Sarah Allen is an illustrator and designer based in Victoria, Australia.


I have always loved to draw. I graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Drawing) in 1995 and took a scenic route to becoming a professional illustrator via a range of creative jobs and countries.

I worked as a web and graphic designer from 2000 to 2010.  After a few months of volunteering in Cambodia, I moved to Laos in 2010 and worked in roles supporting local handicraft producers and artisans. Inspired by the lush tropical surroundings and the people I met, I began drawing again and realised what I'd been missing - drawing makes me happy! After five years in Laos, I returned home to Melbourne in 2015 working as a freelance illustrator.  

I'm now living in rural Victoria, Australia with a studio in the bush. I'm lucky enough to get occasional visits from a curious wallaby and the odd echidna. 

I start all projects with plenty of drawing to explore subject, form and ideas. I create my illustrations using a combination of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and hand-made collage.

Clients include Usborne Publishing, Macmillan Education, Text Publishing, Amber Lotus, VicSuper and Victoria State Government Department of Education and Training. 

I'm available for illustration commissions and art licensing and welcome you to get in touch.