Denise Turu

Denise Turu - Designer

Barcelona, Spain

Experienced illustrator with more than 15 years of experience. I specialize in children books, magazine covers and school books.

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I am passionated about children's books and character design.
I know how important is a good working flow between author/illustrator to create a great product.

Some of the projects I enjoyed the most :

-As an illustrator and writer of "Babbbit and Joan, A rabbit and a phone". This was my favourite project, not only because it is was my first book as an author and Illustrator but also because the work flow with the art director and editor was super easy. I enjoyed designing the characters, illustrating the scenery, creating the content and finally making a great book cover.

- As an Illustrator for "Who's my Neighbour?" (Flyaway Books ). I loved the whole process of creating and designing the characters, sketching the storyline and illustrating the whole book.

- As a graphic designer and illustrator for King Games ( Candy Crush, Bubble Witch and Pet Rescue). I worked with a team and I learned how important is to sync with colleagues to deliver the perfect assets on time.

- As a comic artist and storytelling: My first 167 pages graphic Novel "A custom made map" was published in 2014, since then I kept telling stories in one of my instagram accounts: Im able to express with my comics the story I want to tell.

Children’s Non-Fiction
Comics Non-Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels
Cultural & Ethnic
Middle Grade
Picture Books


  • Best In House Design Team (Stockholm, Sweden).
  • The Royal Dragonfly Book award SM Winner 2020 - Picture Book 5 and younger.
  • First place Golden Scroll winner in Children’s Book category
  • "The Silver" Illumination Award in Education (Home School, Bible School) category.

Work experience

Illustrator, Author and Designer

January, 2006 – Present (over 15 years)

- Babbit and Joan. Flyaway Books Editorial. U.S.A.
- Abecedario de Peces Imaginarios. Amazon. Worldwide.

- A custom-made map. Amazon. Worldwide.
- Un Mapa a medida. Amazon. Worldwide.

- The Little Lion who Lost Someone. Therapist Aid. Florida. U.S.A
- A Seed's Needs. Benchmark Universe. New York. U.S.A
- Sunny and Moony . Melissa Nackovski. Sweden.
- Who’s My Neighbour. Flyaway Books Editorial. U.S.A.
- Dinosaur Devotions. Harper and Collins. U.S.A.
- Ride on track. Yoyo Books Editorial. Belgium.
- Little Play Houses. Yoyo Books Editorial. Belgium.
- My Friend, Mi Amigo . Author as Heroes Editorial. U.S.A.
-Round and Round. Creative Teaching Press. U.S.A.
-The robot who was different. Online Story for Therapist Aid. U.S.A.
-Los pollos macabros. Rubens Riol. Independent Publisher. U.S.A.

- Baby Bug , Lady Bug, Highlight Press, Nine Point.

Portfolio (9 selected works)

Who Is My Neighbor?

Levine, Amy-Jill, Sasso, Sandy Eisenberg, Turu, Denise

A Custom-made map

Turu, Denise

Anito Reverbero and The Mystery of the Macabre Chickens (The Tales of Anito Reverbero)

Riol, Rubens, Knowles, James, Turu, Denise, Giron, Alvaro, DeMilan, Daniel

Sunny and Moony

Nackovski, Melissa, Turu, Denise

Adventures in Big Bend National Park

Stuart, Dana, Turu, Denise

Denise has 4 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Leon H
It was great to work with Denise. She understood the brief and did a great job in providing us with what was required. We will certainly recommend her.

Leon H, May 2021

Emily Learing
Denise was a delight to work with. She shared her knowledge in the publication process to help shed some light on areas where I was deviating from the standard for that genre. She was open to giving feedback and then allowed me to be the final say after sharing that information with me. Denise was very punctual, and very patient with me when I needed time to think on some illustrations and id...
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Emily Learing, May 2021

Dana Stuart
This was my first book, and I wanted to find the illustrator of my dreams! I saw Denise's artwork and knew she was the one for my book. However, I couldn't have chosen better. Not only was she so easy to work with, she COMPLETELY saw my vision and drew what I wanted, except 1000000% better! Everything was on time schedule. Every revision happily made. And then when the big time came to publish,...
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Dana Stuart, January 2021

Melissa Nackovski
If it were possible to leave more than 5 stars to rate my collaboration with Denise, I would do it in a heartbeat. She brought my book to life with her spot on illustrations and got the essence of my book without me even describing it. She's warm and easy to work with and so professional. Every deadline was met or early. Not only are her illustrations beautiful, but so is the soul that is creat...
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Melissa Nackovski, September 2020

Denise Turu
Thank You Melissa for your kind review. :) I enjoyed a lot working with you too! I think we were both on the same page for day 1. Melissa wanted to have a great first children book and I always lo...
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