Top 5 favourite illustrators/artists!



  • 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



  • @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 ๐Ÿ™‚ . 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.



  • 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 ๐Ÿ˜œ

    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!



  • @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.



  • What all of these lists tell me is that I am woefully lacking in my education when it comes to illustrators. I need to print out all of these lists and start expanding my acquaintance with people in the field. Thanks everyone.



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

    even if my drawings don't reflect it that much as this point. I'm still figuring things out.

    Same here, same here. It's hard but we will figure out our own voices โค



  • @demotlj I feel the same! I have never heard of most of them,but I am happy to find find out about them and expand



  • @hannahmccaffery I have to add one to my list as it's something I've just recently discovered, while I've been researching the history of comics. And that's 8-Deer "Tigerโ€™s Claw" from The Codex Nuttall. It's a historical illustrated story about a Hero King from around AD 700 set in the Oaxaca Valley. Don't know who the artist is. It's an amazing panoramic layout - a long comic book. I just love all the vibrant colours, shapes, symbols and the profile character style.



  • I want to add a few more too:

    ๐Ÿ˜ƒ love looking at all these other artists that you've all mentioned too!



  • These sometimes change but the 5 I probably follow the most are as follows (in no particular ranking):

    -Brian Cook- very cartoony style, but has made a name for himself drawing butts on things.

    -Alex Pardee- this guy has been around for a while and I've only recently discovered him. Very disturbing yet colorful style.

    -Eric Powell- created "the goon" comic series and draws with fairly profound thick lines. Excels at drawing imperfections in people.

    -Matt Inmann- the webtoonist known as "the oatmeal". Draws in basic shapes but has fairly recognizable work.

    -Chris Notbusch- this one is a bit of a curve ball, as he is a sculptor not an illustrator... But his attention to detail in texturing and anatomy is pretty awesome.