Sunny Duran

Sunny Duran - Designer

Frederick, MD, USA

I’m an illustrator and designer with 8+ years experience working with small business owners, start ups and self publishing authors.

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Overview

I’m a freelance illustrator and designer with experience in the print and publishing industry. Most of my experience is with small businesses owners and self publishing authors. I’ve illustrated 5 picture books and formatted and designed 6 book covers all for self publishing authors. Because of this I’m very familiar with print on demand publishing and formatting book files for different P.O.D. Publishers. I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and have a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design. Which I think helps me understand the framework of publishing and how it all fits together.

Typically when I start a project I like to talk to the author or art director first and learn their vision for the project. Then we determine if we are a good fit for each other. After that I like to review the manuscript for the book and give suggestions for page breaks. Then I move on to storyboarding the book or project with thumbnail sketches which the author or art director and I go over together. After that I move on to character development for the main characters. Usually giving several style options for at least three of the characters. Then once the characters have been vetted and developed into color I move onto more detailed full scale line art for each page. After those are approved I move onto coloring each page of the book. Once we get to this stage it’s usually smooth sailing because Character, style and color palettes have already been chosen. After the interior pages are complete I usually illustrate the cover art and any interior matter.

This process can take me anywhere from 3 to 6 months depending on the complexity of the characters, the number of pages and drawings required for the book. I hope this gives a small insight into my work flow and process. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children's - Non-fiction
Children's
Picture Books

Certifications

  • BA Graphic Design
  • SCBWI

Work experience

Illustrator

Self-employed
January, 2015 – Present (almost 5 years)

I’ve illustrated 5 books.
Why is there an Elephant in my Basement by Lorrie Grant
Home Sweet Cone by Lizzie VanDalen Brown
I Take Medicine Too! By Ryan Nottingham
Little White Flies by Lorrie Grant
Twiddle’s Garden by Doris Gallippi and Charlotte Raube

Graphic Designer

Self-employed
October, 2010 – Present (about 9 years)

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 the 5 books I illustrated.

Portfolio (2 selected works)

I Take Medicine Too!

R. P. Nottingham

Tom started a new medicine and was nervous about telling his friends. Will they understand?A heartwarming story that shows that friendship can be the best medicine.

Tom started a new medicine and was nervous about telling his friends. Will they understand?A heartwarming story that shows that friendship can be the best medicine.

Home Sweet Cone

Lizzy van Dalen-Brown

During Hewett's search for a new shell, an unexpected twist leads him to realise what really matters in life.This book combines a sweet and playful story with a valuable life lesson.

During Hewett's search for a new shell, an unexpected twist leads him to realise what really matters in life.This book combines a sweet and playful story with a valuable life lesson.

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