Sarah Jane Docker Illustration

UK freelance illustrator specialising in children’s book illustration, sketches, digital painting, gouache, watercolour art and character design. #digitalart…
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One of my tasks this week before I go on holiday (on Saturday! 🏔️) is to turn over the veggie beds and pick what I want to grow this year. Eight-legged carrots anyone? It was so rewarding to make meals out of food I had grown myself last year 🥘 And it tasted so much better than store bought too!!! Even if they were a little ugly. (and we had a huge caterpillar invasion on the broccoli but they turned into beautiful butterflies so I forgave them) 🦋 What should I try to grow this year? 🍓 🥕 🫘 ...
One of my tasks this week before I go on holiday (on Saturday! 🏔️) is to turn over the veggie beds and pick what I want to grow this year. Eight-legged carrots anyone? It was so rewarding to make meals out of food I had grown myself last year 🥘 And it tasted so much better than store bought too!!! Even if they were a little ugly. (and we had a huge caterpillar invasion on the broccoli but they turned into beautiful butterflies so I forgave them) 🦋 What should I try to grow this year? 🍓 🥕 🫘 ...
Just because I love my work doesn’t mean that I AM my work. I used to work suuuuper late, work weekends as well as the week. I worked two jobs at multiple times and it did not leave me inspired. I agree that you have to be creating to develop your ideas, but for me half of the work is in those moments where you don’t have a pencil in your hand and you’re absorbing and observing the world and people around you. ❤️ Sorry Pablo. Making time and opportunities to feed my creativity with weird an...
Who’d have thought that making clients cry could be an achievement? 🥲😌 I’m incredibly grateful and lucky to have worked with such amazing, kind and wonderful people since starting this thing ✨❤️ (ESPECIALLY the clients who were understanding through my illness and passing of a friend) So thank YOU if you’ve ever commissioned me. I’ve been self employed for 5? 6? years now (I should know this) and I realised I’ve never asked anyone for a testimonial. So here’s a few nice things that I look ...
When I was little I was lucky enough to be fully supported and encouraged in my creativity and imagination. I was allowed to go to midnight launches of books (the most exciting thing ever on a school night for a 10 year old) and we had hundreds of pencil and felt tips in a box under the stairs. ✏️ 📚 🌲 We went on hikes where I would play pretend all the way to the top that the sticks were magic wands and Dad would Photoshop little fairies into the pictures of us on the trail, as if they were ...
When I was little I was lucky enough to be fully supported and encouraged in my creativity and imagination. I was allowed to go to midnight launches of books (the most exciting thing ever on a school night for a 10 year old) and we had hundreds of pencil and felt tips in a box under the stairs. ✏️ 📚 🌲 We went on hikes where I would play pretend all the way to the top that the sticks were magic wands and Dad would Photoshop little fairies into the pictures of us on the trail, as if they were ...
Here’s the piece from my last video, in full focus ⛵️ Where’s your happy place? Mine is anywhere that is peaceful and outdoors. I think that’s why I love to draw from these places 🪵🎨 #illustratorsonig #ukillustrator #seascape #seapainting #seasideart #isleofwight #childrensbookillustration #authorsonig #storytellers #narrativeart #narrativeartist
HELLO! 🌞 A quick 30 second run down of the last 6 days of my life 🎨 I know that I'm not burned out anymore because I'm not just creating for work, but for FUN 🌞 I hope that you enjoyed coming along and if you attended my workshop, thank you! The turnout was amazing and we sold out and then some ✏️ thanks for having me @iwstoryfestival The children's drawing's were amazing and being able to nurture imagination through my work this weekend was a lovely experience. Who was it that nurtured y...
Have some some silly ducks to ward off the Sunday scaries 👀🤸 #illustration #illustratorsonig #cuteduck #cuteanimalshow #farmyard #farmart #illustrationuk #ukillustrator #kidlitartpostcard #kidliartists
When I was little I collected rock, stuck googly eyes on it and put it in a jar. At some point I must have buried it in the garden because 20 years after his mysterious disappearance, my nephew dug him up in the soil at my mums house. 👀 These jars and trinkets belong to a character created by @kristintenneyblackwell that I relate to a lot as a person who picked up (and still picks up) anything shiny and interesting on my adventures. All of these bits and pieces eventually become part of sto... Digital Painting, Digital Art, Sarah Jane, Googly Eyes, Little My
When I was little I collected rock, stuck googly eyes on it and put it in a jar. At some point I must have buried it in the garden because 20 years after his mysterious disappearance, my nephew dug him up in the soil at my mums house. 👀 These jars and trinkets belong to a character created by @kristintenneyblackwell that I relate to a lot as a person who picked up (and still picks up) anything shiny and interesting on my adventures. All of these bits and pieces eventually become part of sto...
What makes you, you? A close up from a spread in Kiara and Her Invisible Crown 👑 Did you know what you wanted to be when you were a kid? Do you even know what you want to be now? 😂❤️ #kidlitillustration #childrensbooks #diversebooks #selfdiscovery #whoareyou #kidlitart #characterdesign #illustratorsonig #ukillustrator #growingupagirl #childhoodwonders Invisible Crown, Diverse Books, Kidlit
What makes you, you? A close up from a spread in Kiara and Her Invisible Crown 👑 Did you know what you wanted to be when you were a kid? Do you even know what you want to be now? 😂❤️ #kidlitillustration #childrensbooks #diversebooks #selfdiscovery #whoareyou #kidlitart #characterdesign #illustratorsonig #ukillustrator #growingupagirl #childhoodwonders
SO ‼️ This is different from my typical work day because I usually don't have Nala, my boyfriend's parents dog, and up until recently I'd be working from my lovely little studio ✏️ 😭 (see my past reels to see what it is like) 🎨 Being an illustrator can be quiet some days and packed with meetings and travel on another. It can be just you, or you and a whole team giving feedback. Some weeks I have heaaaps of creative work to do and others I have endless admin tasks. The quietness was apprecia... Dog Sitting, Dockers
SO ‼️ This is different from my typical work day because I usually don't have Nala, my boyfriend's parents dog, and up until recently I'd be working from my lovely little studio ✏️ 😭 (see my past reels to see what it is like) 🎨 Being an illustrator can be quiet some days and packed with meetings and travel on another. It can be just you, or you and a whole team giving feedback. Some weeks I have heaaaps of creative work to do and others I have endless admin tasks. The quietness was apprecia...
Here’s how a picture book illustration (just one, not a whole spread) develops over the course of the illustration process 💡 ✏️ 🎨 📚 from manuscript annotation to fully fledged artwork. Other artists might work differently to me, but here’s how I figure things out! I also use this process across most forms of art that I create, from small books to mega huge gigantic murals and even lettering 🔥 Having stages like this helps me to make sure that the people I’m working with/for are happy at ev... Manuscript
Here’s how a picture book illustration (just one, not a whole spread) develops over the course of the illustration process 💡 ✏️ 🎨 📚 from manuscript annotation to fully fledged artwork. Other artists might work differently to me, but here’s how I figure things out! I also use this process across most forms of art that I create, from small books to mega huge gigantic murals and even lettering 🔥 Having stages like this helps me to make sure that the people I’m working with/for are happy at ev...
🌱🌱 CREATE YOUR OWN PATH ✨✨ If you get wrapped up in the day-to-day stresses of your life (as we all do) it's easy to forget that perhaps there are parts of now that you wish you had then. It's very easy to look to the future too, and spend too much of the present focussing on what you don't have. 🌺 🤗 Maybe 2024 should be the year that you give yourself a pat on the back for the life that your own strength and creativity has mustered (yes, even the tough parts) The truth is, there are hard ...
What makes you feel inspired? Did you get out this weekend? Tell me in emojis!!! 🏔️ 🌲 🐶 After this we tidied the whole frikken house and James made theeee tastiest tea 🥔 the place is SPOTLESS I tell ya!! And so is my brain ready for the week ahead. I always need a peaceful place to actually be able to create and using my days off to reset my brain and my physical space, I've found, is the best thing for me. Thanks for coming ✨🌼 I hope that you are able to find some fuel for your fire in the...
Some close ups of my favourite scene in Kiara and Her Invisible Crown. I remember this one taking a long time to get the perspective drawn in a way that made sense, and as always, add the little details that make the world feel whole 🎈 #kidlitart #childrensbooks #childrensillustratorsart #ukillustrators #characterdesign #drawingpractice #diversebooks #grandmashouse Grandmas House, Drawing Practice
Some close ups of my favourite scene in Kiara and Her Invisible Crown. I remember this one taking a long time to get the perspective drawn in a way that made sense, and as always, add the little details that make the world feel whole 🎈 #kidlitart #childrensbooks #childrensillustratorsart #ukillustrators #characterdesign #drawingpractice #diversebooks #grandmashouse