Neil Swaab

Neil Swaab - Designer Tick

New York, United States

Designer and illustrator specializing in young adult, middle grade, and children's books.

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Overview

I am a freelance designer and illustrator, specializing in young adult novels, middle grade novels, and picture books. I've worked with almost every major publisher including HarperCollins, Little Brown, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Algonquin, and W.W. Norton. My work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, Print Magazine, Communication Arts, American Illustration, and The Type Directors Club. I'm also an adjunct professor at Parsons the New School for Design.

[PLEASE NOTE: My fees typically start at $1,500.]

Languages
English
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Children's Picture Books
Comics & Graphic Novels
Humor & Comedy
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Senior Designer

HarperCollins Publishers
October, 2001 – October, 2006 (almost 5 years)

Designed and art directed children's books, YA novels, and middle grade novels for Laura Geringer Books and Joanna Cotler Books as well as the general HarperCollins imprint.

Freelance illustrator/designer

Self-employed
May, 2000 – Present (over 18 years)

Art directed, designed and illustrated children's books, YA novels, and middle grade novels for a variety of clients including HarperCollins, Little Brown, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Algonquin, and W.W. Norton.

Portfolio (11 selected works)

Walk on Earth a Stranger (Gold Seer Trilogy)

Rae Carson

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend--who might want to be something more.She also has a secret.Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her fami... read more

Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend--who might want to be something more.She also has a secret.Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her fami... read more

Hit Count

Chris Lynch

“I hit him so hard, the clash of helmets and pads sounded like a gunshot across the field. I crushed him with the hit, held on to him, and crushed him again when I slammed him into the ground . . . I had arrived.” Arlo Brodie loves being at the heart of the action on the football field, getting hit hard and hitting back harder. That’s where he belongs, leading his team to championships, becomi... read more

“I hit him so hard, the clash of helmets and pads sounded like a gunshot across the field. I crushed him with the hit, held on to him, and crushed him again when I slammed him into the ground . . . I had arrived.” Arlo Brodie loves being at the heart of the action on the football field, getting hit hard and hitting back harder. That’s where he belongs, leading his team to championships, becomi... read more

The Rookie Bookie

L. Jon Wertheim, Tobias Moskowitz

Using the tips, truths, and stats they explore in their New York Times bestseller Scorecasting, two dads pack super sports savvy and important math and financial concepts into a fun and heartwarming first novel for kids.New kid Mitch Sloan wants to fit in, but his nerdy love of statistics and making money isn't winning him any friends in his sports-loving town--until he finds the perfect way t... read more

Using the tips, truths, and stats they explore in their New York Times bestseller Scorecasting, two dads pack super sports savvy and important math and financial concepts into a fun and heartwarming first novel for kids.New kid Mitch Sloan wants to fit in, but his nerdy love of statistics and making money isn't winning him any friends in his sports-loving town--until he finds the perfect way t... read more

Girl on a Wire (Cirque American)

Gwenda Bond

A ballerina, twirling on a wire high above the crowd. Horses, prancing like salsa dancers. Trapeze artists, flying like somersaulting falcons. And magic crackling through the air. Welcome to the Cirque American!Sixteen-year-old Jules Maroni’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as a high-wire walker. When her family is offered a prestigious role in the new Cirque American, it seems th... read more

A ballerina, twirling on a wire high above the crowd. Horses, prancing like salsa dancers. Trapeze artists, flying like somersaulting falcons. And magic crackling through the air. Welcome to the Cirque American!Sixteen-year-old Jules Maroni’s dream is to follow in her father’s footsteps as a high-wire walker. When her family is offered a prestigious role in the new Cirque American, it seems th... read more

The Young World

Chris Weitz

"Chris Weitz has made a beautiful transition from writing and directing films to novels. The Young World is populated with characters you won't forget and a story as fresh and urgent as Divergent."--James Patterson, #1 NY Times bestselling author of Maximum Ride. Welcome to New York, a city ruled by teens.After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors ass... read more

"Chris Weitz has made a beautiful transition from writing and directing films to novels. The Young World is populated with characters you won't forget and a story as fresh and urgent as Divergent."--James Patterson, #1 NY Times bestselling author of Maximum Ride. Welcome to New York, a city ruled by teens.After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors ass... read more

Ship Breaker

Paolo Bacigalupi

This thrilling bestseller and National Book Award Finalist is a gritty, high-stakes adventure of a teenage boy faced with conflicting loyalties, set in a dark future America devastated by the forces of climate change.In America's flooded Gulf Coast region, oil is scarce, but loyalty is scarcer. Grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts by crews of young people. Nailer, a teenage boy... read more

This thrilling bestseller and National Book Award Finalist is a gritty, high-stakes adventure of a teenage boy faced with conflicting loyalties, set in a dark future America devastated by the forces of climate change.In America's flooded Gulf Coast region, oil is scarce, but loyalty is scarcer. Grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts by crews of young people. Nailer, a teenage boy... read more

The Drowned Cities

Paolo Bacigalupi

Soldier boys emerged from the darkness. Guns gleamed dully. Bullet bandoliers and scars draped their bare chests. Ugly brands scored their faces. She knew why these soldier boys had come. She knew what they sought, and she knew, too, that if they found it, her best friend would surely die.In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse... read more

Soldier boys emerged from the darkness. Guns gleamed dully. Bullet bandoliers and scars draped their bare chests. Ugly brands scored their faces. She knew why these soldier boys had come. She knew what they sought, and she knew, too, that if they found it, her best friend would surely die.In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse... read more

The Boy Recession

Flynn Meaney

It's all about supply and demand when a high school deals with the sudden exodus of male students.The boy recession has hit Julius P. Heil High, and the remaining boys find that their stock is on the rise: With little competition, even the most unlikely guys have a good chance at making the team and getting the girl. Guitar-strumming, class-skipping Hunter Fahrenbach never wanted to be a hot c... read more

It's all about supply and demand when a high school deals with the sudden exodus of male students.The boy recession has hit Julius P. Heil High, and the remaining boys find that their stock is on the rise: With little competition, even the most unlikely guys have a good chance at making the team and getting the girl. Guitar-strumming, class-skipping Hunter Fahrenbach never wanted to be a hot c... read more

Boy21 (Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults)

Matthew Quick

You can lose yourself in repetition--quiet your thoughts; I learned the value of this at a very young age.Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, his dad works nights, and Finley is left to take care of his disabled grandfather alone. He's always dreamed of gettin... read more

You can lose yourself in repetition--quiet your thoughts; I learned the value of this at a very young age.Basketball has always been an escape for Finley. He lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob, drugs, violence, and racially charged rivalries. At home, his dad works nights, and Finley is left to take care of his disabled grandfather alone. He's always dreamed of gettin... read more

Horseplay!

Karma Wilson

Those horses didn't sleep one bit.They frolicked on the loose.They joined in games like Hide-n-Seek,Leapfrog, and Duck, Duck, Goose. "So this is why you snooze all day. I thougth I told you NO HORSEPLAY!"When his stubborn horses insist on playing games all night instead of sleeping, one determined farmer wears himself out trying to change their habits. Told in clever rhyming verse throughout, ... read more

Those horses didn't sleep one bit.They frolicked on the loose.They joined in games like Hide-n-Seek,Leapfrog, and Duck, Duck, Goose. "So this is why you snooze all day. I thougth I told you NO HORSEPLAY!"When his stubborn horses insist on playing games all night instead of sleeping, one determined farmer wears himself out trying to change their habits. Told in clever rhyming verse throughout, ... read more

Splat the Cat

Rob Scotton

It's Splat's first day of school and he's worried. What if he doesn't make any new friends? Just in case, Splat decides to bring along his pet mouse, Seymour, and hides him in his lunchbox. The teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple, introduces Splat to the class and he soon starts learning all his important cat lessons. But when Seymour escapes and the cats do what cats do (they chase mice!), Splat's worr... read more

It's Splat's first day of school and he's worried. What if he doesn't make any new friends? Just in case, Splat decides to bring along his pet mouse, Seymour, and hides him in his lunchbox. The teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple, introduces Splat to the class and he soon starts learning all his important cat lessons. But when Seymour escapes and the cats do what cats do (they chase mice!), Splat's worr... read more

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