Larsson McSwain

Larsson McSwain - Designer

New York, NY, USA

Illustrator with a knack for making narratively driven, fantastical pictures.

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I'm an illustrator originally from Shreveport, Louisiana with a passion for what I do. My work is fresh but familiar- reminiscent of something classic while never feeling stale. I am forever striving to push elegant simplicity through composition, shape, and color. Through illustration, I provide unique solutions that push and satisfy each project's specific needs. Bringing visuals to the written word is my strong suit.

I am currently a freelance designer at Penguin Random House working in children's publishing. I am also a freelance illustrator. I am also a voracious reader. Let's work together to bring your project to life!
Action & Adventure
Literary Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Plays & Screenplays
Short Story
Themes & Motifs
Young Adult


  • BFA Illustration - Ringling College of Art and Design


  • Society of Illustrators Student Competition 2016
  • Society of Illustrators Student Competition 2017
  • Illest of Illustration, Ringling College of Art and Design, FL 2016
  • President's Award: Best of Ringling 2016

Work experience

Freelance Designer

Penguin Random House
September, 2017 – Present (about 4 years)

I work in Children's Publishing at Penguin Random House- specifically with Middle Grade, Paperbacks, and Young Adult. While I'm in the office, I design covers, interiors, and dust jackets.

Freelance Illustrator

May, 2017 – Present (over 4 years)

Production Intern

Moonbot Studios
May, 2014 – August, 2014 (3 months)

At Moonbot, I worked on storyboards, character designs, product designs, and concept art.

Larsson has 1 review

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Esther Lawton
Larsson produced amazing work which really captured what I was looking for and had a life of its own as well. All the illustrations I requested were stunning, original and of very high quality. He really listens and adapts to feedback and communicated really well and respectfully throughout our collaboration. I couldn't recommend him more highly. Thank you Larsson!!

Esther Lawton, July 2018

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