15 illustrators to watch

I don’t profess to be some psychic who can predict what’s next in the often unstable world of art and design. Most of my favorite illustrators enjoy a modest success (which is actually the equivalent of being world famous, in the world of illustration), though one or two attain genuine fame of a sort. Maira Kalman was my childhood hero, for example. So here are 15 illustrators/artists who I have my eye on. Their work is varied and impressive, especially with the millions of derivative illustrators out there. Check them out!

(Jill Bliss)

Jill Bliss

Jill Bliss

(Lu Summers)

Lu Summers, illustration quilt

Lu Summers, illustration quilt #2

(Laura Berger)

Laura Berger

Laura Berger

(Christine Kesler)

Christine Kesler

Christine Kesler

(Christopher Russell)

Chris Russell

Chris Russell

(Kelly Allen)

Kelly Allen

Kelly Allen

(Hannah Stouffer)

Hannah Stouffer

Hannah Stouffer

(Alexander Jansson)

Alexander Jansson

Alexander Jansson

(Isabelle Arsenault)

Isabelle Arsenault

Isabelle Arsenault

(Dana Oldfather)

Dana Oldfather

Dana Oldfather

(Kate Banazi)

Kate Banazi

Kate Banazi

(James Jean)

James Jean

James Jean

(Souther Salazar)

Souther Salazar

Souther Salazar

Souther Salazar

(Colin Jenkinson)

Colin Jenkinson

Colin Jenkinson

Etc.
Is that 15? I didn’t even count.
Let’s all pay respect.

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  1. Really digging this. I notice a similarity in a lot of contemporary poetry, at least in a lot of the slightly surrealistic, eco-poetic crowd. I have been really finding great inspiration for imagery and tone by looking at current artists/illustrators, and this post just gave me a whole new pile to delve into.
    Thanks,
    jeremiah

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