Tom McGrath

Tom McGrath – Designer

I'm a freelance artist and illustrator based near Liverpool, UK. I specialise in whimsical, fantastical and retro-futuristic art.


Based in the North west UK, I've been a freelance illustrator since 2012

I’ve worked with clients including:
Parragon books, Oxford University Press, Capstone Books, Zonderkidzand the National Health Service

I also have plenty of experience dealing with authors, writers and other independent creatives. My favourite commissions always involve working with individuals and small businesses who have genuine passion for their projects. I love world building, and I'm always keen to hear unique ideas that will make for unique illustrations.
Much of my work has focused on steampunk, retro-future, fantasy and whimsical, upbeat art. I regard these as my strength, but I can work to practically any style and love a creative challenge!

My process always involves multiple stages, with a chance for clients to give feedback and ask for tweaks at the end of each stage. I’ll always show you a sketch before producing a final idea, so you can be confident a project will end with a result you’re happy with.

While I have strong ideas about what will work best for any given project- I’m always happy to accommodate your vision. You can be as specific or as abstract as you like, and if you're unsure about an approach we can talk it through.

If you have any questions, get in touch and I'll respond as soon as I'm able.
Children’s Non-Fiction
Epic Fantasy Gaming & LitRPG Horror Middle Grade Steampunk Young Adult Fantasy

Work experience


Aug, 2012 — Present


A dark power. A kingdom hurtling toward war. This young wizard is in a whole horde of trouble…Ozel finds joy in his kingdom's peace. For the first time since the wizard discovered his true heritage, he's able to consider a future without danger and bloodshed. ... read more
Her elvish mother’s heritage set her apart.Her father’s secret ripped her world apart. And her sister’s capture tore her apart. Paige’s life wasn’t perfect, but she was happy. But when her village is attacked, her people slaughtered, and her sister taken hosta... read more
A missing friend. A magical catastrophe. When an evil conjurer crashes the wizard’s tournament, can one lowly apprentice save them all?Ozel is quickly realizing there’s more to being a wizard’s apprentice than reciting spells. Between protecting villagers from... read more
A hopeful orphan. An incredible wizard. One boy must do the impossible to change his life forever…Ozel wonders if he'll ever escape his angry, fat caretaker. As the orphan hopes for a better future, a mysterious wizard gives him the gift of an apprenticeship a... read more
Gregory Samson has left Earth...which may have been a mistake. Alien bounty hunters. An intergalactic war-profiteering scheme. A brutal police detective older than humanity. Shape-shifting cinemaphiles, extraterrestrial gourmands, and a showdown with the most ... read more

Tom has 14 reviews





Geoffrey D.

Geoffrey D.

Sep, 2023

Very good experience working with Tom. Would definitely hire him again.
Sean W.

Sean W.

Nov, 2022

My collaboration with Tom on my children's novel Patrick Sweeney and the Giant Paper Airplane has been nothing less than spectacular. More than a terrific designer/illustrator, he is an inspired reader, as evidenced by the back cover he produced featuring the main antagonist from my novel based on his own chapter readings. The overall process of designing the front and back covers was for me...
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Raul S.

Raul S.

Jul, 2022

Tom was very professional and always responded in a timely manner. He gave great direction and had great ideas as to how to enhance the book cover.
pw C.

pw C.

Jun, 2022

Tom is a pleasure to work with. He did two covers for me—one a remake for an existing book and the other for an upcoming book. Both covers are fantastic with a wonderful sense of depth and lighting. Tom takes your ideas and hones them to perfection. I can’t say enough good things about his work. If you’re in the market for a cover artist, you should certainly consider Tom! I know I’ll be knocki...
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john H.

john H.

Mar, 2021

Tom has been a delight to work with on this project. He managed to get what I had in my head onto paper (digital screen) with ease and I can’t recommend him enough. John Hesler

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