Creativity Spark From Masters Of Illustration

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Creative thinking is an essential part of design workflow. Whatever sketch you are working on, at some point you find yourself in the situation where you simply need some fresh ideas to find your path around the creativity block. Going away may help. Listening to the music may help. But particularly the works of the famous graphic artists may help. In fact, studying them very closely, you can not only explore new ideas, but also learn the smallest details – they form the profound foundation of every masterpiece.

In this post we’d like to present you an ultimate breakthrough for your creativity blocks; over the last weeks we’ve been searching for the most popular graphic designers, illustrators and artists around the world. We’ve selected some of their works to give you an idea what style they have and what details of modern design you can expect and learn from them.

So what do we have as result? Over 100 breathtaking illustrations from some of the best contemporary graphic designers, illustrators and artists; besides you’ll also find references to further (mostly unknown) sources for inspiration you can use on a daily basis.

Once you’ve selected the artist whose works you like, click on the image to get to his/her portfolio and explore his/her work in more depth. Please notice that most artists listed below are well-known in the worldwide design community (and so are their works); hopefully you know not all of them.

Please be patient, it may take a while until the images are loaded. Please be aware that it also may take a while until you’ve seen most of showcased images.

Further suggestions and ideas? Please comment.

Creativity Spark From Masters Of Illustration (Graphic Design)

1. Radim Malinic (UK)

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2. Neil Duerden (Manchester, UK)

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Neil Duerden12
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3. Büro North (Melbourne, Australia)

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4. Evgeny Kiselev (St. Petersburg, Russia)

Evgeny Kiselev17
Evgeny Kiselev18
Evgeny Kiselev19

5. Maciej Mizer (Poland)

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Maciej Mizer21
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6. Pete Harrison (London, UK)

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Pete Harrison24
Pete Harrison25
Pete Harrison26
Pete Harrison27

7. Alberto Seveso (Rome, Italy)

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8. Emeric Trahand (Saint Etienne, France)

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9. Mario Sánchez (Newcastle, UK)

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Mario Sanchez37

10. Peter Jaworowski (Warsaw, Poland)

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11. mcfaul (Emsworth, Hampshire, UK)

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12. Chuck Anderson (Chicago, USA)

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13. Platinum, FMD (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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14. Seth Weisfeld (San Francisco, USA)

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15. Kacper Spala (Poland)

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16. Scott Pollard (Manchester, UK)

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17. Adhemas Batista (São Paulo, Brazil)

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18. Raquel Falkenbach (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

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19. Tom Kan (USA)

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20. Nicholas Ainley (London, UK)

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Nicholas Ainley73
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21. Drew Flaherty (Brisbane, Australia)

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Drew Flaherty77

22. Alex Mapar (Melbourne, Australia)

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23. Mark Verhaagen (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

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24. Alex Trochut (Barcelona, Spain)

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25. Alexander Radsby (Kalmar, Sweden)

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Alexander Radsby85

26. Taobot (Mainz, Germany)

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27. Gui Borchert (New York, USA)

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28. Si Scott (London, UK)

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Si Scott89

29. Alex Cherry (California, USA)

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Alex Cherry93
Alex Cherry94

30. Paul Hollingworth (Newcastle, UK)

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31. Jacques S Alton (London, UK)

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32. Susanne Paschke (Berlin, Germany)

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Susanne Paschke101
Susanne Paschke102
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Galleries of Graphic Design & Illustration

  • DigitalAbstracts104
    A design community that strives to deliver a unique blend of content, discussion and creative inspiration to its army of readers.
  • 2Photo.ru105
    The projects showcases the best works of contemporary illustrators, artists and graphic designers on a regular basis. In Russian. More works on Designcollector.ru106.
  • Bak Magazine107
    A magazine related to digital photography, illustration and graphic design. 8 .pdf-issues are available for free download.
  • Artzmania108
    Artzmania is an independent venture showcasing outstanding international creativity and culture. 5 .pdf-issues are available for free download.
  • Cpluv.com109
    One of the most comprehensive resources related to digital photography, design and illustration. Dozens of categories, dozens of resources, hundreds of sources for inspiration.
  • NTMY – Nice to Meet You!110
    A growing gallery of resources (weblog) related to graphic design and illustration with hundreds of references to creative agencies and designers.
  • digitalthread111
    The designer’s arrivation point. A growing index of design-related resources and design companies.

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://brandnumedia.co.uk
  2. 2 http://brandnu.co.uk
  3. 3 http://brandnu.co.uk
  4. 4 http://brandnu.co.uk
  5. 5 http://brandnu.co.uk
  6. 6 http://brandnu.co.uk
  7. 7 http://www.neilduerden.co.uk
  8. 8 http://www.neilduerden.co.uk
  9. 9 http://www.neilduerden.co.uk
  10. 10 http://www.neilduerden.co.uk
  11. 11 http://www.neilduerden.co.uk
  12. 12 http://www.neilduerden.co.uk
  13. 13 http://www.neilduerden.co.uk
  14. 14 http://www.neilduerden.co.uk
  15. 15 http://www.buronorth.com
  16. 16 http://www.buronorth.com
  17. 17 http://www.ekiselev.com
  18. 18 http://www.ekiselev.com
  19. 19 http://www.ekiselev.com
  20. 20 http://mosk.pl
  21. 21 http://mosk.pl
  22. 22 http://mosk.pl
  23. 23 http://www.aeiko.net
  24. 24 http://www.aeiko.net
  25. 25 http://www.aeiko.net
  26. 26 http://www.aeiko.net
  27. 27 http://www.aeiko.net
  28. 28 http://www.recycledarea.co.uk
  29. 29 http://www.recycledarea.co.uk
  30. 30 http://www.stillontherun.new.fr/
  31. 31 http://www.stillontherun.new.fr/
  32. 32 http://www.stillontherun.new.fr/
  33. 33 http://www.stillontherun.new.fr/
  34. 34 http://www.stillontherun.new.fr/
  35. 35 http://www.aegis-strife.net
  36. 36 http://www.aegis-strife.net
  37. 37 http://www.aegis-strife.net
  38. 38 http://www.hejz.com
  39. 39 http://www.hejz.com
  40. 40 http://www.hejz.com
  41. 41 http://www.hejz.com
  42. 42 http://www.hejz.com
  43. 43 http://www.hejz.com
  44. 44 http://www.hejz.com
  45. 45 http://www.hejz.com
  46. 46 http://www.hejz.com
  47. 47 http://www.mcfaul.net
  48. 48 http://www.mcfaul.net
  49. 49 http://www.mcfaul.net
  50. 50 http://www.nopattern.com/nopattern/
  51. 51 http://www.nopattern.com/nopattern/
  52. 52 http://www.nopattern.com/nopattern/
  53. 53 http://www.nopattern.com/nopattern/
  54. 54 http://www.platinumfmd.com.br
  55. 55 http://www.platinumfmd.com.br
  56. 56 http://www.platinumfmd.com.br
  57. 57 http://www.platinumfmd.com.br
  58. 58 http://www.platinumfmd.com.br
  59. 59 http://www.in8design.com
  60. 60 http://www.in8design.com
  61. 61 http://www.evolved.pl
  62. 62 http://www.evolved.pl
  63. 63 http://www.designjump.co.uk/
  64. 64 http://www.designjump.co.uk/
  65. 65 http://www.adhemas.com
  66. 66 http://www.adhemas.com
  67. 67 http://www.raquelfalkenbach.com
  68. 68 http://www.raquelfalkenbach.com
  69. 69 http://www.tomkandesign.com
  70. 70 http://www.shinybinary.com
  71. 71 http://www.shinybinary.com
  72. 72 http://www.shinybinary.com
  73. 73 http://www.shinybinary.com
  74. 74 http://www.shinybinary.com
  75. 75 http://www.drewflaherty.com/
  76. 76 http://www.drewflaherty.com/
  77. 77 http://www.drewflaherty.com/
  78. 78 http://www.alexmapar.com
  79. 79 http://www.alexmapar.com
  80. 80 http://www.markverhaagen.com
  81. 81 http://www.alextrochut.com/
  82. 82 http://www.alextrochut.com/
  83. 83 http://www.aeform.net
  84. 84 http://www.aeform.net
  85. 85 http://www.aeform.net
  86. 86 http://www.taobot.com
  87. 87 http://www.guiborchert.com
  88. 88 http://www.siscottstudio.com
  89. 89 http://www.siscottstudio.com
  90. 90 http://vhm-design.com
  91. 91 http://vhm-design.com
  92. 92 http://vhm-design.com
  93. 93 http://vhm-design.com
  94. 94 http://vhm-design.com
  95. 95 http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulhollingworth
  96. 96 http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulhollingworth
  97. 97 http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulhollingworth
  98. 98 http://www.the-preps.com
  99. 99 http://www.the-preps.com
  100. 100 http://susannepaschke.com
  101. 101 http://susannepaschke.com
  102. 102 http://susannepaschke.com
  103. 103 http://susannepaschke.com
  104. 104 http://www.digitalabstracts.com
  105. 105 http://2photo.ru/
  106. 106 http://designcollector.ru/tags
  107. 107 http://www.bakmagazine.com/index.php?sayfa=index&language=en
  108. 108 http://www.artzmania.com
  109. 109 http://www.cpluv.com/
  110. 110 http://ntmy.org
  111. 111 http://www.digitalthread.com/designcompanies/graphic_design/

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  1. 1

    Awesome work really really inspiring!!!!!!!!!

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  2. 252

    goood

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  3. 503

    If this is what I am up against I best get practicing every day! Amasin work here!! I am more than impressed. why not visit my site and see what i have to offer…
    daviescreations.synthasite.com

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  4. 754

    Well done. Bravo.

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  5. 1005

    smashing again

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  6. 1256

    very inspiring design… so amazing nice and creative design, beautifully done!

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  7. 1507

    exelente mix , felicitaciones desde argentina.

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    Gustavo Pimentel

    June 10, 2009 5:15 pm

    Excelente. Um dia chego a este nível.

    Gustavo Pimentel.
    Porto Alegre – RS. Brasil.

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  9. 2009

    exelente !!!!

    salu2 from santiago d3 CHILE !!!

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    hey supeb man

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    Independent Web Designer

    June 29, 2009 9:48 pm

    Stunning images, How can we become a graphic artist to that level? amazing.

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  12. 2762

    TOTALLY INCREDIBLE!!! I know bacicly that these people use photoshop and whatever but it just seems soo impossible to create such beautiful pictures!!!

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  13. 3013

    “It’s all so beautiful”

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  14. 3264

    Guys its awesome !!! Real inspiring work !! :)

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  15. 3515

    … boring… overused style. Was awesome for the first… six month – but now im so desensitized to it all. Shame.

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    karolina calderon

    September 6, 2009 7:54 am

    excelente trabajo!!

    Saludos desde Perú

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  17. 4017

    Don’t you think everybody designs the same like the same???? there aren’t authory or some touch of originality…. some design using analogy. that’s just illustration and ??? do they think are DESIGNERS??? BORING., overused style, shame. the coment above mine I agree.

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  18. 4268

    So wait, every single one of these is by the same person right?

    The internet again showing us how it doesn’t foster creativity, but sameness.

    ick.

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  19. 4519

    What a load of computer generated bollocks, can anyone actually draw by hand any more, instead of yet more lifeless static photoshop poop

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  20. 4770

    ok…am i`m MEXICAN and i saw every photo if this page…and it`s really amazing…so fuckin amazing…and i think is beautiful everything…geniales las fotos de vdd!!
    super lokaz muy xidaz eh la neta!!!
    xaoo

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    ayazdesigner@ymail.com

    October 29, 2009 8:12 pm

    hi i check very deeply and note every thing in pictures, not sure that work is very hard and good but i feel some over usage tools and mismatch combination of theme. So, really designer that one who ? I think he is real artist when sketch 1 single line and viewer see many different angle feel different look.

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  22. 5272

    really i’m very impressive your illustration….

    i love your creativity.

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  23. 5523

    Alright, so I’m not even out of high-school and even EYE can tell what the difference between actual creativity and the effects of “pretty colors” are. Nothing on that page stuck with me because it was all the same (maybe the exception of #7 thats the only one I seem to be able to remember). What we need is something that is totally the opposite from this crap. I’m sorry, it’s like a kid decided to grab his crayon box and jack up his dad’s issue of PLAYBOY (harsh? maybe…). But yeah I can agree that this web page has helped me and inspired me on what to avoid. THANKS EVERYONE!!!

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  24. 5774

    good
    very inspiring design
    thank you

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  25. 6025

    Yes I wish they could pay more attention to illustrations made without computer help, but times change it can be help.
    PS.some of the photos or posters whatever you want to call them are good.

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  26. 6276

    Brilliant work, balance of colour, shapes and styles are amazing

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  27. 6527

    This is like a repetition of the same no-idea thousands of times.

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  28. 6778

    I just dont get how an over crowd of random cutouts and decorative shapes can make people want to buy something. :/

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  29. 7029

    smashing designs….!

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  30. 7280

    I’m not sure how I can classify all of these as illustration, but rather a merger of photo and graphic design. The only bit of “illo” are the vectors pulled from Adobe Illustrator or a 3-D program. I’d be more impressed if there was less photography showing through on many of them.

    I call many of these “photo manipulation”… not that there’s anything wrong with that… just not illustration. I saw similar work in photo mags from the 70s and 80s. It just wasn’t classified as illo.

    I like those that are truly illustrated throughout.

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  31. 7531

    this is not graphic design. please get your facts straght.
    and the only true illustrator here is si scott.

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    • 7782

      Tony: a difference of opinions, no doubt. I can’t say that you’re knowledge of the vast field of illustration could be summed up in one person’s work, albeit SI Scott. I’m a member of the SI too, and don’t think these are all classified as illustration. Photo manipulation and graphic elements can’t be other than good graphic design, in my opinion.

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    excellent

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