Children’s Book FAQ

1. What is your process?

Top secret. Clue: coffee

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2. I have written a story, can you illustrate it for me?

If you can give me the information in Question 9 I’d love to take a look!

3. How much will it cost to illustrate my book?

That all depends on many factors. These include however are not limited to:

  • Size of book/illustration(s)
  • Number of pages
  • Number of illustrations
  • Colour, black & white or line art illustrations
  • Timescale (eg fast turnaround will add a premium to your job)
  • Distribution rights
  • If layout is required

Please see Question 5 for more information

4. I love your work but my budget doesn’t. Can we negotiate a lower price?

Absolutely! I will always be open to discuss what I can produce for you and for your budget, within reason.

5. Will you work for exposure or royalties?

Short answer: No.

Long answer: I will never work for exposure. You found me so evidently I’m quite good at purveying my wares around the internets. Regarding royalties; Depending on the contract I will work for royalties on top of a fee but never for royalties alone.

6. How long will it take to illustrate my story?

That all depends on what my schedule is like, how long your story is, number of illustrations, number of pages, and many other factors.

7. What brushes do you use?

That’s not a simple answer! I use many brush sets and pick ones I like and make my own set then tweak the settings. I also make my own brushes.

Here’s a link to one of the brush sets I love by Matt Heath. Check them out!

8. 39436175880932/B? All nations attending the conference are only allocated one car parking space? Is that entirely relevant, sir?

I mean, here we are in mortal danger and you’re worried about the Chinese delegates bringing two cars.

9. Do you have any info on creating children’s books?

Yep! Here’s some books and places to check out (plus some shameless self promotion)!

If you have an adblocker please disable it for this site as the Amazon links won’t show up – thank you 🙂

Disclaimer: If you buy these books via the affiliate links below then I get a little something from Amazon, which is nice.


10. What information do I need to give you?

If you can give me as much information as possible that would be great however here’s a quick reference list of what I like:

  • A short synopsis/blurb of your story. Please do not send me the whole story, I don’t have time to read all your wonderful tales and keep my cat in the manner to which she has become accustomed.
  • Number of pages
  • Size of book or illustration(s)
  • If you require book layout
  • Estimated due date. Please do not say “no rush”!
  • A budget – With this information if my quote is above what you had planned we can work together to amend the colour, the style, and size and/or amount of illustrations.
  • A list of illustrations you require along with a short description as to what happens in the image.
  • Reference images – illustrations I have produced that you would like a similar style of, other artwork from other illustrators/artists you like the look of, a picture of your cat (bonus points even if they’re irrelevant to the project), photo you took on holiday that captures the feeling of what you’d like me to depict. Send me stuff so I know what you’re thinking!

11. How do you like your coffee?

Strong with a splash of skimmed milk, thank you.

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12. Do you work with specific publishers?

I work with many publishers and I am not tied to one particular one.

13. What equipment and software do you use?

  • a Windows 7 PC
  • Coffee
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • Adobe InDesign CS6
  • Coffee
  • Wacom Intuos 4 XL
  • MagicPicker – An excellent Advanced Colour Panel and Colour Wheel Photoshop plugin – Here’s a money off link! 
  • Lazy Nezumi – A Windows app that helps you draw smooth, beautiful lines, with your mouse or pen tablet.
  • Coffee

14. Am I required to sign or provide a contract?

Absolutely! Every job, big or small, has a contract. This is so we both know what we should expect from the project, when we expect to have the work completed, when payment landmarks are reached, copyright and distribution rights – all that good stuff.

I use a contract from the Association of Illustrators and I reference The Illustrator’s Guide to Law and Business Practice (Association of Illustrators). If you have your own contract written up pertaining to the project then we can use that especially if you have a NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement).

Any questions then please ask!

15. Do you have an agent?

I am currently represented by D’avila Illustration Agency

16. Do you have a Patreon?

Become a Patron!

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Rowena Aitken | Children’s Book Illustrator

Based in Edinburgh, Scotland

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