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Tom McGrath
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United Kingdom
Despite being repeatedly told that all artists drink too much absinthe, cut their own ears off and only make money after they’re dead, I have always wanted to be one. Strangely, I haven’t grown out of it.

If you're interested in commissioning me or purchasing rights to use artwork please email me via: tom990@gmail.com
I don't bite, but I will ask for real money.
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Last year I had the pleasure of working on a project that is right up my alley- in that it involves airships, space and first world war battleships all mashed up into one absurd and imaginative universe. What's not to like?
That project is Clockwork Armada- which is now launching  over on kickstarter

dieselpunk airships in space

"Clockwork Armada is a tabletop miniatures game of space battles set in a fantastical alternate reality.  In this universe, planets are flat, and the laws of physics function on very different principles.  The upward rushing hurricane that makes up outer space is known as the deep sky, and strange alien life hides in the mists.  The battles that you take part in will act out the stories of the kingdoms and cultures that sail their clockwork ships between these worlds."

If you're a fan of steampunk, deiselpunk, Battle fleet Gothic or know someone who might be then you can check it out here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

Gremlins by SpikedMcGrath
Gremlins

A pair of wily gremlins in their natural cave habitat.

Interior art for “A Field Guide to Goblins, Gremlins, and Other Wicked Creatures” by A J Sautter 
Client: Capstone Publishing, 2014

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Mountain Giant by SpikedMcGrath
Mountain Giant

A mountain giant carries home his dinner.

Interior art for “A Field Guide to Dragons, Trolls, and Other Dangerous Monsters ” by A J Sautter 
Client: Capstone Publishing, 2014

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Cavetown by SpikedMcGrath
Cavetown

At the confluence of the great subterranean rivers, beneath the green glaciers and sheltered from the blinding snowfields lies the isolated settlement of Cavetown.

Many generations ago the nomadic tribes of the frozen tundra took shelter in this cave and have remained there ever since- their small band growing into the prosperous settlement you see today.

In the middle, towards the top- you can clearly see the temple garden where the high priests congregate. This is one of only three places in the cave where sunlight reaches, and where plants can grow, giving it great significance to the people. Only during festivals or ceremonies are citizens permitted to enter the garden, and fallen leaves from the holy red tree are worth a half-dozen catfish to the average villager.

To the left of the garden is the temple itself- its many lanterns burning fiercely. A typical example of Cavetown architecture- it uses a strong stalagmite as a central pillar on which the roof is supported- the roofs are thatched with long reeds that grow at the rivers edge in summer.

Towards the bottom right you can see one of the eel pools, where catfish and eels are farmed for food. They are also hunted from the lake far below and from the many rivers and lakes that extend deep beneath the mountains. High above some sacred finches fly. The local people believe the glowing birds are spirits of their ancestors, and tend to spoil them rotten. In return, the birds hang around, and their bioluminescent feathers provide a valuable light source to the villagers.

Light is a big deal to the people of Cavetown- so they adorn their houses with torches blazing with catfish oil, to show off their wealth and status. Light is also a necessity for navigating the precarious terraces and pathways that jut from the cave walls, so acolytes from the temple are tasked with keeping the pathway lamps lighted day and night.

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Last year I had the pleasure of working on a project that is right up my alley- in that it involves airships, space and first world war battleships all mashed up into one absurd and imaginative universe. What's not to like?
That project is Clockwork Armada- which is now launching  over on kickstarter

dieselpunk airships in space

"Clockwork Armada is a tabletop miniatures game of space battles set in a fantastical alternate reality.  In this universe, planets are flat, and the laws of physics function on very different principles.  The upward rushing hurricane that makes up outer space is known as the deep sky, and strange alien life hides in the mists.  The battles that you take part in will act out the stories of the kingdoms and cultures that sail their clockwork ships between these worlds."

If you're a fan of steampunk, deiselpunk, Battle fleet Gothic or know someone who might be then you can check it out here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

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dave-simon Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Found your artwork on the newest deviations page and couldn't stop myself from going through your other work. I love all of it. Very beautiful and amazing, keep up the awesome work! 
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, appreciate it :D
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Thank you for the kind words, the interchange, and the llama!
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
& thank you :)
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catazarch Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
thanks for the visit :3
watched! fun art!! :D
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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catazarch Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
you are welcome :3
feel free to watch me too if you like my works!
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Oceanites Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your art work is amazing !
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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ImTheMangaka Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Great ideas, great gallery! Keep up the good work! :D
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