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Ben Mcleod

Ben Mcleod - Designer

Manchester, England

Experienced, highly creative illustrator/designer. Passionate about creating dynamic imagery that aims to spark interest and draw the eye

Overview

Reviews (4)

For the last ten years or so I have been developing my way of working to create images that hold my own interest creatively, but probably more importantly keeps my clients happy. I view the creative process as a collaboration with the client. I work with layered textures to produce images that incorporate hand made elements composed digitally, this free's me up to experiment with color, size and composition.Previous clients include:The Guardian, Becker & Mayer, Computer Arts Magazine, Disney Pictures Big Hero 6, DisneyNature Born in China, Star Wars, DIGIT Magazine, 20th Century FOX, Ink and Arrow Magazine, HitRECord on TV, Hero Complex Gallery Los Angeles, Lucasfilm, X-Men Days of Future Past blueray release, Peters Fraser and Dunlop - Margery Allingham estate, IPSO Books

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Adventure Dystopian Fantasy Horror Literature Poetry Science Fiction Short Story Thriller
Non-Fiction
Art

Certifications

  • BA Hons Illustration
  • National Diploma General Art and Design

Work experience

Illustrator

Ben Mcleod Illustration
January, 2003 – Present (about 15 years)

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy

Pablo Hidalgo

A Star Wars authority deepens and extends our appreciation of the Star Wars galaxy with this imaginative "history" featuring striking full-color artwork—created exclusively for this entertaining volume—that examines the persuasive messages used to intimidate and inspire the citizenry of the galaxy far, far away. . . .A Star Destroyer hovering over a planet, symbolizing Imperial domination. An ... read more

A Star Wars authority deepens and extends our appreciation of the Star Wars galaxy with this imaginative "history" featuring striking full-color artwork—created exclusively for this entertaining volume—that examines the persuasive messages used to intimidate and inspire the citizenry of the galaxy far, far away. . . .A Star Destroyer hovering over a planet, symbolizing Imperial domination. An ... read more

The Wanderer and the New West

Adam Bender

We live in a time of great individual freedoms. No government can tell us how to live our lives because we are free. In America, we are above the law. We live in a time of great violence. Rob a bank, steal from a neighbor, murder a man who looks at you funny . . . but do it at your own peril. The people are watching, and we know the difference between right and wrong. Stand your ground, but be... read more

We live in a time of great individual freedoms. No government can tell us how to live our lives because we are free. In America, we are above the law. We live in a time of great violence. Rob a bank, steal from a neighbor, murder a man who looks at you funny . . . but do it at your own peril. The people are watching, and we know the difference between right and wrong. Stand your ground, but be... read more

Celebrity Gulag

Michael Alexander Rice

‘Celebrity Gulag: only the biggest, most famous, most watched show in the land. Imitated worldwide but never bettered, it is the biggest star vehicle known to humankind...’Even in darkness, the megalopolis never sleeps.The internet is gone, engulfed by the virtual flames of an online inferno.In its place, tawdry tabloids titillate with tales of television talent shows where contestants are lit... read more

‘Celebrity Gulag: only the biggest, most famous, most watched show in the land. Imitated worldwide but never bettered, it is the biggest star vehicle known to humankind...’Even in darkness, the megalopolis never sleeps.The internet is gone, engulfed by the virtual flames of an online inferno.In its place, tawdry tabloids titillate with tales of television talent shows where contestants are lit... read more

Black Plumes

Margery Allingham

‘My very favourite of the four Queens of Crime is Allingham’ – J.K. Rowling The slashing of a valuable painting at the renowned Ivory Gallery in London, one of the most prestigious art galleries in the world – followed by the murder of the proprietor’s son-in-law, Robert, sets the stage for another finely tuned Allingham mystery. The proprietor’s mother, 90-year-old Gabrielle Ivory, holds the ... read more

‘My very favourite of the four Queens of Crime is Allingham’ – J.K. Rowling The slashing of a valuable painting at the renowned Ivory Gallery in London, one of the most prestigious art galleries in the world – followed by the murder of the proprietor’s son-in-law, Robert, sets the stage for another finely tuned Allingham mystery. The proprietor’s mother, 90-year-old Gabrielle Ivory, holds the ... read more

Buying Time

Joe Haldeman

From Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award winner Joe Haldeman, the best-selling author of The Forever War and Forever Peace, comes a thrilling sci-fi story that examines a world where time truly is money, and what happens when they both run out. More even than space travel, the Stileman Process has altered 21st-century life. The most complex of medical miracles, it ensures that every 10 years ... read more

From Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award winner Joe Haldeman, the best-selling author of The Forever War and Forever Peace, comes a thrilling sci-fi story that examines a world where time truly is money, and what happens when they both run out. More even than space travel, the Stileman Process has altered 21st-century life. The most complex of medical miracles, it ensures that every 10 years ... read more

The Fashion in Shrouds (A Campion Mystery)

Margery Allingham

“The best of mystery writers” – The New YorkerFirst, there is a skeleton in a dinner jacket. Then a corpse in a golden aeroplane. After another body, Albert Campion nearly makes a fourth…Both the skeleton and the corpse have died with suspicious convenience for Georgia Wells, monstrous but charming actress and femme fatale with a raffish entourage. Georgia’s best friend just happens to be Vale... read more

“The best of mystery writers” – The New YorkerFirst, there is a skeleton in a dinner jacket. Then a corpse in a golden aeroplane. After another body, Albert Campion nearly makes a fourth…Both the skeleton and the corpse have died with suspicious convenience for Georgia Wells, monstrous but charming actress and femme fatale with a raffish entourage. Georgia’s best friend just happens to be Vale... read more

The Boys of Summer

Richard Cox

Both a haunting coming-of-age story set in North Texas against the backdrop of a deadly tornado, and a character-driven, deeply-affecting supernatural thriller. In 1979, a massive tornado devastates the city of Wichita Falls, Texas, leaving scores dead, thousands homeless, and nine-year-old Todd Willis in a coma, fighting for his life. Four years later, Todd awakens to a world that looks the s... read more

Both a haunting coming-of-age story set in North Texas against the backdrop of a deadly tornado, and a character-driven, deeply-affecting supernatural thriller. In 1979, a massive tornado devastates the city of Wichita Falls, Texas, leaving scores dead, thousands homeless, and nine-year-old Todd Willis in a coma, fighting for his life. Four years later, Todd awakens to a world that looks the s... read more

Cargo of Eagles (The Albert Campion Mysteries)

Margery Allingham

A lively British mystery from “one of the greatest mid-20th-century practitioners of the detective novel” (Alexander McCall Smith). Strange things are happening in Saltey. The little village on the Essex coast is invaded by bikers and a parade of peculiar visitors, a newly released prisoner is rumored to be in the area, Mr. Lugg has bought a bungalow there, the Saltey Demon is on the loose aga... read more

A lively British mystery from “one of the greatest mid-20th-century practitioners of the detective novel” (Alexander McCall Smith). Strange things are happening in Saltey. The little village on the Essex coast is invaded by bikers and a parade of peculiar visitors, a newly released prisoner is rumored to be in the area, Mr. Lugg has bought a bungalow there, the Saltey Demon is on the loose aga... read more

Ripple of Danger (The Lockie Series Book 1)

Desmond L. Kelly

Lockie is a retired New Zealander, a widowed schoolteacher who has moved to Macleay Island in Queensland for warmth and to be nearer his children and grandchildren. All goes well until he rents the other half of his duplex to a glamorous ex-model, Renata, who has a seven year old son and a lot of emotional baggage, not at first obvious.Renata’s ex partner is Big Joe Hayson a former super-star ... read more

Lockie is a retired New Zealander, a widowed schoolteacher who has moved to Macleay Island in Queensland for warmth and to be nearer his children and grandchildren. All goes well until he rents the other half of his duplex to a glamorous ex-model, Renata, who has a seven year old son and a lot of emotional baggage, not at first obvious.Renata’s ex partner is Big Joe Hayson a former super-star ... read more

The China Governess (The Albert Campion Mysteries)

Margery Allingham

“Margery Allingham stands out like a shining light. And she has another quality, not usually associated with crime stories, elegance.” —Agatha Christie Timothy Kinnit is rich, handsome, and successful, but his past is a mystery to him. When he learns, on the eve of his elopement, that he is adopted, he must question everything he thought he knew. In desperate search of answers, Kinnit calls on... read more

“Margery Allingham stands out like a shining light. And she has another quality, not usually associated with crime stories, elegance.” —Agatha Christie Timothy Kinnit is rich, handsome, and successful, but his past is a mystery to him. When he learns, on the eve of his elopement, that he is adopted, he must question everything he thought he knew. In desperate search of answers, Kinnit calls on... read more

The Mind Readers (The Albert Campion Mysteries)

Margery Allingham

A mysterious invention causes mayhem in a coastal English village—from “my very favourite of the four Queens of Crime” (J. K. Rowling). The ancient hamlet of Saltey, once the haunt of smugglers, now hides a secret rich and mysterious enough to trap all who enter . . . and someone in town is willing to terrorize, murder, and raise the very devil to keep that secret to themselves. When a transis... read more

A mysterious invention causes mayhem in a coastal English village—from “my very favourite of the four Queens of Crime” (J. K. Rowling). The ancient hamlet of Saltey, once the haunt of smugglers, now hides a secret rich and mysterious enough to trap all who enter . . . and someone in town is willing to terrorize, murder, and raise the very devil to keep that secret to themselves. When a transis... read more

Ben has 4 reviews

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Adam Bender

I wanted my Dystopian Western to stand out, so I chose Ben for his distinct and gritty style that I thought would really capture the dark action/adventure feel of the novel. It was super easy to work with Ben. He got the concept right way, worked quickly, and remained cool and professional through my various suggestions and questions along the way. I got the proof of the paperback today and, we...

, December 2017


Azelyn Klein

Ben was a real pleasure to work with. He responded to my initial brief promptly and replied to each of my subsequent messages in due time. Although the whole cover process took longer than his proposed schedule, it, nonetheless, met my own. Not only did he craft an aesthetically-pleasing cover, but he also designed a fantasy map for the interior based off my own sketches. Now it looks professio...

, July 2017


Michael Rice

I deliberated for some time on who to work with for the cover design of my first novel as it had to be just right. I was looking for something with a unique style that wouldn't be just another cover. After seeing Ben's portfolio, he quickly became the obvious choice. After explaining the book's themes to Ben, it was evident that he 'got it' from the start. He was very receptive to feedback and...

, May 2017


Malaika Rose Stanley

Outstanding!

, October 2016

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