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Are you looking for a children’s book illustrator and designer, to turn your story into an actual Book?

I can create that book from start to finish…
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My services will provide you with…


childrens book illustrator

My name is Sarah, I am a well established childrens book illustrator, with 12 years experience. I love nothing better than getting my crayons out (as really I’m a big kid at heart) which allows me to create the books that children love!

Whether your looking for a crazy crocodile, wimpy washing machine,  or a flabby flamingo, my experience in creating unique childrens illustrations means that I am able to approach any project with new, different & exciting ideas, and not just the typical run of the mill clipart, and layouts!

Bringing your stories to life

People often get stuck on how to bring their books to life, and this is where I can help.

Frequent questions include: Whats the process? How do I go about getting my story made into a book? Can I just get 2 copies?

Well… thats where I come in, I can guide you through the whole process, Starting with that story on paper, right through to getting the book printed.

What you can expect from my Children’s Book Illustrationssarah-leigh-illustrator-2016

  • Original and unique illustrations that children will love
  • I also handle all the layouts and printing for you
  • Affordable illustration that won’t break the bank
  • A series of artwork revisions to get your illustrations perfect
  • Final art work supplied in your desired format: – High resolution PDF, TIFF, EPS etc
  • For any purpose/any size
  • An efficient and fast service
  • I will work with you every step of the way, ensuring your happy with all progress
  • A few giggles and smiles along the way!


Looking for that right illustrator for your Children’s Book?

paints-wtIt is well known in the children book industry that the young market is one of the hardest to impress due to children getting easily bored when reading. This is why it is so important to find the right illustrator.

Illustration is the key factor in bringing your book to life and to truly capture childrens attention you need your illustrations to be funky, fun and eye-catching. This is where I can help! Your illustrations will have a unique and distinct style, presenting the characters and the story in a way that intrigues and entertains children of all ages, and sometimes even adults! My opinion on illustration, especially for Children, is that every drawing must be unique and unforgettable. It has its own character, its own look, its own story.

To really stand out, you need to make sure that each and every character in your Childrens book is distinct and rememberable. Whether its a loveable bunny rabbit or a devious fox, I really get into the heads of your characters to make their mannerisms, actions and emotions truly believable and interesting, which Children will love!


My illustration process

If you want the very best characters for your children’s book, you need to know characters and their stories inside out. I have a particular way in which I like to work to ensure that every point is covered:


Step one:

childrens-book-illustrationAs soon as I receive a book project the first thing I do is read the story. I read it multiple times and start doodling whilst I read, which helps me determine how the character should look. I also put voices to all of the characters and try to imagine what they would sound like. After a while I have an entire back story in my head and can see their ages, their friends, where they live and what emotions and characteristics make up their character. I keep sketching until I get the character in my head on paper, and when I have finished these initial sketches, I send them back to you for feedback. I feel it is this process that really sets me apart from other Children’s Book Illustrators! Working closely with the clients.

Step two:

childrens-book-illustrationWe then can refine the drawings to really make sure they are how you envisioned, and I will help with any aspect if you would like advice. This process always results in a truly distinct set of characters that children as well as adults will love! This is the part where I get out the paints and crayons, an amazing part of the process as it completely transforms the drawings.

(Changes are unable to be made after this stage free of charge as will require a re-draw)


 Step three:

childrens book illustratorOnce your characters/illustrations are complete, really making sure they are how you envisioned,  its then time to bring them all together, and I will help with any aspect if you would like advice. This process always results in a truly distinct set of characters that children as well as adults will love! The use of the digital software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign then takes over the paint brushes and we can start to create your dream book.

Generating the digital form is where the book truely comes to life! getting the text and the completed illustrations together and seeing how it all works together is SO rewarding.

So heres what will happen IF you work on your Children’s book with me?

My process is pretty simple… I don’t do complicated!


1// Firstly it all starts off with a chat about the story(ies) It is such a fun adventure, so its important that I have a good understanding of the story, its characters, its focus… etc. happydesigner-desk

2// Then… You provide me with ALL the details regarding the book. A copy of your proof read story, A descriptive paragraph for the back cover, A dedication for the book (if you wish to have one). Also please inform me of any ideas for characters etc if you have any of course, the style you would like etc, and if I have any illustrative restraints!

3// Then it’s storyboard and sketch building time. This is where you can check the sketches and make the suggestions (if any) you wish. (Changes are unable to be made after this stage free of charge as will require a re-draw)

4// Illustration development (approx. 3-4  weeks of work dependent on the complexity of the illustrations)

5// Book template generation.  Importing the text and images, editing etc  (approx.  1  – 2   weeks of work  )

6// Once all the book work is complete I will then send you your 1st draft. 

7// Once you are happy the proof is a sign off, I will then provide you with all the final files (Print ready PDFs) and if you so wish will leaise with a printer on your behalf, If you do not have a printer arranged I can put you in contact with some that I use.




happydesigner-lightboxWhat extras do I provide?

As a FREE ‘Thank you’ for letting me work with you on your book(s) I offer ALL my customers a free spot on my ‘children’s picture book’ page, on my website to advertise, sell and showcase their book(s):

I also can help you get a small webpage up to help you promote your book, provide a PayPal link for people to purchase the book etc. like this one: (please feel free to ask for further details)

Also if you need a logo, if the book is going to become a series. I will be happy to offer you this at a discounted rate.


I have worked on lots of books heres my publications list: I also have a large gallery of my latest illustration work available to view on my website. So if there is a preferred style you like please just let me know: 


notepad-wtWhat about an ISBN number?

Isbn information: The ISBN agency in the UK used to be Whitakers, but they were bought and combined with Bookdata to create Neilesen Bookdata. They manage the process of allocating ISBNs as well as a number of things that you will need to know about and use as we get into this project. 

You can visit them online at or write to them at: ISBN Agency, 3rd Floor, Midas House, 62 Goldsworth proof-wtRoad, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6LQ : e-mail: 


Proof Reading & Editing?

For editing and proof reading you can contact: Mr Craig Green – I have worked with Craig for a lot of years and he has 1. A great imagination and 2. A great professional eye for stories & writing! visit: or email him at: 


printer2-wtSo what about the book layouts and printing?

As well as the illustrations themselves I can also package them up into a professional standard printable book PDF, ready to send to the printers. I can manage this whole process for you, so you don’t have to worry! All you need to do is contact the printers, Put me in touch and I can hand over the files for you.

I use professional layout packages to layout your books and pages and this approach also means it’s a very cost effective method of printing a childrens book.


Book launch and exhibitions

Launching your stories, characters and books is a huge step, and the most important factor about this is getting people to see who you are and what you are all about, it makes all the hard work worth while. I can help you with any aspect of this, if you require posters, adverts, exhibition stand design or even life size cut outs of the characters themselves.


Ready for me to wave my wand of creativity?

If you like what you have read above and are looking for an reliable and affordable children’s book illustrator, Then get in touch and lets make your story come to life!



  • "I hope my recommendation will persuade you to use Sarah! I cannot fault her, for her professionalism, enthusiasm and talent." Michelle Hawkins, Director: The Flying DoDo

  • "Thank you so much Sarah! What a fantastic set of illustrations for the first in our series of children’s books. We can’t wait to work with you on the second book!" Jane Archer-Wilms & Marlies Veenhof

  • "Sarah understood what I was looking for and produced a fantastic logo for me.  She is very approachable and friendly – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her” Katie Jarvis, Fancy Prints

  • “Logos received with a BIG thanks, Basically I love them all” 
    Helen Chuah, Giggling Baby Products

  • "WOW! Love it! I'm so happy with what you've produced- and with so little input from me. FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU” - Darren Pascoe: 'Red Rabbit Book'

  • “Sarah is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable, she delivered 100% with a new logo that was spot on! We can't recommend her enough!” - Lucy @ Get Active

  • “Got home tonight and the books had arrived. Absolutely love them. My girlfriend loves your illustrations.- Andrew Jeffery: 'Wolfboy Book'

  • "Our brand wouldn't be the same without her on-going input. Just fab xx
    - Justine Rogers, Dainty Dizzy

  • I was so nervous ringing you as i've never done anything like this before, but you were so friendly and put me completely at ease.” - Donna Purvis

  • “Sarah is an extremely talented designer and illustrator. She has that rare gift of being able to find something in your business or character that you never knew existed" Craig Green

  • "You do have a very positive feel about everything you do. I do wish you continued success in all your work. All the best, Simon" Simon James, Famous Children’s Book Illustrator

  • "Sarah provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could" Discovery Leisure

  • "Yes!!!! Wow…Love it!!! ..thanks so much, I absolutely the character design you have done for us!!! xx” Lisa Dell, Cornish Firewood

  • "i really like ur books my mommy reads them 2 me all the time ur really good at drawling and i want 2 be like u when i grow up :-)"  Natassia Flegal (hd fan)

  • "Sarah is quality.  Not just her design but she is a pleasure to work with."
    - Bob Harper, Portfolio Marketing

  • "The logos are absolutely fantastic, they are spot on brief and are even better than we imagined!”Paolo Pini, Step Up To Languages

  • "It won’t be a struggle working with Sarah, it’ll be a pleasure. Can’t recommend enough
    - Richard Quick

  • "I am absolutely THRILLED TO BITS with your illustrations! THEY ARE MAGNIFICENT!
    - Susanna Jennicrai, Book Author

  • "These posters and flyers are perfect
    - Julia G, Manager at the Truro branch of Pets at Home

  • "She has a keen eye for the quirky detail, she is punctual and a joy to work with. I simply cannot praise her enough.” - Clickety Books

Recent projects: Graphic Design, Illustration, Website Design, Photography, Character Design and lots more...

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Some of my clients include...

Design Against FurPrinting.comThe Eden ProjectSkyRespect for animalsPets at HomeTalk Coach

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