David Leahey

David Leahey - Designer

Peterborough, UK

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

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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.
Languages
English
Fiction
Action & Adventure
Comics & Graphic Novels
Contemporary Fiction
Fantasy
Historical Fiction
Science Fiction
Thriller & Suspense
Young Adult

Certifications

  • HND - Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design
  • ND - National Diploma in General Art & Design

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator

Self-employed
March, 2013 – Present (over 9 years)

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

Portfolio (14 selected works)

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 tries to console his young neighbor, a wheelchair-bound girl who has lost her best friend.But Ty’s sympathy turns to suspicion after his housemate accidentally records a private meeting of animal-control vigi... read more

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 tries to console his young neighbor, a wheelchair-bound girl who has lost her best friend.But Ty’s sympathy turns to suspicion after his housemate accidentally records a private meeting of animal-control vigi... read more

Blood Animus

McKeon, Kyle

Centurions: Betrayal - The Raid

Anthony Riches

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 asked to revolt on his behalf takes that rebellion a step too far?

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 asked to revolt on his behalf takes that rebellion a step too far?

Russian Agents: The Clintons' Attack Against America

Dan Ashman

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 Foundation, and more.

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 Foundation, and more.

Pandemonium: Devourer of Souls

Derek Edgington

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 fill the bill of a hero in Pandemonium. You will find, however, goddesses, immortals, demons, humans and other unmentionables in the underworld streets. Because it is short, you'll also be thrust into the mi... read more

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 fill the bill of a hero in Pandemonium. You will find, however, goddesses, immortals, demons, humans and other unmentionables in the underworld streets. Because it is short, you'll also be thrust into the mi... read more

Mercury Rising

Greene, R.W.W.

David has 21 reviews

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Lewis D'Ambra
Dave was prompt, professional and made a lot of effort to understand exactly the images I had in mind so that he could bring them to life. The results speak for themselves, I was very happy with the cover and illustrations Dave produced for me.

Lewis D'Ambra, June 2022


Samuel Fleming
I've worked with David on my book covers and recently worked with him to make a promotional poster for my dark fantasy series. I wanted something in the vein of Frank Frazetta and it needed to be epic. He delivered. As an author, I like to think I have a solid imagination and a way with words... but seeing David bring my work to life blew me away.

Samuel Fleming, May 2022


P. S. Hoffman
Across the board, 5/5 stars. Dave is timely, knows what he's doing, and will help you create a vision that will sell your books.

P. S. Hoffman, April 2022


Jain Wells
David was great to work in every way and I would work with him again. Creative, listened well to feedback, and was helpful and pleasant.

Jain Wells, April 2022


Ann McNicol
David did an outstanding job on the cover. It is a work of art. He communicated with me throughout the project and included me in decision-making. It was a wonderful experience working with him, and I hope to use him for future covers.

Ann McNicol, March 2022

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