Carolina Buzio

Carolina Buzio – Designer

Playful, lovingly hand-drawn artworks, bursting with colour and charm. Joyous, quirky, cute, fun. Ideal for kids' books, humor, young adult.


*Hi! I'm Carolina, a cover designer, illustrator and animator with more than ten years of graphic design experience working for and alongside bestselling authors, renowned publishers and indie writers.

I specialise in creating bold, bright, colourful images that both kids and adults will love.

For kids' books, that might mean cute, funny, playful, silly, joyous, and inclusive to all.

For adults, that might mean bold, bright, attention-grabbing graphics for the cover of a novel, charm-filled illustrations for a cookbook, or a sleek, "flat," modern style, perfect to liven up the pages of non-fiction.

I can work in a variety of styles (see below) but I try to make everything I do "pop"- whether that's with colour, motion, life, fun.
Most of all, I think about the reader, the target audience and the appropriate genre cues to reach them; to always make sure that authors and publishers are sending the right message with the right style to the right people.

What you can expect when working with me:

Fully illustrated picture books: a close partnership/collaboration; proposals for characters, styles and colours; separation of the manuscript text into "spreads" for us to figure out together the timing or pacing of a visual story; finally, execution of all the spreads only once we have agreed on a style.

Please note: sometimes self-publishing authors reach out without first researching what a professional-level, full-colour children’s book would cost. It usually takes c. 2-3 months to complete a 32 page book, and the budget estimate will reflect that. Thanks!

Cover design: multiple sketches with rough lettering exploring several ideas, and coloured proposals, before heading to the final design. The author is always involved from beginning to end. (Unless he or she doesn't want to be!)

Children's book pitch for publishers and agencies: a full colour cover design and sketches of the first couple of spreads (and/or character sketches.)

Looking forward to hearing from you, and if you have any questions I'll be happy to help!
Children’s Non-Fiction Inspirational
Humor & Comedy Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books Women's Fiction Young Adult

Work experience


May, 2011 — Present

Clients include: Usborne Publishing, Scholastic, Abrams Books, Workman Publishing, Gallimard, Quadrille, ASA, Yoyo Books, Ashima, C.H. Beck, The Girlfriend.

Carolina has 3 reviews





Craig R.

Craig R.

May, 2022

Carolina is a fantastic illustrator. She was extremely patient with me being a first time author and self-publisher. She was ver professional, worked hard and captured my vision for the book. She is absolutely amazing and talented and I look forward to working with her on future projects.
Brandon W.

Brandon W.

Oct, 2021

Carolina was a complete joy to work with! I really enjoyed collaborating with her and her suggestions and ideas were timely! I would recommend her to anyone!
David K.

David K.

Aug, 2021

I wish I could give Carolina TEN stars. She was simply amazing. She understood what I was going after intrinsically. She was such a pleasure to work with, always on time, and always professional, at a very reasonable rate. Carolina worked with me every step of the way, from basic sketches, to wonderful color schemes, to little details that make the cover shine - and stand out, even in the all i...
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