It's difficult to ignore the illustrative work of Ukranian artist Denis Gonchar. Alongside his vibrant animal studies, his recent work focuses on sports players, with striking, visceral results. It would appear Gonchar can turn his talented hands to the most difficult of subjects with ease.
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 of well-known faces, from Keira Knightley to Kim Kardashian.
Another portfolio featuring some famous faces is that of James Bennett, an illustrator based in Pennsylvania, USA. His stylised portraits, often captured from an unusual point of view, lean towards caricature without ever becoming silly.
Born in southern Germany, Simón Prades is a super-talented illustrator and graphic designer whose client list includes the likes of Nike, The New York Times and VICE magazine. Pardes' Behance portfolio is full of intricate pencil and ink illustrations, with colour used sparsely but to great effect.
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's signature style is often dark and otherwordly.
If you fancy a burst of colour, check out the brilliant illustrative work of artist Samuel Ho – aka Sho. And if, like Ho, you have a love of sports logos and superheroes, 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'.
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. With its poppy, fluoro tones and surreal compositions, Kouhei's work is a a feast for the eyes.
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. His Behance page showcases a range of pop culture subjects – from Game of Thrones to Alien – all captured in a striking, comic book-inspired style.
Geometric shapes and vibrant colours about on the portfolio site for French illustrator Yo Az. This animal series (pictured above) by blows our minds: the amount of detail is incredible. If it's inspiration you're looking for, you need look no further.
British illustrator Iain Macarthur's portfolio is brimming with beautiful, detailed illustrations. He specialises in drawing realistic figures with a twist, and the above image is part of his 'Transformation' series of surreal artwork that combines labyrinthine patterns with portraits.
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