The word “illustration” comes from the Latin “to make vivid”. The illustrator is more than just a decorator whose job its to ad flavor to an article, website, or other project. An illustrator shows the world a subject in a whole new light. It is no coincidence that a synonym for illustrator is illuminator.

There are as may types of illustration as there are artists. Here are a few contemporary illustrators of note. The one thing they all have in common is a fresh and unique way of looking at the subjects they illuminate.Simon (White)

Fox illustration

Stephan Lomp

Stephan Lomp

Elisha Leo

Beer Illustration

Meg Hunt

Meg Hunt

Kinoko

Kinoko

Joe Mruk

Joe Mruk

Michael J Patrick

Michael J Patrick

Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld

Godette

Candy illustration

Heyoka Design

Chilli illustration

Gyudi Sanyi

Pharma Illustration

Matthew Kirscht

Matthew Kirscht

Jake Parker

Jake Parker

Aleix Gordo Hostau

Aleix Gordo Hostau

Zéh Palito

Zéh Palito

Craig Watkins

Craig Watkins

Laura Wächter

Laura Wächter

Geoffrey Skywalker

Geoffrey Skywalker

Orkibal

>Orkibal</p> <p>

Ray Frenden

>Ray Frenden</p> <p>

Leo Espinosa

>Leo Espinosa</p> <p>

Stefan Jolet

>Stefan Jolet</p> <p>

Rosemary Travale

>Rosemary Travale</p> <p>

Ralph Niese

>Ralph Niese	 </p> <p>

Michael Fleming

>Michael Fleming</p> <p>

Trish Grantham

>Trish Grantham</p> <p>

Matt Cipov

>Matt Cipov</p> <p>

Pablo Gamba

>Pablo Gamba</p> <p>

Yum Factory

>Yum Factory</p> <p>

Alida Saxon

>Alida Saxon</p> <p>

The Gross Uncle

>The Gross Uncle</p> <p>

Drake Brodahl

>Drake Brodahl</p> <p>

Ray Fenwick

>Ray Fenwick</p> <p>

Po

>Po</p> <p>

Zan Czyzewski

>Zan Czyzewski</p> <p>

Brittney Sabo

>Brittney Sabo</p> <p>

In conclusion – The Sugary Darkness …

These artists run the gamut from sweet to horrifying in their approach, and everywhere inbetween. Please visit their sites for more fantastic work.

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