Tomislav Zlatić

Tomislav Zlatić – Designer

Experienced full-time illustrator, always in search for fresh and interesting images to bring the right mood to the project.


Hello, my name is Tom.

I think we live in a highly visual world now. At the technical level, we have endless creative possibilities. This helps us to experiment and explore. To seek out for the new paths and delve into old ones as well.

Throughout my career (over 15 years), I have had the opportunity to work on many different projects. From preschool picture books, mid grade books, covers, magazines, animations, commercials, editorials, city maps... Every project is unique and different in its own way. What is wonderful about our work is that, regardless of past experience, each new project is a fresh and exciting new challenge.

For me, the most important part of illustrating, and sometimes the one that takes the most time, is preparation. The process of envisioning the story. It's like setting up a new world from the beginning. I sketch, I do layouts, I try colour schemes... If there is text involved, I design the page layouts to get a good flow between illustrations and text. I think about the characters, the backgrounds, the composition, and especially the style that would work the best. This helps me to explore and widen my artistic skills. In the end, I like to look at the finished project and feel I've made a step further.

Children’s Non-Fiction
Comics & Graphic Novels Middle Grade Middle Grade Fantasy Picture Books
  • IBBY honour list 2020
  • "Sheep In The Box" award for the best picture book 2018
  • "Grigor Vitez " award for the best picture book 2006
  • White Ravens label 2019
  • Master of Arts

Work experience

Publishing companies

Mar, 2004 — Present

I've been illustrating for publishing companies:
Franklin Watts, Oxford University Press, Harper&Collins, Macmillan, Penguin books, Caterpillar Books, Storytime magazine...

Publishing companies from Croatia: Profil, Evenio, Sipar, Školska knjiga, Mozaik knjiga, Sretna knjiga, Autorska kuća, Globus, Playboy, Leykam International, Sretna zvona, Kapitol, Gradski muzej u Karlovcu, Knjiga u centru, Radost magazine, Smib magazine, Viva magazine...

I can communicate in English, Italian or German


Made with Reedsy

Follose, Martin A

Cover Design Illustration
Cover Design Illustration Book Interior Design
Tiddlers: Little Owl

Powell, Jillian


Tomislav has 3 reviews





Martin F.

Martin F.

Aug, 2023

Tomislav did a fantastic job creating the cover for my novel. He took all my suggestions, added his own creativity and created the perfect cover. He always kept me inform on how things were going and responded quickly to my emails. I will work with him again!
Lori O.

Lori O.

Jul, 2023

Tom is a delight to work with! I hope I have another project in the future so we can collaborate again!
Lori O.

Lori O.

Mar, 2023

Tom was a dream collaborator! His images really brought my book to life and helped me to create something of which I am proud. Friends and family who have purchased my book always reach out to comment on how moving and touching the images are. He is incredibly talented and very knowledgable about the process. We communicated frequently and easily and he was flexible with changes that did ...
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Tomislav Z.
It was truly a pleasure! You provided me with ample creative freedom while also offering clear guidelines on your preferences. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and appreciate the trust you place...
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