Looking for inspiration? We've put together a list of some of the best illustration portfolios on Behance.com, the 'showcase and discover' creative network for designers.
With millions of views each month, online creative community Behance is quickly becoming the place to be for artists of all disciplines. It's a fantastic way to see what your peers are up to as well as finding new work and creative inspiration from top web designers and agencies.
But, with so many portfolios to browse through, it can be difficult to know where to start. So to make things easy for you, we've done the hard work and picked 40 of the top illustration portfolios that are definitely worth a look...
01. Nate Kitch
Using a combination of hand-drawn, collage, typography, photography, and digital imagery to create his work, Nate Kitch often incorporates this with beautiful geometric patterns. Based in Winchester, Kitch is represented by the Eastwing Illustration Agency and has worked with the likes of Ted Baker, New Scientist magazine and Virgin.
02. Andy Hau
Andy Hau likes to explore the interface between Architecture and Graphic Design in his work. A qualified architect, Hau got his break into illustration and graphic design by winning a competition back in 2009 to design Imogen Heap's packaging for her 'Ellipse' album.
03. Ben O'Brien
Having worked in the design and illustration world for over a decade now, Ben O'Brien takes inspiration from nature and creating inspiring, epic and ethereal landscapes. He has been commissioned by and collaborated with, among others, Smart Cars, Pixar, Westfields Shopping Centres and The New York Times.
04. Nina Geometrieva
Berlin based Nina Geometrieva is a visual artist that loves to work with colour in her illustrations. The often adorable characters she produces are packed full of inspirational techniques, as well as a wide range of bright and beautiful colours. She's always up for collaborations too!
05. Olga Protasova
Olga Protasova is Kiev based freelance illustrator and graphic designer, at the moment happily focused on things she loves best: lettering and illustration. If you're a big fan of typography, you'll be a big fan of Protasova's illustrated outputs.
SAINER is an illustrator based in Lodz, Poland. His work is beautifully abstract and is often showcased on the walls on his hometown in huge, inspiring fashion. He mainly focuses on character design, using a whole host of colour and quirky styles.
07. Eurico Luiz
Student Eurico Luiz hails from Nova Friburgo in Brazil and is an inspiring choice when it comes to comic illustrations. Taking inspiration from retro movies, his illustration outputs always feature other-worldly aspects that are jam-packed with Luiz's signature style.
07. Natalia de Frutos Ramos
Natalia de Frutos Ramos is a Spanish based illustrator that loves to work with pastels. Inspired by her favourite films, books and the ever-changing seasons, her illustration work is a breath of fresh air on a dreary, grey day. Check out her portfolio for some charming work.
08. Wijtze Valkema
Bamse Ontwerpt is the studio of Wijtze Valkema. "I work from home, sitting in front of a magical designing machine that takes me to a world where bears ride tractors," he explains. "I also draw other things." Those other things are sure to provide you with some of the best illustration inspiration we've come across.
09. Emma Jackson
Emma Jackson is a freelance illustrator and designer, currently living and working in Belfast. She has just completed her BA(Hons) degree in Illustration from Falmouth University and her illustration style speaks volumes for her talents. Her visual language has developed from a love of simple clean lines and block colours, as well as an obsession for all things handmade.
10. Paul Williams
Paul Williams is a freelance Illustrator living and working in the West Midlands, UK. In the early stages of his career, Paul was accepted for inclusion in the jury-selected 'Best of British Illustration 2010' annual by the Association of Illustrators. It's easy to see why - just take a look at his inspiring portfolio.
11. Michael Kutsche
It's not hard to see how German artist Michael Kutsche has won awards for his illustrative work when looking at his awe-inspiring portfolio. Specialising in character design, his imaginative creations have lead him to work on numerous feature films, including Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Kenneth Branagh's Thor and, most recently, Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful.
12. Steve Simpson
If you're not already following illustrative designer Steve Simpson, you're missing out. Based in Dublin, Ireland, Simpson has over 30 years experience in the creative arts industry, which has ultimately lead to an incredible portfolio of work, most of which he shares with the world in this breathtaking Behance portfolio.
13. Denis Gonchar
It's difficult to ignore the stunning illustrative work of Ukranian artist Denis Gonchar. A portfolio that includes both black and white and colour portraits and detailed wildlife drawings, it would appear Gonchar can turn his talented hands to depict the most difficult of subjects with ease.
14. Natalie Lines
Natalie Lines is a self-taught illustrator based in the Midlands, UK. During her artistic career, her distinctive style has attracted the clients including Lady Gaga and retailers Dorothy Perkins and House of Fraser. Her multi-page portfolio is full of gorgeous, intricate illustrations like the one above.
15. James Bennett
It's a pure case of quality over quantity here. James Bennett is an illustrator based in Pennsylvania, USA. And a talented one at that. While he only has three projects in his Behance portfolio, each is crammed full of gorgeous illustrations and paintings, all in his signature style.
16. Simon Prades
Born in 1985 in southern Germany, Simon Prades is a super-talented illustrator and graphic designer, who's client list includes the likes of NIKE, The New York Times and VICE magazine. Pardes' Behance portfolio is awe-inspiring, full of beautiful, intricate pencil and ink illustrations.
17. Christi du Toit
We love the graphic style of South African illustrator Christi du Toit, which you can see in abundance on his Behance portfolio. A self taught, freelance artist, du Toit focus very much on character design, digital art and illustration.
18. Samuel Ho
If you fancy a burst of colour, check out the brilliant illustrative work of artist Samuel Ho. And if, like Ho, you have a love of sports logos and super heroes, check out his brilliant Marvel Varsity Tees project. His Behance portfolio states Ho's work is 'the manifestation of the many ventures and influences that he surrounds himself with'.
19. Asakura Kouhei
Inspired by the natural surroundings of his childhood, Japanese artist Asakura Kouhei has created some of the most beautiful nature illustrations we've ever seen. Only a member on Behance since late last year, he already has six brilliant projects online, all of which are a feast for the eyes.
20. Peter Gutierrez
Based in LA, Peter Gutierrez is a designer and illustrator who likes to take on a challenge, which is evident when looking at his extensive portfolio of detailed illustrations. With four pages of both vibrant colour and black and white intricate drawings, you're sure to find inspiration here.
21. Yo Az
This animal series by French illustrator Yo Az blows our minds: the amount of work and detail is incredible. And there are many more brilliant illustrations in the artist's portfolio. If it's inspiration you're looking for, you need look no further.
22. Iain Macarthur
British illustrator Iain Macarthur has an awe-inspiring portfolio that's brimming with beautiful, detailed illustrations. He specialises in drawing realistic figures and faces, and the above image is part of his 'Transformation' series of surreal like artwork that combines labryinth-like patterns with portraits.
23. Goni Montes
Artist Goni Montes began his artistic career as a scientific illustrator before moving on to editorial illustrations and fantasy artwork. His portfolio showcases a handful of said projects, all of which are worth taking a look at. If you're into character illustrations, you should definitely follow this talented artist.
24. Atelier Olschinsky
This beautiful abstract image is a product of Vienna-based creative studio Atelier Olschinsky. Specialising in illustration, photography and art director, their portfolio features page upon page of inspirational imagery. There's also a cool 'Hallucination' illustration available for you to download for free.
25. Ludovic Cordelières
If you're into fantasy art, you should be following talented illustrator Ludovic Cordelières aka Rusalkadesign. The French artist's work is inspired by death metal and worldwide mythologies. His portfolio has a wealth of stunning projects, although they're not for the faint hearted.
26. Erwin Kho
Dutch illustrator and graphic designer Erwin Kho specialises in creating low polygon 3D illustrations. His extensive portfolio is full of his beautiful and distinctive creations, which includes promotional work for Orange magazine and the island of Aruba. The above, charming series titled 'Islands', is one of Kho's ongoing personal projects.
27. Niklas Lundberg
The talent of Swedish illustrator Niklas Lundberg has attracted the attention of some of the world's biggest brands, including Eurosport, MTV Australia and Nissan. His work has been featured around the world and in various publications, and most of it can be found in his stunning Behance portfolio.
28. Gediminas Pranckevicius
The portfolio from Lithuanian illustrator Gediminas Pranckevicius is all about quality over quantity. Featuring a handful of projects, all of his pieces are as eye-catching as this genius 'Time' illustration. One of the best things about this artist is the range of styles he covers - you'll find everything from cute cartoons to dark, sci-fi inspired artwork here.
29. Am I Collective
Cape Town-based creative studio Am I Collective specialises in illustration, animation and design. And its talented team have filled the studio's Behance portfolio with an inspiring collection of colourful illustrations. Featuring 12 pages full of varied projects, there's something here to inspire every creative.
30. Shishi Hguyen
If you like more cute and delicate illustrations, check out the work of Vietnamese artist Shishi Hguyen. She only has a handful of projects uploaded to her portfolio but the work already there definitely makes her worth a follow. Hguyen's creations are incredibly detailed and many have a rather beautiful, magical feel to them.
31. Chris Valentine
Illustration is South African artist Chris Valentine's passion. And with a talent like his, who can blame him? Valentine's portfolio is filled with stunning illustrations, many of which are detailed, close-up portraits. The illustrator drew this one of Steve Jobs after being commissioned to do a series of pencil portraits of famous entrepreneurs and successful people for the Liquid Capital group in South Africa.
32. Eunike Nugroho
British artist Eunike Nugroho is a wildlife lover and travelling enthusiast, which shines through in the many nature-inspired illustrations in her portfolio. Favouring watercolours for most of her work, Nughoro pays meticulous attention to detail when drawing her subject matter, even down to the fine hairs found on fruits and flowers.
33. Victo Ngai
Victo Ngai is a New York-based illustrator whose biggest passions are travelling, eating and drawing. And from the looks of her portfolio, she excels at the latter. Her eye-catching, distinctive style has secured her work with some of the world's biggest brands, including The New Yorker, McDonald's and Adidas Hong Kong.
34. Peony Yip
This illustration actually sent shivers down our spine. The portfolio of Hong Kong-based illustrator Peony Yip is full of projects that may invoke a similar reaction. There's no denying that she has a serious amount of skill with a pencil.
35. Mink Couteaux
It's hard to miss the awesome, vibrant work from Dutch illustrator and graphic designer Mink Couteaux. His portfolio is full of a diverse range of inspirational imagery, ranging from detailed portraits to more abstract designs. His 'Bad Actors' and 'Dead Rappers' (above) series are our particular favourites.
36. Adam Roselund
Having only been a member on Behance since August this year, Californian illustrator Adam Roselund only has a couple of projects in his portfolio. But we reckon this guy is one to look out for. Earlier this year, Roselund created a series of seven brilliantly creative illustrations for Boise Weekly depicting how to survive the end of world. And based on the amount of talent displayed in that project, we can't to see what he does next.
37. Francesco Poroli
If you're a fan of clean vector illustrations, then you'll love the portfolio of Italian artist Francesco Poroli. His colourful, distinctive style has secured him work for magazines all over Europe. Poroli created this cover and inside illustrations for SportWeek, a top sport's news magazine in Italy.
38. Sedat Girgin
Born in Istanbul in 1985, Turkish illustrator Sedat Girgin works as a freelance illustrator for several children's book publishers and magazines. And all of his work can be seen in what is an awe-inspiring portfolio. Girgin's illustrative style is unique, with many of his pieces featuring a somewhat dark undertone.
39. Orlando Arocena
Orlando Arocena describes himself as a 'Mexican-Cuban-American who enjoys delivering creative solutions for some of the world's most renowned brands'. A clear lover of bright colours, Arocena's portfolio of amazing, eye-catching illustrations entrances.
40. Doralice Yukai Du
Chinese illustrator Doralice Yukai Du is still a student, and we're certain exciting times are ahead for this talented young artist. Although her portfolio only features a handful of projects, this is certainly a case of quality winning over quantity.
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