Tom Bagshaw is a commercial illustrator and digital artist residing in England. He creates highly rendered digital paintings through which he explores themes of beauty, fantasy, and mysticism. While his work deals with imaginative content, it also aims for a strong level of realism in its presentation. Most times the step into the world he creates conjures haunted visions of elegant, bewitching females in the midst of their own magic. Feminine beauty and portraiture play a large role in his work, but the women he depicts are never frail damsels in distress. More often than not they are strong, intriguing characters, with an air of mystery to them. Bagshaw strikes a balanced tone by embellishing the dark and ghoulish elements with quirky and absurd details. As a child he was influenced by comics. At the same time he also had a lot of interest in art history and specifically figurative works. That juxtaposition of weird stories, artwork and Baroque, Neoclassical styles had a prolonged influence on him.