11 inspiring illustrators – illustration inspiration

I am always looking for inspiration. Inspiration is everywhere to be found; if you know where to look. You can find it in song lyrics, when you take a walk outside or in a recent happening in your own live. Inspiration is everywhere. Other illustrators can be a source of inspiration too. When you search on the Internet you can find talented artist in no time. This blog post will become to long when I write about every illustrator who’s work I like. But I would love to share some amazing illustrators with you.

Amélié Fléchais

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A French illustrator, she illustrates comic books and picture books. She also works as a Visual Developer in the animation branch. She has made some awesome concept art for the animation movie Song of the Sea. I finally got the artbook of that movie. It is so cool. In their style they work with textures and ‘sketchy lines’ in a way I like to use it as well.

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This artbook is available on the website of Cartoon Saloon.

Website Amélié Fléchais

Barbara Canepa

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Writer, editor and illustrator. I know her work mostly from her comic book ‘End’. There is still one volume of it (can’t wait till the release for the next one) and I absolutely love her style. It’s a Victorian style mixed with Gothic and Dark Romance. Another comic book series of hers is Sky Doll.

Website/Blog Barabara Canepa

Benjamin Lacombe

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One of the first illustrators that made me buy one of his books. It was just to pretty to let it go. He is a French author and illustrator, born in Paris. Nice fact; he has two dogs that are always appearing in his illustrations in some way. There are two books of him I can really recommend. ‘Ondine’ and ‘The garden fairies’. The first book is a story about a waternymph and the second book is an encyclopedia of a garden with magical creatures. The books have pages of chalk paper. This is semi see-through paper. He uses it to create layers in an illustration, very cool!

Website Benjamin Lacombe

Carine-M & Élian Black’Mor

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This duo works together a lot as graphic designers, writers and illustrators. Their work is mostly in the theme Fantasy & Weird. You can see a lot of influences by Victorian and Dark Romantic styles. I have some of their books and I think their work is really inspiring.

Website Carine-M
Website Elian Black’Mor

Chris Riddell

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Chris Riddell is a British illustrator. I found one of his book ‘The Sleeper and the Spindle’ in a bookshop in Scotland. The cover of this book got my attention immediately. It is a cover with an extra layer of chalk paper. It creates a layer effect. I also really like his line work. The way he uses lines is very unique. He really builds his illustration with lines. The style of this book is Gothic/Dark Romantic so that’s cool too.

Website Chris Riddell

David García Forés

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I don’t know if he has an portfolio website, I couldn’t find it. He is an illustrator and Art Director at iClassics, located in Barcelona. I found his work  by a Kickstarter project. He made a completely illustrated book with stories from Edgar Allan Poe titled ‘Ravings of love & death’.

His books are available by Playattitude.com

Lisa Aisato

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A Norwegian writer and illustrator. She made several picture books. Her works often contains surrealistic elements and I like how that works for her and her style.

Website Lisa Aisato

Lois van Baarle

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A Dutch illustrator that has lived all over the world. She draws digital and I think her art is at an amazing level. Her conceptwork is great, also the way she uses light and colors. Some time ago she released an artbook where she writes a lot about her work and how she works, including a lot of tips!

Website Loish

Rebecca Dautremer

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A well-known French illustrator. I have some of her illustrated books in my bookcase. One I really like is ‘the small theatre of Rebecca’. This is a very delicate book, completely illustrated but also carved elements. There are lots of tiny elements that are cut. The book shows the stage of a theatre and the by the elements that are cut the scenes change all the time. Very impressive. Not a book for small children, it’s very delicate. Another beautiful book is her version of Alice in Wonderland. I absolutely love that fairytale and I think her version of it is cool. The book is big, so you have really something to hold hihi.

Website Rebecca Dautremer

Tim Burton

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In this list I can’t leave him out: Tim Burton. An American illustrator, film director and producer. He has an predilection for cartoons, horror and Edgar Allan Poe. In his own work you see a lot of influences by dark humor, gothic styles and references to cartoon/horror.

Website Tim Burton

Valeria Docampo

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An illustrator born in Argentina. She uses analog and digital techniques in her work. She is inspired by all sorts of things from everyday life. One of her picture books I really like is ‘The valley of the rolling mills’ (translated the title from Dutch).

Website Valeria Docampo

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