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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!

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

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 Whalen6 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 Poster7

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Voltron Commission9

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Raiders of the lost ark poster11

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Darkstalkers: Lord Raptor13

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Christopher Lee Link

Christopher Lee15 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

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The Impossible Circus16

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Candy Culture Magazine17

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Musimals18

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The Birdman from Gargantua19

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Julian Dorado Link

Julian Dorado20 is an Argentina based illustrator and graphic designer who creates unique characters, cute animals, wild monsters, and various other font-inspired characters.

Type Apple Chancery21

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Type Plantagenet Cherokee23

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Type Meta Caps25

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Chris Leavens Link

Chris Leavens27 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 Clearing28

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We’re Up Here29

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Behind Our House31

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Mystical Bits32

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At the Break of Day33

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The Bowl Escapes34

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Advice from a Caterpillar35

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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.

Tundra36

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The magic spring38

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Blackberry cushion40

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True love42

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White Ghost

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Hey, don’t be so evil44

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Matthew Skiff Link

Matthew Skiff46 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 Liquorice47

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The Shadow Conspiracy

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I Wrestled A Bear Once48

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I See Stars/Sumerian Records49

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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

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Serendipity53

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Foul Owl55

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Birds57

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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

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Camera

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Car

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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

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Abstract Phoenix67

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Flow69

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Koi Fish71

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Web Designer Magazine Cover73

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Sakura75

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POGO Illustration77

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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.

Icecream80

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Princess F82

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Sun Flower84

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Legend of Dragon86

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Dreamcatcher88

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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

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Stone Skipper94

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Stats Envy96

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The Creative Unity Book98

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The Monster100

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Bondage Duck102

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Puffr104

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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

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Unico108

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Vectorbeauties109

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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

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The Great Panda Extinction112

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Bear vs Man113

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Jay is Games Poster114

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Mushroom Graveyard115

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Ryan Putnam, aka Rype Link

Ryan Putnam116 is an illustrative designer living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He runs Vectips117, a blog dedicated to vector illustrations and he does client work under Rype Arts118. 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 Park119

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Wiggle Worm120

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Cosmic City121

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Stock Characters122

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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

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Le Desordre, c’est moi

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Heist

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Economy is a robbery

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I Love LDN

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Masks

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Sascha Preuß Link

Sascha Preuß123 is a German Illustrator who is working as a freelance Illustrator under the name Bubblefriends124. He is known for creating cute characters and colorful vector illustrations.

Rainbowfriend125

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Unexpected126

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Vectorguru128

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Weihnachten129

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Icecreamfriends130

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X Mas132

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Popcorn Cinema133

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Jeff Finley Link

Jeff Finley134 is an illustrator based in Cleveland, Ohio. He is co-owner of Go Media135, a creative agency headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and is an entrepreneur that specializes in illustration, graphic design, and 3-D.

Caliban136

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Pts Candy137

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Fest7139

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Halim Ghodbane Link

Halim Ghodbane140 is an amazing illustrator based in Algeria. You won’t believe your eyes when you see his work.

Losha

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Citroen C6141

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BB3X

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Rod Hunt Link

Rod Hunt143 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 Sub

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Tokyo

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Hot Ice Creams

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Zombie Apocalypse!

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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 Siqueira144
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 Vector145

Giulia Balladore146
This illustrator is from Italy. Here is a link to an Interview with Giulia Balladore147, 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 Balladore148

Oleg Rogoznev149
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 portfolio150 for further works.

Oleg151

Nuria Herrero152
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.

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Catherine Preston154
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 Preston155

Chris Nielsen156
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.

Nielsen157

Joseph Ryan Nasipak158
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.”

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Eric Gushee160
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.

Gushee161

Patrick Kerby162
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.

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Mark Westberg164
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.

Westberg165

Jussta166
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.

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Todd Mac168
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.

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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.

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/03/drawing-a-cartoon-in-illustrator/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/09/create-water-lily-illustrator/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2017/01/illustrating-animals-13-circles-drawing-tutorial-challenge/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/09/back-to-school-with-40-excellent-adobe-illustrator-tutorials/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/11/35-incredible-digital-painting-tutorials/
  6. 6 http://strongstuff.net/
  7. 7 http://vector.tutsplus.com/articles/news/making-of-robot-earth-3009-typographic-illustration-vector-plus-tutorial/
  8. 8 http://strongstuff.net/
  9. 9 http://strongstuff.deviantart.com/art/voltron-commission-141895943
  10. 10 http://strongstuff.deviantart.com/art/voltron-commission-141895943
  11. 11 http://strongstuff.deviantart.com/art/raiders-of-the-lost-ark-poster-144700866
  12. 12 http://strongstuff.deviantart.com/art/raiders-of-the-lost-ark-poster-144700866
  13. 13 http://strongstuff.deviantart.com/art/darkstalkers-lord-raptor-127590750
  14. 14 http://strongstuff.deviantart.com/art/darkstalkers-lord-raptor-127590750
  15. 15 http://www.thebeastisback.com/
  16. 16 http://www.thebeastisback.com/
  17. 17 http://www.thebeastisback.com
  18. 18 http://www.thebeastisback.com
  19. 19 http://www.thebeastisback.com/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/typefaces
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/typefaces/3202115235/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/typefaces/3202115235/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/typefaces/3342684503/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/typefaces/3342684503/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/typefaces/2818970923/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/typefaces/2818970923/
  27. 27 http://www.chrisleavens.com/
  28. 28 http://www.chrisleavens.com
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisleavens/4178712295/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisleavens/4178712295/
  31. 31 http://www.chrisleavens.com/
  32. 32 http://www.chrisleavens.com/
  33. 33 http://www.chrisleavens.com/
  34. 34 http://www.chrisleavens.com/
  35. 35 http://www.chrisleavens.com/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/orange_zutto/4021175297/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/orange_zutto/4021175297/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/orange_zutto/4052819904/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/orange_zutto/4052819904/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/orange_zutto/4050573890/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/orange_zutto/4050573890/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/orange_zutto/3575801428/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/orange_zutto/3575801428/
  44. 44 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Hey-dont-be-so-evil/228976
  45. 45 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Hey-dont-be-so-evil/228976
  46. 46 http://www.ithew.com/
  47. 47 http://www.ithew.com/
  48. 48 http://www.ithew.com/
  49. 49 http://www.ithew.com/
  50. 50 http://yiyinglu.com/
  51. 51 http://yiyinglu.com/sc/illustration
  52. 52 http://yiyinglu.com/sc/illustration
  53. 53 http://yiyinglu.com/sc/illustration/serendipity
  54. 54 http://yiyinglu.com/sc/illustration/serendipity
  55. 55 http://yiyinglu.com/sc/illustration
  56. 56 http://yiyinglu.com/sc/illustration
  57. 57 http://yiyinglu.com/sc/illustration
  58. 58 http://yiyinglu.com/sc/illustration
  59. 59 http://www.bekkoame.ne.jp/~yukio-m/intro/
  60. 60 http://twitter.com/NICKLA
  61. 61 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/
  62. 62 http://www.webdesignerwall.com/
  63. 63 http://bestwebgallery.com/
  64. 64 http://icondock.com/
  65. 65 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/portfolio/illustration/abstract-peacock
  66. 66 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/portfolio/illustration/abstract-peacock
  67. 67 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/portfolio/illustration/abstract-phoenix
  68. 68 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/portfolio/illustration/abstract-phoenix
  69. 69 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/portfolio/illustration/flow
  70. 70 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/portfolio/illustration/flow
  71. 71 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/portfolio/illustration/koi-fish
  72. 72 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/portfolio/illustration/koi-fish
  73. 73 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/portfolio/illustration/web-designer-magazine-cover
  74. 74 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/portfolio/illustration/web-designer-magazine-cover
  75. 75 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/portfolio/illustration/sakura
  76. 76 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/portfolio/illustration/sakura
  77. 77 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/portfolio/illustration/pogo-illustration
  78. 78 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/portfolio/illustration/pogo-illustration
  79. 79 http://helen-huang.com/
  80. 80 http://cqcat.deviantart.com/art/Icecream-138747147
  81. 81 http://cqcat.deviantart.com/art/Icecream-138747147
  82. 82 http://cqcat.deviantart.com/art/Princess-F-135748054
  83. 83 http://cqcat.deviantart.com/art/Princess-F-135748054
  84. 84 http://cqcat.deviantart.com/art/Sun-Flower-122852989
  85. 85 http://cqcat.deviantart.com/art/Sun-Flower-122852989
  86. 86 http://cqcat.deviantart.com/art/Legend-of-Dragon-117944766
  87. 87 http://cqcat.deviantart.com/art/Legend-of-Dragon-117944766
  88. 88 http://cqcat.deviantart.com/art/Dreamcatcher-129562825
  89. 89 http://cqcat.deviantart.com/art/Dreamcatcher-129562825
  90. 90 http://twitter.com/michaelheald
  91. 91 http://www.fullyillustrated.com/
  92. 92 http://www.fullyillustrated.com/portfolio/illustration/#post-708
  93. 93 http://www.fullyillustrated.com/portfolio/illustration/#post-708
  94. 94 http://stoneskipper.com/
  95. 95 http://stoneskipper.com/
  96. 96 http://www.fullyillustrated.com/portfolio/illustration/#post-186
  97. 97 http://www.fullyillustrated.com/portfolio/illustration/#post-186
  98. 98 http://www.fullyillustrated.com/portfolio/illustration/#post-509
  99. 99 http://www.fullyillustrated.com/portfolio/illustration/#post-509
  100. 100 http://www.fullyillustrated.com/portfolio/illustration/#post-510
  101. 101 http://www.fullyillustrated.com/portfolio/illustration/#post-510
  102. 102 http://www.fullyillustrated.com/portfolio/illustration/#post-725
  103. 103 http://www.fullyillustrated.com/portfolio/illustration/#post-725
  104. 104 http://www.fullyillustrated.com/portfolio/illustration/#post-556
  105. 105 http://www.fullyillustrated.com/portfolio/illustration/#post-556
  106. 106 http://www.susannepaschke.de/
  107. 107 http://www.susannepaschke.de/
  108. 108 http://www.susannepaschke.de/
  109. 109 http://www.susannepaschke.de/
  110. 110 http://www.pokedstudio.com/
  111. 111 http://www.pokedstudio.com/
  112. 112 http://www.pokedstudio.com/
  113. 113 http://www.pokedstudio.com/
  114. 114 http://www.pokedstudio.com/
  115. 115 http://www.pokedstudio.com/
  116. 116 http://twitter.com/RypeArts
  117. 117 http://vectips.com/
  118. 118 http://rypearts.com/
  119. 119 http://ryanputn.am/
  120. 120 http://ryanputn.am/
  121. 121 http://ryanputn.am/
  122. 122 http://ryanputn.am/
  123. 123 http://twitter.com/bubblefriends
  124. 124 http://www.bubblefriends.de
  125. 125 http://www.bubblefriends.de
  126. 126 http://www.bubblefriends.de/blog2/?p=212
  127. 127 http://www.bubblefriends.de/blog2/?p=212
  128. 128 http://www.bubblefriends.de
  129. 129 http://www.bubblefriends.de
  130. 130 http://www.bubblefriends.de/blog/?p=407
  131. 131 http://www.bubblefriends.de/blog/?p=407
  132. 132 http://www.bubblefriends.de
  133. 133 http://www.bubblefriends.de
  134. 134 http://www.jefffinley.org/
  135. 135 http://www.gomedia.us/
  136. 136 http://gomedia.us
  137. 137 http://gomedia.us
  138. 138 http://gomedia.us
  139. 139 http://gomedia.us
  140. 140 http://www.arabezier.com/
  141. 141 http://www.illustratorworld.com/artwork/1177/
  142. 142 http://www.illustratorworld.com/artwork/1177/
  143. 143 http://www.rodhunt.com/illustration/
  144. 144 http://www.crisvector.com/
  145. 145 http://www.crisvector.com/
  146. 146 http://www.juniatwork.com/
  147. 147 http://www.creativebehavior.com/index.php?PID=132
  148. 148 http://www.juniatwork.com/
  149. 149 http://alegas1360.illustratorworld.com/
  150. 150 http://www.artlib.ru/index.php?id=11&fp=2&uid=2194
  151. 151 http://alegas1360.illustratorworld.com/
  152. 152 http://nuria.deviantart.com
  153. 153 http://nuria.deviantart.com
  154. 154 http://www.flickr.com/photos/designgeek/
  155. 155 http://www.flickr.com/photos/designgeek/
  156. 156 http://www.pentoolart.com
  157. 157 http://www.pentoolart.com
  158. 158 http://JosephRyan.illustratorworld.com/
  159. 159 http://JosephRyan.illustratorworld.com/
  160. 160 http://www.gushee.com/
  161. 161 http://www.gushee.com/
  162. 162 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kerbydesign/sets/72057594062072055/
  163. 163 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kerbydesign/sets/72057594062072055/
  164. 164 http://eagle1.illustratorworld.com/
  165. 165 http://eagle1.illustratorworld.com/
  166. 166 http://jussta.deviantart.com/gallery/
  167. 167 http://jussta.deviantart.com/gallery/
  168. 168 http://adriantodd.deviantart.com/
  169. 169 http://adriantodd.deviantart.com/

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    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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  3. 3

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

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  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.

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    wonderful! thanks for the enjoyable post!

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    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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    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!!)

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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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    jonathan ball

    March 4, 2010 6:43 am

    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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    Fedor Karmanov

    March 4, 2010 9:14 am

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

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    Julian Lang

    March 4, 2010 9:14 am

    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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    Chris Leavens

    March 4, 2010 9:52 am

    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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    George Coghill

    March 4, 2010 10:03 am

    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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    Tom Something

    March 4, 2010 11:11 am

    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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    Matthew Skiff

    March 4, 2010 12:56 pm

    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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    Helen Huang

    March 4, 2010 2:54 pm

    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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    Justin Carroll

    March 4, 2010 5:12 pm

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

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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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  38. 42

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

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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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    Design Kurve

    March 4, 2010 9:44 pm

    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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    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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  45. 49

    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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  48. 52

    Now that’s an eye-full this morning!

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

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  49. 53

    Some of these are stunning.

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    Michael Heald

    March 5, 2010 7:43 am

    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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    Andrei Verner

    March 5, 2010 10:01 am

    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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    Great collection.

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    Julian Dorado

    March 6, 2010 6:31 pm

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

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    raymondralibi

    March 6, 2010 8:15 pm

    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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    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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    agne nananai

    March 10, 2010 5:34 am

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

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

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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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    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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    Cool and nice:)))

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    the magic spring- love it!!

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  68. 73

    Nice Work.These people are really talanted.

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  69. 74

    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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  72. 77

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

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  73. 78

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

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  74. 79

    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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    great! I learned a lot!!

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