Béibhínn McCarthy

Béibhínn McCarthy – Designer

Béibhínn is a children's book Illustrator and Designer. She specialises in immersive storytelling and drinking copious amounts of coffee.


Hello! My name is Béibhínn, and I am a children's book illustrator and designer with a passion for bringing compelling stories to life. Over the years, I've had the pleasure of working with clients such as Scholastic UK, Tribes Press and The Irish Times, and whilst I have experience in various avenues of illustration, from editorial to adult book covers and exhibition art, I am particularly drawn to the magic of children's storytelling. I thrive on creating immersive illustrations using texture and colour, aiming to captivate young readers and ignite their imaginations.

I have experience working with seasoned professionals like art directors and publishing houses, as well as first time self-published authors, so please feel free to ask me any questions about what you want or where to start!

To give you a short overview of the process, we'll start by discussing your story, as well as your goals for the final product. From there, we can tailor my services to your needs, whether that's illustrations only or a full design package including cover and interior design. You'll have the opportunity to review and approve sketches and designs before we move on to the final, print-ready product. I believe that creating a children's book is a collaboration between the author and illustrator, and I look forward to making your story a reality!

Picture Books
  • IDI Graduate Awards for Use of Illustration in Design
  • Graduate School Award for sheer academic endeavour, research, studentship, and innovation
  • MA (Distinction) in Animation Production from Arts University Bournemouth
  • BA (First Class Honours) in Illustration from The National College of Art and Design

Work experience


Aug, 2020 — Present

Since graduating from my BA I have been working as a freelance illustrator for clients such as Scholastic UK, The Irish Times, and STAND Student Festival.

Tribes Press

Nov, 2018 — Sep, 2023 (almost 5 years)

I worked in a freelance capacity on children’s books, adult book covers, and merchandise. Regularly liaised with the publisher, authors, and printers, and facilitated creative meetings.

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