Sally Barnett

Sally Barnett - Designer

Somerset, United Kingdom

BA Hons Illustrator specialises in book cover design and illustration. Recently commissioned by National Portrait Gallery and National Trust

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Overview

Graduated with a BA (Hons) Illustration after a successful career in civil engineering, finally making my childhood dream career as a professional illustrator and designer, a reality and gaining confidence in the engineering industry has given me the confidence to embrace all types of challenges.

I enjoy reading and discovering weird and wonderful short stories that have yet to be illustrated. I love illustrating the narrative, from children's fairytale books to album covers.
My recent commissions include, fully illustrating and designing an educational booklet for National Portrait Gallery and National Trust, to accompany a new portrait exhibition at Montacute House, Somerset. To commemorate 'Women's Suffrage' and 'Votes for Women', I was asked to design the booklet so that it focused on 'strong women in history'. I was very proud to be a part of this project.

My focus is on meeting the client's brief, the target audience and creating a professional book cover design or interior illustration that my client will be proud of. It is important to me that the client is happy throughout the design process.
If my client gives me free rein to design a cover, I will design it so that it is eye-catching but also, will invoke the right emotion for that particular book genre and subject. I work predominantly in pen and ink, but also, watercolour, oil pastels and digital illustration. Trained in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and In-Design; this has also helped with my freelance technical work in web design.

Self-taught in Web Design and eMarketing. I have volunteered my spare time and design skills to local non-funded charities and organisations, including Black Swan Arts, Fair Frome, The Little Victory Ball and The Frome Tunnels Team Project in Frome, Somerset.

I pride myself on a friendly and professional approach to my client's needs and I am fully committed to ensuring my client gets the best service, whilst having a good working relationship with me. I am passionate about illustration and always happy to help my client turn their dreams into reality.
Languages
English
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Classics
Fantasy
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Science Fiction
Short Story
Young Adult
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference

Certifications

  • Foundation Design, Photography and Illustration
  • Professional Diploma Civil Engineering
  • ONC BTEC Civil Engineering

Awards

  • BA (Hons) Illustration
  • Tarmac Trophy 2008

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator

National Portrait Gallery and National Trust
December, 2017 – April, 2018 (4 months)

Design and illustrate an educational booklet to accompany National Portrait Gallery's new portrait exhibition at Montacute House in Somerset. Target audience - families, children 3yrs and upwards, adults. Liaise with National Trust Senior Experience Officer, for further details required. Booklet to include fun and challenging activities as well as educational content.

Administrator

Black Swan Arts
November, 2015 – April, 2018 (over 2 years)

2016, 2018 and 2019 Administrator (three separate periods) to organise the Young Open children's art competition and exhibition. Design literature, as well as Design poster design and content. Design logo for social media and posters. Organise and administrate online, verbal and written contact with over 220 schools and clubs, in order to encourage them to submit artwork for the competition. 2016 saw over 300 entries (twice as many as the previous year); 2018 saw over 350 entries and 2019 saw 420 entries, from many schools and numerous individual entrants in Wessex region, but now accepting artwork from artists as far as London and Cornwall.

Freelance Illustrator and Graphic Artist

Self-employed
September, 2014 – Present (almost 6 years)

Graduated with a BA (Hons) Illustration through University of Hertfordshire. I began freelancing for illustration, graphic design and web design, after leaving my last permanent role as Highways Engineer for a local Authority in 2013. I have worked for clients by creating book illustrations, designing book covers, educational booklets and providing a web design service, both in South West England and internationally.

Portfolio (12 selected works)

Artgasm (Paperback Version)

Duncan Alan Bardsley

Dark Lane Anthology: Volume Six

Tim Jeffreys, Jeff Meyers, Laura Maria Grierson, Megan Taylor, Gary Power, Charles Wilkinson, Timothy Delizza, Robert Pope, Giselle Leeb

From a schoolgirl who wreaks death and destruction on her bullies via a magical ceremony, a man-eating siren who picks the wrong kind of soul to suck, a worker at a factory where cheese is made by milking humanoid creatures, a mobster who finds enlightenment through the resurrection of an assassinated village mayor, and a man who must wrestle for the attentions of his beloved with a mythical c... read more

From a schoolgirl who wreaks death and destruction on her bullies via a magical ceremony, a man-eating siren who picks the wrong kind of soul to suck, a worker at a factory where cheese is made by milking humanoid creatures, a mobster who finds enlightenment through the resurrection of an assassinated village mayor, and a man who must wrestle for the attentions of his beloved with a mythical c... read more

Dark Lane Anthology: Volume Five

Tim Jeffreys, L.S. Johnson, Louis Rakovich, Madeleine Swann, Charles Wilkinson, Timothy Delizza, Christopher Fielden, Ally Gipps, Bill Davidson, Robert Pope

Now onto its fifth volume, the Dark Lane Anthology series once again brings the reader a collection of weird worlds and strange stories from both established authors and promising newcomers. In this edition the reader will encounter monsters and changelings, troublesome smells afflicting historic English towns, nefarious 19th century narcotics, overgrown creepy crawlies, mysterious murders, de... read more

Now onto its fifth volume, the Dark Lane Anthology series once again brings the reader a collection of weird worlds and strange stories from both established authors and promising newcomers. In this edition the reader will encounter monsters and changelings, troublesome smells afflicting historic English towns, nefarious 19th century narcotics, overgrown creepy crawlies, mysterious murders, de... read more

Dark Lane Anthology: Volume Four (Dark Lane Anthology Series Book 4)

Tim Jeffreys, Charles Wilkinson, Andrea Adams, F.Charles Murdock, Christopher Fielden, Ariel Dodson, Louis Rakovich, Rhoads Brazos, Neil Davies, Tim Turnbull

The Dark Lane Anthology series returns with a new compendium of weird and wonderful short stories. Opening with a new unpublished story from the master of low-key weird fiction Charles Wilkinson, and introduced by The Horror Tree columnist F. Charles Murdock; Volume Four also includes fantastic fiction from David S. Golding, K. Dewess, Neil Davies, Andrea Adams, Arthur Davis, Megan Crosbie, Rh... read more

The Dark Lane Anthology series returns with a new compendium of weird and wonderful short stories. Opening with a new unpublished story from the master of low-key weird fiction Charles Wilkinson, and introduced by The Horror Tree columnist F. Charles Murdock; Volume Four also includes fantastic fiction from David S. Golding, K. Dewess, Neil Davies, Andrea Adams, Arthur Davis, Megan Crosbie, Rh... read more

Millwall

D. a. Bardsley

When a football club is cast unexpectedly into the national spotlight, it becomes a battleground for vested and criminal interests. Intertwined with the club's fate is the story of Vince, a disgraced journalist who seeks redemption by exposing extortion of the cruellest kind. This fast-paced, intelligent story is brimming with ideas, humour and wit. Originality is hard to find, this story come... read more

When a football club is cast unexpectedly into the national spotlight, it becomes a battleground for vested and criminal interests. Intertwined with the club's fate is the story of Vince, a disgraced journalist who seeks redemption by exposing extortion of the cruellest kind. This fast-paced, intelligent story is brimming with ideas, humour and wit. Originality is hard to find, this story come... read more

Dark Lane Anthology: Volume Three: Volume 3

Tim Jeffreys

What do we have here? Dark Lane Anthology Volume Three contains everything readers have come to enjo....

What do we have here? Dark Lane Anthology Volume Three contains everything readers have come to enjo....

Dark Lane Anthology: Volume Two

Tim Jeffreys

An assortment of the weird and wonderful, the monstrous and the macabre, the Dark Lane anthology series continues with Volume Two. Containing brand new stories from authors such as Rebecca Lloyd, James Everington, Louis Rakovich, Mathew Lett, Keldra Crich, and a host of other talents, not to mention artwork from Vikki Yeates, Luna Lynch, Martin Greaves and Sally Barnett, this is one anthology ... read more

An assortment of the weird and wonderful, the monstrous and the macabre, the Dark Lane anthology series continues with Volume Two. Containing brand new stories from authors such as Rebecca Lloyd, James Everington, Louis Rakovich, Mathew Lett, Keldra Crich, and a host of other talents, not to mention artwork from Vikki Yeates, Luna Lynch, Martin Greaves and Sally Barnett, this is one anthology ... read more

Dark Lane Anthology: Volume One: Volume 1

Tim Jeffreys

A collection of talented writers from across the globe brings you a set of strange tales designed to electrify the jellied contents of your brainpan. Within these pages you will find dark adult fairy tales, strange creatures glimpsed out of the corner of the eye, unusual artefacts, and adventures that quickly take on the semblance of a fever dream. As benefits the international source of the a... read more

A collection of talented writers from across the globe brings you a set of strange tales designed to electrify the jellied contents of your brainpan. Within these pages you will find dark adult fairy tales, strange creatures glimpsed out of the corner of the eye, unusual artefacts, and adventures that quickly take on the semblance of a fever dream. As benefits the international source of the a... read more

I Lost my Marble!!!

Nathan Ritter

A fantastic children’s book about an unexpected adventure. Beautiful artwork, delightful characters—Every page is sure to impress! Synopsis: Marvin’s got an attitude problem. Do you know any kids like that? Yet despite himself, Marvin is thrown into an afternoon adventure because of an annoying situation--he’s lost his marble. This leads him on a search that ends in a strange encounter. At the... read more

A fantastic children’s book about an unexpected adventure. Beautiful artwork, delightful characters—Every page is sure to impress! Synopsis: Marvin’s got an attitude problem. Do you know any kids like that? Yet despite himself, Marvin is thrown into an afternoon adventure because of an annoying situation--he’s lost his marble. This leads him on a search that ends in a strange encounter. At the... read more

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