Samrae Duke

Samrae Duke – Designer

Illustrator specializing in Children’s and Fantasy publication with a classical and whimsical style.


I’m an illustrator with a style heavily influenced by classical illustrators such as Arthur Rackham and Elizabeth Shippen Green. My work consists of whimsical and fantasy themes, but I love drawing anything asked of me. My focus in college was for children's publication, but my career has led my work into the epic fantasy, tabletop gaming, and advertising markets. My work was first published in 2014 as a young adult fantasy novel cover and I've since done work for Coca-Cola International, Flaming Tree Publishing and Art Order. I’m open to all illustrative creative projects and I love expanding my skill sets.

I want to make books that inspire people, the way my favorite books inspired me. I love being able to illustrate books because taking the ideas of an author and bringing them to life visually is my favorite part of being an artist. Working one on one with a client to bring the best creative ideas to life is my passion.

My work consists of mixed media. I especially love a combination of graphite, watercolor and digital painting techniques.

Reviews of my work from a couple of authors I had the pleasure of illustrating for:

"Sam was wonderful to work with. She did a custom illustration and typography for a fantasy novel of mine and did an amazing job. I couldn’t be happier with the final product; it was exactly what my book needed. She was extremely communicative throughout the process and delivered everything from concept to revisions in a timely manner. I highly recommended her to others looking for an illustrator."

~ James Prince, Author of "The Thief"

"My children's book, "My Little Plastic Bag," has gone on to win several awards and no doubt, Samrae's illustrations have made it a success and helped a lot of children learn more about our planet...I can highly recommend Samrae for illustration work."

~ Sam Love, Author of "My little Plastic Bag"

(full letter available on request)

Epic Fantasy Gaming & LitRPG Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books
  • Silver Medal for Children’s Picture Books in the International Nautilus Book Awards 2017
  • Finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award 2017
  • Bronze Medal in the 'Environmental Issues' category of the Moonbeam Awards 2017
  • East Carolina University, School of Art & Design - BFA Studio Art/Illustration Concentration

Work experience


Jan, 2008 — Present

This is my Freelance Illustration company.

Samrae has 2 reviews





Brandi H.

Brandi H.

Feb, 2021

Samrae went above and beyond in the work she did for me. She asked me questions about what I wanted and payed attention to the detail and put lots of detail in her work. Her work is a masterpiece. I will be working with her again in the future. I highly recommend.
Samrae D.
Thank you, Brandi! You were very professional and easy to understand. You knew exactly what you wanted for your cover and made this job very easy. I'd gladly work with you again!
Frank M.

Frank M.

Jul, 2020

I loved working with Samrae. I'd say my experience with her was the height of quality collaboration. She absolutely delivered on what I was looking for and was patient with my tweaks.
Samrae D.
Thank you very much for this feed back, Frank!

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