Zao Dao is a Kaiping, China based illustrator who does manga-esque illustrations that are full of personality and lots of little details. There’s this graceful fluidity to everything that makes each piece look like it was so naturally done. And I love the ornamentation and many of her figures, adorned with lovely beads and ornate jewels. You can see much more of her work by clicking here, and looking below.
Steve Kim is a Los Angeles based illustrator whose work is a morphing of many things. He does a lot of work for The Verge and Polygon which has him reflecting on topical items like memes and video games. His style is central to his work and he doesn’t relinquish any part of himself to a client. Kim makes ghostly, somewhat haunted illustrations that slice people and subjects up, creating odd and eerie works.
If you’re a fan of pop-culture, movies and retro-tinged illustrations then you’re bound to love the work of Laurent Durieux, a graphic artist and illustrator from Brussels. No matter what the genre, Laurent’s work is beautifully unique, often with a retro-futuristic vibe and plenty of sharp compositions with eye-catching details. His images have the ability to be filled with a wonderful sense of drama and story and his concepts pay great tribute to the films that he loves.
I discovered the work of Karolis Strautniekas recently while reading an issue of Creative Review. His editorial illustrations are fantastic and I love the texture and colors that he uses. The images here are taken from a piece he worked on for the french magazine Usbek & Rica. I particularly love the image above which was used for a piece about education and technology in Estonia. I love the perspective he uses and – if you visit his Behance page – you can get a little behind-the-scenes glimpse of some of the stages during the image’s construction. I don’t know about you, but I love when illustrators share that type of thing!
Script & Seal is a Brooklyn based design-minded illustration studio of made up of two very fine people, Gavin Potenza & Liz Meyer. Together they make some amazing work including crazy geometric illustrations to sophisticated infographics and retro-inspired book covers. I’ve been a fan of Liz and Gavin’s work for a long time now and it’s incredible to see how far they’ve come. Their color palette choices are always spot-on and they have an incredible ability to make potentially complex pieces something that’s easily digestible by your eyes.