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.

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 Picture book.

I look forward to working with you soon,

Vaughan
Services
Fiction
Humor & Comedy Middle Grade Picture Books
Languages
English
Awards
  • Short-listed for Lothian Centenary Children's Book Award
Certifications
  • Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication

Work experience

Self-employed

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.

Portfolio

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The Day I Had a Bulldozer

Ashley Wall

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Big Beach BBQ

Taylor, Carly

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The Ocean is just Monster Soup

Lefevre, Kent A

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Off to School in my Wheelie Chair

McIver, Charlene

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No Quit!

Lorek, Craig

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Pretty Pages

Rachman, Amit

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One Little Voice: Silly Poems for Silly Kids

Keefe, Maggie

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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 inform... read more
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Vaughan has 14 reviews

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Jeff and Ashley W.

Jeff and Ashley W.

Jan, 2024

Vaughan is an exceptional illustrator and book designer. This was our second time working with him and he blew us away once again with his amazing illustrations, his creative ideas, and his extensive knowledge. He is such a joy to work with as well, completely professional and kind. We highly recommend Vaughan, he is top of the line!
Vaughan D.
Always a pleasure working with you. Your stories are so much fun.
Margaret K.

Margaret K.

Oct, 2023

Vaughan is an amazing, talented illustrator who is professional and a pleasure to work with. He has illustrated all three of my children’s books and I am always excited to see what he will come up with, His drawings have made my stories do much better and I can't imagine using anyone else! He is the best!
Vaughan D.
I love working on your stories. They are full of interesting characters and so much fun. It makes my job as an illustrator easy.
Mike K.

Mike K.

Oct, 2023

Vaughan is amazing. His collaboration in my project was exactly what I needed. His illustrations not only added life and humor to my middle-grade book but his added ideas and suggestions were spot on. It was a pleasure to work with him. He is very professional and brings creativity to every detail of the project. I would and will definitely work with Vaughan Duck again.
Vaughan D.
Mike, it was a pleasure to work with you. You are an illustrator's dream. You crafted a brilliant story with plenty of zany action for an illustrator to play with. I had so much fun working on it.
Lori R.

Lori R.

Aug, 2023

It was such a pleasure working with Vaughan. As a debut author, Vaughan is patient, encouraging, and supportive. He responded to all my technical questions with his experience or sent articles to help. From the design standpoint, Vaughan provides rough layouts, character sketches, rough pencils, tight drawings, and the final color. At every stage, there is conversation and back & forth dialog...
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Vaughan D.
Thank you Lori, It has been a joy to work with you and bring your story to life. I enjoy working with authors who are beginning their publishing journey. I wish you all the success in the world.
Kent L.

Kent L.

Jun, 2023

Vaughan was great to work with. He got the tasks done early and now I'm published! Whoot! Whoot! Kent
Vaughan D.
Whoot! Whoot! It was a pleasure to work with someone who knows what they want. I'm sure the book will find an enthusiastic market. The story is lovely and the illustrations are excellent.

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