Marina Saumell

Marina Saumell – Designer

Professional children's book illustrator and designer. Whimsical artwork with a focus on lighting and colors. 48 books published.


I graduated with a degree in architecture in 2003 and embarked on a career in commercial architecture.
The birth of my first child and growing love of children's books inspired me to venture into book illustration. Since 2006, I've joyously followed my passion for drawing and illustration.
I've been illustrating and designing children's books for the past 15 years.

I'm used to working with self publishing authors so I have experience in layout design and also the prepress process.

I offer the following services:

* Experienced book illustrator who illustrated over 30 published books.

* Fully dedicated to your project with a keen eye for detail.

* Fast turnaround time and daily communication.

* Consulting services for self-publishing authors.

My work involves:

Characters' Design


Full color illustrations

Pages Layout Design

Print-ready files

Ebook editions

I usually receive the manuscript and oftentimes suggestions about the illustrations.

I create the artwork from a scratch and also the pages layouts and I can handle the whole process until the final step which is the print-ready files to submit to the printer/publisher.

I'm easy to work with and I'm proud to say that many of my clients became good friends.

I'm always excited to read new stories and meet new people.


"I have had the pleasure of working with Marina as the illustrator for my last two children's books. Her creative talent is exceptional, and she has received numerous compliments from customers who have bought my books. I love working with Marina. She has the talent, the ability to bring my story to life in her drawings/color choices, and she's amazing to work with. I would highly recommend working with Marina, who is a great collaborator, pays attention to the finest details, and works diligently to meet your every need. Both of my children's books turned out even better than I could have imagined, and I have Marina to thank for that." Roxy Humphrey

"As a children's book author, nothing matters more to me than finding an artist who can create a magical world that children can't wait to enter. Marina creates magic. sailing WAY beyond my expectations with her illustrations for my first two books. She sees with her heart, knowing just how to attract and keep a child's attention. With what? With her expert use of color and atmosphere, her mastery of fantastic and "right on the money" facial expressions and the depiction of her unique characters. I have other books in the pipeline and I can hardly wait to see what Marina does to bring them to life Seeing how she translates my words into picture is akin to the thrill of waking up on Christmas morning. She gets six stars on a scale of five!" Marianne Stanley

"Marina went above and beyond with her STUNNING AND BRILLIANT illustrations! I actually felt bad adding text to the pages because what she created was just so gorgeous!!! Marina completely understood the magical world I wanted to create and I love how she used light and textures to really make each illustration come alive. My MC also goes through a lot of different emotions and Marina and I worked together well in order to captured her expressions perfectly. I was amazed at how fast Marina was able to to deliver. She always finished by our established deadlines, but often she would finish before the deadline. I am a first time author and had a lot of setbacks with multiple major text edits, so I held up the process more than a few times and made (many) more changes than normal. But Marina was very patient and accommodating and we were able to work through all the issues. Marina is also very knowledgeable when it comes to POD and designing the print ready files. This was really helpful. I am publishing with IngramSpark, Amazon KDP, as well as doing a print run in China. Marina took care of all of these files making this part of the process painless for me. I really can't say enough about Marina. I do plan on hiring her for future books. DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND HIRE HER TOO!!!" Alyssa Schermel

Education & Reference
Picture Books

Work experience


May, 2018 — Present

I'm working as a freelance illustrator providing the artwork and prepress services for publishers and self-publishing authors.

Tzivos Hashem

Mar, 2015 — May, 2018 (about 3 years)

I provided the illustrations for the Parshafier Squad Section on the Hachayol Magazine.

ISchool- Clare Stead

Jun, 2012 — Mar, 2013 (9 months)

I worked for Ischool program for 10 months producing illustrations and powerpoint presentations for elementary school contents for children in Africa.


Cooley Farm Adventures

Chantell Cooley

Henry's Discovery

Schmidt, KImberly K.

Made with Reedsy
Sir Thomas of Creekside

Garrett, G. L.

Made with Reedsy
Blank Canvas

Jackson, J M

Made with Reedsy
KanaK, The Firefighter (Kanak, the Superhero)

Kongara, Nagdeep

Made with Reedsy
Ozzy Penguin Gets Frustrated

Schneider, S.A.

Fluffy Cat

Calvert, Kathryn

Art the Spiffy Spider

Calvert, Kathryn

I Have Two Dads

LeMaire, Colleen

I Have Two Moms

LeMaire, Colleen

Meet Mason

Rogers, Megan E

The Sweetest Victory

Spangler, Hillary Beth

I Have a Stepmom

LeMaire, Colleen

I Have a Stepdad

LeMaire, Colleen

I Have Two Homes

LeMaire, Colleen

Get to know Monroe

Edwards, Sheena


Schmidt, Kimberly K

A Week with Waffles

Speicher, Tom

The Unicorn Princess

Schermel, Alyssa

Marina has 12 reviews





Paola K.

Paola K.

Feb, 2024

We loved working with Marina. Her attention to detail and passion for the projects she creates are very evident in her work. We are so happy with how everything turned out and look forward to working with her again for our next book.
Cortney C.

Cortney C.

Dec, 2023

Marina is an incredibly talented illustrator. The Lights That Stay is about a child's inner light and the sunlight, so a lot of scenes with different lighting were needed. Marina is an expert in using light to create a feeling that really enhances a book. She was responsive and offered good suggestions throughout the process. I am thrilled with the end product, and I think families who read thi...
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Marina S.
Hi Cortney, Thank you for your kind words about me and my work. You wrote a beautiful story which I'm sure will be a delight for kids and adults too. Hope we can work together again in the future....
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Margaret D.

Margaret D.

Dec, 2023

Marina is a consummate professional with the heart of a beautiful artist. You do indeed get to enjoy both aspects of her work. She is always on time, creative, dedicated and inspirational. She knows what you want and need when you don't even have the words for it. She can take a desire or wish and make it a reality on paper. She has a wonderful, patient spirit and does excellent, excellent...
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Marina S.
Hi Margaret, Thank you for your kind words about me and my work. It was a joyful experience working for you. Thank you for giving me the time I need to create the artwork for the books. And also ...
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Margaret D.

Margaret D.

Aug, 2023

Marina is wonderful! Her talent is extraordinary. She is so whimsical in her characters and gives life to the words propelling them even further into a child's imagination! It was like she was in my mind and could see what I wanted to bring to life. Marina is very attentive to the requirements of the project. She suggests ideas that weren't thought of and work wonderfully! She is extre...
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Marina S.
Hi Margaret, I can't thank you enough for such warm and kind review on my work. It filled my heart with joy. It's a pleasure working for you both. Warmly, Marina
Michele J.

Michele J.

Jul, 2023

I had the pleasure of working with Marina, a talented and professional illustrator. Her work is exceptional, and I am impressed with her level of expertise. Marina is always available to answer any questions and provide guidance, which makes the collaboration process smooth. I highly recommend her services to anyone in need of a skilled illustrator.
Marina S.
Hi Michele, Thank you so much for your kind words about me and my work. It was a joy working for you in your second book. You're a great writer. I'm sure kids will love your books. Hope we can wor...
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