Beautiful Illustrator Artworks By Artists Around The World

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Adobe Illustrator is a powerful software for illustrating that allows users to produce beautiful artwork, technical illustrations, and even graphics for both print and the web. Adobe Illustrator is a multipurpose vector illustration tool and its versatility makes it the most preferred choice among many professional artists and designers.

In the past, we’ve published a collection of Beautiful Photoshop Illustrations By Artists Around The World1, and this is the latest post that will showcase the power of Adobe Illustrator. We present here hundreds of brilliant illustrations by artists from around the world that will surely mesmerize you and stir your imagination. Have a look, and feel the power of Illustrator!

We recognize that there are many more highly-talented illustrators that may not be mentioned here. We can’t cover them all, but with your help we can try to showcase them in future posts. Please feel free to comment on this article and mention the name of your favorite artist.

Tom Whalen

Tom Whalen2 lives in McAdoo, a town in northeastern Pennsylvania, USA. He is a gifted and zealous designer come illustrator and he has skillfully amalgamated his passion in his idiosyncratically-designed posters.

Robot Earth 3009 Poster3

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Voltron Commission5

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Raiders of the lost ark poster7

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Darkstalkers: Lord Raptor9

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Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee11 is a multi-disciplinary designer and illustrator of sorts, born in Sacramento, California. He is a graduate from Sacramento State University and his formal education is in graphic design. His entire life, however, has revolved around drawing since he was old enough to hold a pencil.

I Am Medic12

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The Impossible Circus14

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Candy Culture Magazine16

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Musimals18

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The Birdman from Gargantua20

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Julian Dorado

Julian Dorado22 is an Argentina based illustrator and graphic designer who creates unique characters, cute animals, wild monsters, and various other font-inspired characters.

Type Apple Chancery23

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Type Plantagenet Cherokee25

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Type Meta Caps27

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Chris Leavens

Chris Leavens29 was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He breezed through school and spent a good deal of time doodling, drawing robots, spaceships, and bizarre creatures. Currently, Chris is focusing on creating vector art using Adobe Illustrator. He produces most of his artwork — from start to finish — entirely in Illustrator, including textural elements. His work incorporates absurdity, anthropomorphisms, and a healthy dose of humor.

In a Clearing30

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We’re Up Here32

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Behind Our House34

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Mystical Bits36

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At the Break of Day38

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The Bowl Escapes40

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Advice from a Caterpillar42

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Zutto

Zutto44 is a Russian-based digital illustrator, artist and character designer, with a very unique style. Her illustrations are dreamy and full of vibrant colors and fantasy characters.

Tundra45

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The magic spring47

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Blackberry cushion49

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True love51

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White Ghost53

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Hey, don’t be so evil55

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Matthew Skiff

Matthew Skiff57 is a vector illustrator living in Colorado. He is a well-known and trained graphic designer who has the ability to combine his graphic and illustration skills to create wonderful artwork. He makes illustrations for bands and creates professional t-shirt designs.

Zombie Liquorice58

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The Shadow Conspiracy60

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I Wrestled A Bear Once62

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I See Stars/Sumerian Records64

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Yiying Lu

Yiying Lu66 is one of the most promising designers of Sydney, Australia. She was born in Shanghai, China, and is a confident artist with many attractive designs and illustrations in her portfolio. She runs her own design studio & teaches design at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her dream job is to furnish visual refreshment to the current Google logo.

Fail Whale67

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Serendipity69

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Foul Owl71

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Birds73

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Yukio Miyamoto

Yukio Miyamoto75 has been using and abusing Adobe Illustrator since the beginning of time (well, since the late ’80s at least). His artwork is showcased and sampled in a number of design books and he has trained thousands of people in all areas of graphics for both Mac and Windows. You won’t believe your eyes when you see Yukio’s work.

Musical Instrument76

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Camera78

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Car80

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Nick La

Nick La82 is a freelance illustrator and web designer from Toronto. He is a well-known designer who has founded a number of projects including N.Design Studio83, the popular blog Web Designer Wall84, Design Jobs on the Wall85, and Best Web Gallery86. He has recently launched a new website called IconDock87 that’s completely dedicated to icons.

Abstract Peacock88

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Abstract Phoenix90

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Flow92

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Koi Fish94

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Web Designer Magazine Cover96

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Sakura98

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POGO Illustration100

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Helen Huang

Helen Huang102 is an illustrator born and raised in China and currently living in Los Angeles. She has a passion for illustration and is currently working as a full-time designer for an interactive ad agency.

Icecream103

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Princess F105

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Sun Flower107

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Legend of Dragon109

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Dreamcatcher111

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Michael Heald

Micheal Heald113 is a passionate designer and diverse creative professional from the UK. His true passion and innovative outlet is his award-winning design studio Fully Illustrated114 where he offers creative services that include designing, branding, illustration, and 3-D motion graphics.

Orekol Miners115

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Stone Skipper117

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Stats Envy119

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The Creative Unity Book121

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The Monster123

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Bondage Duck125

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Puffr127

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Susanne Paschke

Susanne Paschke129 is a German freelance designer and illustrator. Her passion is to accept the challenge of making something emotional out of digital vectors. She uses path tools and simple color selections to create photo-realistic illustrations.

Berlin Cosmetics130

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Unico132

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Vectorbeauties136

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Jonathan Ball

Jonathan Ball138 is an illustrator and designer from Cardiff, UK who has immersed himself in a number of creative fields. He is well-known for creating idiosyncratic and skillful artwork that’s regularly infused with original characters.

Computer Arts Monster139

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The Great Panda Extinction141

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Bear vs Man143

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Jay is Games Poster145

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Mushroom Graveyard147

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Ryan Putnam, aka Rype

Ryan Putnam149 is an illustrative designer living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He runs Vectips150, a blog dedicated to vector illustrations and he does client work under Rype Arts151. He is an outstanding illustrator who has been drawing and doodling his whole life and received a graduation degree in fine arts with a concentration on graphic design from Colorado State University.

Water Works Park152

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Wiggle Worm154

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Cosmic City156

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Stock Characters158

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Rubens Cantuni

Rubens Cantuni160 is an Italian designer with a degree in industrial design currently working as an art director and supplementing his income with freelance illustration. He is truly passionate about his creative work and wants to make a full-time living from illustration in the future.

Urban Attitude161

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Le Desordre, c’est moi163

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Heist165

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Economy is a robbery167

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I Love LDN169

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Masks171

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Sascha Preuß

Sascha Preuß173 is a German Illustrator who is working as a freelance Illustrator under the name Bubblefriends174. He is known for creating cute characters and colorful vector illustrations.

Rainbowfriend175

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Unexpected177

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Vectorguru179

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Weihnachten181

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Icecreamfriends183

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X Mas185

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Popcorn Cinema187

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Jeff Finley

Jeff Finley189 is an illustrator based in Cleveland, Ohio. He is co-owner of Go Media190, a creative agency headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and is an entrepreneur that specializes in illustration, graphic design, and 3-D.

Caliban191

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Pts Candy193

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Fest7195

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Halim Ghodbane

Halim Ghodbane197 is an amazing illustrator based in Algeria. You won’t believe your eyes when you see his work.

Losha198

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Citroen C6200

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BB3X202

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Rod Hunt

Rod Hunt204 is a London-based Illustrator and artist who has built a reputation for retro-tinged Illustrations and detailed character-filled landscapes for UK and international clients spanning publishing, design, advertising, and new media, and covering everything from book covers to advertising campaigns, theme park maps, and even the odd large-scale installation too! Rod is also the artist behind the best selling Top Gear book “Where’s Stig?” published by BBC Books.

Fishy Sub205

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Tokyo207

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Hot Ice Creams209

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Zombie Apocalypse!211

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Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

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    Susanne Paschke and Jonathan Ball really impressed me!
    Great artwork

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    WAW!! Very cooool!!! Some amazing work!!

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    Wow. Great collection of amazing works!
    Keep it up, I’m wanting more…

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    Nice works!! enjoyed it alot

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    Great collection, very inspiring… thanks…

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    Big fan of michael Healds work. :) Great in-depth and exhaustive roundup.

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    “Halim Ghodbane” is a monster of illustrator

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    I like all of these but for me, the photorealistic works if genuinely created purely in AI are just outstanding.

    Yukio Miyamoto’s french horn is incredible and Halim Ghodbane’s ‘Losha’ – I think I dated her once or that could be wishful thinking !

    In the abstract side, Michael Heald’s characters are excellent and I don’t think I’d like to be on the sidewalk if Rubens Cantuni’s ‘Urban Attitude’ lady got a chill! – Nasty.

    Thanks so much for sharing these, they are all inspriational.

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  9. 9

    wonderful! thanks for the enjoyable post!

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  10. 10

    Great work! Sad reality that I’m not talented :-(

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    Great collection. Thanks! Jonathan Ball is a great illustrator that has inspired my work quite a lot recently. Great use of depth. Some of the detailed ones are great too.

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    Thanks for a fantastic collection! I love the illustrator works of “Aya”, to be found on Behance. Just a tip for you guys :) Happy weekend everyone<3

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    Really like most of these. So much talent.
    I only have one thought. What is the purpose of drawing a car that is exactly like a photography ? I mean exactly. Some are realistic but they stand out because the drawing adds something. The citroen C6 could have just been a photo.
    Great talent doing it but drawing it doesn’t add anything.
    In any case, all great illustrators!

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      @Alain: Easiest explanation for wanting to make a photo realistic drawing (ie. of a car) is when the actual product doesn’t exist for a photo to be taken. Drawing an existing car is proof that you can achieve photo realistic results for that sort of product.

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        *If* he created it without a photo. But I think the photo realistic stuff was just tracing, I found it the least interesting of the lot. But if you need a photo to create something that detailed, then it seems pointless to me.

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          Maybe it will be used for building size printing, in case we don’t have affordable camera :p (vector power!!)

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    These are just awesome! They are all awesome in their own unique way. Great stuff!

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    Thanks for including my work Aquil. Great collection, love Zutto’s work.

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    Great different styles I love it!

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    Great selection of work there. Thanks for featuring my illustration, glad I can inspire others.

    cheers

    jon

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    I honestly never cared much for the Illustrator “look”. I use it every day for my job, but I rarely create “art” with it. It’s too much work for too little gain. Especially since Adobe treats the program like a red-headed stepchild.

    Frankly, everyone’s art EXCEPT Yukio Miyamoto’s stuff looks the same.

    I think the vector style is fairly played-out, but Yukio took it to another level. His stuff is amazing. If I could make art like that in Illustrator I’d do it every day.

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    Great collection! Thanks for featuring my artwork.

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    Becoming a fans of Yiying Lu. Like her simple style and every products are neat and attractive. I hope there will be more articles for fresh illustrator and people who start to learn illustration in the following days.

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    Agreed on the photoreal stuff. It only proves the artists had way too much time on their hands. Using illustrator to meticulously trace art without even adding your own creative interpretation? Kinda lame and requires no skill, only patience.

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    What an amazing collection of Illustrator Artists… Some of this artwork is unbelievable… I knew a sense or reality was obtainable with Gradient Meshes etc… but some of these… WOW! Great source of inspiration, thank you.

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    Great work but I’m so bored by seeing the same misogynist stuff over and over again!

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    These were great. I am a bit of a comic book fan and if you are too you should check out Artist Rudy Garcia. He does some awesome illustrations and sculptures.

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  25. 29

    Wow, wonderful list. Some great artworks that I found truly inspirational.

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    Really good collection. I’m focussing on Illustrator right now and this article is a true inspiration. Love to see Halim Ghodbane’s mesh outlines. I can only imagine the painstaking work that go into his images.
    More, more.

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    very nice!!!!

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    Personally, I think this is one of the best roundups of vector illustrators I’ve yet seen. It’s a great survey of the various types of art that are possible using Adobe Illustrator. I feel honored to be included among such an excellent bunch of artists.

    Also, although I personally don’t do a lot of tracing or photo-realistic art in Illustrator, folks who do shouldn’t be so easily dismissed. What they do takes much more than patience — it requires a good deal of artistic skill. If their work is “lame,” the same can be said of the Renaissance masters who basically used the camera obscura to trace projected images and create photo-realistic paintings. That period of artistic “enlightenment” had as much to do with technology as it had to do with talent!

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    Socialite Designs

    March 4, 2010 9:52 am

    Wow! Some incredibly talented artists. Beautiful artwork all. Thank you for compiling such an extensive collection. :)

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    Great stuff here!

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    Amazing Artwork.

    I hope that those people who think this sucks have ever tried to create something similar, because otherwise they don’t know what they’re talking about. From experience I can say that it takes a lot of patience, practice and organizational skills not to get lost with all those shapes.

    Bookmarked! :o)

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    I’m trying to learn how to draw and illustrate right now. These people are so skilled! Thank you for sharing them.

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    Very nice and impressive round-up of illustrators.. I like Rod Hunt and Susanne Paschke most.

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    Franco Scaramuzza

    March 4, 2010 12:06 pm

    This is a very nice collection.
    I also love the works of Joel Anderson.
    You can see is posters here https://www.andersondesigngroupstore.com/index_store_details.cfm

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    Thank you so much for including me in the article. I don’t feel worthy of being in the company of a lot of these wonderful artists but I feel very lucky! Thanks!

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    A lot of fun stuff here. Illustration is a great way to escape reality and if you can draw and get paid for it, even better!

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    I know a really good illustrator from Honduras. His name is Wilmer Murillo, here is his website: http://www.wilmermurillo.com

    Enjoy.

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    This is an awesome collection of vector artwork! Very inspirational stuff! Thank you so much for featuring me here. I am very honored.

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    I’m a huge fan of Michael Heald. Very inspiring!

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    These are also cool – http://summertwin.com/

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    I was really really really hoping that there wouldn’t be any cute monsters holding girls eating ice-creams but alas ………

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    oh….and Aquil, ‘Vote for Pedro’ dude

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    There’s a lot of good illustrations here. I came across this guy’s stuff the other day. It’s pretty cool.

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    Thanks for the awesome collection of vectors! It’s both encouraging and inspiring to see what is going on ‘out there’..

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    S Yashveer Singh

    March 4, 2010 9:21 pm

    awsome artwork…… god level inspiartional

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    I really couldn’t believe my eyes when saw Halim Ghodbane’s work…

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    Sujithra Chandran

    March 4, 2010 9:53 pm

    Hai………..

    Amazing collections!!!

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    Some amazing work!

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    Thanks for the Great Collection!
    Well I like detailed work of Michael Heald, Rod Hunt and Yukio Miyamoto. Amazing work guys!!!!

    I’m big fan of Illustrator,, Well I was using Corel Draw earlier but after use of Illustrator I never tried corel :-). Don’t know why Smashing magazine forgot me to add in this post lol!!! :-) If somebody want to see my illustration then visit this link ( http://www.smashingapps.com/2008/11/28/31-creative-examples-of-mascots-to-grab-your-attention.html )

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    What about this picture (photo-auto.fr/citroen/c6.html) used in Halim Ghodbane’s work ? Which is the performance to make a blue sky or to modify a number plate ??

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    Also check out this talented illustrator from the Netherlands:
    http://www.sandermans.nl

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    Why limit yourself to Illustrator? Just talk about vector graphics. There are cool apps, especially Inkscape, which is Free by the way.

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    Some of them are just crazy good.

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    Nice collection buddy.

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  55. 59

    No Words !! Great Collection !!
    I have also done some work, check http://www.flickr.com/photos/kedarweb/show/

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    Now that’s an eye-full this morning!

    These will make for some awesome Palm Pre wallpapers for sure.

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    Some of these are stunning.

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    Thanks for the article Aquil!

    I second Chris Leavens (and totally love your style man, especially your tonal range, very subtle and very easy on the eye), it feels great to be grouped with such a strong collection of fellow illustrators!

    Thanks!

    Mike.

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  59. 63

    Wow! What a great collection!

    By the way, thanks for the Voltron illustration. It’s was one of my favorite cartoons in childhood, but I’d totally forgotten about it since I’ve seen it now =)

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    You left out AYA KATO http://www.ayakato.net/ ! I understand there are too many but her not making the list? Thanks though for this list of mad skilled artists!

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    Great collection.

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    Thanks a lot for including me in this amazing article with this breathtaking artists :)

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    What an inspiring post… I do really like Michael Heald’s works, eyecatching.

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    crazy one,, lol i like it

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    I’m afraid I have to say I am not inspired by any of this. Aside from the exceptionally amazing photorealistic works, it all looks like the same CCC (or, Cutesy Creature C**p). Far too much of the illustration world is dominated by this derivative, pseudo-Japanese style cartoonish stuff, and it all looks the same. I can respect the craft and the technique, but if I see one more squinty little vector bunny, I’m going to retch.

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    Just Waw!!!

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  67. 71

    Really nice illustrations! Love it.

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    Lovely, so lovely. I wonder why SM don’t use the “lazy load” plugin for loading images instead of pre-loading them and burden the browser!

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    great works, but honestly nothing fresh…

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    Fantastic works! Thanks a lot for such good inspiration! These people are extremely talanted :)

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  71. 76

    wow! all of them are cool… :) an inspiration for all designer out there.. :D

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  72. 77

    How about Jared Nickerson from J3Concepts?
    http://www.jthreeconcepts.com/

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    Your missing Carlos weisz, a toronto based illustrator and designer who features a weakly cartoon in the blogTo

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  74. 79

    Great collection!

    Heidy Gomez

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    burningtoothpick

    March 28, 2010 7:26 pm

    fantastic collection!!!

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    Everyone has their own style of artwork, I love all the artworks…
    Great work!

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    ponkaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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    Cool and nice:)))

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  79. 84

    really liked alot of these designers…maybe interested in using a few talents for our clothing company!!!!! Get in contact with us..

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    the magic spring- love it!!

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  81. 86

    Nice Work.These people are really talanted.

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    good work . it inspires me

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    Gamaliel Domingo

    May 14, 2011 12:41 am

    The artworks are really great!
    They inspire me so much!

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    very nice!!!!!!!!!

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    Any article worthy of perusing. Lengthy ago i found rid of this crafted and properly effortless know.I must i do think i personally recognize someone for almost any time period in paying for submit the software. I’m pleased combined with shed time period awaiting moving piece of content.

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    really really awesome Work ! Thanx for Sharing at one place !

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    superb illustration! i can hardly imagine i could do that :)

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  88. 93

    All of these artists are superb! Another worth checking out is Dane Holmquist:

    dholmquistdesigns.prosite.com/

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    Some cool designs here keep it up!

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  90. 95

    great! I learned a lot!!

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