Vaughan Duck

Vaughan Duck – Designer

Children's Book Illustrator with trade and educational publishing experience. Quirky style perfect for fun picture books and chapter books.


With over 25 years of experience illustrating books, I have built up a varied folio of work that can be adapted to suit any type of project. Published work includes picture books, chapter books, textbooks, craft books, and non-fiction titles. My passion is developing quality products for children. I live and work in Australia, but have clients in the UK, US, and China. I would love to work with you.

I love what I do, drawing pictures to delight children. Let me bring your story to life.

I started strong, being short-listed for the Lothian Centenary Children's Picture Book Award (AUS). Since then I have contributed cartoons and illustrations to over 300 book projects.

Did I mention I love what I do?

If you have a story that needs illustrating, contact me for a quote and a chat over a virtual coffee!
I have a fresh marketable style and a professional attitude with heaps of experience developing projects for commercial success.

It's your text, but teaming up with the right illustrator can lift the marketability of the book to a new level.

Sparkling text + Stunning pictures = Awesome Picture book.

I look forward to working with you soon,

Humor & Comedy Middle Grade Picture Books
  • Short-listed for Lothian Centenary Children's Book Award
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication

Work experience


Jan, 1990 — Present

I work as a freelance illustrator for a number of publishing companies. My work includes picture books, chapter books, text books, craft books and non-fiction books for children. I have worked on over 350 titles.


Pretty Pages

Rachman, A.

No Quit!

Lorek, C.

Big Beach BBQ

Taylor, C.

In straightforward yet humorous language, Wendy Darvill and Kelsey Powell discuss the changes that happen at puberty. This book is a guide for children and teenagers, full of up-to-date information about themselves, their bodies and growing up. In simple, stra... read more

Vaughan has 9 reviews





Jeff and Ashley W.

Jeff and Ashley W.

Apr, 2023

Vaughan is an amazing illustrator! The entire book creation process working with Vaughan has been awesome. He is extremely talented and professional. Vaughan has a lot of experience in illustrating and book creation which was very helpful to us. He had great ideas that really helped bring the story to life and added extra touches to make the book stand out. We will absolutely work with Vaughan ...
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Vaughan D.
Thank you for trusting me with your lovely picture book characters. Working with two people so passionate about making a quality picture book was a pleasure. I look forward to working with you in t...
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Craig L.

Craig L.

Nov, 2022

Vaughan is at the top of the game when it comes to illustrating. He knew exactly what I was looking for and exceeded my expectations. Collaboration was great! Vaughan was enthusiastic, responsive and accommodating. His attention to detail was on point, too! I've comb through "No Quit!" multiple times and I continue to find details from the illustrations that enrich the story. Thank you,...
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Vaughan D.
Thank you, Craig, it was a fun story to work on. I have a newfound appreciation for the art of amateur wrestling. I loved your enthusiasm, thank you for trusting me with your story. Cheers, Vaughan
Margaret K.

Margaret K.

Aug, 2022

Vaughan is the best! His illustrations and design are everything I wanted them to be , if I’m gushing, well it’s because he deserves it! He did the illustrations and design on my first children's book of silly poems and I loved them and was thrilled he agreed to illustrate and design my second book. People always ask where I found him and I tell them about reedsy and how easy it was to coordina...
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Vaughan D.
Thanks Maggie, Your silly poems are so much fun to work with. I wish you all the success you deserve.
Margaret K.

Margaret K.

Mar, 2022

I am so glad I found Vaughan Duck on Reedsy and he agreed to illustrate my children's book! He is extremely talented and a pleasure to work with. I don’t think my book would have become a reality without his expertise, he went above and beyond my expectations with his amazing illustrations and expert advice. I hope to collaborate with him again in the near future!
Vaughan D.
Thank you, Margaret. It was a fun project to work on. Now it's time to get your book into the hands of children. I wish you all the success in the world. I look forward to seeing what you come up w...
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Alicia W.

Alicia W.

Dec, 2021

It was great working with Vaughan. I feel blessed that he had accepted to take on my project. He is experienced and offered tangible advice 👌🏾He knew just the right questions to ask in order to capture the look I was going for.
Vaughan D.
Thank you for the wonderful review, Alicia. It was a joy to work with someone who just wants to learn as much as they can about publishing. I know you will be as tenacious as Neotinoto as you work ...
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