Top 5 favourite illustrators/artists!



  • Hello all!
    So I thought I'd start a little thread about everyone's top 5 favourite illustrators at the moment! Either the old classics like Beatrix Potter, Quentin Blake etc, or any current illustrators that you follow on social media.
    Who's work inspires you or is inspiring you at the moment? I always find new artists work when I ask other people this, which is always a good thing! I've decided to list my favourite illustrators on social media at the moment, as they all deserve a shout out πŸ™‚
    My top 5 at the moment are:
    1: Ben Mantle (his latest book Little Red Reading Hood is incredibly beautiful) www.benmantle.co.uk
    2: Ellie Snowdon (her line work is so charming) www.elliesnowdon.co.uk
    3: Benji Davies (His use of colour is simple but brilliant) www.benjidavies.com
    4: Tim Budgen (his work always makes me smile) www.timbudgen.com
    5: Rhi Moxon (my Uni friend who's work is inspired by her travels and is very quirky but so unique) www.rhimoxon.com or she's on IG as @rhimoxon

    Look forward to hearing everyone else's favourites πŸ™‚



  • @hannahmccaffery

    Out of your list I Iike Tim Budgen. πŸ™‚

    I am still making up mine, and though I think it will keep changing once I get a set I will share. Thanks it's a GREAT idea.



  • @hannahmccaffery Yes nice one. That got me thinking and good for a little art viewing break. My top 5 including my favorite works by them:
    1 Frank Miller - 300 and Sin City
    2 Malika Favre - A Bigger Splash and everything else she makes
    3 Bryan Talbot - The Adventures of Luther Arkwright
    4 Dave McKean - The Sandman (covers)
    5 Vanessa Lemen - recently discovered her dreamy epic art on instagram.



  • I have way way many and varied and they also change so it's not a top top top but a top 🐲

    Beatrice Alemagna
    Shaun Tan
    Maria Chiara di Giorgio
    Andrea Serio
    Okada Chiaki

    but also
    Isabelle Arsenault
    Pablo Auladel
    Lisbeth Zwerger
    Oamul Lu
    Simone Rea
    Ib Spang Olsen

    see? :)))) a lot of them really and way way more. I try to learn from all. Can't link them up now cause i have to run



    1. David Wiesner. It's really sad that he's my favorite and I couldn't think of his name to save my life.
    2. Leo and Diane Dillon, although Leo passed away several years ago.
    3. J. Gandy on Instagram. His work always brings a smile to my face. (www.youhaveawildimagination.com)
    4. Judy Schachner had me sold the instant I saw Skippyjon Jones in the bookstore.
    5. VixieArts on Instagram.




  • Fun thread! I notice a lot of the above picks are Children's oriented illustrator... but I'll throw in a few concept art-y and comics people because that's my jam πŸ™‚ There are soooo many artists that I love, so I'm just picking 5 that I'm looking at a lot right now:



  • @sigross I love Malika Favre's work too and wow I've just looked up Vanessa Lemen and her work is beautiful!
    @irina It's so hard to just pick 5 isn't it? hehe! I'm a fan of Shaun Tan's work too, is Mariachiara di Giorgio the illustrator of Professional Crocodile? That book is on my 'to buy' list at the moment! Okada Chiaki's work is beautiful, i adore traditional illustration like that.
    @twiggyt I love David Wiesner's 'Tuesday' book, it's so unique and random!
    @cgordon I like Joe Todd-stanton's work too! I really like the look of Yvan Duque's work aswell.
    @robgale I like Stephane Wootha Richard's use of light and Bobby Chiu's work is so brilliantly weird and cool lol!



  • @hannahmccaffery said in Top 5 favourite illustrators/artists!:

    is Mariachiara di Giorgio the illustrator of Professional Crocodile

    Yes, that's exactly right. I love her work πŸ™‚



  • @hannahmccaffery If you read ImagineFX magazine, in the last issue on Character Design there's an artist profile on Venessa Lemen about the whole process of her shape-shifting mark making. It's well good. Worth checking out. You can get ImagineFX mag on Readly app (magazine version of netflix).



  • Cool Thread, mine would be

    1.Beatrice Blue - colour work is awesome
    2.Mary Blair - just an amazing artist and great colour work
    3.Dice Tsutsumi - I did the colour and light course on schoolism, his painting approach is so cool.
    4.Peter De Seve - character designs are beautiful
    5.Bobby Chiu - characters, paintings and generally great attitude - his videos and streams are always very informative.

    oh also Stephen Silver


  • SVS OG

    @irina I have noticed that we have very similar taste! Do you have a particular connection with Italy? I've noticed that you have several Italian illustrators and Simone Rea in particular is popular here.

    Will post my own list later...this thread is interesting and we can learn a lot from one another!



  • @lauraa No, only in that i am Romanian and the Romans came to Dacia, present day Romania, in the year 101AD (which war is on the column of Trajan wee) and so Romanian sounds like Italian in many ways and we are both in Europe. :))
    No, no other particular connection apart from that really, but i really love European illustrators and a few very particular types of illustrations and styles. I love things all over the map and have a huge array of illustrators i like, but i tend to look at certain aesthetics that i resonate deeply with.



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  • @hannahmccaffery

    Well this is my ever changing under construction list of more than 5 πŸ™‚ . I don't necessarily like all of each of their works but some of them I do. I have only gone and analysed Chuck Groenink's illustrations. I hope to shorten this list and this list is primarily for Children's Illustrations. I have others for Environment, Character and Concept Art but anyways, thanks.

    1. Chuck Groenink http://www.chuckgroenink.com/
    2. Corey R. Tabober http://www.coreyrtabor.com/
    3. Phung Nguyen Quang and Huyh Kim Lien "The First Journey" Book https://medium.com/@RoomtoRead/for-international-literacy-day-meet-two-young-vietnamese-authors-who-created-an-award-winning-cee5bcebcafa
    4. Corey Godbey http://corygodbey.com/
    5. Kim Min Ji http://www.ki204.com/
    6. Carine Hinder http://carinehinder.wixsite.com/carine
    7. Rob Kaz (artist) "Friends Along the Way" https://www.robkazart.com/
    8. Jane Chapman https://www.chapmanandwarnes.com/jane-chapman/
    9. Quentin Greban http://quentingreban.be/
    10. Dina Norlund "Illustrations" https://www.dinanorlund.com/


  • @irina Oh, Ib Spang Olsen is AMAZING and Lisbeth Zwerger has always been one of my top favs too! Awesome to see someone with similiar interests!



  • I don't even know that it is fair to ONLY pick five.

    The ones I am obsessed with AT THE MOMENT are:

    1. Clive Hicks Jenkins (especially his maquettes)
    2. Eleanor Davis
    3. Jillian Tamaki
    4. Julia Sarda
    5. Elle Mckay

    Perennial Favs:

    1. Dave Mckean
    2. Paul O Zelinsky
    3. Carson Ellis
    4. Adam Rex
    5. Theodore Kittleson


  • I always liked Bill Sienkiewicz for his expressive lines and bold movement even if his stuff is sometimes too gothic for my tastes. I also like Art Adams. I am learning newer artists, but no faves, yet.


  • SVS OG

    Here are some of my top contemporary illustration favorites:

    Sydney Smith
    Beatrice Alemagna
    Lisbeth Zwerger
    Yuko Shimizu
    Dani Torrent/Isabelle Arsenault/Daniel Miyares/Shaun Tan

    I think I just cheated by putting four at the end 😜

    Some illustrators that I have liked since I was a child are Trina Schart Hyman, Tasha Tudor and Edward Ardizzone. I'm sure there are others that I am forgetting!

    I'm going to look up all your favorites as well. If you guys like them, there must be a good reason!


  • SVS OG

    @irina Ok! There are a lot of Romanians here in Italy, so I have already figured out that the languages are very similar. And I will check out any illustrators on your list that I don't know, because it seems like we have similar taste, even if my drawings don't reflect it that much as this point. I'm still figuring things out.


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