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Children's Book Illustrator and Designer

A group of happy, diverse and multiculteral children interact together. the text is for global rhymes.

Thank you for visiting my website and online portfolio. I'm Charity Russell a freelance children's book illustrator and designer, specialising in children's literature, including picture books, chapter books, cards and activity books.

Diversity and inclusion are very important to me and I like this to be expressed in my artwork.


I graduated with a First Class masters degree in 'Illustration and Design' from The University of Sunderland in 2012, before which I gained my bachelors degree in Illustration from Falmouth University College, Cornwall in 2004. 

My work all begins in my sketch book with traditional pencil and ink, then my illustrations are digitally completed, here I amalgamate all the different textures I've gathered and patterns I've personally created with the original pencil and ink drawings.

I am originally from Zambia and moved to the U.K. as a teenager, I now live near Bath, England with my husband, our youngest of two children and Pomchi dog, Frank. 


I specialise in freelance work for both independent and commercial authors and publishers, offering illustration plus full design, formatting and typesetting of children's books. 


Some clients include; Harper Collins, The Body Shop, Library For All, Our Little Worlds, NoMeLoMe, Monarto Zoo and many amazing talented authors, including:


I Can Do Hard Things by Gabi Garcia

Why Is My Piano Black and White? by Nathan Holder

Where Do Tantrums Come From? by Manika Kaur

A Wave Came through Our Window by Zetta Elliott (was awarded outstanding merit in Best Children's Books of 2016)

The Boogie by Aaron Thayer

It's Finders Keepers by Christopher Oyo

The Why Books  by Nathan Holder

Turvy Has No Time by Anoush Fazal

I work, part time, at Bristol Folk House where I run an adult education course in How to Illustrate and Design for Children's Books. 


Books written by me; Mummy's Got MS (as I have MS) and The Window Book

Please feel free to contact me directly through my contacts page or if you have any queries or are looking for a quote for a project. I am able to provide a full book design service, including cover design, layout and formatting, you can have a book on the market in a matter of weeks!

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