The illustrator hotlist 2019

Illustration by Max Guther
(Image credit: Max Guther)

Illustration is so much more than pretty pictures – at best it can reflect social and political issues and show that there’s no single way of viewing the world or the people in it. We've put together the 16 hottest illustrators working around the world today, all with unique styles and views. Everyone on the list is doing something fresh and exciting, either in their process, style, voice or approach.

Just as with last year's illustrator hotlist, the illustrators featured have a range of backgrounds. Some have more of a graphic design portfolio, others have a background in interaction design, and others animation. Their tools also vary hugely – while some are doggedly devoted to analogue and exploring its many potentials, others are exploring the possibilities of 3D software and augmented reality tools.

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Emily Gosling

Emily Gosling is a freelance art and design journalist currently writing for titles including Creative Review, Eye on Design, Creative Boom and People of Print. She’s previously worked at Elephant magazine, It’s Nice That and Design Week, and was editor of Type Notes magazine. Her book Creative Minds Don’t Think Alike was published by Ilex Press in 2018, and she also plays bass as one-quarter of the eight-titted beast, Superstation Twatville.