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    Rafa Alvarez

    Spanish illustrator Rafa Alvarez has an impressive selection of works on his website. I like the way he sometimes uses coloured ink lines, almost like those in many animated films. There are nice strokes in his lines too. He has a good knack for well thought out editorial illustrations as well as advertising posters and comic strips.

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    Jeremy Holmes

    A while back I bought a children’s book illustrated by Jeremy Holmes called ‘There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly’. It’s a great children’s book, full of textures and patterns and a clever ending (that I won’t spoil). So today, when I stumbled on Jeremy Holmes’ website I was delighted to find more of his work.

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    Becky Cloonan

    Illustrator and comic creator Becky Cloonan is potentially best know for her work on award-winning Pixu: The Mark of Evil, and her self-published comics Wolves (2011), and The Mire (2012). It was Cloonan’s mini comics, along with her collaboration with Brian Wood on Channel Zero, which gained her recognition from fellow illustrators and publishers alike. She has since gone on to work with Vertigo, Dark Horse, Harper Collins and Marvel. As a serial Brian Wood collaborator, they have worked on great titles such as Demo, Northlanders, and Conan The Barbarian. Even with her busy schedule nowadays, Cloonan has said she will still try to self-publish a new mini comic every year.

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    Manga Mondays ~ Akimiya

    Great work from promising young illustrator, Akimiya. Based in Canada and only 18 years of age, she is currently studying art, and draws mainly for fun. Which is unarguably how it should be!

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    Marloes de Vries

    Dutch illustrator Marloes de Vries started out working as a graphic designer and art director. In 2010 however, she took the brave decision to start working as an illustrator and has never looked back. She has illustrated books, magazines and all sorts of other things as well as exhibiting in both the UK and the Netherlands. Here’s a nice excerpt from her about page: