Zoe Saunders

Zoe Saunders – Designer

I'm a Friendly and professional Children's Book Illustrator. I create sweet and whimsical illustrations which have a timeless charm.

Overview

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My name is Zoe and I am a freelance artist and children's book illustrator based in Cheshire, UK.

I have always had a love of artistry. I love to sketch, paint and create sweet characters. I am particularly fascinated by animals, both real and magical, and love the detailed setting of nature and foliage.


I love to work in pen and watercolour and have a cute and whimsical style. I also work digitally and find this offers much more freedom and convenience that it gives when creating children's books. I aim for a whimsical and traditional feel to my digital work too, so that it offers the best of both worlds.


I have worked for authors both in the UK and far away lands, creating bespoke illustrations for their precious stories.


Children's book illustration and design is my passion, and my aim is to not only provide authors with beautiful illustrations for their picture books, but to also provide a friendly, stress-free experience, completed in a timely manner. Each step of the way we will work together, to create the book of your dreams.


I have also worked on projects such as business logos, public house signs, pet food packaging, and private commissions.


Please feel free to get in touch to discuss any project you have.

Services
Non-Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction Nature Parenting & Families
Fiction
Middle Grade Picture Books
Languages
English
Awards
  • Honorary mention in the 2018 'SCBWI Undiscovered Voices Competition' anthology.
Certifications
  • I am a full member of the Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators (SCBWI)

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 2015 — Present

I am an experienced picture book illustrator who has worked on over 50 books so far. I have helped to guide many first time picture book authors through the process of self publishing their books. Including planning, designing, illustrating, and typesetting, finally presenting the author with their final files ready to upload to Ingram Spark, Amazon KDP or other publishing platform. I have a friendly and enthusiastic manner and aim to make the whole process as fun and stress free as possible.

I have also written, illustrated, and published my own books via Ingram Spark. My picture books 'The Lonely Dragon' and 'How to Make a Wish' are available on Amazon and in other book stores, along with my chapter book series, 'The Adventures of Hetty Honeywort'.

Portfolio

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Stay, Winston!

Cooper, Ashley

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Meme’s Farm

Rittson-Thomas, Kathie

My Hypermobility

Pinnington, Leah

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Lovable Lucy: The Kitten in the Garden

Fowke, Melissa

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Today is the Day!: Otis Goes to the Beach

Williamson, Katie

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The Christmas Camel

Permut, Susan

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The Snugbugs

Friedman, Joanna

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The Happy Puppy

Placido, Sophie

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Today, I wish for a sister

Bock, Irina

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Mabel Menichetti Makes the Best Spaghetti

Groome, Eileen

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Ellery's Magic Bicycle

Monte, Maria

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Tired Mommy

Dudish, Nicole

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Abc Is That Safe for Me?

Diane Lynn Marunczak

Through colorful pictures and fun rhyming verses, learn a variety of different ways to prepare your child to confidently and safely manage school days with food allergies.
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The Mysterious Pool

McIver, Charlene

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Soft Brown Ears

Matchett, Lynn

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WHITE RABBITS

Halewood, Kate

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A Special Journey

Batty, Leanne E

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A Spot of New

Anastasia, P

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Honey Harvest

Kerr, Elissa

Morning Puppa

Anastasia, P

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The Gratitude Seed

Appleby, Linda

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Come Fly With Me

Amison, Katie

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Sunkissed

Kerr, Elissa

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The Humble Seed

Appleby, Linda

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Harry Brown carelessly throws a rock at a tree and causes a bluebirds nest to fall. He rushes to find help to put the nest back on the tree brunch. Harry’s mother carefully puts the nest back ... read more
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Come on a journey through the countryside, as Big Red Fox teaches Little Red Fox how to make wishes. A dreamy children's story with delightful watercolour illustrations, and a heartwarming end... read more
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The Apple Tree

John Rebholz

A true story of a son remembering his father.The story takes the reader on a journey through 3 generations, showing the kind of life his Father had, his adventures and more importantly, what h... read more
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When Santa visits Monty's house, things don't quite go to plan. Cookie has managed to scare the reindeers away and they are nowhere to be seen. Children around the world are waiting, but who w... read more
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Monty, Cookie and the spangles are back at the beach.When Cookie sees a splash in the water her newfydoof instinct to rescue takes over and she immediately heads out to help.What follows is an... read more
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The Lonely Dragon

Zoe Saunders

High up in the mountains, far above the clouds, where the Earth meets the sky, there lived a lonely dragon... The dragon embarks on a great journey travelling far and wide, in search of a frie... read more
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A Seaside Adventure! Monty, Cookie and the spangles are off on their holidays to sunny Pembrokeshire and the beautiful beach at Poppit Sands.In a cave they meet a new friend, the Poppit Dragon... read more
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Penelope Green has forgotten kindness until she enters the enchanted fairy woodland. In windy whispers, the magical trees tell Penelope a tale about the fairies, the kindness seed and the Knot... read more
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Zoe has 24 reviews

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Felicia P.

Felicia P.

Apr, 2024

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Zoe. Extremely patient with me as a first time author. Very professional and her work is impeccable. Zoe also went above and beyond providing me with critical information and educating me along the way. This process was made so easy and enjoyable and never at any point did I feel pressure, rushed, or stressed. I will be working with Zoe again in the nea...
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Ashley C.

Ashley C.

Mar, 2024

Zoe exceeded my expectations from the start! Her artistic skills are above average, as her works draws you in to the magical forests, woodland parks and the animal’s lives. I was shocked that she was able to make my miniature donkey come alive, with such adorable expressions. Then, she utilized great judgment to use the Pet Partners logo in several places. Lastly, Zoe knew exactly what was need...
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Zoe S.
Thank you so much for the lovely review, Ashley! It really has made my day to read this 🙂 You have been a joy to work with and I’m very proud of the book. Best of luck with everything! And give Win...
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Kathleen R.

Kathleen R.

Feb, 2024

I couldn’t have asked for a better illustrator. Zoe exceeded any expectations I had by far. Her illustrations are beautiful and I’ve had only positive comments about them. She went the extra mile to help me through the publishing process and made the whole experience easy and fun. I can’t thank her enough. I highly recommend Zoe for her outstanding illustrations, her professionalism and helpfu...
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Melissa F.

Melissa F.

Dec, 2023

Zoe is a truly talented, kind, and informative professional. I could not be happier with our collaboration on my first children's book. She was prompt, easy to understand, helpful with my naivety in the business, and very sweet. Her illustrations brought out my characters just as I had pictured them! Her responses to my many questions were clear and she responded in a timely manner. She walked ...
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Katie W.

Katie W.

Nov, 2023

Zoe was absolutely wonderful to work with! She explained everything in an organized document. She set pricing, deadlines and ideas in the beginning but was more than flexible when making changes along the way. Zoe helped make my dream come true in writing my own book. She is truly a very talented artist and I highly recommend using her for your next project!!!

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