The Red-Headed Illustrator!

childrens book illustrator

The 5th of November was “National Love Your Red Hair Day” and in honour of that, we are celebrating our fave redhead – SARAH! (She didn’t ask me to say that!)

Things Have Changed a Little at Happydesigner

Over the past few months Sarah (Happydesigner) has been working hard on a fair few things. Not only has she been working on all the usual book illustrations (which you can keep up with here), she has been creating her own stories and working on lots of other projects – most of which are very secret at the moment! What we can say is that she is now a brand new employee of The Studio Pigs.

You may remember her Guinea Pigs, George, Bungle, Geoffrey and Freddie. Well, they have staged a coup of sorts. What was once “Happydesigner” is now owned by the Pigs! They offered her the right amount of carrot sticks and have bought her out! So now legally the Happydesigner name is owned by The Studio Pigs, a company those scamps set up to employ her. This means that when you receive invoices from Happydesigner they will come from The Studio Pigs, and you’ll notice that the website has a few changes in name too.

This doesn’t really affect you guys, and Sarah is still furiously nibbling Haribo and playing ‘80s music in her “spare” time, and she’s still at home drawing and painting. The only differences you’ll really see are changes on official documents and the website. It’s all linked to her progression as an artist and author, and she can’t wait to show you all what she’s been working on.


Who is Sarah?

childrens book illustrator sarah-leigh wills

“Hi, I’m Sarah! I have spent many years within the arts and media sector, primarily designing and teaching. Through this, I have a gained a huge amount of experience by working with clients and students worldwide. Many people ask me what I like about illustration and design. For me, it’s not work, it’s pleasure! If I could wake up and do the same job everyday, I would choose illustration!”

We’ve found some facts about Sarah so you can get to know her a little better:

  • I LOVE fruit! I should have been a Fruit Bat!
  • I LOVE to make lists! 
  • I LOVE the 60’s; I think I am re-incarnated!
  • I have very clicky joints. Not a good thing really!
  • My work-related idol is Roald Dahl.
  • My favourite movies are anything Sci-Fi/Thriller.
  • I LOVE vinyl records! We have THOUSANDS!
  • I am turning into a Haribo gummy bear!
  • I am only 5ft 1 (all good things come in small packages my dad tells me).
  • I am a keen British coin collector. I have thousands of the things!
  • I’ve recently taken up felting!
  • I’ve rescued some guinea pigs; you can meet them here.
  • I’m currently learning to play the bass guitar and banjo.
  • I play the drums: Congas/Bongos/electric…anything I can tap really!
  • I’m in a band called Manoeuvres – A tribute to OMD.
Children's book author sarah-leigh wills with Toyah Willcox

So there you have it! the newest employee of Studio Pigs, our very own Sarah, aka Happydesigner.

A few of my previous clients

happydesigner clients

  • "I am absolutely thrilled with the colours and love the look and overall feel of the book, its so different and unique, thank you so much"
  • “Sarah’s re-branding of my business has given it a much needed fresh and quirky feel. She provided us with an extremely friendly courteous and efficient service and injected an energy into the project, that only Sarah could.” – Discovery Leisure

  • "Thank you both so much for your hard work and dedication. Sarah is a fantastic illustrator! It is nice to know I have worked with someone who is so professional at her job, and will certainly remember her for the future if I need another book illustrating."
  • Sarah has a great insight into how to best produce a children’s book and is really helpful in getting you there! I really cannot recommend Sarah enough – brilliant designer, friendly and professional. The experience has been a great one!“ – Jodie Jackson
  • "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

  • “When we first contacted Sarah, Dainty Dizzy was a concept;  an idea to be shaped into a brand.  Sarah took this idea and illustrated it perfectly….and our brand look and feel was born.” – Dainty Dizzy

  • "I can’t speak highly enough of Sarah! She has brought Roopert Snoopert to life in a way I could never have imagined.
    The illustrations are fantastic! Sarah keeps you update with progress from the draft stage right through to sign off." - Paul Micklewright
  • "Outstanding illustrator with exceptional talent. You couldn’t wish for a better artist, as it would be impossible to find. Such a spectacular gifted designer who is always happy!" - Rachel Lake

  • "Sarah is amazing - very fast at understanding the requirements, great pictures and never too much trouble. I recommend her wholeheartedly" - Fernando Caldeira-Saraiva
  • "It's been great working with Sarah as our illustrator! She's been so great in taking all feedback on board and delivers work of the highest standard. Would 100% recommend :-)" - Michelle Gibbs, Doodle Dozen Series
  • 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

  • "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

  • “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

  • "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’s advice has been invaluable, she could have just illustrated my first attempt but knew there was more to be had from the story and pointed me towards the right help." – Darron Jon Love

  • Sarah really understood the brief right from the beginning and has been able to translate my ideas and mental images, that at times were quite specific, into magical illustrations that are better than I’d ever hoped. She has absolutely nailed it!” – Gareth Edwards

  • "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

  • “I am so happy that I found Sarah to bring my book to life. Sarah took the time to listen and really made the effort to make sure that I was happy and her brilliant designs translated the words of my book into a beautiful visual story." - Jodie Jackson

  • “Thank you, Sarah, for the amazing work you did on the illustrations for my book. Working with you has been so easy thanks to your enthusiasm, flexibility, support, professionalism and, of course, the amazing quality of your work." – Stuart Neath

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

  • "Sarah loves her work, her friendly ‘can do’ approach is reassuring whether you’re on your first or tenth book."  – Darron Jon Love
  • “Sarah was lovely to work with and keen to make sure that the illustrations were a perfect match for the story. It’s obvious that she really cares about her work and wants you, the author, to be happy with the final results.” – Marion Adams

  • "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 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

  • "Sarah quickly understood what I wanted to achieve and the look I was after. Sarah kept me informed and brought me into the whole process” – Darron Jon Love

  • “Books arrived safely today- I am absolutely delighted with how they look – I can’t thank you enough – you’ve made my dream come true :)” – Jane Collins