Hobbies: Mess, mayhem and noise!

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  I like nothing more than having a giggle, heading outside, getting the old vinyls out, or creating musical chaos!!!sarah-leigh-wills-childrens-illustrator-2016

Im not the most serious of characters!! As you can probably tell….! I’m VERY bubbly, full of life and can NEVER sit still (or be quiet infact!) I like a good laugh and am not afraid of making a fool of myself. I’m a country girl and love nothing better than spending time outside walking, messing around and just enjoying life! I have a big love of music, and have a severe love of MARMITE….. Especially straight out the jar!! mmmmm…. !

That aside for a second,  here’s a few things about me, and what I get up to when I’m not in my office drawing or getting paint all over the place!!

My Artwork…

I have spent many years around animals, spending 10 years on a farm, showing and breeding them. But these days I just love drawing them! I have a passion and a gift (passed down from my father) ‘THE DRAWING HAND’ – I like to call it! So when I am not focusing on client projects I like to spend some time on my own little ideas and projects.

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(Illustrating, I Love drawing animals with a passion!)

Gillie can Series…gillie-can-series

For years I have been designing and illustrating books for other authors…. So I have decided to pop on the authors cap for a change and create & write my own Gillie Can. Its a new Children’s book series aimed specifically at Early years. Producing board books that will encourage young children to learn and to have confidence in themselves. Learn with Gillie.

Me & BarryMy love of music…

I have music on from the moment I wake up till the moment I nod off… LITERALLY!! I live and breath the stuff! It started from a young age, when I would spend the weekends with my dad and we would go through his record collection. I would spend hours and hours sitting with headphones on, going through them all. Ever since then I have grown a love for it! Myself and my husband Barry (who’s also music mad) now have a HUGE collection of our own, and we love nothing better than putting a vinyl or 2 on! Beats the tele hands down!

My favourite bands…

I have a broad love of music. Anything with a decent beat and melody, pretty much floats my boat… for example I love a good wiggle to a bit of 80’s electro but also like a nice relax to say… a bit of Bob Dylan. I pretty much like ALL music, apart from rap/clubbing tunes! (not really my thing) I’m always off to local gigs, and off to see live bands play! I love the atmosphere of a live gig! you cant beat it!

I’m also a HUGE 60’s, 70’s & 80’s music fan,  I love the clothing (yes I do own/wear mostly 60s/80s clothes!) and I particularly love the bands and artists of the eras! Some of my favourites include: Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Steve Harley, ELO, Mamas & Papas, OMD and Kate Bush…. you get the picture! Just pretty much ANYTHING in the 60’s & 80’s…. and 70s I guess!! 😀

My love of making NOISE!…

Yep. I do….. I play the electronic drums, Synthesiser and I am also learning to play the Bass and…. yep, Banjo!! Well trying too!! haha.

So when I’m not sate behind a desk, I play in a band! Me and my husband have set up Manoeuvres – A tribute to the one and only Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark! I am a MASSIVE OMD fan, Their music is like no other and you can usually find me in my studio with one of their albums on listening to some obscure electro synth stuff! 😀

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I like to dabble with needle felting too…!

I have since discovered that not only can I make things come alive on paper, but in fact I can now create them in 3D… in felt!

I commissioned a friend to make a set of characters last year and when i looked at them, I wondered… hmmm? Perhaps I can do that! So I brought a starter kit… ignored the instructions and awaiting I went! And I love it!

The studio piglets!

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How could I almost nearly forget to mention these little pickles! Oh my… these are my little studio helpers! They even have their own page on here… Have a peep. When I’m stuck for ideas they help get me back into the swing of things!! (yep they are my little time outs!)

We rescued these little piglets late last year. They have brought a lot of fun and giggles into our lives and we are just so blessed to have them 🙂

Well we all have a wild side… mines just literally! but on a serious (ish) note… all the fun aside I am a very professional designer and illustrator and would love you to get in touch if you have any work or projects you wish me to get involved with!

Looking forward to talking to you!

A few of my previous clients

Design against furSt Ives Memory BayEden ProjectSkyRespect for animalsPets at HomeSt Moritz Hotel

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

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

  • "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

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

  • "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)

  • "You do have a very positive feel about everything you do. I do wish you continued success in all your work. All the best, SimonSimon 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

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

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

  • 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

  • “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 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

  • "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

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

  • "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

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

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

  • "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'

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

  • "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