David Leahey

David Leahey – Designer

Illustrator and designer with many years of experience, specializing in the science-fiction and fantasy genres.

Overview

I am an experienced freelance illustrator and book cover designer. I specialize in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres but can apply my skills to any and all genres. For the last few years I have predominantly been working in book cover design and illustration and have worked with a broad range of clients from across the globe.

I am friendly, communicative and love to collaborate with clients throughout the design process to deliver the best possible outcome. I can create stand-alone illustrations for any project, whether it be a trading card, book cover, interior illustrations or comic books. I am also a qualified Graphic Designer and love to blend elements of design and typography into my work. If you are on a limited budget and need a complete cover design I am more than happy to deliver the full package from start to finish.


Please find below a full breakdown of all the service I offer:

- Book cover design (including print and e-book)
- Book cover illustration
- Interior illustration
- Comic book illustration (cover & interior)
- Map design
- Typography (custom and semi-custom)
- Advertising material (including social media banners)

I also provide ad hoc art and design services, so if you require something not listed above please feel free to ask.
Services
Fiction
Action & Adventure Comics & Graphic Novels Contemporary Fiction Fantasy Historical Fiction Science Fiction Thriller & Suspense Young Adult
Languages
English
Certifications
  • HND - Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design
  • ND - National Diploma in General Art & Design

Work experience

Self-employed

Mar, 2013 — Present

I have been providing freelance illustration and design services for a diverse range of clients.

Portfolio

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Illustration
Blood Animus

McKeon, Kyle

Cover Design Illustration Typography
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LEO & FANG

Edward A. Stabler

Ty Hopefin shares a rental house on the outskirts of Washington, DC with two fellow millennials. When the friendly cat who roams his cul-de-sac succumbs to a recently discovered virus, he trie... read more
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Traveling Monsters

Lunamir, S.A.

Cover Design Illustration Typography
Mercury Rising

Greene, R.W.W.

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Pandemonium: Devourer of Souls is a short dark fantasy with a satirical side to it. Tired of the same old cliched hero? You're in luck. You won't find many people, human or otherwise, that fil... read more
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The Clintons have extensive ties to Moscow. It is the key to understanding modern developments in America: Uranium One, Hillary's Server, the witch hunt against Trump, the Awans, the Clinton F... read more
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Inspired by the novel 'Betrayal' this short (8 page) graphic novel will be part one of a trilogy that asks the fundamental question - what punishment does an emperor mete out when the man he a... read more
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David has 60 reviews

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Gretchel M.

Gretchel M.

May, 2024

This is the fourth time I've used Dave's services. Easy communication and I appreciate the quality of his work. Will use again if he's available for my next project.
Lewis D.

Lewis D.

May, 2024

This is the second time I have used Dave as an artist. His work speaks for itself and he is very responsive and helpful, making great suggestions to shape my thoughts into something tangible.
eric R.

eric R.

May, 2024

David is very responsive to my questions. He was open to my feeback. When a design was not quite right he took the feeback I made and quickly applied the changes which came out great. I would recommend him.
Mark S.

Mark S.

Apr, 2024

The cover Dave designed for me looks amazing! I am really happy with it. The initial draft was exactly what I had imagined, he obviously understood the brief and executed it amazingly. Towards the end of the project I asked for some minor tweaks and adjustments and they were always done quickly and without issue. Even when I said I was happy with it, he offered to try some different typograp...
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Finn E.

Finn E.

Apr, 2024

Great experience for me as first time book author. Highly recommended.

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