About Lucy

Award winning illustrator, Lucy Smith is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer specialising in children’s picture books.

As an experienced former school teacher and psychology graduate, Lucy has a in-depth knowledge of language development and the role high quality literature and illustrations play in encouraging a life long love of reading.  Her past career paved the way for her success as a children’s illustrator.

Lucy is based in Cheshire, England, but works with clients from all over the world, from Bahrain to New York, Europe to Australia, her working hours are flexible so as to accommodate differing time zones.

Recent book projects include the award winning best seller ‘Nonni’s Moon’ by Julia Inserro and newly released ‘Open Your Eyes Little One’ by Erin Cress. Lucy specialises in diverse stories, with vastly different characters and settings.

Past projects have included:

A tale about a witch family in ‘Big Witch and the Small’ by Neil Trigger.

A story about a family’s love for their IVF baby in ‘From the First Time’ by Gilly-Elle Wiltshire.

‘Nonni’s Moon’ by Julia Inserro, set in Bahrain and based around an expat American family missing their loved ones.

Erin Cress’ book, ‘Open Your Eyes Little One’, which aims to encourage young children to follow their dreams.

The ‘Understanding Lola’ series by Jodie Isitt which focuses on a little autistic bunny and aims to help classmates and friends of autistic children to understand the way their friend might experience the world differently.

Lucy is currently working on further books for Jodie Isitt’s Understanding Lola series and Julia Inserro’s next book, which are set for release in 2019 and on new author and animal behaviourist Emma Alexander’s book which will be helping children to understand how to interact with dogs in a compassionate, empathetic and safe way.

Along with illustrating for small publishers and authors, Lucy is also illustrating her own tale about a mysterious man, who is travelling great distances from his home and facing many challenges on the way, but what could have been so important to have prompted such a treacherous journey?

Lucy aims to create magical worlds to enthral readers and inspire their own creativity and imagination as children’s illustrators and authors did for her as a child.

Alongside illustrating, Lucy also offers a book layout and formatting service, which ensures a wraparound service for independent authors. She fully designed, typeset and formatted ‘Nonni’s Moon’ which won both the KidsShelf award for best book cover in Spring 2018 and the Readers’ Favourite Gold medal for Readers’ Choice in 2018. Other published books formatted for print by Lucy include ‘Let’s Talk to Mummy’s Tummy’ by Helen A Lacey and illustrated by Carla Moreno, ‘Open Your Eyes Little One’ by Erin Cress and the cover of ‘From the First Time’ by Gilly-Elle Wiltshire.

Other recent illustrative commissions have included work for a PR agency producing pitch illustrations for promotional events for the launch of a major motion picture, technical illustrations for a patent law firm and colouring book style illustrations for a children’s craft company.

If you’d like to contact Lucy, please email lucysmithillustration@gmail.com