Ten Illustrators To Follow Now

Welcome to the whimsical world of illustration on WordPress.com.

Illustration: "A Fair" by Sarah Goodreau

From sketches to digital art narratives, here’s a visual journey into the worlds of ten illustrators on WordPress.com.

Brad Young

The drawings at Brad Young Art capture life’s little moments. From pen and ink to watercolor, and gardening to food to neighborhood spots, it’s easy to get lost sifting through Brad’s mix of doodles and sketches.

Sarah Goodreau

Sarah Goodreau, an illustrator living in Amsterdam, has a distinct style marked with the warmth you’ll find in children’s picture books, as well as the mystery of surrealist landscapes. In addition to illustration, Sarah is interested in video and stop-motion animation.

Marc Taro Holmes

At Citizen Sketcher, Montreal-based artist Marc Taro Holmes chronicles his location sketching, travel drawing, and plein air painting. His work-in-progress is refreshing, from airy landscapes to spirited pieces full of movement. When viewing his work, you can picture his hand moving across the page.

Drew Dernavich

Artist Drew Dernavich works on a number of projects, from New Yorker cartoons to art for musical projects. At Words, Pictures, Humor, you’ll find highlights from his professional work.

Robert M Ball

London-based illustrator Robert M Ball shares a range of work on his blog, from his “Beautiful Death” series for HBO’s Game of Thrones to his new book, Dark Times

Lorna Alkana

Los Angeles artist Lorna Alkana experiments with multi-layered digital media and visual essays. It’s fun to read about — and see — her process of image manipulation.

Pete Scully

Urban sketcher Pete Scully organizes monthly sketchcrawls in Davis, California. An avid keeper of sketchbooks, he’s constantly doodling, bringing the world to life with his colorful, lighthearted illustrations.

Anna Totten

Just Look at My Face is Anna Totten’s virtual lost and found of doodles and illustrations. Playful and colorful, Anna’s work will put a smile on your face.

Slightly Chilled Porcupine

It’s easy to scroll through the black-and-white illustrations at Slightly Chilled Porcupine and lose track of time — at first glance, the drawings are simple, but the messages, while often quirky, are not to be dismissed. (Also, who doesn’t love porcupines?)

Danny Gregory

Award-winning artist Danny Gregory has written numerous books on art and creativity. (Fun fact: Pete Scully, mentioned above, is featured in one of them: An Illustrated Journey.) On Danny’s blog, you’ll find drawings, illustrated journaling, and essays. Be sure to also check out Sketchbook Skool, his six-week online art course.

"Let Them Draw Cake," Danny Gregory
“Let Them Draw Cake,” Danny Gregory

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Cheri Lucas Rowlands

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  1. sweepstakessweepstakes

    Nothing like raw talent to start your morning.

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  2. Tish Farrell

    Such creativity. A great selection.

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  3. Robin King

    Wow! Terrific selections!!! May I add another? The incomparable Mark Armstrong, also here on WP:

    http://markarmstrongillustration.com

    Phenomenal!
    Thank you for sharing these. :)

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  4. Temporary Variable

    Excellent selection, it makes one happy instantaneously !

    I would also like to recommend http://drawstringblog.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/north-india-explorer-sketchbook/ where the author has beautifully complemented his travelogue with sketches and illustrations as if in a movie.

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  5. justlookatmyface

    Thanks for including Just Look at My Face!

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  6. sarahpotterwrites

    They’re all very talented. Am now following two of them. Thanks WP.

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  7. Darshan Gajara

    Pretty creative & inspirational. Thanks a ton for sharing Cheri :)

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  8. redrockwriting

    OMG, they are all great for different reasons. Good talent for book illustration.

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  9. jpeggytaylor

    The WordPress community sports some very talented people, doesn’t it. I like these kind of posts – they inspire me to rove around the Reader. It was Violet’s wonderful illustrations that first drew me to follow this blog too :-)

    http://violetsvegnecomics.com/

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  10. nuksazi

    They are all wonderful, thanks for sharing. Could I possibly also add another – a very newbie to the world of blogging?

    http://olgaillustration.wordpress.com

    Thanks!

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  11. chefjulianna

    Wow, this is an awesome selection of really talented illustrators! I would also love to recommend an extremely talented woman who has done some amazing work for me and some other bloggers in my circle. Find Marielle and her work @ http://mariellereuser.wordpress.com . I have highly enjoyed working with her and I am thrilled with how she has been able to make my blog sing!

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  12. marielfernandes

    Great! Good vibes for you from Brazil.

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  13. katywaltersreviews

    Inspiring.

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  14. Dina

    Some amazing illustrators here… thanks for putting them all together, and the opportunity to follow… :)

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  15. rushbabe49

    How about my Ricochet friend and fellow WordPress blogger, illustrator Pat Achilles? http://achillesportfolio.wordpress.com/

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  16. Eva

    Adam Sendek of Long Awkward Pause. Just look at what he did to my banner: http://thepeanutbuttertable.com/

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  17. papict

    Great list. I already followed a few of these artists and now I’ve added a few more.

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  18. neuroticocomic

    Could I be number 11?

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  19. fittoservegroup

    Thanks for showcasing this talent!

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  20. sjvernon

    I agree… I’ve already been following the porcupine for a while now.

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  21. Nena Dagloos

    Great artists, especially love Danny Gregory! I love my ‘Illustrated life’ book to pieces, great inspiration.

    Hopefully one day my name will be up here too :)

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  22. writersdream9

    Love these artists and their drawings!

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  23. Rachael

    These blogs will keep me busy – thanks for the info – I’m following them all.

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  24. ronald leno

    Thank you for your marvelous illustrations. We are blessed with so much artistic talent. Truly blessed.

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  25. Mark Hodgson

    Hi Cheri,
    a lovely selection. I’m always a sucker for anything drawn or sketched and you picked some really nice illustrators. I especially love Marc Taro Holmes. Such a great idea to document life this way, it also comes close to being art as well as illustration.
    Can I humbly suggest my website too, also on wordpress which combines my love of illustration with fashion and design.

    http://trendillustrated.com/

    Mark

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  26. melissabaileycreations

    What fantastic illustrations! Looking forward to seeing more like these!

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  27. comartservices

    Robert Ball stands apart.

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  28. Through Gray Eyes

    I’m taking a year off from art school (funds! *shakes fists in the air) and I’ve been looking for some inspiration for the year I don’t “have to” sketch, draw, be creative. Not that that will be much of a problem, but it’s nice to see what people are doing and just feel inspired! Great post! Thank you!

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