1. Johannes Voss

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    German freelance illustrator and digital painter Johannes Voss has a remarkable portfolio. His styles range from the photo-realistic to fantasy. He has created artwork for Wizards of the Coast’s and Magic: The Gathering trading card games. Voss’s work is very polished and his draftsmanship exudes skill. I have always been partial to illustrations that are a little rough around the edges, so I particularly like some of his preliminary work, where he is a bit looser with the brush. visit his blog and DeviantArt page to see more of his work.

  2. Neil Webb

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    Neil is based in the UK and recently completed his post-graduate studies at Central St Martins. His clients include BBC, M&C Saatchi, The Financial Times, Sony and Virgin Atlantic. I really like the clever way Neil plays with contrast in his work. Every piece on his website portfolio is really well thought out. He really has a lot of excellent work, so head on over; ideas and inspiration galore!

  3. Manga Mondays ~ Deland Fox

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    Deland Fox consists of two members, Deland Liu and Fox Su, both hailing from China. Deland Fox’s illustrations are highly inspired by nature, with birds, animals, fish and plant-life featuring in many pieces. The technique is admirable, with traditional media used to create the delicate colour scheme.

    See plenty more on their Deviant Art page. Enjoy!

  4. Robert Valley

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    I have been a long-time fan of Robert Valley’s work, ever since that fateful day in Gosh Comics when I stumbled on his Massive Swerve books. Born In Vancouver, Valley studied animation, before moving to San Francisco. Whilst in San Francisco, he opened up his own company called Maverix studios. Robert Valley has worked on lots of high-profile animation including Beatles rock band (as animation director), Tron Uprising (as character designer and episodic director) and many Gorillaz music videos and shorts (as director and animation director). He has recently received kickstarter funding to publish his latest Massive Swerve book, which features part 2 of Pear Cider and cigarettes graphic novel.

    Those familiar with Robert Valley’s work will instantly think of his dramatic angles and exaggerated perspective, which of course, he does brilliantly. My personal favourite Valley trademark technique is his excellent use of first person perspective, which he often deploys for narrative emphasis. You can keep up with Robert Valley over on his blog.

  5. Julian Totino Tedesco

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    Julian Totino Tedesco began working in comics in 2009 illustrating interiors and covers for smaller publishers like BOOM! Studios and Kickstart Comics. Since 2011 Tedesco began working for Marvel Comics on titles including Venom: Circle of Four, Uncanny X-Force, Northanger Abbey, and Season One.

    His characters are beaming with emotion, and his colour pallets perfectly set the right moods. Tedesco’s painted covers are absolutely stunning. His short, thick stroked brush marks remind me very much of impressionist paintings. To be wowed by more of Tedesco’s work check out his deviant art page.

  6. Kirstie Edmunds

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    Londoner Kirstie is a children’s book illustrator, with two books published to date (‘So You Wanna Be A Rock Star’ written by acclaimed author Audrey Vernick and ‘The Monster Who Lost His Mean’, written by Tiffany Strelitz Haber). Her influences include Charles Harper, M. Sasek, Mary Blair and the brilliant Eric Carle. Kirstie uses a lot of anthropomorphism in her work, nice simple shapes and marks and really warm colours to create a really friendly feel.

    See more work on her website, or alternatively her blog.