Vaughan Duck

Vaughan Duck - Designer

Unley SA, Australia

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

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Overview

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 Picturebook.

I look forward to working with you soon,

Vaughan
Languages
English
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
DIY & Crafts
Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Middle Grade
Picture Books

Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication

Awards

  • Short-listed for Lothian Centenary Children's Book Award

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator

Self-employed
January, 1990 – Present (about 32 years)

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.

Portfolio (7 selected works)

Big Beach BBQ

Taylor, Carly

Pretty Pages

Rachman, Amit, Duck, Vaughan

Off to School in my Wheelie Chair

McIver, Charlene, Duck, Vaughan

Puberty Book

Wendy Darvill

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, straightforward language, it discusses the changes that happen at puberty, sex and sexuality, health and looking after yourself, relationshi... read more

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, straightforward language, it discusses the changes that happen at puberty, sex and sexuality, health and looking after yourself, relationshi... read more

Vaughan has 5 reviews

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Alicia Williams
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.

Alicia Williams, December 2021

Vaughan Duck
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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F M
I first got in touch with Vaughan as an author who needed help with debut children's novel. By the end of the project, I had learnt so much about the publishing journey thanks to his help. His illustration skills, patience, guidance and professionalism are incredible. It was such a pleasure to work with him. There aren't many people like Vaughan!

F M, November 2021

Vaughan Duck
Thank you for the lovely review it was a pleasure to work with you. You had such a clear vision for your book, it was a joy to be part of the journey.

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Amit Rachman
It was a pleasure working with Vaughan. He is a skilled and talented illustrator who really understands the children's picture book genre. I highly recommend working with him!

Amit Rachman, August 2021

Vaughan Duck
Amit has created a beautiful story, full of heart. I enjoyed working with her to bring her story to life. I wish her every success as she grows as an author and would happily work with her again.

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Charlene McIver
Its been a delight to work with Vaughan, and his wonderful illustrations brought my children's book to life. His fun style of illustrations captured exactly what I was looking for. Very easy to communicate with and followed the brief to a tee. Also, very helpful with formatting and designing my book and assisted with KDP publishing problems. Highly recommend Vaughan.

Charlene McIver, May 2021

Vaughan Duck
Thank you Charlene. It was pleasure to work with you. I was worried that I wouldn't do justice to such a personal story.

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Neha Taleja
I'm a first-time author and I couldn't have completed this project without Vaughan's guidance and help. He was an incredible partner in the process. Vaughan, not only delivered what was expected in the contract but went above and beyond in providing valuable resources and guidance for a first-time author. This is exactly what I was hoping for from a partner on this book. Vaughan's illustration...
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Neha Taleja, February 2021

Vaughan Duck
Illustrating a children's book is truly a partnership. I enjoyed working with you as together we discovered the characters and the story they wanted to tell. Let's do it again soon.

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