At Blue Falcon Publishing we work with a number of fantastic freelance illustrators.

If you are looking for a book cover or for illustrations, we can manage the process for you – from tender through to contract sign off and then draft sketches to final illustrations, managing the money and the comments between both parties. This would be supported by a contract and Blue Falcon Publishing would act as an intermediary in the review process and payment management.

Alternatively, we can help you choose the right style and fit for your story and put you in direct contact with an illustrator. You could then manage your own contract and commission.

Your chosen illustrator will initially work from your scope or alternatively, suggest a number of options based on your story.  This will result in either several concepts to choose from or a proposed draft illustration for consideration.

You will have the opportunity to comment on these drafts or suggest changes prior to a final set of drafts being received.
You will get to approve the final drafts before proceeding onto the next stage. Next, you will then be sent colour roughs so you can get a feel for how it will look when infused with colour. Lastly, you will be sent the final colour illustrations – again, you will have the option to comment on these and have them re-worked prior to your acceptance.
All images will be made available for download through an online storage system and can be requested in the following file formats: .jpg, .png, .pdf and .ai.

Ready to bring your story to life?

Tracy Connelly

Tracy is an illustrator who is passionate about using colour and fun to spark the imagination of children and adults alike. Her illustrations encompass wonderful detail that keeps your eyes moving around each picture.

After studying Graphic Design and Art History at Northumberland College of Art and Technology, she started a design career in the print industry. Feeling compelled to pursue her dream of working in children’s illustration, 3 years ago she took the plunge. Tracy loves to paint using traditional methods, but recently she has started to teach herself digital art. She is currently busy working on the illustrations for Sarah Morrell’s upcoming picture book, Molly’s Magic Brolly.

Tracy lives just outside of the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne with her partner and teenage son.  You can view her portfolio at

Stephanie Jayne

Stephanie is an illustrator and concept/storyboard artist based in Sheffield. A student of filmmaking at university, she has since found her passion in the pre-production art of film as well as creating colourful digital illustrations for children’s books and writing screenplays.

With experience in different areas of media, Stephanie is a very versatile worker who is driven by her two main passions in life – art and stories. With a flair for the weird and wonderful, she would describe her style as ‘charmingly quirky’. She has illustrated several books for us, including Pete the Cheeky Parakeet, Eleanor Hurl the Peculiar Girl (which is her own book) and A Pirate’s Song.

You can view her portfolio at and on Instagram.




Charlotte Watkins

Charlotte is an illustrator, layout artist and qualified animator based in Derby. She graduated from De Montfort University with a first class degree in animation and went on to work on the fourth series of Little Princess for Channel 5. With a keen interest in children’s storytelling, she set up her own business focussing on digital illustrations for children’s books. 

Charlotte has always been a passionate artist from a young age and has found her feet whilst working at home accompanied by her springer spaniel. She welcomes input from her clients and enjoys the challenge of bringing an author’s imagination to life. Her working structure enables the author to watch the illustrations develop from a rough sketch through to the final piece. 

She created the illustrations for ‘Peter the Picky Polar Bear’ by Kieshia Chun. You can view her portfolio at or on Instagram (Instagram link: