Eugene Smith

Eugene Smith – Designer

I'm a talented freelance illustrator who specializes in creating eye catching sci-fi, fantasy, horror and YA fiction illustrations.


I am professional illustrator with over 15 years of experience based in Chicago, Illinois. I graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California with a degree in Painting and Drawing. My illustrations can be found in books, editorial magazines, comics, and even tarot cards. I am drawn to several genres including horror, science fiction, and fantasy. I love strong, expressive line work paired with atmospheric, moody colors and subtle texture.

My preferred method of working is digital, using a combination of Procreate and Photoshop to create stunning illustrations that captivate the viewer. Although my work is digital, I seek to create work that looks as if it was made using traditional methods, incorporating brush strokes and expressive line work. My passion is for creating illustrations that serve a narrative, either as covers, or as interiors, that successfully draw the viewer into new and exciting worlds. My work is bold, vibrant, atmospheric, and most importantly, unconventional!

In order to be as transparent as possible, my minimum fee for full cover design is $850.00. This includes wrap-around, full color artwork, as well as title/font design for the front and back cover as well as spine.

Clients include; Cambium Publishing, Chronicle Books, Chicago Fire FC, Dinardo Design, Heinemann Publishing, Intrada Records, Learning A to Z, Llewellyn Publishing, Scholastic, Quirk Books, and The Washington Post.

Comics & Graphic Novels Fantasy Horror Middle Grade Post-Apocalyptic Young Adult Fantasy
Comics Non-Fiction
  • Communication Arts Award of Excellence, 2006
  • Inclusion in Spectrum 23 Annual
  • Bachelors of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting, Academy of Art University, San Francisco; 1996 -2000

Work experience


Jun, 2005 — Present

Providing professional illustrations for use in magazines, books, packaging, and graphic novels.

Clients include; Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Chronicle Books, Dinardo Design, Fox Spirit Press, Heinemann Publishing, Learning A-Z, Llewellyn WorldWide Publishing, Poets & Writers Magazine, The New Republic, Seattle Magazine, Quirk Books, Titan Publishing.


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Animal Totem Tarot

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Tarot in Wonderland

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A Tarot Experience of Curious Delights Welcome to Wonderland, where the air sparkles with revelation and wisdom is carried on the breeze. Tarot in Wonderland is a deck where tarot and the characters from Alice's adventures meet. True to the traditional Rider-W... read more

Eugene has 3 reviews





Kevin B.

Kevin B.

Jun, 2023

It was an incredible experience working with Eugene and watching the cover for my horror novel come to life. He can do the creepy stuff with ease, but what jumped out at me in his portfolio was the dreamlike, fairy tale quality of his work, and I wanted my cover image to be a blend of those styles. Eugene walked me through the steps of how he works toward a final image, and was responsive to m...
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Eugene S.
Thanks so much Kevin! It was a real pleasure to have the opportunity to have a little part to play in bringing your story to life! I really enjoyed the process with you and can't wait to read your ...
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Jessica G.

Jessica G.

May, 2022

Eugene was amazing to work with. He had great ideas, he asked for and accepted my input through every stage of the process, and the cover we ended up with was absolutely gorgeous.
Eugene S.
It was a real pleasure working with you Jessica! Thanks so much for the opportunity!
Brianna T.

Brianna T.

Feb, 2020

Eugene was a fabulous man to work with. He listened to what I wanted and more than delivered. He was very accommodating with the payment schedule, and a very understanding person. I would highly recommend using Eugene.
Eugene S.
Thanks so much Brianna! It was a pleasure to work with you and your artistic direction was fantastic!

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