Sally Darby is a freelance illustrator based in Worcestershire, UK, who specializes in illustrating children’s books and creating artwork for kids.

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My interest in children's book illustration began when I was a child. I used to make mini copies of my favourite books when I was little and draw the illustrations from the books. Over the years, my expertise in children's book illustration has developed due to taking courses on the subject and from commissions. I nurture this focus by reading current children's books, going to illustration exhibitions, being part of an online art collective who set weekly drawing themes. What I love most about children's book illustration is its ability to allow the reader to escape and use their imagination. To create a successful children's book illustration I believe it's important to keep developing the character. Do lots of test drawings and make sure the characters movements are relevant to their facial expressions. For me, the two most important qualities of a successful children's book illustration are creating engaging and believable characters  and an environment that children can engage with. I draw everyday and do relevant short courses to maintain and expand my skills.


  • Sweet Cherry Publishing
  • Owlet Press
  • Anne Rawlings, author / writer of Woof and Joy


What was your favorite storybook as a child?  
The Minpins by Roald Dahl

Which authors do you admire most?
Roald Dahl, Philip Pullman, and David Almond

What characteristic really brings a children’s book to life?
The movement of characters and a believable environment for the characters to live in.

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