A huge, smiley inky fingered hello from me! My name is Zoe Sadler and I am a freelance illustrator and children's book author living in the UK. I actually live on a small island at the very bottom of England. I spend most of my time in my garden studio, mostly wiping up spilled ink which does occasionally makes it onto the page and turn into something beautiful and hopefully magical!
If you love the sea, island life with a little bit of fairytale magic thrown in for good measure then you are in the right place. I love drawing fairytales, sea creatures and as you have seen above a few friendly monsters.
You can find out more about me and my illustration work and books at www.zoesadler.com.
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So what is Patreon?
Patreon is a way for you to join your favourite creators communities and support them on their creative journeys- in my case to beautify and entertain the world with my children's books and of course a good excuse for me to splash some ink around.
As a patron you can pledge any amount you like each month and in return I will reward you with items from the corresponding reward tier. You can change or cancel your pledge amount at anytime.
You can find out more about Patreon here.
Why am I here?
After illustrating professionally for just over a decade I have found it has become increasingly difficult to get my work published and make my own mark in a crowded industry. After working with agents and publishers over the last couple of years I found I was losing my own personal illustration style and my artistic identity. I was illustrating subjects that just didn't come naturally, that I wasn't enjoying or just being asked to change all the things that I used to love about my work.
This all lead to me to taking a step back and re-evaluate my work. I fell upon the realisation that I really wanted to write my own books as well as illustrate. So, I am now on a mission to create and publish my own children's books. I have ventured onto Patreon in the hope that you can help me towards my goal of publishing my books to the highest standard so they can sit proudly alongside any traditionally published book. I want to prove my independently published books deserve some shelf space.
Unfortunately printing books is expensive! It is not always possible for me to print many books up front but with your help I hope to eventually be able fund the production of more and more books and to grow my audience.
Most importantly, what's in it for you?
I really don't believe in you giving me something for nothing so in return for your pledges and support I will reward you with lots of exciting exclusive content, colouring-in and activity sheets to download, first look e-books as well as the physical books themselves for the higher tier rewards. I like to think of it as a subscription to my 'Ink Spiller' Book Club where in return for your support you will receive really cool exclusive inky things and an inside look into my inky process.
I am aiming to publish 2-3 books a year. I have already published my first picture book and anyone who pledges for the £25 reward will automatically receive a copy of this book (see below) along with some other exclusive goodies in the post.
The more support I have from you all, the more exciting my rewards can become and I can offer you more and more exclusive and limited edition goodies. This will also allow me to start creating more content and videos just for you where I can give you an inside look into my illustration process with timelapse videos and perhaps even some mini 'Ink Spiller' tutorials. The potential of it all is very exciting and I really want to create some magical and wonderful things for you!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and a huge monster thank you for all those who are willing to support me and help me on my creative journey.
P.S I will create a proper intro video for you to enjoy as soon as I have cleaned the ink of my fingers but for now please see my #monstermessages project (do have a go). I definitely think this it has some potential future books in it!
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