Tom McGrath

Tom McGrath - Designer

Liverpool, UK

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

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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.
Cheers!
Languages
English
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade
Fantasy
Gaming & LitRPG
Science Fiction
Young Adult & Teen

Work experience

Freelance Illustrator

Self-employed
August, 2012 – Present (about 7 years)

Portfolio (5 selected works)

Wizard's Resolve (Ozel the Wizard Book 3)

Jim Hodgson

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. Prepared to settle down and open his enchantment shop, his dream slips away when King Usta requests his help against a terrifying enemy…... read more

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. Prepared to settle down and open his enchantment shop, his dream slips away when King Usta requests his help against a terrifying enemy…... read more

A Farther Orbit (The Adventures of Gregory Samson, Space Explorer Book 2)

Benjamin Mumford-Zisk

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 terrifying weapon the galaxy has ever known. Space is a dangerous place, and Samson is caught right in the middle. He might not be the s... 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 terrifying weapon the galaxy has ever known. Space is a dangerous place, and Samson is caught right in the middle. He might not be the s... read more

Apprentice Quest (Ozel the Wizard Book 1)

Jim Hodgson

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 and some unbelievable magic. But when Ozel discovers he's the lone heir to a massive fortune, he'll need more than a few spells to claim ... 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 and some unbelievable magic. But when Ozel discovers he's the lone heir to a massive fortune, he'll need more than a few spells to claim ... read more

Journeyman's Trial (Ozel the Wizard Book 2)

Jim Hodgson

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 nefarious conspirators and preparing for the fast-approaching magical tournament, he has his hands full. So it’s little wonder he’s los... 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 nefarious conspirators and preparing for the fast-approaching magical tournament, he has his hands full. So it’s little wonder he’s los... read more

The Brotherhood (The Eirensgarth Chronicles Book 1)

Philip Smith

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 hostage, Paige soon learns that her parents harbored a deep, dangerous secret – a secret her sister, Olivian, may end up paying the ultimate ... 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 hostage, Paige soon learns that her parents harbored a deep, dangerous secret – a secret her sister, Olivian, may end up paying the ultimate ... read more

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Jason Parks
Tom is an exceptional designer and illustrator. I am thrilled with my book cover and will be hiring him again! He was enthusiastic about the project from the start, guided me through each step, and exceeded my expectations with the timeline for the project. If you are looking for an illustrator/designer who is a true professional and can make your book come alive, Tom is your artist.

Jason Parks, August 2019

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