Sarah Nayler: Children's book illustrator

Sarah Nayler was a gifted and prolific illustrator with a deceptively simple style. Her work was enriched by a vitality and humour and caught the imagination of her admirers by encapsulating a devilish sense of fun.

Best known for her children's books, she worked with some of Britain's best-loved children's writers. Her lively illustrations accompany Pat Moon's award-winning Do Not Read Any Further. Collaborators included Dick King-Smith, Michael Rosen, Jenny Oldfield and Kes Grey. She illustrated Grey's endearing Ever So Ever So and Baby on Board. Other works include The Cowboy Next Door for the Oxford Reading Tree education series, Granny Nothing by Catherine MacPhail and Paul Cookson's Dinosaur Poems and Silly Poems. She also worked on Deborah Ross's and Claudia Winkleman's columns in this newspaper.

Nayler's work was inspired by listening, observing and sketching the people, animals and places closest to her – her husband Tim, her children Alfie and Polly, assorted goldfish, cats and a particularly accident-prone dog. Rarely without a sketch book, she maintained that drawing kept her sane. She was able to turn her talent to an incredible variety of commissions – from tea packaging to illustrations showing how the human body works for a children's space at Birmingham Science Museum.

Sarah Nayler was born in Rochford in 1971 and grew up in Norfolk. From an early age she compensated for the challenges of dyslexia by channelling her energies into drawing. She studied art at Great Yarmouth College of Art and Design, where she was encouraged to have faith in her potential by the art teacher Martin Rhodes. Later, she attended Hull University, where she met her husband, the graphic designer Tim Reed. On graduation from Hull in 1994, she moved to London and pounded the pavements of Fleet Street with her portfolio before securing work as an illustrator for the Evening Standard Magazine.

Nayler was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. During her illness she was closely involved with the Breakthrough Breast Cancer. In 2006 she completed a 60km walk around London to raise money for the charity's work to fight breast cancer through research, campaigning and education.

A tribute page to Sarah Nayler has been set up here for anyone wishing to make a donation in her memory.

......... 



Sarah Jane Nayler, illustrator: born Rochford, Essex 9 February 1971; married 1998 Tim Reed (one son, one daughter); died 13 August 2008.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Arts and Entertainment
The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
arts + ents140-year-old choir declared winner of Sky Arts' 'The Great Culture Quiz'
Life and Style
food + drink
News
i100
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Finance Director

£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...

Recruitment Genius: Medico-Legal Assistant

£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...

Ashdown Group: (PHP / Python) - Global Media firm

£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...

The Jenrick Group: Quality Inspector

£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas