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Inspiring 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 World, 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 Whalen1 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 Poster2


Voltron Commission4


Raiders of the lost ark poster6


Darkstalkers: Lord Raptor8


Christopher Lee Link

Christopher Lee10 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 Medic


The Impossible Circus11


Candy Culture Magazine12




The Birdman from Gargantua14


Julian Dorado Link

Julian Dorado15 is an Argentina based illustrator and graphic designer who creates unique characters, cute animals, wild monsters, and various other font-inspired characters.

Type Apple Chancery16


Type Plantagenet Cherokee18


Type Meta Caps20


Chris Leavens Link

Chris Leavens22 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 Clearing23


We’re Up Here24


Behind Our House26


Mystical Bits27


At the Break of Day28


The Bowl Escapes29


Advice from a Caterpillar30


Zutto Link

Zutto 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 spring33


Blackberry cushion35


True love37


White Ghost


Hey, don’t be so evil39


Matthew Skiff Link

Matthew Skiff41 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 Liquorice42


The Shadow Conspiracy


I Wrestled A Bear Once43


I See Stars/Sumerian Records44


Yiying Lu Link

Yiying Lu45 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 Whale46




Foul Owl50




Yukio Miyamoto Link

Yukio Miyamoto54 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 La55 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 Studio56, the popular blog Web Designer Wall57, Design Jobs on the Wall, and Best Web Gallery58. He has recently launched a new website called IconDock59 that’s completely dedicated to icons.

Abstract Peacock60


Abstract Phoenix62




Koi Fish66


Web Designer Magazine Cover68




POGO Illustration72


Helen Huang Link

Helen Huang74 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 F77


Sun Flower79


Legend of Dragon81




Michael Heald Link

Micheal Heald85 is a passionate designer and diverse creative professional from the UK. His true passion and innovative outlet is his award-winning design studio Fully Illustrated86 where he offers creative services that include designing, branding, illustration, and 3-D motion graphics.

Orekol Miners87


Stone Skipper89


Stats Envy91


The Creative Unity Book93


The Monster95


Bondage Duck97




Susanne Paschke Link

Susanne Paschke101 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 Cosmetics102






Jonathan Ball Link

Jonathan Ball105 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 Monster106


The Great Panda Extinction107


Bear vs Man108


Jay is Games Poster109


Mushroom Graveyard110


Ryan Putnam, aka Rype Link

Ryan Putnam111 is an illustrative designer living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He runs Vectips112, a blog dedicated to vector illustrations and he does client work under Rype Arts113. 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 Park114


Wiggle Worm115


Cosmic City116


Stock Characters117


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 Preuß118 is a German Illustrator who is working as a freelance Illustrator under the name Bubblefriends119. He is known for creating cute characters and colorful vector illustrations.











X Mas127


Popcorn Cinema128


Jeff Finley Link

Jeff Finley129 is an illustrator based in Cleveland, Ohio. He is co-owner of Go Media130, a creative agency headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and is an entrepreneur that specializes in illustration, graphic design, and 3-D.



Pts Candy132




Halim Ghodbane Link

Halim Ghodbane135 is an amazing illustrator based in Algeria. You won’t believe your eyes when you see his work.



Citroen C6136




Rod Hunt Link

Rod Hunt138 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 Sub139




Hot Ice Creams143


Zombie Apocalypse!145


This kind of artwork is often created using Illustrator’s Gradient Mesh Tool, though not always. You’ll see that some of the artists create artwork with a fantastic level of detail, using many flat shapes. Illustrator is the most popular program for creating Hyperreal Vector art. Artists also use Flash and other vector programs as well.

Hyperreal Vector Artists Link

Cristiano Siqueira147
Chistiano is an accomplished illustrator from Brazil. He has multiple vector stylistic influences. He has some works in vexel styles, cartoon styles, realistic styles, hyperrealistic styles, and various mixtures of these. The work depicted below has a great deal of realism, but also brings in a feeling of fantasy. Here is a link to an Interview with Cristiano Siqueira, in case you want to learn more about the artist.

Chris Vector148

Giulia Balladore149
This illustrator is from Italy. Here is a link to an Interview with Giulia Balladore150, in case you want to learn more about the artist. In this interview the artist’s style is described, “my work has a huge hyper-realistic and fashion influence; chiefly I like to focus the human nature in each of my illustrations.”

Giulia Balladore151

Oleg Rogoznev152
This is a Russian artist with a really impressive craft when it comes to design of realistic vector images. His work takes on hyperreal qualities by focusing on extreme detail (see “The Flower” below, at the left hand side). In the “Still life” (below right) he uses subjective lighting. In the “Large eye” he captures realistic detail, while allowing some of hair and skin elements to show through as simplified vectors. You can visit his portfolio153 for further works.


Nuria Herrero155
This artist currently resides in Spain. She has a portfolio filled mostly with cartoon style realism. Though she also works in Hyperreal style on occasion, as can be seen from the selection of her work below.


Catherine Preston157
This artist is from the United Kingdom. She has a small selection of high quality vector portraiture. The top illustration is exemplary for her work. In the bottom illustration notice the choice of details in the image. Leaving out some of the texture in the iris of the eye gives a little bit of flatness to such a realistic image. Apparently, such kinds of artistic choices lead to stylistic effects.

Catherine Preston158

Chris Nielsen159
Chris is an illustrator from California, USA. He doesn’t use the Gradient Mesh tool. He prefers to create all that exquisite detail with a multitude of flat abstract vector shapes. He defines his style as “Stylized Realism.” In the motorcycle portraits below, he allows some unfilled vector lines to show through the design. They coexist with the shiny chrome details.


Joseph Ryan Nasipak161
Joseph is from Ohio, USA. He has used the Gradient Mesh Tool in some illustrations, but also uses blurs to good effect. The artist has the following to say about the top image, “This image was done with solid color fills, gradient fills, gausian blurs and opacity tints. No mesh.”


Eric Gushee163
Gushee is from West Virginia, USA. Most of his vector work is done in a flat shape gradient style. The pieces below show that he also works in a Hyperreal style. The top image and the image at the bottom left look as if they were made with gradient meshes. The image at the bottom right is more in line with his flatter style.


Patrick Kerby165
This artist is from Ontario, Canada. He has a large photography collection. Vector illustration is more of a hobby for him. He recreated Spiderman from a poster in the large image below using Gradient Meshes in Illustrator.


Mark Westberg167
This artist is from Minnesota, USA. He has an interest in motorcycles, airplanes, and nudes. They are all created in vector, but have an airbrushed painted quality applied to them. Especially the airplane images below. They have a hyperreal detail, while using depth of field, and blur techniques to simulate motion. Look at the blur on the propeller at the bottom right. The artist also creates atmospheric lighting with the sunset backgrounds. The motorcycle is made from flat shapes. If you look at the left rim you can see where some noticeable shapes were left.


This artist is from Poland. Her portfolio displays a range of work including Vexel stylization, Vector Cartoon, and Hyperreal. She mixes these styles in her work. Each image has areas of different stylization. In the large image, you can see how the flat vector jacket contrasts the realism of the woman depicted in the image.


Todd Mac171
This artist resides in Norway. He has a mixed style, which combines realism and flat vector graphics. The top image is titled Copertone Girl. The lighting and detail in this image have Hyperreal qualities. The face in the image is done with the Gradient Mesh Tool in Illustrator. Of course, the artist also mixes some flat vector graphics as well, like in the strands of hair and background.


Hyperrealism is an art movement which requires the same level of technical ability as photorealistic illustration. While Hyperrealism brings a similar level of skill to images, this style allows the artist to creatively interpret an image. In Hyperrealism artists utilize ethereal lighting effects, depth of field techniques, and camera style perspective to depict the images. They create images that are imaginatively realistic.

Often artists that work in Hyperrealism have other interests as well. These vary by subject matter and style. Some of the artists listed below are interested in Vexel styles, Digitalization, Classic Airbrush Painting, and have been influenced by a myriad of other styles. We’ve included work that ranges from strong Hyperrealism to work that is more a stylization of reality.

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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

    Robbe Robbe

    March 4, 2010 3:15 am

    Susanne Paschke and Jonathan Ball really impressed me!
    Great artwork

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    Tidy Design

    March 4, 2010 3:35 am

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

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

  4. 4

    Nice works!! enjoyed it alot

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    Jamal Walsh

    March 4, 2010 3:53 am

    Great collection, very inspiring… thanks…

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    jared thompson

    March 4, 2010 3:54 am

    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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    Drew Clarke

    March 4, 2010 4:37 am

    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.

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    Emelia Prefson

    March 4, 2010 5:12 am

    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!!)

  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!

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    jonathan ball

    March 4, 2010 6:43 am

    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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