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Sally Barnett

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‘20 Certificate of Excellence, 2020


I am a BA (Hons) Illustrator and Designer who specialises in:

Commercial Illustration,
Book cover design,
Internal book illustrations,
Educational Literature,
Illustration for animation,
Illustration for social media or TV Ad campaign,
Illustrated Maps

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4 hires on Bark

Reviews (10)

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10 customer reviews

13 November 2023

Sally was thoroughly professional & helpful from our initial query, through the brief, drafting & feedback stages to the finished design. She took the trouble to read our anthology manuscript before developing sketches. This meant her artwork had a strong organic relationship to the whole collection as well as individual pieces. We were thrilled with her final cover art and hope to work with Sally again on our book covers. More...

19 October 2022

Sally produced the most wonderful cover for my book Nemesis. She was helpful and understanding when I endlessly changed my mind! First rate!

21 May 2021


I've had the opportunity to work with Sally on two family trails for the SS Great Britain and on both occasions she's been outstanding! She's a great collaborator and so receptive to ideas. She has a fantastic eye for detail and responds brilliantly to feedback during a project. Her illustrations are packed full of character and creativity. Sally is so conscientious, you can trust her to care as much about your project as you do. More...

19 March 2020


Collaborating with Sally has been great: She was able to work to an extremely tight timescale; she was prepared to visit our site and meet face to face when necessary; she really ran with the brief bringing her own creative ideas but responding positively to our input and amendments. Together we've created a really lovely family trail. More...

18 August 2019

Sally has been amazing throughout this project, keeping me fully informed of progress and sending snippets of the work as she went. There was a slight delay from the timescales originally set but Sally was honest about this and I appreciate that, and it only added an extra couple of days to the project, which was still completed in plenty of time for our event. All in all I would recommend Sally for any illustrative work, we will definitely be using her again. More...

21 March 2018

It has been an absolute delight to work with Sally on our new family portrait trail which is produced as part of the partnership between the National Trust at Montacute House and the National Portrait Gallery. Sally's full understanding and appreciation of the brief was apparent from the outset and resulted in a series of captivating illustrations which showcased her creative flair, imagination and meticulous attention to detail. Her willingness to work with me at each step of the process was greatly appreciated and nothing was too much trouble for her. I feel very pleased to have had the opportunity to work alongside such an immensely talented illustrator and I wish her well with future projects. More...

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Thank you Tracey. It was an honour to be commissioned by two such prestigious organisations but more so, I was completely inspired by your passion for this project and we were both so fortunate to work alongside professionals with the same vision. I wish you well and happiness for the future.

8 February 2018

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7 December 2017

Very helpful with our design idea and an excellent artist!

25 July 2016

I have worked with Sally on redesigning and updating our web site for over 2 years and everyone has noticed how much better it looks. Sally has also been helping us with social media. We have also had lots more traffic and inquiries, resulting in more business from our new look web site. Sally has also been helpful in other IT issues and nothing is too much trouble. Sally is a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend her. More...

20 July 2016

Sally presented me with a range of contrasting and imaginative design ideas for my book cover. The difficult task for me was which one to choose! A thoroughly professional designer/illustrator. I will definitely use her again for my next project. D A Bardsley (Mill Wall) More...


I like to read a copy of the book/magazine/pamphlet/article first, in order to create the right atmosphere, for the book cover or illustration.
I will then create a series of mind-maps using keywords and sketched visuals, which may then inspire mood boards of colours, external imagery, connections of words. Following this, I will create a series of hand-drawn initial concepts, for the client to choose from.

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Illustrating and designing has been my absolute passion from childhood. However, I never thought I could make a career of it when I left school. It was not the best of times to succeed in the industry and I was not ready. I can say that now. So I began a career in engineering. I loved being an engineer; the designing, the problem solving, the working relationships, but I always hoped one day I would return to Illustration and Design. However, that dream never got any nearer for me. In 2013 I took voluntary redundancy from my engineer job and almost immediately enrolled on a BA (Hons) Illustration and Design with University of Hertfordshire. I am now doing what I have always wanted to do, but I have the advantage of my wealth of experience in life and my work that I didnt have when I left school. I love every minute of it; the designing, the problem solving, the working relationships.

I have always imagined myself as an artist; isolated, but free to decide when and where I worked. My work life to date, has been anything but isolating. The main reason why I started working for myself is so that I can control a balance. I have really enjoyed working in a team and I do miss it now I am a professional freelancing Illustrator/Designer, which is why I volunteer for local charitable organisations when I can; for the social aspect but also because I like to be useful. I can now control the balance of both worlds.

I pride myself on a friendly and professional approach to my client's needs. I am fully committed to ensuring my client gets the best service, whilst having a good working relationship with me.

Yes, absolutely. In fact many of my clients are more than happy to work together this way.
If I need to travel on site for research purposes, I can do this alone if necessary and discuss any details and update my client on progress, on the phone or through email. Or happy to meet my client, abiding by government guidelines to protect ourselves from the risk of Covid-19.

As said, I can work fully online/remotely, which therefore reduces risk from Covid-19 and keeps my clients and myself safe.


I like to work predominantly with fine-line ink, watercolour and digital illustration to create textures and toning.
I have a BA (Hons) Illustration. I have extensive experience working with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and In-Design.
My Illustration work has been exhibited in Bath and Frome and featured on RedBubble.

Please view my website: www.sallybarnett.co.uk

My blog: https://sallybarnett.tumblr.com/
Redbubble shop: https://www.redbubble.com/people/moominmama

I pride myself on a friendly and professional approach to my client's needs. I am fully committed to ensuring my client gets the best service, whilst having a good working relationship with me.
I am passionate about illustration and always happy to help you turn your dreamed ideas into reality.
I look forward to working with you soon.

Art A level in Bath, followed by Foundation Studies in Art, Photography, Graphic Design and Illustration; studied at Bristol.
BA (Hons) Illustration

Trained in studio photography and studio equipment. I am able to travel to locations in UK, as I have portable studio equipment.

I have had my photographs used to promote events - for local government or exhibitions, Art Group websites to promote Somerset Arts Week.

Please view recent photography work: http://www.flickr.com/photos/54257275@N04/sets/

I have over 15 years experience in using CAD/Cadam, TurboCAD and Autocad (2D and 3D) as well as GPS systems (analysis and management) and MapInfo Professional GIS.

I have worked in various industries in UK, using CAD and Autocad: Water, Sewerage and Sewage Treatment, Bridge construction, Electrical security fencing; Festival staging and Market designs.

Also GPS systems used to create new mapping shape files, data analysis of existing road network, Agricultural land and Open spaces for Highway Authority.

I have been an Artist/Illustrator for most of my life but only professionally since 2013.
I work with fine-line ink, watercolour and digital illustration, predominantly.
I have a BA (Hons) studying Design and Illustration at University of Hertfordshire.

Trained in studio photography and studio equipment. Have own studio in Frome. I have portable studio equipment, therefore can travel to a site where necessary.

My photographs have been used on a local government website to promote the Town's annual Festival event.

I have had my photographs used on the 'Scraptors' website to promote their artwork for Somerset Arts Week.

My Artwork has been exhibited in galleries in Bath and Frome.

Please view my website: www.sallybarnett.co.uk
or http://flic.kr/ps/PWPYE
or http://www.redbubble.com/people/moominmama

Whatever your requirement, I am happy to commit myself to your project, in order for you to be a completely satisfied customer. That is my promise.

28 yrs office administration experience: MS Office, database management, in-house systems, GPRS and GPS management (incl. Mapinfo Pro) - National and Global companies, local authorities, a travelling Theatrical Group and a local Arts Centre.

For experience and expertise within the Highway Engineering field, I can offer you a fully trained and professional service, to Engineer level. You will receive a fully committed and proactive member for your team, for you and for your clients. I work well under pressure, to meet your deadlines and budget constraints. With assured confidence and diplomacy in addressing potentially awkward situations with clients when the need arises, a passion for drainage design, an unblemished record of commitment to all my employers and ability to apply myself to various industries and fields of work. I look forward to working with a proactive Team of Engineers and Technicians to provide an A1 service to our clients and where we can also achieve personal and Team goals within the industry. __________________________________________________________________________________ An Award winning Engineer who has specialised in Highway Engineering for a Local Authority for the last 14 years. Skills I have acquired over the last 25 years: - 9 years in Surfacing and Drainage: Design and Maintenance - 14 years in Highway Law, Highway Enforcement and Winter Maintenance - 6 years experience in Event Management - 5 years experience for the Water Authority's Engineering Services (Sewerage, Sewer Treatment, Water Supply) - and 25 years within administration, including MS Office. - over 15 years experience using CAD/Cadam, TurboCAD and Autocad (2D and 3D) as well as GPS systems (analysis and management) and MapInfo Professional GIS. - 2 years hands on experience within the Pest Control industry and BPCA trained. I have an unblemished record of commitment to all my employers and shown ability to apply myself to various industries and fields of work. I have a proven ability to stay fixed, confident and in control under pressure and also work to a deadline. A professional approach to all work undertaken and commitment to all my clients served, over the years.