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Beautiful Illustrator Artworks By Artists Around The World


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 Link

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


Voltron Commission5


Raiders of the lost ark poster7


Darkstalkers: Lord Raptor9


Christopher Lee Link

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


The Impossible Circus13


Candy Culture Magazine14




The Birdman from Gargantua16


Julian Dorado Link

Julian Dorado17 is an Argentina based illustrator and graphic designer who creates unique characters, cute animals, wild monsters, and various other font-inspired characters.

Type Apple Chancery18


Type Plantagenet Cherokee20


Type Meta Caps22


Chris Leavens Link

Chris Leavens24 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 Clearing25


We’re Up Here26


Behind Our House28


Mystical Bits29


At the Break of Day30


The Bowl Escapes31


Advice from a Caterpillar32


Zutto Link

Zutto33 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.



The magic spring36


Blackberry cushion38


True love40


White Ghost42


Hey, don’t be so evil43


Matthew Skiff Link

Matthew Skiff45 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 Liquorice46


The Shadow Conspiracy47


I Wrestled A Bear Once48


I See Stars/Sumerian Records49


Yiying Lu Link

Yiying Lu50 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 Whale51




Foul Owl55




Yukio Miyamoto Link

Yukio Miyamoto59 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 Instrument






Nick La Link

Nick La60 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 Studio61, the popular blog Web Designer Wall62, Design Jobs on the Wall, and Best Web Gallery63. He has recently launched a new website called IconDock64 that’s completely dedicated to icons.

Abstract Peacock65


Abstract Phoenix67




Koi Fish71


Web Designer Magazine Cover73




POGO Illustration77


Helen Huang Link

Helen Huang79 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.



Princess F82


Sun Flower84


Legend of Dragon86




Michael Heald Link

Micheal Heald90 is a passionate designer and diverse creative professional from the UK. His true passion and innovative outlet is his award-winning design studio Fully Illustrated91 where he offers creative services that include designing, branding, illustration, and 3-D motion graphics.

Orekol Miners92


Stone Skipper94


Stats Envy96


The Creative Unity Book98


The Monster100


Bondage Duck102




Susanne Paschke Link

Susanne Paschke106 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 Cosmetics107






Jonathan Ball Link

Jonathan Ball110 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 Monster111


The Great Panda Extinction


Bear vs Man112


Jay is Games Poster113


Mushroom Graveyard


Ryan Putnam, aka Rype Link

Ryan Putnam114 is an illustrative designer living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He runs Vectips115, a blog dedicated to vector illustrations and he does client work under Rype Arts116. 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 Park117


Wiggle Worm118


Cosmic City119


Stock Characters120


Rubens Cantuni Link

Rubens Cantuni 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 Attitude


Le Desordre, c’est moi




Economy is a robbery


I Love LDN




Sascha Preuß Link

Sascha Preuß121 is a German Illustrator who is working as a freelance Illustrator under the name Bubblefriends122. He is known for creating cute characters and colorful vector illustrations.











X Mas130


Popcorn Cinema131


Jeff Finley Link

Jeff Finley132 is an illustrator based in Cleveland, Ohio. He is co-owner of Go Media133, a creative agency headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and is an entrepreneur that specializes in illustration, graphic design, and 3-D.



Pts Candy135




Halim Ghodbane Link

Halim Ghodbane138 is an amazing illustrator based in Algeria. You won’t believe your eyes when you see his work.



Citroen C6141




Rod Hunt Link

Rod Hunt145 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 Sub146




Hot Ice Creams150


Zombie Apocalypse!152


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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, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

  1. 1

    Susanne Paschke and Jonathan Ball really impressed me!
    Great artwork

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    Nice works!! enjoyed it alot

  5. 5

    Great collection, very inspiring… thanks…

  6. 6

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

  7. 7

    “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.

  9. 9

    wonderful! thanks for the enjoyable post!

  10. 10

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

  11. 11

    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.

  12. 12

    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

  13. 13

    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!

    • 14

      @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!!)

  14. 17

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

  15. 18

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

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    Great different styles I love it!

  17. 20

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



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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!

  24. 28

    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.

  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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