Joshua Griffin

Joshua Griffin - Designer

Melbourne VIC, Australia

Friendly, enthusiastic, digital illustrator with a painterly style that can bring your world and its characters to life.

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Hi, I’m Josh and I adore painting.

Growing up I was obsessed with reading and video games, I loved devouring a good story. Now that I’m all grown up--though that’s still up for debate--I’ve become obsessed with paintings. Particularly art with the kind of ‘imaginative realism’ that looks real, yet seems to breathe with a life that a photograph cannot. And a painting that can achieve that just makes me melt into a puddle of appreciation.

I’m eager to illustrate work that gets people excited about the story within. And perhaps even to inspire more puddles of appreciation in this world.

So if you’re looking for an illustration that projects the essence of your characters, and excites your readers before they’ve even opened the book, I’d love to receive your brief and discuss your story.

Should we decide to work together, here’s what you can expect:

- I’ll set up a video call to discuss the book, your ideal reader, and the scope of the work

- I’d love to read your manuscript, even if it’s unfinished, so that I can immerse myself in your story

- I’ll send some sketches of different directions we can take, where you can pick your favourite and request adjustments
- I’ll send a finished illustration for your approval, allowing for minor revisions.

- I’ll apply my final touches and...

- You’ll receive your final cover and assets in a neatly organized Dropbox folder

Again, please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself. I love hearing people talk about how their project excites them and I look forward to seeing yours brought to life.

Action & Adventure
Contemporary Fiction
Epic Fantasy
Gaming & LitRPG
Magical Realism
Science Fiction
Urban Fantasy

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer

January, 2019 – Present (over 3 years)

Creating illustrations, book covers, game assets, logos, branding, and promotional art for businesses and clients internationally.

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Operation Lionhearted

Barber, Maribeth

Fox in the City

Cabrera, Daniel

Joshua has 3 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Maribeth Barber
When I found Josh's Reedsy Marketplace portfolio, I was intrigued not just by his art style, but by the way he enthusiastically proclaimed his longtime love for “a good story” and for “art with the kind of ‘imaginative realism’ that looks real, yet seems to breathe with a life that a photograph cannot.” As a lover of good stories and beautiful art myself, these values immediately resonated with...
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Maribeth Barber, September 2021

Joshua Griffin
Thank you so much for those glowing words! They absolutely warm my heart. It has been a delight working with you on this story and trying to do justice to Lindy's character--not to mention getting ...
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Daniel Cabrera
Joshua is an outstanding illustrator with a fine attention to detail. Whenever we communicated with each other, he was always clear, friendly, and quick to respond. I found his input to be invaluable as he laid out all these great options before me. In each of his drawings, he was able to really capture the scenes and the tones of the chapters and the book as a whole beautifully. I’m grateful t...
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Daniel Cabrera, July 2021

Joshua Griffin
Thank you for the kind words, Daniel! I had a great time working on the cover and chapter art with you and I'm stoked with what we finally put together. Thanks for inviting me to help share your s...
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Kylie Husky
Joshua went above and beyond when it came to helping me through the process of my first book, He kept in constant communication, gave me many options for how I wanted the cover to look he helped me with the cover layout after the cover was done and even checked to see how I was doing with the launch. he has a unique style of art that I think could do very well with very active covers or some ve...
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Kylie Husky, September 2020

Joshua Griffin
Thank you, Kylie! I had a lot of fun creating the cover with you and I'm thrilled with how it came out. You were lovely to work with every step of the way and I couldn't have asked for a better cl...
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