Superb Map Art by Matthew Cusick

Blue Horse illustration

Illustrator Matthew Cusick uses inlaid maps, book pages, ink, book pages and acrylic paint to create stunning artwork. Here are 10 images of his creative works. My favourite is the “Blue Horse” illustration above, and the rest of his works are just as captivating:

Smiling Eggs Food Vector Illustrations by Jonathan Ball

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Check out these funky, pun and original food vector illustrations by the talented, Jonathan Ball of PokedStudio. If you are unsure as to what vector illustrations are, well, they’re designs that are made up of mathematical parts and formula and created in computer programs such as Adobe Illustrator. This means that the illustrations can be blown up to massive sizes or decreased in size without any loss of quality.

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So, for illustrative work these food vectors display quite a lot of detail — and a lot of work has gone into each and every one. See the amount of detail in the freaky looking spaghetti and meatballs dish illustration at the end, for example! For more quality work like this, head over to Jonathan’s profile to see more of his other projects.

Gallery: Food Vector Illustrations by Jonathan Ball

An image of a smiling hot dog with mustard and tomato ketchup

This is a vector don't not done in Adobe Illustrator I presume

This is a another food plate with a large vector bone


Exclusive Interview with Illustrator Andrew Denholm


This amazingly-colourful work is created by Scottish freelance illustrator, Andrew Denholm, who loves to design illustrations that are fun, bold and outlandish! Apart from ultra-colourful creations, he also enjoys working with monotone prints as well (check out his Behance profile for more work).

★ Here’s a set of 12 questions I asked Andrew about his work, including his Top 3 design tips at the end. There’s a selection of his work scattered throughout this article for you to view. Here goes…

1. Tell the Design Soak Magazine readers about yourself. What motivates you?

My name is Andrew Denholm and I am from Melrose in the Scottish Borders. I studied Illustration at Edinburgh art college and have worked as a freelance illustrator for the past 4 years. I currently live in London as I believe it is the best place to be to promote myself as a illustrator.

I love making new designs and illustrations. I think self satisfaction has to be a major thing for any artist. If you stop wanting to create then that is a problem. As long as you are motivated to keep doing what you enjoy most then it is a pleasure to work.

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2. When did you first start illustrating? Where did it all begin?

I started illustrating as soon as i could pick up a crayon. I would copy pictures my older brother had drawn, trying to make them as similar as I could to his. I would be very happy to sit down at home and draw for long periods and as i got older i began keeping sketch books full of cartoons and different characters. My parents always had paper and pens for me to use and this really helped fuel my passion for drawing as they where very encouraging.

3. How did you ‘find your own style’? Have you always used the same illustration methods?

I would copy a lot of cartoons characters when i was young from the Beano, computer games or TV shows. This then developed into me trying to make my own cartoons and slowly I found a style I was comfortable drawing in. When I was in art school I made huge leaps in how I would draw as I ditched the cartoon style and tried to make my work look like wood cuts and lino cuts. I really liked the textures and patterns that could be created with these techniques. My drawings started to then merge the two styles together becoming quite textured and detailed but with cartoon elements, trying to keep as much humour in the illustrations as possible that reflected the cartoon roots. I have tried many other ways of drawing with different mediums but feel happiest with pen and paper. I do most of my colouring on Photoshop now though as I love the smooth finishes it gives compared to colouring pencils or pens.

Andrew Denholm Illustration


Stunning Electron Illustration: Creative Direction by Sig Vicious

This amazing illustrative work is entitled “Electron”, and was expertly created by Icelandic creative, Sig Vicious:

Electron Illustration & Detail Gallery

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Sig Vicious: This is my piece in a collaborative show between 15 Icelandic graphic designers and illustrators. The theme of the show is hringrás (meaning cycle in English).


Animal-Themed Illustration Inspiration by Andreas Preis

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These Animal-themed Pencil and Fineliner Illustrations by Andreas Preis are absolutely stunning, I think you’ll agree! I love the sheer originality, use of colour and combinations of sketching with spectacular themes. See more from this set over on Andreas profile page.

About these designs: Personal Project – Printable Size about 80 x 80 cm, 300 dpi. Because a lot of people asked: No, I didn’t use illustrator for this. There are some minor vector graphics which I made in Photoshop. At least 95% of what you see here is done by hand with pencils and fineliners. Colors and structures were added in Photoshop afterwards.

Credits: All images shown in this set are © Copyright Andreas Preis. See his profile for more of his amazing illustration inspiration!

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50+ Ultimate StarWars Inspiration

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Is this the most ultimate StarWars inspiration post ever? It just maybe! From craftily sculptured Darth heads and stunning illustrative examples—to humorous StarWars comics and satire—this inspiration article should give you much viewing pleasure. May DesignSoak be with you…

Storm Trooper Illustration

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Minimalist Muppets by Eric Slager

Minimalist Muppets by Eric Slager

These amazing ‘Minimalist Muppets’ were designed by Eric Slager. You may recognise some of the furry little creatures, but regarding the rest, which Muppets are whom?…

The first row of illustrations: Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Swedish Chef, Scooter, Waldorf, Statler and Rizzo the Rat. The second row includes: Dr. Teeth, Zoot, Sgt. Floyd Pepper, Janice, Animal, Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker. Finally, the third row shows: Sweetums, Sam the Eagle, Gonzo the Great, Camilla the Chicken, Miss Piggy and of coarse, Rowlf the Dog!