Rose Freeland

Rose Freeland – Designer

I help engage young and young-at-heart readers with visually inspiring illustrations and fun characters in whimsical environments.


I am a highly skilled Illustrator and Designer with expertise in creating exciting picture books. My broad style range includes digital and traditional methods for printed books and ebooks. I also design books with title treatments, beautiful layouts, and text flow. My passion is to create fabulous unique illustrations that express your manuscript.

- Illustration and design creator.
- Expert in Adobe Suite and other programs for print and web.
- Image and word editorial strengths.
- In-depth knowledge of printing and digital standards.

With a professional mix of a drive for success and design approaches, I seek ways to achieve excellence. I create hand-drawn and digital illustrations, and I am highly trained and equally passionate about art that inspires. I work closely with my clients to understand the author's vision and present a phase of the design plan in a formal estimate. I provide great pencil sketches and digital-first drafts to arrive at a perfect direction for the illustrations. Once the character is visually discovered, a painting phase and color sampling are presented. I work closely to finalize the images and book throughout each design phase. I welcome online client meetings and will happily schedule convenient times to discuss your new book.

Some of my talents are:
• Hand Sketching
• Character Design
• Vector Illustration
• Watercolor, Pen & Ink


California Institute of the Arts 1993 - Masters of Fine Arts

Art Center College of Design 1990 - Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Distinction

Children’s Non-Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books
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Work experience


Apr, 1996 — Present

I have been creating books and brands in various sectors through Big Concepts for over twenty years. These sectors include scientific books recently published with Illustrated Scientific Books published at Cambridge Press, children's illustrated books on Kindle, and custom board books.

My experience with Big Concepts does not end with book design and extends to the entire brand, website, and marketing design services.

Rose has 1 review





Catherine S.

Catherine S.

Jun, 2023

I had reached out to a dozen illustrator's to create artwork for my Kickstarter campaign. Rose was the only one who was excited to take on my project. Her work is just beautiful and I've been receiving positive feedback from others. Rose is very professional and enjoys what she does. Her work is very different from other children's books illustrators. I had asked for a specific type of artwork ...
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Rose F.
Cathy, thank you for your lovely review. I plan to work with you on the budget and reduce my fee so we can see the book to completion. So, no matter what comes in from the Kickstart campaign, we c...
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