These are the illustration trends to watch in 2024

Grace Helmer
(Image credit: Grace Helmer)

It often pays to be aware of creative trends, even if you don't decide to follow them all. That's why we've asked illustrators, agents and other experts to share the illustration trends they think we should look out for in 2024.

Spoiler alert: this piece will include comments on AI in illustration. It's a complex, contentious and controversial subject, and the contributors to this article had a variety of views. As the tech continues to impact illustration, it is both offering an opportunity to aid creativity and sparking a backlash with hand-rendered techniques becoming popular alongside. 

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Antonia Wilson
Freelance writer and editor

Antonia Wilson is a freelance writer and editor. Previous roles have included travel reporter for the Guardian, and staff writer for Creative Review magazine, alongside writing for The Observer, National Geographic Traveller, Essentialist and Eco-Age, among others. She has also been a freelance editor for Vogue and Google, and works with a variety of global and emerging brands on sustainability messaging and other copywriting and editing projects — from Ugg and Ferragamo to Microsoft and Tate Galleries.