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36 Talented Artists and Illustrators You Really Should Know

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Art can take on many forms.

It can come across your way as a sculpture, a painting, an illustration, an animation,
and even as a cartoon.

No matter which form it takes and how you encounter it, it certainly enables
you to
 lose and find yourself in it simultaneously.

That’s not our quote, unfortunately. It’s Thomas Merton’s, slightly altered.
There are many, many artists and illustrators out there that can achieve just that kind of reaction.

Having a look at them will not only help you to find peace during these stressful days.
It’ll also help you to enhance your knowledge.

Get lost in these 36 talented artists and illustrators and their amazing work –
you really should know them.

So go ahead and take a look at:

Tim Biskup

Tim Biskup

Tim, a German, seems to know pretty much everything. Not only has he a done some real cool illustrations; he’s also familiar with painting, animation and graphic design.

To top that even more, we’ve chosen some of his powerful paintings for you.

May we present: “Gomorrah”.

Paula Bonet

Paula Bonet illustration blue tear woman portrait

She’s probably the star in the illustration scene right now, especially when it comes to delicate female portraits.

Her poetic work can be seen in many different media platforms: print, scenography, posters or walls. Bonet is gaining more and more international recognition: she is almost a fan phenomenon, with about 200.000 followers in social networks.

Raquel Aparicio

Raquel Aparicio

Raquel Aparicio started illustrating as a pro in 2006 and her client list includes some big names like The New York Times, The Rolling Stone or The Scientist. Apart from working for magazines she also illustrates books and advertisements.

We love her sketch “Dickens Is A Vampire”, which perfectly illustrates the effect that fine literature has on you – sometimes you get infected, feverish, soaked in.

We can totally see Raquel’s point.

Allie Brosh 

 

Allie Brosh

Allie is first and foremost a blogger, but she illustrates her posts with paintings that look as if they were made by a child – which makes it really, really awesome and really, really funny.

Make sure you check her out. Beneath all the funny drawings and blog posts she deals with some serious topics – this is definitely worth the read!

Freddie Darke

Illustrated Houses on a street of London

Darke by name, dark by nature. Freddie’s unique idiosyncratic style and his sharp eye for detail will draw you into the many layers of his work. Freddie sees character and depth in everything, and his dedication to the study of the figure means his work is always intriguing, and sometimes, absolutely mind-blowing! Apart from British streets, he’s also into portraits.

Dave Calver

Dave Calver

Dave is an award-winning artist who is also featured in Taschen’s 100 Illustrators. His work is not limited to a particular field of illustration, on the contrary.

Check out this elegant example of fashion illustration.

Eric Carle

Eric Carle

You might have known Eric Carle for ages without being aware of it.

Remember the children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”?
Yeah – that was Eric Carle.

And he’s still far from retirement, as you can tell from his blog.
Also, our beloved caterpillar is still popular…

Jean-Philippe Delhomme

louis-vuitton-travel-books-guides-guia-de-viaje-trip-tourism-turismo-modaddiction-ilustracion-illustration-moda-fashion-cult_zpsf40a472cJean-Philippe Delhomme is an illustrator who has written several books and done exhibitions on an international level. This is one of his “Louis Vuitton Travel Books Guide”. Unsurprisingly, he also has his own blog: The Unknown Hipster”.

Just to make us all feel free of talent, have a look at this animation he has done for Sotheby’s.

Sarah Beetson

SARAH BEETSON.Britalien+Frida+Kahlo

Her style is definitely unique with all these crazy colours – she has worked with fashion stars like Stella McCartney and lots of other artists and designers. This is one of her mixed colourful drawings as an homage to Frida Kahlo’s work.

We are still not sure where the title comes from but we proudly present: Britalien.

 

Walt Disney

Walt Disney

There he is, the Godfather of our childhood memories.

What would childhood have been like without him? We don’t want to imagine.

In case you should have forgotten about him, here’s a compilation of Disney movies –
just because they’re awesome. Yet another moment to get lost in art;
and it’s far from being the last one…

Rachel Morris

Illustration for recipe book by Rachel Morris illustrator

 

Rachel began drawing things when she was just two years old. Secretly scribbling on the walls of her parents’ house, behind doors, near the skirting board, above the fireplace. And her childlike expression and naive style can still be seen in full force today. Rachel creates her own universe where each illustration is full of originality, joyfulness and generosity.

eBoy

eboy

This is a pixel art group from Germany founded in 1997 by Kai Vermehr, Steffen Sauerteig and Svend Smital. Music lovers, recognize this? – Yes. It’s Sir Paul McCartney.

Antoine Helbert

Antoine Helbert

This French artist originally got a diploma in architecture, but he ended up not only doing restorations, but also advertising campaigns and other works of art with an obsession for detail.

Jody Hewgill

Jody Hewgill

Jody has worked on quite a lot, including book covers, celebrity portraits, and theater posters. We’ve picked a different example though because we should never forget about “Earth Day”.

Patrick Hruby

Patrick Hruby

Another artist with an impressive client list (e.g. The Guardian, Fiat, VW, The New York Times). Once you’ve become familiar with his style you will certainly recognize it.

Or, if you’re really interested, just read his blog.

Masha Karpushina

masha karpushina illustration handdrawn city LA leaves

Masha is a really cool and tough woman from Russia. Apart from creating stunning illustrations like this one, she’s also a fast runner and mother. Driven by the power of nature she drew this personal study of LA.

Isn’t the technique amazing?
Look at those leaves!

 

Rod Hunt

Rod Hunt

Rod Hunt, another award-winning artist who is pretty much into retro illustrations and landscapes full of characters. And yet he seems to be able to illustrate anything.

Jeremyville

 

Jeremyville

An artist, product designer, animator and author – check out his blog.

He has worked for clients like Converse, MTV, Nestlé or Nokia; but he also regularly provides his followers with cute illustrations that deal with situations from everyday-life. Not necessarily in the literal sense, though.

Anita Kunz

Anita Kunz

Born in Canada, Anita has been published in magazines all over the world and she uses her blog to further promote her work. She is especially well known for the cover illustrations she has done for The New Yorker, which explore current events in a humorous way.

Eleanor Rose

Fashion Illustration Design Sweater Jumper

Her expressively scrawled figures work in harmony with the soft melting tones that form the base of her work. She manages to capture an artistic zeal whilst still retaining a degree of elegance. Soft hues and vibrant tones demonstrate a distinctive progression of pace, with elongated frail forms becoming her distinctive signature style, especially in the fashion illustration scene.

Ronald Kurniawan

Ronald Kurniawan

Although, at first sight, Ronald Kurniawan’s website seems like an explosion of colours and happiness with all evil in the world seemingly excluded from it, there are some exceptions.

In our opinion, this makes him particularly talented, since the style we’ll show you differs so much from the one predominant on his website.
We think that this is pretty impressive.

Zohar Lazar

Zohar Lazar

Another artist that sometimes lingers on the dark side. (We never promised this post would be all light and cheerful, we only spoke of talent.) Zohar Lazar is an artist that often contributes to well-known magazines.

His sometimes caricature-like works tend to criticize society and never fail to have an impact on viewers.

This is a depiction of the story of far too many people’s lives…

Chris Leavens

Chris Leavens

Chris Leavens is the creator of mystical fairy tale-like artwork that we love.

If you find him as impressive as we do, check out his blog.

Liz Lomax

Liz Lomax

Liz Lomax is another award-winning artist who often incorporates sculptures of celebrities or events people heard of in the media into her work.

Remember this? Well… Who doesn’t?

Seth McFarlane

Family Guy

Another animator who largely contributes to us feeling entertained in our free time.

In case you didn’t know – Seth McFarlane is the Family Guy-guy.

Gabriel Moreno

Gabriel Moreno

He is mostly known for his work in advertising, but he has also successfully developed his personal line of art in which he often uses elegant images.

The same goes for illustrations featuring celebrities like Mister Michael Bublé himself, who should love the following one.

We do, that’s for sure.

Joe Morse

Joe Morse

Although Joe Morse’s clients include lots of major sports teams, he has also worked for companies such as Universal Pictures or Coca Cola.

In addition to that, launches daily projects on Twitter (@eyedropdaily), so make sure you stay tuned in order to see more of his intriguing art work.

Roberto Parada

Roberto Parada

We give you yet another internationally known illustrator of magazines.

To us, the origin of his fame is crystal clear:
Who could be a better guarantee for that than our stunning Adele?

Edel Rodriguez

Edel Rodriguez

This post might have missed exoticism so far, but we intend to change that with
Cuban American artist Edel Rodriguez.

As most of the talents we feature here, he has done shows and exhibitions worldwide.
Inspired by personal history, religious rituals, politics, memory, and nostalgia he ended up
doing something like this.

Sam Ballard

Illustration of an astronaut by Sam Ballard

Inspired by light, colours, movement, music and manga, Sam’s digital artwork always tells a story. The kind that draws you in and takes your imagination on a vivid adventure. And although his comic-like style is perfect for any ‘still’ application, some of his best work is brought to life in the form of amazingly-animated videos.

Owen Smith

Owen Smith

This talented individual is a painter, sculptor, blogger, lecturer, and the artist who was
commissioned to design a set of mosaic murals permanently installed in a New York Subway Station.

The piece of art we want to share with you is also set in the subway. It shows once again how vivid and enjoyable well-written books can be if you let yourself get soaked in by them.

Simon Spilsbury

Simon Spilsbury

Simon Spilsbury has done a lot of advertising, developed his own blog, and had his own column in The Independent.

Somehow, he still finds time to create art, which doesn’t fail to make us smile,
although things sometimes look pretty serious.

Yuko Shimizu

YUKO SHIMIZU polkadots illustration red and white

This Yuko is NOT the creator of Hello Kitty.

Illustration is Yuko’s second career and she really loves what she is doing now as one can see in her distinctive style. She describes it as letting her personal voice, which has already existed within her, be heard. Take it also as an advice from her to you – learn to let that come out in your work.

Mark Summers

Mark Summers

Mark Summers has gained numerous awards and exhibits for his engravings in scratch books.
And it’s kind of obvious why this is the case.

Tim Burton

TBromeo

Well, of course you know him.

And you also know that he is quite an influential guy, although he is not part of the Walt Disney Company anymore. But the latter doesn’t really matter – he’s certainly an expert when it comes to animation.

Alice Wellinger

Alice Wellinger

Last but not least, we present to you, a talented female artist who creates powerful pieces of art that never fail to convey their message.

The following painting might be a bit scary and surreal, but it’s certainly impressive.

Curtain rises for “Egg Donation”.

 

 

Wow.

Now that you finally know these 36 talented artists and illustrators, you can simply lose yourself again in their art and look back on what impressed you most or if you want others to get lost and found as well – don’t hesitate to share this post or to tell us what your oasis of peace is.

Which artist do you find most talented and why?

Leave a comment!

Nitzy x

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9 thoughts on “36 Talented Artists and Illustrators You Really Should Know

  1. each one of these artists is pretty amazing. My personal favorite is David Calver. Dave and I went to high school together. We were both talented artists at the time. While in high school we were offered the opportunity to study drawing at Rochester Institute of Technologies School of Art & Design. He continued on to Rhode Islands School of Art & Design. Many years later I can still recognize in David’s work, elements in his compositions that bring me back to those times. I have always wished him well in these endeavors and am delighted to see him successful with his art.

    1. Thanks for the comment Toby. We’re also happy to have Dave in our list, his style is so unique. Interesting that you’ve studied together – wish you also the best!

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