Alana McCarthy

Alana McCarthy - Designer

Toronto, ON, Canada

Award winning illustrator, letterer and designer with 20 years experience who's eye-catching imagery will capture your unique visual story.

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I love capturing the worlds written within books. I'm extremely versatile and can go from elegant illustrated covers to animated children's book characters. I'm also well versed at hand lettering and can make your title completely unique.

I've worked with Scholastic, Penguin Books, Disney/Pixar, Adobe and many other top tier brands over the years. I'm super professional, easy to work with, respect deadlines and your time.

I'm also a magical unicorn of an illustrator who LOVES being art directed and bringing YOUR idea to life. Let's chat about your project!
Action & Adventure
Chick Lit
Coming of Age
Humor & Comedy
Mystery & Crime
Picture Books
Young Adult


  • Communication Arts Award
  • Gemini Award
  • American Illustration - Chosen
  • HOW Magazine Design Award
  • Applied Arts Award
  • OCAD Illustration - AOCAD with Honours

Work experience


April, 2002 – Present (about 19 years)

I make beautiful custom illustrations, murals, design and lettering to help brands and businesses stand out. I've worked with book publishers, editorial, advertising, marketing and design clients.

With almost 20 years of professional creative experience, and a bunch of awards, I'm an expert visual problem solver. I'm based in Toronto, but work with clients worldwide.

Some of my clients include:

• Adobe
• Taco Bell,
• Absolut Vodka
• Penguin
• Scholastic
• Berkley
• Owlkids
• Crayola
• Disney/Pixar
• Nickelodeon
• Oxford Press
• The Wall Street Journal

Portfolio (3 selected works)


Casner, Chip

We Move Together

Fritsch, Kelly, McGuire, Anne, Trejos, Eduardo

Strum and the Wild Turkeys

Daniel, Noa, McCarthy, Alana

Alana has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Linda Duddridge
Working with Alana was great! She was very professional and did fantastic work. She was great at taking my notes and incorporating the changes I asked for. She even managed to finish the project ahead of schedule. Highly recommend.

Linda Duddridge, February 2021

Alana McCarthy
Thank you Linda! It was wonderful working with you too. The clarity of your notes and communication made the job much easier! I'm excited to see your printed book! Thanks again for a fun project.

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