Ella Rousseau

Ella Rousseau – Designer

Passionate illustrator creating vibrant, enchanting artwork for children's literature, igniting childhood joy and wonder in every page.


Hi there!

I’m Ella, a Sydney-based artist, passionate about bringing stories to life through children's illustration.

I graduated with an Honours degree in Design in Animation at UTS (2021) and I love creating colourful, whimsical characters and worlds for children's books. With meticulous attention to detail and a playful touch, I infuse my artwork with imagination and childhood wonder. Radiating joy and inviting imaginative journeys, my goal is to bring smiles to faces of all ages!

By experimenting with different mediums and techniques, I achieve a captivating blend of traditional and digital elements in my illustrations.

I have illustrated five children’s books for Shawline Publishing Group and am currently working on a sixth. My published books include: “Thongs, Crocs and Flip Flops” by Mimi Lex, “Captain Blue Beard” by Joshua Limbrick, “Gracie and The Stinky Green Poo” by Sharon Sayers-Kiely, “The Hippo Who Found True Beauty” by Nevenka Alempijevic and "Indy And The Fairy Dust Farts" by Sharon Sayers-Kiely. I have also worked for clients such as Storytime Magazine, ABC, and various smaller companies as an illustrator and animator.

I have excellent communication skills, a knack for meeting deadlines, and am able to take on and apply feedback from clients. I love turning ideas into captivating visuals, ensuring that my work is delivered on time, with a whole lot of passion and dedication.

Children’s Non-Fiction
Middle Grade Picture Books
  • Honours/Bachelor of Design in Animation, UTS, 2021

Work experience

Shawline Publishing Group / Playtime Books

Mar, 2022 — Present

I design characters, create cover illustrations and interior illustrations for various children's book projects.

The Vegetable Plot

Oct, 2023 — Present

Working on character designs, cover illustrations and music videos for the ARIA-nominated Australian Children’s band, 'The Vegetable Plot'.


Dec, 2021 — Present

Working on a variety of illustrated and 2D animated projects for various clients including ABC, Storytime Magazine and other smaller companies .

The work I take on ranges from character design, children's illustration, 2D animation, etc.


Indy and the Fairy Dust Farts

Sayers-Kiely, Sharon

Captain Blue Beard

Limbrick, Joshua


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