Children’s Book Character Illustration by Susie Ghahremani /

Hilariously written by the brilliant author Marcus Ewert, published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books, SHE WANTED TO BE HAUNTED is a picture book that brings houses to life! Making inanimate objects have personalities was a wonderful illustration challenge.

I developed a variety of characters for this book, and illustrated it in a vibrant palette with a color story that transitions through the book’s storytelling.

All illustrations were hand painted on black boards, as a cue to the darkness within the central character, Clarissa.

She Wanted To Be Haunted, Children's book by Marcus Ewert, illustrated by Susie GhahremaniHouse Characters in Children's Book Illustration by Susie Ghahremani /

Text © Marcus Ewert, from She Wanted to be Haunted, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani, published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Hand painted, colorful children's book illustrations by Susie Ghahremani

Here’s a detail of one corner of a page, from sketch to final:

From Sketch to Final -- picture book illustration by Susie Ghahremani

I love sharing my process with young readers, too:

susie ghahremani painting with kids

Skills: book + gift
Client: Bloomsbury Children's Books