Darren Gate
Children's Illustrator
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 07811033822

Hello there! My name is Darren and I am an illustrator of children's books, young fiction, magazines and educational materials. I have a range of experience working directly wit… Show more.

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Profile updated 20th September, 2022
Member since 17th August, 2017
Kelpies Book Design and Illustration Prize 2016
Oxfam UK, Amnesty International, Floris Books, Black Wolf Books, BBC Bitesize, Book Lab US, Wild Harbour Books
Portfolio link: https://illo.cc/70977
Darren is an enthusiastic, committed illustrator who is a pleasure to work with. He listened closely to our brief and feedback, he was a good communicator and he created some great artwork for us. We'd be very happy to work with him again!
— Leah McDowell, Design and Production Manager, Floris Books
Kathryn Ross
Territory: International

Feeding the birds picture book spread - I've recently been working on some new picture book spreads and concepts with a focus on elderly characters. ... View Article
The Impatient Little Tadpole – Children&… I recently completed a picture book in collaboration with Marie Gallagher, entitled The Impatient Little Tadpo... View Article
Leonard the House Lion picture book spread - I have recently been working on some sample spreads for a picture book concept entitled Leonard the House Lion... View Article
Let’s Read – Bookmark Collection - I was recently commissioned by a local schools trust to design and illustrate a series of promotional bookmark... View Article
A Day at the Beach – Picture book spread… I've recently been working on a set of new picture book spreads in order to develop characters and environment... View Article
A Walk in Nature picture book spread - I have recently been working on some example picture book spreads to show some new character development and s... View Article
Winter snow day - I was recently commissioned to create a winter snow day scene, as a festive style illustration for an educatio... View Article
Advent illustration series - I’ve been working on a daily illustration challenge, to illustrate an advent calendar. The theme for my ... View Article
A Rainy Day – a digital illustration com… A Rainy Day was a recent digital commission for an educational client. Painted using Adobe Photoshop and Fresc... View Article
New animal and children character studies - I’ve recently been working on some more animal and children character studies. This is an illustration t... View Article
Illustration series for the Royal Scottish Nat… I was recently commissioned by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to illustrate an online performance for t... View Article
Character Study – Pirates! - I’ve recently been working on a series of pirate character studies, which have been a part of a larger c... View Article
Character illustration – Jazz Band - I’ve recently been creating more character samples for children’s/YA projects. Above is a recent s... View Article
Health and safety campaign illustrations for A… I was recently commissioned by Apetito Catering Services to illustrate and design a number of health and safet... View Article
Diverse children’s illustrations for the… I was recently asked to create a series of illustrations promoting diversity for the Friendship Lab, a Canadia... View Article
New children’s character studies –… I’ve recently been working on a range of new children’s character studies. Sketches created using ... View Article
Summer lion character study - I’ve been working on a new series of animal character studies recently. Here is a lion character study, ... View Article
Educational illustration project for Storlann … I recently collaborated with Storlann Publishing to develop a series of educational illustrations to be used t... View Article
Stay at Home! An illustrated anthology of poem… At the beginning of May I was approached by Cranachan Publishing to illustrate the cover and internal pages fo... View Article
Website Illustration for Bookish Burns - I was recently commissioned to create a website/social media portrait illustration for Bookish Burns. Illustra... View Article
Website Illustrations for Eleni Thomaidou, Lig… I recently created a website profile illustration for Eleni Thomaidou, a lighting designer based in Scotland. ... View Article
Home Exercise – Character Study - Another recent character study based on exercising under home isolation, a circumstance that more and more of ... View Article
The Toilet Roll Monster - I’ve found myself with a little extra illustration time of late, and with this time I’ve started o... View Article
Namaste Greeting Illustration - A quick illustration to note an adopted greeting; Namaste everyone! For more examples, please take a look in m... View Article
Gorilla Character Study - Recent character study for an adult Gorilla. Painted using Adobe Photoshop and Brushes. For more animal studie... View Article
Swingin’ King of the Jungle! - Here is a character study for a young lion, earmarked for an upcoming educational project. Created using Adobe... View Article
Character designs for educational materials - I’ve recently been working on some children’s and YA character designs for a series of upcoming ed... View Article
A Starry Night – Children’s Illust… Watercolor and ink illustration and character study. For more examples of my recent work please visit my portf... View Article
Christmas Bagpiper Design - This is a character design for a traditional Scottish Bagpiper, originally made for a range of gift cards and ... View Article
Festive gifts this Christmas - For this Christmas, I am back open for commissions for personalised watercolour artwork. Perfect gifts for tha... View Article
Autumnal Squirrel Character Study - With the changing of the season, I have been illustrating some more autumnal animal characters for use in art ... View Article
Pirate Family! - A recent pirate-filled character study. Illustrated using watercolour, gouache and edited in Adobe Photoshop. ... View Article
Book Cover Sneak Peek – Flamenco Flaming… I’m very excited to be able to show a sneak peek of my cover design for an upcoming collection of illust... View Article
Panda Bear Character Study - I’ve recently been creating more animal characters for my children’s portfolio. Here’s a rec... View Article
Lion – character study - I’ve recently been adding some more animal character designs to my portfolio. The latest addition is thi... View Article
Grannies and Grandpas - On my recent travels, I came across this fascinating little scene. Drawn in pen, ink and watercolour with digi... View Article
Animal Character Designs 2019 - Here is a small selection of animal characters created within the past year. Each character has been created f... View Article
Personalised Family Original Art - I have recently been commissioned for a number of personalised family art prints. This commission was created ... View Article
Illustrated Young Fiction – The Dangerou… I was recently commissioned to illustrate The Dangerous Lives of the Jacobites, the second in a series of hist... View Article
BBC Illustrated Story Commission - I was recently commissioned to create the cover art for an education story short for BBC Bitesize, entitled &#... View Article
Character Development – Dudley the Dog - Here are some recent character studies from Dudley Dog. Characters painted using watercolour, ink and pastel. ... View Article
The Great Hay Heist – Print Commission - I’ve recently completed this personalised print commission for a client. No horsing around with this pri... View Article
The Dangerous Lives of the Jacobites - I’m very excited to be able to reveal the cover of my next illustrated book, The Dangerous Lives of the ... View Article
Great Scots Character Series - I’ve recently been developing an illustrated character series entitled GREAT SCOTS! I’ve still got... View Article
Burns Night Illustration - In celebration of Burns Night I challenged myself to draw ol’ Rabbie Burns himself. I enjoy the challeng... View Article
Dudley the Dog – Character Studies - I’ve recently been aiming to create a lot more character studies. This week’s character is a scruf... View Article
Christmas Art Commissions 2018 - Through the festive season I’ve been taking commissions for personal family prints. Below is a small sel... View Article
Autumn Illustrations - With those Autumnal days fast approaching I’ve been working on a personal series of animated woodland cr... View Article
Personalised Christmas Print Service - Back by popular demand for year 02 is my personalised Christmas print service! I’m offering customers th... View Article
Scottish Bagpiper Print - I have recently been working on a series of art prints based on themes from Scotland. Above is my latest Bagpi... View Article
Wedding Illustration Commission - I’ve recently been working on quite a few personalised wedding illustrations. This was one of my favouri... View Article
Illustrations from Greece - Whenever I go travelling I always like to carry a sketchbook with me. Below are a few of my favourite sketches... View Article
Local Wildlife Watercolour Series - I’ve recently been working on a mini series of watercolour prints. Each print highlights local wildlife ... View Article
Book Release – Secret Diary of the First… I’ve recently been working on the illustrations for a new educational storybook series. Take a journey t... View Article
BBC Bitesize – Picture Book - I was recently commissioned by BBC Scotland to illustrate a short picture book for a BBC Bitesize educational ... View Article
Our Elephant Adventure, private commission - I’ve been working on a little private commission entitled Our Elephant Adventure. After all, who wouldn&... View Article
Spotlight Artist: Darren Gate - How many years have you been a freelance illustrator? Around 3 years, give or take. How did you get started in... View Article
March Meet the Maker! - Above is my attempt to illustrate my incredibly average illustration life for March Meet the Maker. All the fa... View Article
National Gallery Explorers Club – Public… I’ve recently been working with an illustration group within the National Galleries of Edinburgh. The ma... View Article
Edinburgh at night, watercolour illustration - In the past I’ve been asked if I’ll draw a few scenic illustrations of Scotland. I was in Edinburg... View Article
A fantastically feathery fandango! - To start the New Year I’ve been working on a few personal pieces. This budgie-filled illustration was in... View Article
A Cat-astrophe of cat poster design - I’ve been working on a purrfect personal poster project recently. I’ve always been a big fan of dr... View Article
Personalised Christmas Art Prints - For the past few weeks I’ve been running a personalised Christmas art print service online. I’ve b... View Article
Christmas Storybook Commission - I was recently asked to work on a private commission for a short Christmas Storybook. The story follows a brig... View Article
Endangered Animal Series Poster - At long last I’ve managed to complete my endangered animal series and put them all together as an A2 pos... View Article
Have you got your Halloween Costume Yet?? - I gave myself a little drawing challenge this week to draw the best Halloween costumes ever! Well, almost̷... View Article
Food Foundation Poster Design - I recently designed a poster concept for an open call from the Food Foundation. The purpose of the poster was ... View Article
Chicken Studies - I always find it incredibly useful to study an animal in real life. Sometimes with say a lion that might not b... View Article
Wet Dog Children’s Book Character Concep… This week I have been working on concept sketches and character designs for an upcoming children’s book.... View Article
Scottish National Galleries Project 2017 - Over the last few months I have been part of an illustration group organised by the National Galleries of Scot... View Article
Travel Illustrations 2017 - So this year I managed to run away from work to Greece for 3 whole weeks! In the end most of this time I spent... View Article
Animal Alphabets - I’ve been working on an illustration series alongside the online illustration group Animal Alphabets and... View Article