Amarilys at watercolordevo.com




Artwork seen in: Target, Papyrus, Hello Bello

Genna Blackburn is a surface designer, illustrator and educator in Detroit, Michigan. Inspired by her love of plants and animals, she likes to think of her work as a playful exploration of shape and color stemming from her background as a graphic designer. As a licensing artist, she's had the pleasure of seeing her work on many fun products for companies including Target, Papyrus, Hello Bello, Copper Pearl, Little Sleepies and JIGGY Puzzles.

Peggy Dean


Artwork seen in: Disney, American Greetings, Leave No Trace

Peggy Dean is a best-selling author, award-winning educator, and world renowned artist in the Pacific Northwest who grew her success by diving head first into curiosity and living out loud. Her greatest passion is facilitating resources to everyone who has the desire to create. 

Jess Miller


Artwork seen in: Casetify, Minted, American Greetings

Jess Miller is a Los Angeles based Designer and Illustrator. Her whimsical style is infused with bright pops of color and layered textures; inspired by nature, retro artwork, and vintage package design.

Tara Reed


Artwork seen in: Joann, Cloud9, Nerida Hansen 

Tara Reed is an illustrator and surface designer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. She combines vibrant and bold color pairings with harmoniously balanced illustrations. She loves supporting other artists and strongly believes in community. 

Lissie Teehee


Artwork seen in: Cotton + Steel & Quiltable 

Lissie is an artist and surface pattern designer living in the beautiful prairies of Oklahoma. She is a mother to three daughters and loves owning a thriving creative business that supports their family dreams. 

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Is the Powerful PortfoliosWorkshop for you?

  • Are you trying to figure out what to include in your portfolio and how to match your style with an industry?

  • Do you struggle with how to present your artwork in a professional way that attracts your dream clients?

  • Have you heard that you need to pitch your portfolio to clients, but have no idea how to do it?

  • And are you curious about how successful artists with major clients got to where they are today? How did they build their powerful portfolios, and what is their secret sauce?

If you answered yes to any of these questions we have created the Powerful Portfolios Workshop for you.

The Schedule


January 17th

  • 10am - 11am: Welcome and How to Choose Your Style/Industry with Maja and Liz
  • 11am - 12pm: The Artist's Story: How Jess Miller Found Her Style
  • 1pm - 2pm: What a Powerful Portfolio Can Do with Cat Coquillette
  • 2pm - 3pm: Defining a Style with Amarilys Henderson

January 18th

  • 10am - 11am: What to Include in your Portfolio and PDFs with Maja Faber
  • 11am - 12pm: Portfolio Websites for Licensing with Shannon McNab
  • 1pm - 2pm: Battle of the Portfolio Platforms with Lissie Teehee, Liz, and Maja
  • 2pm - 3pm: The Artist's Story: Developing a Portfolio for an Agency with Peggy Dean

January 19th

  • 10am - 11am: Getting Traffic to Your Portfolio with Liz Kohler Brown
  • 11am - 12pm: Pitching & Marketing Your Work with Tara Reed
  • 1pm - 2pm: The Artist's Story: Building a Portfolio From the Ground Up with Genna Blackburn
  • 2pm - 3pm: Following Up + Long Term Improvement with Maja and Liz

*All times are in ET (Eastern Time)


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