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What is your book illustration process?

During my 10+ years experience of designing and illustrating children’s books, I have created and refined my very own book creation process, making it very simple and straightforward for all authors to have a beautifully crafted book made from their work! I can assist you with most things, from help and advice with the initial idea should you need it, to designing all aspects of the book itself, and of course - all of the illustrations!

As an example, here’s a simplified step-by-step plan of how it works:

Step #1: Develop your story, have it professionally proofread, then send it to me.

Step #2: Character designs & development.

Step #3: Storyboard/layout designed.

Step #3: Sketches for the illustrations produced.

Step #4: Illustrations created from the sketches.

Step #5: Digital proof and review of the completed book.

Step #6: Print files created for your chosen printing options.

Step #7: Receive your book from the printers!

Please visit my Illustration Process page for more information on my process and examples of my work.

How long will my book take to make?

Depends on a few factors, including:

  • The length of your story

  • The complexity and number of the illustrations required

  • The receipt and content of feedback, when requested


As a rough idea, an average book of around 28 - 36 pages takes approximately 1,5 - 2 months to complete from start to finish.

With more complex books, eg. with more pages and pictures or higher detailed illustrations these can take 3 months or more to complete.

What do you need from me to produce my book?

To help things run as quickly and as smoothly as possible, it’s essential that I have the following from you before I begin to weave the magic:

  • A completed and professionally proofread manuscript of your story

  • Descriptions for all of your main characters

  • Any specifics we need to include, such as clothing colours/styles etc.

  • An engaging, descriptive paragraph for the back cover

  • A dedication for inside the book (if you wish to have one)

  • A project brief would be extremely helpful

  • Reference photographs - please ensure that these are clear and well defined!

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