Sunny Duran

Sunny Duran – Designer

I'm a children's book illustrator and designer with 9 years experience. My specialty is fun, whimsical picture books with a lot of heart.


I’m a freelance children's book designer and illustrator with 9 years experience. I specialize in picture book illustration, design and formatting. Because I am an illustrator and a graphic designer I can provide a unique perspective when it comes to illustrating and designing your book. I know how to plan your book as well as adjust the artwork to fit with your story.

I’m a member of SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and have a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design.

Every project is different so I usually respond to requests with follow up questions asking for more detailed information. I like having an open dialogue so we can figure out what services you need and how long it will take to finish your project.

If you are looking for an illustrator please be ready to share your final edited manuscript or a detailed description of what the story is about so I can see if I'm a good fit for your project. You can see examples of my illustration work her in my profile. Standard turnaround for picture book illustrations is 5-6 months.

If you are looking for a designer please let me know where you at in the process and what your publishing date is. You can see examples of my design and layout work here in my profile as well.
Standard turnaround time for a 32-36 page picture book is 3-4 weeks. Depending on how much editing is required and if cover design is included.

Services I provide:
page layout
typesetting, font selection
cover design
cover redesign
file formatting for print and ebook
Marketing graphics (social media or kickstarter)

I look forward to hearing more about your book and hopefully we can work together.

Children’s Non-Fiction
Picture Books
  • BA Graphic Design

Work experience


Jan, 2016 — Present

I provide project management and book design services for children's books, to include typesetting; page layout, image manipulation, cover design, cover redesign, file formatting for print and ebooks, book cover mockups, and graphics for social media.


Jan, 2016 — Present

Digital illustrator working primarily with Procreate and Photoshop. Illustrate picture books and book covers for self publishing authors.


Oct, 2010 — Present

Worked as a creative director with a parents magazine Ella and Annie. Provided branding and web design for multiple small businesses and start up companies. Formatted and published 9 books I illustrated. I have also provided book design services for small publishers and independent authors.

Sunny has 20 reviews





Reflections in the W.

Reflections in the W.

May, 2023

Sunny has been a pleasure to work with! She captured my characters beautifully, was responsive, and easy to work with! I look forward to collaborating again the near future!
Melanie B.

Melanie B.

Apr, 2023

I cannot thank Sunny enough for her outstanding work and professionalism. She has helped me throughout the entire process of publishing my first book for children, supporting my effort at every turn and answered my many questions in a timely manner. Thank you, again, Sunny! I have so enjoyed working with her and look forward to hiring her again for my next book!
Derek M.

Derek M.

Apr, 2023

She saved our project! After stalling with another designer, we asked Sunny to step in and finish the cover design. She gave us multiple options that were all superior to what we had. Ultimately, our project scope increased and she ended up reworking the interior. Professional, efficient, flexible and reasonable all the way. It’s a better book because of her contribution.
Barbara R.

Barbara R.

Mar, 2023

Sunny more than met my expectations. She was wonderful to work with. Very professional, and also very patient with my techno challenged self. She not only has the knowledge needed to help in the publishing arena, but is also talented and efficient.
Karlotta T.

Karlotta T.

Feb, 2023

Absolutely loved working with Sunny as my layout designer! Her kindness and understanding in it being my first publication was amazing. She taught me so much in regards to the process and went above and beyond my expectations. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!