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Hello! nice to meet you.

I'm Rachael McLean, a children’s book author and freelance illustrator, living in a beautiful coastal town in Australia. I love writing stories and drawing magical pictures to bring them to life.

My illustrations can be found worldwide in beautiful kid's books, on pretty products, greeting cards, magazine editorials and websites. My work has been featured on popular design blogs such as Print and Pattern, Inside Out and Apartment Therapy, and in printed publications such as Uppercase, Publisher’s Weekly, Babiekins, Highlights Hello, Mollie Makes and Frankie.

My drawings spring to life from my trusty Wacom tablet, using a combination of Illustrator and Photoshop. Inspired by bright colours and all things whimsical, my characters and illustrations are fresh, modern and fun. I love using clean shapes, bold colours and subtle textures, creating playful pictures to make people smile.

When I’m not drawing, you can find me taking long walks on the beach with my two rescue chihuahuas and my husband.

I am proudly represented by The Bright Agency.

Recent Clients.

Penguin Workshop, IglooBooks, Imagine That Publishing, Bookoli, Blue Rabbit, Clever Publishing, Quirk Books, Fleurus Editions, Noel Tatt,  Bookworks LLC, I am a Bookworm, Pat-A-Cake, Balloon Media, U.S Games Systems Inc, CSS Industries

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Please feel free to get in touch with me or my wonderful agents for collaborations, or to chat about a project.

You can also drop by Instagram where I post daily updates.