Hi there! I'm Alana McCarthy
I'm a Toronto artist who makes bright, painterly creative illustrations, lettering, design and murals to help brands and businesses stand out.
With 20 years of professional creative experience I'm an expert visual problem solver and super easy to work with. I'm happy to collaborate with clients worldwide to help you solve your design dilemmas.
Let's chat about
- Illustration - publishing, editorial, advertising, marketing campaigns
- Food, drink and product packaging design
- Content creation
- Hand lettering
- Chalk murals
- Graphic design
- NFT artwork creation
- Imaginative creative projects
"Alana is a best-in-class professional in creative design. With keen attention to detail and impeccable sense of layout and aesthetics, Alana takes the stress out of deadlines and always delivers on time. Her skills in illustration, calligraphy and typography are what make her a stand-out designer and visual artist. She is a delight to work with, and remarkably creative and talented."
- Cara Bleskie, Development Manager, Nelvana
"Alana is a dream to work with -- she's communicative, prompt, follows direction, and professional on top of being brilliantly creative. It's been a real pleasure to work with her."
• Arlene Miller, Art Director at Pearson Education
" When we began the process of looking for an illustrator for this book, Alana’s vibrant style made her work distinct. Bringing Alana’s inspired illustrations and professional approach to this team has been remarkable. In addition to her talent, Alana is a creative collaborator who is both responsive and responsible. Working with her on Strum and The Wild Turkeys has been such a celebration of what can happen when someone breathes in your ideas and brings your vision to life in an even more vivid way than could have been imagined. I can’t wait to share our book with the world."
• Noa Daniel, Building Outside the Blocks
"Alana, I’m obsessed with [my book cover!] I can’t stop staring at it, I honestly have nothing to add or any change requests. This cover truly stands out and will stand out amongst similar covers. I can see people scrolling or strolling and seeing my book and buying it. Most importantly, I think the cover captures the message of the story perfectly.
You truly gave me a great debut cover. I can’t wait to write more stories and if your time permits, I’d love to see your artwork on my covers :) I’m so in love with the cover. It’s perfect!
You’re so amazing!
• Aaron Long, author of "No Such Thing as Happy Endings"