Nicholas Child

Nicholas Child - Designer

Cheshire, Chester, UK

Children’s picture book illustrator with a charming and stylistic flair, with a love for illustrating animals, people and architecture.

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I am very excited to be open to all picture book projects!

I am a freelance illustrator based in Cheshire, England.

I studied art and design, illustration, graphics design and textiles at school. I launched my own illustrated greetings cards business in 2016 where we debuted on the shelves of the design-led Paperchase and Sainsbury’s.

How I can help you - Let’s bring those words to life!

I am a children’s book illustrator with a love of creating quirky characters and bringing my clients stories to life. I provide a fun and enjoyable creative process. I am not scared of using colour but also can work with the most beautiful muted colour palettes.

I always provide my illustrations digitally at a high-res or can create them to your specific needs.

I work closely with my clients so they are fully involved at all times. I understand how daunting the creative process can be, so I am always there to help guide and support throughout.

Whether you have a fully-realised layout already in place, or jusf the simple text of the manuscript, I will work closely with you to bring this to reality.

If you are looking to create a charming and wonderful picture book, you have arrived at the right place and I look forward to hopefully working with you!

Here are just a few testimonials of my work and service:

Sarah Ramsay - Charlie Bubble Picture Book
Working with Nicholas was an absolute pleasure. His work delivered over and above on my expectations. His illustrative style appeals to both children and adults, very colourful and playful. The communication throughout was excellent - Nicholas would update me on the status of the illustrations, request feedback and delivered the product on time.

Hollie Davies - Just Henry Picture Book
Wow! Where do I start.. Nicholas is a true talent and one of the most genuine people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. You won’t be disappointed with his natural creativity and his professional manner throughout . A pleasure to work with!

Liz Lockie - Noah, Blue and The Scooter That Flew Picture Book
Well where do I start with Nicholas! We started working together in May of this year and it has just been wonderful the whole way through.
His communication was impeccable and he worked tirelessly to ensure the work he was produced was nothing but perfect.

Picture Books


  • Curtis Brown Diploma in Children’s book writing and illustration

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator

March, 2016 – Present (almost 7 years)

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Noah, Blue and the Scooter That Flew

Lockie, Liz, Child, Nicholas

Bear and the Upside Down Rainbow

Ramsey, Jennifer, Child, Nicholas

Just Henry

Davies, Hollie, Child, Nicholas

A Family of Mice

Gray, Christine

The Chronicles of Animals with Issues

Albarelli, Nicole, Child, Nicholas

The Curious Adventures of Atlas: Germany

Roach, Chelsea, Child, Nicholas

The Tickling Tale of Smoo

Kallona, Louiza, Child, Nicholas

Nicholas has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Tom Krause
“Nicholas Child was a godsend for my children’s picture book, A Christmas Lesson. His ability to bring the story to life with his wonderful illustrations made the whole project one I will never forget. He is kind and generous with his communications. His talents are second to none. I highly recommend Nicholas! 5/5 Stars!” Tom Krause

Tom Krause, January 2023

Ray Sadri
Wow what can I say, I did a lot of research into illustrators, and I’m so glad I went with the talented and creative Nicholas for my book Cat Society. I wanted some initial character illustrations for social media. He really understood the brief, he was very accommodating, he completed the work ahead of schedule, and the resulting illustrations literally blew me away! Thank you Nicolas, I look ...
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Ray Sadri, December 2022

Louiza Kallona
I had a fantastic experience working with Nicholas. As a first time author I was new to the experience of working with an artist and Nicholas made the whole process very easy and fun. I had very specific ideas about what I wanted and I was very particular. Nicholas was incredibly patient and captured exactly the feel I was hoping for in the book cover. The cover was ready before our agreed upon...
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Louiza Kallona, December 2022

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