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Creativity Spark From Masters Of Illustration

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) Link

Radim Malinic (UK) Link

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Neil Duerden (Manchester, UK) Link

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Büro North (Melbourne, Australia) Link

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Evgeny Kiselev (St. Petersburg, Russia) Link

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Maciej Mizer (Poland) Link

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Pete Harrison (London, UK) Link

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Alberto Seveso (Rome, Italy) Link

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Emeric Trahand (Saint Etienne, France) Link

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Emeric Trahand
Emeric Trahand
Emeric Trahand
Emeric Trahand

Mario Sánchez (Newcastle, UK) Link

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Peter Jaworowski (Warsaw, Poland) Link

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mcfaul (Emsworth, Hampshire, UK) Link


Chuck Anderson (Chicago, USA) Link

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Chuck Anderson
Chuck Anderson
Chuck Anderson

Platinum, FMD (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Link

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Seth Weisfeld (San Francisco, USA) Link

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Kacper Spala (Poland) Link

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Kacper Spala

Scott Pollard (Manchester, UK) Link

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Adhemas Batista (São Paulo, Brazil) Link

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Raquel Falkenbach (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Link

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Tom Kan (USA) Link

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Nicholas Ainley (London, UK) Link

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Drew Flaherty (Brisbane, Australia) Link

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Alex Mapar (Melbourne, Australia) Link

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Mark Verhaagen (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) Link

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Alex Trochut (Barcelona, Spain) Link

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Alexander Radsby (Kalmar, Sweden) Link

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Taobot (Mainz, Germany) Link


Gui Borchert (New York, USA) Link

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Si Scott (London, UK) Link

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Alex Cherry (California, USA) Link

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Paul Hollingworth (Newcastle, UK) Link

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Jacques S Alton (London, UK) Link

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Susanne Paschke (Berlin, Germany) Link

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Galleries of Graphic Design & Illustration Link

  • DigitalAbstracts89
    A design community that strives to deliver a unique blend of content, discussion and creative inspiration to its army of readers.
  • 2Photo.ru90
    The projects showcases the best works of contemporary illustrators, artists and graphic designers on a regular basis. In Russian. More works on Designcollector.ru91.
  • Cpluv.com92
    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!93
    A growing gallery of resources (weblog) related to graphic design and illustration with hundreds of references to creative agencies and designers.
  • digitalthread94
    The designer’s arrivation point. A growing index of design-related resources and design companies.

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Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

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    Inspiring work..

    .. seems to be the year of the swirls.

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    This is absolutely fucking INCREDIBLE.

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    Juan Manuel Lemus

    August 22, 2007 12:02 am


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    Peter Jaworski, not Peter Hejz

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    Some amazing pop art here. The detail is phenomenal.

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    Swirly colorful pattern overload. Puke.

    When you put them all toghether like this, I’d call it visual masturbation more than graphic design. It’s also why nothing designed in this style ever stands out when you see it in a magazine or a billboard. Overplayed.

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    Real Masters!!! Bravo – superb artwork

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    Hahaha. Between truck paintings and “wow this looks like a bjork video clip” style.

    I’ll wait for more mermaids and dolphins next year.

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    Glowing lines seem to attract graphic designers like rotten meat attracts flies

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    “Graphic Design” is communication using text and images. This is illustration, and only one single style of illustration, at that.

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    This style is so played out… Next!

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    David G. Paul

    August 22, 2007 1:26 am

    Nice, but it does seem to be an overused style nowadays

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    August 22, 2007 1:31 am

    “Peter Jaworski, not Peter Hejz”.

    Thank you, me, fixed!

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    A lot of these artists seem to have the same elements and colors in their work. The swirly vector’s seem to be a modern day element that can be compared to that of art nouveau elements with similar swirly glamorous features. I can see this style being duplicated by a lot more designers in the near future.

    Even though their are a few trendy designers on this list it’s still a great source of inspiration and I’m glad you guys decided to post it.

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    I agree. Some of this is overkill… Die, vile swirlies!

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    Are these examples of a trend in graphic design, or is this a reflection of the personal taste of the author?

    They are all amazing but most are interchangeable. If I were picking an illustrator for a particular project, this style would either work or not work. With a few exceptions.

    They are great though.

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    Polish seem to totally own as web designers and graphic artits! Not only from the small sample of imagery, but from various art and design that I have been encountering since the beginning of the year.

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    It may be just one style but it is one I love – I’ve been following Radim Malinic and Chuck Anderson for a while now but thanks for turning me on to a lot more great illustrators/designers.

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    What about Vault 49 (Website). They should definitely be on there.

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    While scrolling through these, I ended up speeding through the last half because, as those ahead of me have stated, they’re all very much the same. Made me think of Thomas Kincaid lost in the land of the elves and fairies style of artwork. They’re pretty illustrations but I wouldn’t call the majority of them examples of graphic design. Each is an illustration – portraying no clear message to the viewer. Illustrators can be graphic designers, and graphic designers can also be illustrators, but they are not always the same thing.
    I did especially like the clean look of the German contribution (Taobot), and the child against the skyline from Alex Cherry of California. No swirlies…. Obviously, it’s just all in the subjective tastes of viewers!


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