Larsson McSwain

Larsson McSwain – Designer

Book Designer and Illustrator specializing in Children's Publishing. Currently at Candlewick Press.


I'm an artist originally from Shreveport, LA, currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY.

My art 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 Designer at Candlewick Press working in children's publishing. There, I design book covers, interiors, and assorted materials to bring the book to life, visually. I am also a freelance illustrator. I am also a painter, doodler, and printmaker (to varying degrees of technical success).

Prior to Candlewick Press, I was a Designer at Random House Children's Books, a division of Penguin Random House.
Children’s Non-Fiction
Literary Fiction Middle Grade Picture Books Short Story Themes & Motifs Young Adult
  • 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
  • BFA Illustration - Ringling College of Art and Design

Work experience

Candlewick Press

Mar, 2022 — Present

Penguin Random House

Aug, 2020 — Aug, 2021 (about 1 year)

Penguin Random House

Sep, 2017 — Aug, 2020 (almost 3 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.


May, 2017 — Present

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Esther L.

Esther L.

Jul, 2018

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!!

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