Tara O Brien is a Dublin-based illustrator whose work is not only super cute but also brilliantly provocative. Subdued colour palettes, bold shapes and subtle textures are thoughtfully used to help promote and celebrate important topics such as female empowerment, body positivity and racial diversity, in not only the art world but in wider society. Tara's work frequently portrays women of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities, contributing to political and social issues raised by movements such as March For Choice, #MeToo and Black Lives Matter. In 2013, Tara graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology with an honours degree in Visual Communications and has since created work for publications and art projects such as Dublin Canvas, Cara Magazine and The C Project.
You can see more of Tara's illustrations on her website and follow her on Instagram for a peek at her works in progress and her adorable beagle, Frank.
Ana San José aka Ana Hard is a designer and illustrator from Barcelona, Spain. Femininity and #GirlPower are common themes seen throughout her pastel-infused portfolio of fashion illustrations and portraits of well-known females actresses such as Audrey Hepburn, Kate Winslet, Jane Fonda and Felicity Jones. Aside from her freelance and personal illustration work, Ana has also worked as a print designer for fashion brands such as H&M and Bershka. We absolutely love her work and have a feeling we are going to see a lot more from this talented lady in the future! To see more of her work head over to her website and instagram.
Bett Norris is a young Bristol-based illustrator combining traditional drawing techniques and digital technology to create bold and unique illustrations. When she's not freelancing for big names like Tesco, The New York Times and The Telegraph, Bett also lectures in Illustration at the University of South Wales. We just can't get enough of her soft curved lines, subtle textures and beautiful colour combinations! To check out more of Bett's illustrations, patterns and typography, visit her website and instagram.
Based in Israel, Julie Filipenko is a Pop Surrealist artist whose work is best described as bizarre and sweet. Using materials such as acrylic and graphite, Julie's imagery transports you to a surreal and fantastical world where innocence and darkness live side by side. Reminiscent of fairy-tales and Tim Burton films, her eccentric work often features rosy-cheeked ladies, playful animals and floral motifs. Julie has exhibited in various group shows with galleries around the world including solo shows in the US. To see more of Julie's work visit her Etsy store or Instagram account.
Laura Callaghan is an Irish illustrator based in South East London whose sassy and colourful work is a combination of watercolour, Indian ink and isograph pen. Laura graduated with an MA in Illustration from Kingston University in 2010 and has since worked at Oh Comely Magazine as well as collaborated with clients such as Urban Outfitters, NYLON Magazine, Office Shoes and Refinery 29. Pattern heavy, fashion-filled and somewhat cheeky, Laura's detailed illustrations will spark your imagination and leave you craving more. Too see more of her work visit her website or instagram
Mrzyk & Moriceau are two contemporary artists from Montjean-sur-Loire, France. Together the eccentric duo create surreal and kaleidoscopic imagery that teeters on the absurd, humorous, and risqué. Living by their "one drawing a day keeps the doctor away" motto, has led to hypnotic portfolio that boasts a vast collection of detailed black-and-white ink drawings of a world where inanimate objects come to life and human body parts take on full human personalities. Often playing with the female form and sexual innuendo, their work is both clever and comical. Mrzyk & Moriceau's work has been exhibited internationally in many group exhibitions, and they have also produced music videos for bands such as The Midnight Juggernauts and Air. We suggest checking out their website as well as their Tumblr where they post new work almost daily.
Emily Nelson is a twenty-seven year old Brisbane based illustrator that loves to illustrate quirky, colourful characters and patterns. Her intriguing ink and watercolour illustrations see sausage dogs donning stripey sweaters, hipster bunnies with baguettes and beautiful ladies enjoying icecreams in tropical jungles. Emily has worked Australia wide on some exciting illustration projects, including children's book illustration, large scale wall murals and surface pattern designs for shop interiors, a life sized circus food caravan, fashion illustration for labels such as Faith & Lola and Princess Polly, album cover designs, and many adorable portraits of people and animals. Emily also has her own range of illustrated art prints, greeting cards and paper goods, which she sells online in her etsy shop and at markets. AND as if being an amazing illustrator wasn't enough already, Emily also takes dreamy photographs which you can check out here. To see more of Emily's illustration work, visit her website and instagram.
Vaso Michailidou is a freelance illustrator from Greece, currently living in Birmingham, UK. With a BA in Illustration and Animation from Coventry University, her portfolio boasts an array of unique illustrations, which focus on urban landscapes, portraits and everyday objects. Working with mixed materials like felt-tip markers, colour pencils, acrylic paint, tape and Photoshop, Vaso has found a perfect balance within her work, creating highly detailed illustrations that are both realistic and abstract. To see more of Vaso's work head to her website, online store and Facebook page.
Laura Berger is a Chicago based artist creating quirky and out of this world paintings, illustrations and animations featuring happy little characters and the dreamy adventures they go on. Through her art, she strives to explore the connections with ourselves and each other, and how we piece it all together to create personal meaning and a sense of belonging to the greater whole. We just can't get enough of her bright and cheerful paintings and wish we could buy everythiiiiiing in her Etsy store. If you're just as intrigued by Laura's work as we are, make sure you check out her website and blog for more.
Kate Sutton is a freelance illustrator and self confessed cat lady based in Cheshire, England. Heavily inspired by the world around her, her whimsical work often features repeat patterns of birds, trees, hills and personified animals that celebrate her childlike and innocent view of nature. When she's not drawing up a storm, she can be found writing lists, running, doing yoga, learning french and drinking tea. Kate is represented by Handsome Frank and has an impressive client list that includes the likes of Urban Outfitters, Penguin, Renegade Craft Fair, The Royal Horticultural Society, and Mount Franklin Water. To see more of Kate's work head to her website and Facebook page.