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.


(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! 😀


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!


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!