Darren Di Lieto was born in Central London, but most of his youth was spent by the sea in South Devon. He now resides in Leicester in the Midlands where he lives and works with his other half, Morgan, and a garden full of corvids.
Trained traditionally as an illustrator and graphic designer, Darren is the founder and creative director of Hireillo, aka Hire an Illustrator, a community and service for illustrators which was established in 2005. He spends his days (and many evenings too) advising, promoting and helping illustrators find commissions, while guiding them to further their careers and maintain professional standards.
Hireillo is an independent organisation whose sole purpose is to do what is right for its members, while leading the charge for the betterment of freelancers and the illustration industry it represents.