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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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The Truffle Hunt by SpikedMcGrath
The Truffle Hunt

They'd been travelling for almost a year now, a long journey through fens and swamps, badlands and scrublands, across the cratered plains where the huge trees grew- nervously watching the skies and scanning the tall grasses. At last they had reached the rift basin. They were close.

Signe waded knee deep through the tepid waters. The heat was sweltering- an oppressive, humid, damp that stuck her clothes to her skin and never allowed a single moment of comfort. Ragna sat high up on the back of Torvald- resting atop the truffle baskets and scanning the horizon with her scope. So far from the colony you could never be too careful.

It would soon be time for them to return, back to the distant frontier colony with their precious cargo of meteor truffles- the vast luminous fungi that grew only at the site of fallen meteors. One truffle could keep the colony going for half a year- lighting, utilities, recharging the energy rifles- it was all powered by meteor truffles. But truffle hunting was dangerous business, there were beasts aplenty, vast and harsh wilderness to traverse, disease, injury and starvation an ever present threat. Many hunters left the colony each year never to be seen alive again.

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Leaving La Mancha by SpikedMcGrath
Leaving La Mancha
Don Quixote and his faithful Squire Sancho panza set out in search of adventure...

Sample artwork for Don Quixote: Adventures of Spanish Knight
Client: Oxford University press

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Airships of Oberon Cover by SpikedMcGrath
Airships of Oberon Cover
This is the brand spanking new box art for the relaunch of Reboot Games steampunk inspired boardgame- Airships of Oberon

If steampunk or boardgames are your thing then keep an eye out for the launch of the kickstarter in March 2016
Find out more about it via the official site here: rebootgames.ca/games/tabletop/…

The old version can be found here: spikedmcgrath.deviantart.com/a…
I think I've got a little better at people since then, and it was agreed that it could do with a bit of a redesign to suit the new box and to look a little more professional.
Thanks for looking

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The pirate airship Dryad by SpikedMcGrath
The pirate airship Dryad

This photograph of the pirate ship "Dryad" was taken by a travelling photographer in the Northern reaches of the ravine province- confirming reports that pirates have been operating in the area. Dryad- Formerly HMAS Swallow- was captured by pirates last Autumn while returning from a routine reconnaissance mission. Our sources in the intelligence service claim there's rumours that the recent piracy "epidemic" in the Northern provinces are sponsored by foreign nation states.

Military forces have been deployed to the North including anti-airship missile batteries on-route from Edwinton. It is believed to be only a matter of time before Dryad is either sunk or back in Union hands.
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People keep telling me these things would never fly, which is obviously ridiculous. So if you're wondering how you do fly one of these- I did a write-up on my blog explaining exactly how it would work.  I think these things are important. You can read it here: www.spikedmcgrath.com/2015/08/…


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Jekyll's suicide note by SpikedMcGrath
Jekyll's suicide note

Mr Utterson reads the tragic last words of Dr Henry Jekyll

For Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 
QED Publishing, 2014

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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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CelineDGD Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
Hello there fantastic stranger. :) Here to spread the positive vibes. <3
Being positive is great. :)
From riding a roller coaster to just eating a snack you enjoy, smiling, laughing, or spreading the love, we've all been positive at least once in our lives.
And today,
I want your life to be positive.
I hope you'll have a dream tonight about doing your favorite things, be it being with loved ones, watching a new season of your favorite show, anything really.
Because you deserve all of the happiness in the world. You are amazing, you are great, you are loved and worth it. Never forget that. <3
But most of all, I want YOU
-that's right, you-
To have a positive and wonderful day. <3

:hug: Lots of love. <3

Cordially, CelineDGD,
Happy Helper of the Happy-Squad

(And Happy Holidays, whatever you may celebrate! :heart: )
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Chrisfraserhd Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work here. Lots of creativity. Keep it up.
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, very kind :)
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AronKamo Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015   Digital Artist
Really beautiful works in your gallery.
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, appreciate that :)
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AvaMairinKant Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
The journey through your gallery is like living in Wonderland.
Bravo!!!
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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tdcooke Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good for you tommy!....good for  you!
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SpikedMcGrath Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers Terry :)
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tdcooke Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my pleasure tom
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