Originally from Belgium, Sarah Verroken is now based in Wellington where she works as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator for clients and publishers all over the world. She loves illustrating for children but also likes adult audiences. Her drawings vary from handmade (woodcut, paint, ink, etc.) to digital and everything in between.
In 2006 Sarah graduated as a Master in Visual Arts in Illustration. In her last year of study she wrote and illustrated a picture book, Boos, about a sad little duck. The book won the ‘Illustrator's Award of the City of Hasselt’ (2006) and was then published in Belgium by Clavis in 2007. It was nominated for the Boekenpauw 2008, which is an annual award for the best illustrated Belgian picture book and for the Flanders KJV (Kids and Youth Jury) in 2009. The rights have been sold to several countries.
Boos (Feeling Sad) has been included in numerous exhibitions including Buchmesse: Book Art International (Frankfurt, October 2008) and Best Book Design from All Over the World (Leipzig, 2009).