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20 Talented and Impressive Illustrators

A lot of what is seen on TV commercials, catalogues flyers, posters, banners and internet advertisments are made by someone in the world of design or commissioned by someone in the world of art. As time passes, the distinction between artist and designer has been blurred beyond recognition.

Now, in times of instant press and release, inspiration from great artistic measures and processes are the influence and is just as important as functionality. When we see companies like Apple and RIM, we see a collaboration between art and design where the practicality is the designated, artistic measure and process, so what looks good, feels good and works well.

The works below are done in the same spirit; literally where the eyes are encouraged to explore, stimulating inspiration and aspirational ambition. Below we present 40 talented and impressive illustrators – their work is inspiring, creative, original and beautiful and as such perfect for a lousy saturday evening.

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James White1
James White is one of the more sought after artists today. His retro fitted style is pushed where some designers and artists won’t dare travel. You can check some of these and more at his site.




DecoGrunge can’t be described. There is a photomanipulated, intense lighting effects and a celestial base to a lot of this artist’s work. a page that should be checked. Spewing and shlacking old print, high-res objects and clouds are not the only thing that keeps this graphic designer on his feet. Like the rest this is about attention to detail in effects designers and artists use in respective mediums. Posters, album covers, you name it and it can be done.




Samuel Green9
Samuel has a very interesting and peculiar take on art and design, with his take on expression and execution. His random display of works are what drive his presense. His choices to display what he has andwith what message he is trying to say it is even more mysterious.



Karol Kolodzinski12
Making advertisment for the likes of Coke and other high level companies, Karol has a sense of style in her lighting choices that emphasizes her ideas to maximum capacity.


sauco – m14
Some of the pieces look as though they are inspired by marilyn manson like the one below. Check his DeviantART page for more of the strange.


Jesar From DeviantArt16
Jesar is a graphic artist and art director that who can merge the chesstry of art and design. Make sure you check his gallery for more beautiful and original works.


Kaws is one designer that has every facet of design and the art behind in his sights. As he continues to grow his brand as a top designer and art curator, KAWS’ influence is considered a mainstay in fashion, products and branding.

highsnobiety - Original Fake

veni vidi vince
From death to dying to wishing you were dead, comes big Vince aka veni vidi vince. “VVV” has some of the most detail oriented works, which is what makes a lot of even the most gross looking pieces come to life. You can check his portfolio.






Genar De Sio Coppola
Genar De Sio Coppola has a vector approach with a high bright color effect that can be seen in a lot of the top adverts and exhibitions to date. Check the site for more work.


Monk ART is a character designer and comic artist, who uses some of the more full harvested color combinations that make his style just who is as an artist. Some of what you see in the piece below, embodies everything that he has done in his career.


AXLBOX is an era mashup, photomanipulator, who seems to understand the mix of rugged and smooth concepts, which is the theme for a lot of what is done throughout his years as a photographer and art director.

Peter Jaworowski20
Peter Jaworowski is an innovative graphic designer that has a nack for bringing something almost unthought of to the table. His usage of lighting and the below water and ink effects that has been pushing is something to be inspired by. Peter “J” is wild in presentation to his clients and on his commissions as art director. His attention the detail in effects make different than the “No Pattern” look that people are taking a trend hop for. I think a lot of what he has to offer is in his passion for what he can do in his attention to that peculiar detail.







Peter Harrison27
Peter Harrison is one of those of artists that seems to take the essence of something and makes something else. A lot of hip hop is inspired by this kind of artistic treatment. When you check the site, you will leave inspired and take something from it as well. I find a lot of what different approaches to light and effects in post production work the meat of what inspires most. This is no exception. Pete Harrison has some minute attention to detail that shows just what a few simple shapes and brushes and selections can do for his work.




Alexandra Zaharova & Ilia Plotnikov31
Alexandra Zaharova and Ilia Plotnikov are collaborators for a lot of branding and advertising sectors for high level design and artistic themes that suggests that they know what they are doing. Make sure you check the site for more.


Mark Newman33
Mark Newman has a huge following on deviantart. His work varies from piece to piece, but he has his own twist to classic examples of mythological and comic infused characters like the below medusa piece.


Marta Dhalig35
Marta Dhalig has to be one of the hardest working digital painters to grace the pages of imaginFX magazine, she is well groomed in form, anatomy, composition and lighting. Some of her works pop out and create the kind of vision that you would see in traditional master paintings. you can see more at her page.


Mike Campau37
From green messages to advertisements, Mike Campau has a diversified depiction of some of his creative luster at his site.






Axl Box43



Yohan aka ciaran brennan is a mixed media artist is multli faceted in his approach to what he does. Some of his works range from caricatures to pieces like this very creepy doll below.


Chelsea Lewyta48 (blog49)



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D'Argo Smith aka THENUMBERTOO is a Digital Illustrator, Hyper Blogger and musician that edits the 2ndshow Blog. He has been doing web and graphic work professionally for 7 years. You can also get a whiff of his growingly popular space here for his music.

  1. 1

    “Karol has a sense of style in her lighting choices” – I’ve always belived Karol is a man ;)
    Nice collection, thanks a lot!

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    April 25, 2009 12:47 pm


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    Very cool works. I have seen a lot of them, but some I have not. Thanks for the post.

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    awesome… wonderful work…

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    Funny, I used ‘James White’ in my Graphics Project yesterday as a source of inspiraiton. ^^

  6. 6

    I dig Peter Jaworowski’s work for Martini — simple concept, well executed, and appropriately over-the-top for a leisure product.

  7. 7

    How come you didn’t include Patrick Brown? See He’s very talented!

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    Simon Harlinghausen

    April 25, 2009 1:17 pm

    Great article, Especially Mike Campau

  9. 9

    Awesome illustrations. Thanks for the list.

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    Actually Karol Kolodzinski is a “he”

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    An amazing collection of artists. A true inspiration for me.

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    Nicolás Calabrese

    April 25, 2009 2:12 pm

    You guys should see the work of Marcelo Grassi.

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    Wow. The whole deviantART stars are here. ;D I like it.

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    Hello, this collection is amazing!

    Just want to recommend one more artist:
    Michael Heald @
    He’s very talented!

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    I think Dean Mckean, illustrator for some of Neil Gaiman’s work is worth mentioning here as well.

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    That doll gave me the chills as soon as I saw it.

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    Great article and showcase.

    But some parts of the text were quite hard to read because of broken English.

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    Hynek Zatloukal

    April 25, 2009 9:56 pm

    I love this sort of art! Especially the first two are awesome — playing with rainbows :)

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    Nice collection. The link to the Monk Art deviantart page is wrong, it is

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    Some really great work! Really like the almost surrealism of Peter Harrison’s work.

    Serene Studios


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