Directory of Illustration artists

Artist Spotlight: Karen Hollowell’s Creations

Karen Hollowell is an award-winning illustrator, designer and art director.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University and continued her education with a year in London studying with the illustrious Edward Booth-Clibborn.

Over the years Karen has worked with several top-tier clients including Disney, The Smithsonian Institute and more. Her creations are full of emotion and nuance, traits that are often lost in the world of modern illustration.

You can find her work displayed across the country and around the world. From passionate portrayals of Jazz musicians to fun recipe posters, Karen’s signature style shines through in everything she creates.

To see more from Karen Hollowell visit her Directory of Illustration portfolio page or her website.


Cover Showcase: Dave Plunkert For The New Yorker

Dave Plunkert’s illustrations have appeared in advertising campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, they’ve graced the folds of major newspapers, and more recently, they’ve been popping up on the covers of magazines. In the past couple months, Plunkert’s work has twice been featured on the cover of The New Yorker. Each illustration was a strong statement piece that elicited plenty of reactions from people of all beliefs. The first image, an illustration of Trump providing the wind for a white supremacist sail, debuted shortly after the incident in Charlottesville and Trumps subsequent inflammatory remarks.

The second illustration came after the deadly mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival that ended with 58 people losing their lives and over 500 being injured. Each cover gained national attention for it’s emotional imagery and political statements.

To see more of Plunkert’s work check out his Directory of Illustration portfolio or his website.


Artist Spotlight: Nick Mayer

Nick Mayer is an award winning nature illustrator with an M.A. in Biology from Brown University. His artwork combines the natural beauty of fish and other marine life with a unique scientific perspective. From loose gestural sketches to complex scientific illustrations, Nick’s signature style is generally achieved through a mixture of watercolor work and Photoshop. His work and licensed products can be seen in galleries and stores in over 30 countries around the globe.

As the principal of Nick Mayer Nature Illustration, an art and illustration studio specializing in science-based, nature, and informative art, particularly in regards to marine subjects, Nick always manages to stay busy. This summer he split his time between working on privately commissioned projects and running workshops on Catalina and Fishers Islands.

The ‘Seychelles Dream Project’ and ‘Fossil Sea Monster Reconstruction Project’ both put Nick to the test over the last few months and you can read more about each of them here.

You can see more of Nick’s work on his Directory of Illustration portfolio page or on his website.

Artist Spotlight: James Lebbad

James Lebbad is a graphic designer specializing in typographic design and handlettering. He has created award-winning designs for domestic and international clients including NBC, CBS, Arista Records, Campbell Soup, Viacom and Random House Publishing to name a few. James’ artistic genes came from his Dad, Anthony, a Pratt alumni himself.

Ever since he can remember, James has had a pencil in his hand and has been drawing away. Even in grade school he was designing and drawing art pieces for friends and relatives. During high school he was the art department for the local newspaper and upon graduating from Kutztown University, James headed straight to New York where he started his career at New American Library as a book cover designer. While he was there, his handlettering skills won awards from the Type Directors Club. After that, James moved on to Berkley Putnam Publishing where he was named Art Director. Under his art direction, numerous PTB covers won awards from the Society of Illustrators.

Since creating Lebbad Design in 1981, James’ work has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Type Directors Club International Typeface Design Award.

You can see even more of James’ work on his Directory of Illustration portfolio page.

Campaign Spotlight: Nathan Smith’s Robotics Images

Nathan Smith was asked to produce a series of visual works for a large UK organisation earlier this year. The brief was to create a robot that was both intelligent and inquisitive, and who would elicit an emotional response from the viewer.

Staying true to the brief, Nathan used a limited and subtle color palette made up of mostly of whites and grays. He managed to create an image that felt edgy and cool, while remaining non-threatening, even with visible tech under the body plates acting as an homage to the history of robotics.

He gave the robot’s almost human face green gel eyes to induce a curious, cognitive response from the viewer.

Nathan composed the image in a way that conveys a sophisticated, yet sensitive relationship between the robot and the object rising from its hand. He kept the design minimalist, thus allowing for it to have a strong silhouette and plenty of negative space and screen estate for text.

Nathan is represented by AAARep. You can see more from him on his Directory of Illustration portfolio page.

Creative Showcase: The Best of Food

Food is terrific. The worst part about food illustrations is that you can’t just reach into the screen and take a bite out of whatever it is you’re seeing. But you know what? Food illustrations make us think about food and did you thinking about food is actually better for you than trying to repress those thoughts? Studies have shown that people who suppress their food thoughts are actually more likely to have cravings and binge eat later on.

There’s nothing wrong with sitting at your desk and daydreaming about that perfect bite of a crisp and cinnamon-y apple pie on a cool summer’s night. Or driving home while imagining the most delicious slice of deep-dish pepperoni pizza you can imagine. And if thoughts of food aren’t enough for you, you’ll simply have to enjoy these heavenly illustrations.

You can see all of the food images on the Directory of Illustrations website by using our new specialty search function.

Scott Wulf

Luigi Russo Sas

Lemonade Illustration Agency

Jonathan & Georgina Rosenbaum

John Brewster Creative Services

Glenn Gustafson


Myles Talbot

Matthew Holmes

For more brilliant illustrations like these, visit the food section of the Directory of Illustration website.

Artist Spotlight: Rob Peters

Rob Peters is an illustrator, cartoonist and designer. He has a degree in Visual Communications from Judson College in Elgin, Illinois, and worked as a cover artist and designer in the yearbook industry for over five years. He currently lives with his wife and family in Topeka, KS.

He started as a freelance artist in 2007 and hasn’t looked back since. Peters has designed logos and book covers and has illustrated dozens of children’s picture books, including Russel T. Jones: On The Edge Of Forever and Go Cubs, Go!. He’s also written and illustrated a few comics, including those on Crazy Cal Presents.

You can see more work from Peter on his Directory of Illustration Portfolio page or on his website.

All Images © Rob Peters Website Re-Launch :: Find The World’s Best Illustrators

Check out our new look, with updated portfolios from over 1500 illustrators and animators. Artists are vetted through the Directory of Illustration marketing program, so you’ll find only the most professional talent here.

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Serbin Communications worked with Jake Stutzman and his team at Elevate LLC to re-imagine both the front-end and the back-end of Art directors who use the site to find talent are enjoying a simpler, more immediate search experience and a design that focuses on the joy of discovery. At the same time, Elevate designed a smoother, more intuitive interface for artists and reps to upload their portfolios.

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One on One with Brian Grimwood, Founder of Central Illustration Agency

Brian Grimwood, founder of the Central Illustration Agency, is widely regarded as one of the most important faces of modern British illustration. With his artistic experience dating back to the early 1960s, his progressive work has become a mainstay in the art world ever since his decision to become a freelance illustrator in 1969.

Grimwood was also one of the first illustrators to embrace digital media. He has long been working with Photoshop & Illustrator, and more recently the iPad, to produce his famously original work.

We recently chatted with Brian about some current projects and the evolution of his career.


Why did you begin using the iPad in your work, and what has the transition been like for you?

I started using it to create roughs that could be scaled for large canvas, and to help me find a new visual language in my editorial work, stylistically and conceptually. It was a natural progression. I used to just work with a brush and paint, but since I’ve been playing with the iPad I find I’m creating another language.

I loved Push Pin Studios in the early 60s. Their philosophy and approach to illustration and innovation were what I was really about. They prided themselves on being revolutionary and constantly expanding. That resonated with me and still does today. That sort of very graphic route and free drawing fits very well with the iPad because I literally don’t work anything out beforehand like I would have to if I were doing a painting. It’s a different look than what I was doing before. The work is more decorative and abstract and less conceptual because I am constantly trying to loosely figure out a new style and draw very quickly. Recently I’ve been working with an iPad Pro which is much bigger and allows me to add more detail.


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Tell us about the project you recently did for Max Mara, the prominent fashion label based in Milan.

I created illustrations for their window displays and fashion show. It was an interesting project. They had very specific ideas about what they wanted the art to look like. I would have loved for the work to be a lot more surreal, but the final images really fitted Max Mara perfectly.

Pirate ship

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Was the Max Mara assignment your first job with a fashion designer?

Yeah, I suppose it was in a way. I have done fashion things in the past for magazines. I used to work in Gorringe’s department store and I created their window displays. However, earlier in my career I found that fashion work was a bit tight for me. And when I say tight, I mean that I could do it but I wasn’t that interested in it because of all the constraints that were involved.


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Tell us about a recent project that turned into a surprising success.

I’ve been doing this for a few years so there are quite a lot of them, but I’ve just done one recently for a whiskey company called Bruichladdich. I mention it because it was an excuse to use the iPad again, and it’s turned into a major event in terms of whiskey. I drew a famous man involved in whiskey blending and I created his portrait on the iPad. It’s been used perfectly on the label.

Whisky bottle

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You are known for a visual language that is constantly evolving. How have you managed to reinvent yourself as an artist, with work that is so relevant over such a long career?

I think it’s important in this fast industry to be aware of the time you’re in. I discovered it took me 7 years to actually develop my visual language and I developed it by repeating accidents. I used to do a drawing and something would work by mistake and then I’d repeat that accident in my next work. The whole thing gradually became unique to me and my style of working. It’s a bit like doing a crossword puzzle. After a while, you get a formula but as soon as you get the formula, you have to stop, forget about it, and create a new one in order to succeed in this business. People are always looking for you to go stale. Never go stale.


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You’re in a unique position as both a founder of a major illustration agency and a renowned illustrator. Do you have any advice for aspiring artists?

I lecture in colleges as well, believe it or not, and I tell students to find a hero, someone whose work they can relate to, and to then study the type of work they do and how they approach the problems they’re trying to solve. That’s how I did it. There were a couple of people out there that were doing amazing work and I just took notice of what they were doing, whether it was a book jacket or a pastel drawing or editorial work. To do so many things all at once wasn’t really looked at as a good thing back in those days, but it was what I was doing and it gave me a holistic idea of what becoming an illustrator would look like. So I would say look at people that are successful and study how and why they became successful. Find out information about what sort of jobs they do, how they face those jobs, and how they’ve developed through the years.


©Brian Grimwood

What’s next for you?

I’ve just been offered an exhibition at OXO gallery in London. At the moment, I’ve just mocked and taken photographs and mapped where I will put my images up. It’s still in the early stages, but I’m excited about the project.

OXO 2 wall 1

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OXO exhibition room 2

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Brian Grimwood is represented by Central Illustration.

Please visit his Directory of Illustration portfolio and website to take a deeper look into his body of work.

Artist Spotlight: Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor is an illustrator and comic artist based in the Sussex countryside who spends his days crafting expansive, sometimes psychedelic, Americana-inspired illustrations with a nod to classic comic book art of the fifties and sixties.

After graduating from Buckinghamshire University, Matt rolled straight into a successful ten-year illustration career, including a spell at graphic design agency ilovedust. Whilst there Matt notched up clients as diverse as Adidas, Urban Outfitters, Sony AMC, GQ and even The Elvis Presley Estate.

Matt Taylor is represented by Central Illustration Agency. See much more of his work through his Directory of Illustration portfolio and at


© Copyright Matt Taylor
Represented by Central Illustration Agency


© Copyright Matt Taylor
Represented by Central Illustration Agency


© Copyright Matt Taylor
Represented by Central Illustration Agency


© Copyright Matt Taylor
Represented by Central Illustration Agency