Hi there, I'm Deborah Hinde

I live in a cottage and work from a repurposed double garage in rural Waikato. I have  the ultimate studio space with views of the surrounding rolling farmland and our own small olive grove!
Many years ago I worked with design studio's, publishers, advertising agencies and manufacturers, but I 
always dreamed of illustrating picture books. This dream finally came true in 2002 when I illustrated A Kiwi Night Before Christmas by Yvonne Morrison (Scholastic NZ, 2003). 
Since then I've enjoyed illustrating many more books for different publishers both in New Zealand and Australia.
In 2014 I started writing and illustrating my own stories and publishing them under PictureBook Publishing, In between book projects with publishing houses and independent publishers I paint original illustrations and turn some of my book illustrations into prints.


2018  Storylines Notable Book Awards for illustrations in The Spaghetti Giraffe by Sarah Johnson; Flat Bed Press

2016  Storylines Notable Book Awards The Bold Ship Phenomenal by Sarah Johnson; Flat Bed Press 

2015  Winner CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards Teachers’ Choice Award, Best Resource in Te Reo Maori for                Matariki - Te Reo Singalong; The Writing Bug Ltd.

2014  Finalist NZ Māori Language Awards for Te Reo Singalong, The Writing Bug Ltd.

2013  Winner NZ Maori Language Awards  for Te Reo Singalong; The Writing Bug Ltd.

2012  Finalist NZ Maori Language Awards for Te Reo Singalong; The Writing Bug Ltd.


Catherine O'Loughlan

I have commissioned Deborah to do a range of colour and line illustrations for a number of books. Deb is great to work with. She understands and works to the brief, her illustrations are always spot on and she never misses a deadline. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.

Madelize Bekker

Deb is an outstanding illustrator whom I've known since 2011 when she started contracting to Edumaxi Ltd as the illustrator for the Te Reo Singalong series. Her exceptional creative ability to work remotely, understanding of change requests and overall professional approach make her a pleasure to work with ...