Need some gorgeous illustrations to go with your book? Take your pick from our talented picture book illustrators.
Once you've sorted the wording for your story it's time for a very exciting part to begin... the illustration process! It is absolutely crucial that you pick the perfect illustrations for your book - these are the pictures that will bring your story to life, make it jump off the shelf and capture the imaginations of your readers.
Whether you're imagining hand-drawn watercolour animals, whimsical fairytale characters or bright cartoon people - we've hand-picked a batch of amazing professional picture-book illustrators.
Chosen for their talents (and the gorgeousness of their work!), we've found a real mixture of emerging and established illustrators who offer a variety of styles and illustration approaches. From watercolour paintings to pencil drawings, sketches and computer graphics - you can pick the style that suits the essence of your story!
We've also pre-agreed clear, simple and exclusive pricing with all of our illustrators so you know in advance what everything will cost, just take a look on our Pricing page.
How do I brief the picture book illustrator?
If you've never briefed an illustrator before we know that it might feel a bit daunting (and exciting!), so our plan is to make the briefing process as easy as possible. Once you have briefed your chosen illustrator, and paid an inital deposit, they will draw the first test page for you. After you have approved the test page they will go ahead and illustrate the other pages in your book.
A note to remember: Your illustrations will be totally bespoke to your book, therefore it can be a time consuming process. Once your drawings are approved it is very hard to go back and amend things 'here and there', so please try to be as clear as possible in your initial brief. Being clear at the initial briefing stage will help to keep your costs down, if more changes need to be made further down the line then that's when extra costs can happen. Simple!
You've probably got your story typed up into a Word document that looks something like this:
Once you have your story absolutely perfect (let us know if you need any help with the editing!) you just need to download our Illustrator Briefing Form.
You need to populate our Illustrator Briefing Form like the example shown below:
You need to clearly include the wording you want on each page alongside the illustration you would like to be created. You can describe your ideal illustration in words... but a sketch is even better! Don't worry if it's only a rough drawing, no one is judging your artistic skills!
Introducing our database of talented illustrators:
Quirky characters and animals, lions, dogs and bears, oh my!
Computer graphics that are funny, clean and simple... with a twist.
Creates cute and creative characters and the imaginative worlds they live in.
Digital illustrations providing you with cute and quirky bursts of joy.
Screen prints, hand drawings, computer illustrations, and awesome animals.
Childlike, simplistic sketches that resonate with kids.
Detailed biro illustrations combined with simple digital colouring.
Illustrations that are colourful and humorous.
Hand drawn, wobbly lines and watercolour fills, bring to life the cutest and coolest of characters.
Traditional or digital, but always vibrant and colourful.
Playful hand drawn graphics with a naive and quirky feel.
Vibrant colourful cartoon illustrations for children’s picture books.
Our illustrator's portfolios:
Abbie’s work combines quirky and cute designs that are bursting full of personality and joy. With a design degree behind her she is a perfectionist when it comes to colour and composition, with a huge passion for everything she draws.
With a love for hand drawing, painting and digital illustration - the possibilities are endless, and always, always cute.
Emma is an illustrator, printmaker and art teacher who loves anything and everything to do with art.
Emma loves drawing and uses different techniques for her illustrations, sometimes screen prints, hand drawn or created digitally – and if it involves animals with cheeky faces or characters that represent children from all backgrounds then she’s happy!
Lucia is an artist specialising in children’s illustrations and her illustrations have been used on everything from books to homewares and childrens clothing.
She has illustrated lots of books for young children and loves creating little characters and the worlds they live in.
Lucia uses a mix of computer and tablet to create her illustrations and can turn her hand to anything from Mermaids to Dumper Trucks!
Bells started her creative career in as a Surface Pattern Designer and after the birth of her 2 children she moved to the coast to begin a new career as a Freelance Artist and Illustrator.
Bells loves to draw her characters in pencil in her sketch book before deciding on digital illustration, lino print or acrylic paint to create the finished piece.
Katie works in both traditional media, such as coloured inks or gouache, and hand drawn digitally coloured work depending on what best suits the project.
She loves creating bright colourful images and loves a new creative challenge. Her sons are her best critics and she loves sharing books with them!
Fi illustrates EVERYTHING by computer. In fact she is happy to admit she is a terrible artist and can hardly draw anything by hand (apart from when playing Pictionary with Becs where they become wizardry artists).
Fi's work tends to be simple, quirky with plain colours and fills. Usually with bright colours and cheeky expressions.
"I am just about to publish my first children's book all thanks to Fi and Books! What an amazing experience this has been. Fi and Books are awesome! They are so friendly, enthusiastic, creative and responsive. My book went from being a dream in a notebook to a lovely shiny REAL LIFE book in under 4 months! I can't recommend them highly enough - such a positive experience!"
Den Keanie - Author of The Resilient Ratties Series