Chris Riddell – artist


Chris Riddell is a children’s book illustrator and political cartoonist for the Observer. In 2015 he was appointed UK children’s Laureate.

Ridell works traditionally, whether he’s sketching or colouring an illustration although many of his illustrations are black and white. In terms of what mediums he uses, Riddell sketches his illustrations using pencil and then inks over the lines with a brush before, if necessary, adding colour which is usually blue and yellow. When he doesn’t use colour, Riddell uses crosshathing and  Mark making to add shade and texture to the illustrations.

Text and art are often combined or closely related in Riddell’s work and some examples can be seen from some of his sketchbook drawings here: . As well as this, he uses he sketchbooks as a place for more than just drawings, adding text, labels and diagrams to them as well and carefully considering the layout of each page which makes it aesthetically pleasing to view.

I personally find his sketchbook layout inspiring as it’s methodical and neatly laid out which is something I would like to work on with my own sketchbooks.


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Robert Sabuda – artist

Robert Sabuda

Robert Sabuda is an American illustrator, pop-up artist and paper engineer who works in the field of children’s books. He grew up in Pinckney (southeastern Michigan) with reading being a key part of his childhood. Sabuda, as most children do, experimented with paper a lot, cutting and sticking it to create various things, after he discovered pop-up books Sabuda used his skills with paper and the books as reference to create his own pop-ups.

As an adult Sabuda began working in the area of illustration, firstly illustration the works of others and then progressing to writing his own stories and illustrating them himself. Recalling his passion for pop-up art, Sabuda used his old books to teach himself more pop-up skills which he then improved, eventually becoming one of the leading pop-up artists in the children’s book industry.

Sabuda’s work is inspiring in the way the art and story compliment each other whilst working as individual pieces. The pop-up art is intricate and appears like a small 3D world, bringing the story to life in ways other pop-up art I’ve seen haven’t done. The intricate level of the pop-ups add a level of interactivity to the books even though they’re not physically engaged with, as the reader can see the visual of the story as though they are part of it themselves, which is a good way of keeping younger children engaged in a story whilst also appealing to older children which makes his books good ones to read as bedtime stories in families with multiple children who will, most likely, be of different ages.


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Dino Tomic – artist

Dino Tomic ( is a professional artist from Norway. He owns a tattoo shop, works as an art tutor and is an artist who mostly works with traditional mediums, usually paint or pencil.
What inspires me most about him isn’t his artwork, although that is incredible, it’s his dedication to art. He set an unlikely goal for himself at age 19, to “become a good / great artist at the age of 26 and be well known / famous in a way” and he set a challenge to achieve this of drawing / tattooing / airbrushing or painting every singly day. Naturally, this meant that sometimes his right (dominant) hand would hurt too much to use, when this happened he used his left, letting nothing stop him from achieving his goal—which he did in 2014 at age 26. I find his dedication admirable and look up to him as a role model in art.
Another thing about him that inspired me was this: , a collection of his artwork to show his progression and evolution as an artist from age 8 to age 25. I love seeing his progression and how he got to be where he is. I also like the fact that whilst his artwork was, in my opinion, good, before he turned 22 when it became incredible and then, over the years, exceptional which, to me, emphasises and proves that hard work is the key to success.

Izanagi Aadi – artist

Izanagi AadiIzanagi Aadi is a hobbyist artist from India who works in traditional media, mostly pencil, and has created several 3D anamorphic drawings. His work is one of the main reasons I became interested in Anamorphic art and it is something I plan on trying for myself in the near future. Another thing he does which is unusual but inspiring is negative art, where he colours his images in the negative and then uses a camera / computer effect to invert the image to show the intended colours. As well as using styles which are new and intriguing to me, he also works in the manga style which allows me to use his work as reference to help me improve my own as I have better understanding of how he created his artwork.


(Drawing belongs to Izanagi Aadi, found:

Laovaan – artist

LaovaanLaovaan is a German art student who works in traditional media. His favoured medium is watercolour paints but he lists ink, marker pens and pencil among the materials he generally uses. If I had to choose one thing I really liked about his work it would be how he does the hair on characters, keeping to the anime style but giving a layered semi-realistic look which is something I often struggle to achieve. As well as having a DeviantArt page to showcase his work ( he keeps a YouTube channel ( on which he shows the process of creating his artwork which I find helpful as a resource to use when trying to use similar mediums to him or understand how to do something (e.g. Colouring skin etc.). The fact he works in a style similar to my own makes him more of an inspiration to me as I can use his artwork as reference to improve my own work as well as draw inspiration from it.


(art belongs to Laovaan, found:

Nicole Rebbert (Quelchii)

QuelchiiNicole Rebbert is a German hobbyist artist who generally works with traditional media. She uses a combination of mediums to create her artwork, usually coloured pencil, Copic Ciao marker pens and ink. Her work, though done using traditional methods, resembles digital art which, I feel, is an effect that looks highly professional and takes a lot of skill.
She mostly draws people, often from films (e.g. Marvel films, Pirates of the Caribbean).
I came across her art on DeviantArt where she uses the username “Quelchii”, and was inspired by her art as it is done in similar mediums to what I use and has a highly realistic appearance which is a style of art I enjoy working in from time to time.

View her artwork here:


(art belongs to Nicole Rebbert, found:

Tetsuhiro Wakabayashi

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Tetsuhiro Wakabayashi is an artist and illustrator based in Japan, although he states on his website that he’s “interested in international collaboration”. In my opinion, this shows him to be an open minded and creative person, as he is willing to create work with people who may both have a different style as well as different cultural influence, something that could create work very different to his individual style but could also be effective at drawing attention to the art because of how unique it would be.

From what I’ve seen of his work, Wakabayashi uses a dulled colour palette, fairly unusual in children’s illustrations. Howrver, he uses the dulled coloured in a way which puts contrasting colours together to make various individual aspects of the image stand out, some more than others so your eyes move around the whole page as different components jump out at you in turn. I think this can work better than bold colours at keeping a child’s attention as, in some ways, the method Wakabayashi uses stands out more, also giving a level of interactivity with how you view it.


(art belongs to Tetsuhiro Wakabayashi, image found:

Nuriko-Kun – Artist


*(Disclaimer: I do not own the artwork shown here, it belongs to Nuriko-Kun whose DeviantArt page can be found here:*

Nuriko-kun is an artist I discovered on DevianArt who works digitally in then manga / anime style. She works alongside her partner Bassara to create characters and storylines for a manga they are working towards creating together called Parashi.

Her art style is very professional and, when aI first saw it, I believed it was fanart from an existing anime because of the quality of her work and the style that she works in.

I find her use of lighting fascinating as she ued shade and highlights to work with the scenery, even suceeding in replicating sunlight through leaves in one image.

Each character is interesting in their own way, whether through body language, position or clothing and accessories, all of which work to tell the viewer a little about the character, whether it’s their personality, status, role in the manga or lifestyle. This all works to tell stories without words or any information given besides the art of the character or scene, which is a very important aspect of manga art as there is limited space for text and the storytelling relies mostly on the artwork.

B-AGT – artist

* (disclaimer: I do not own the artwork shown here, these belong to B-AGT, whose DeviantArt page can be found here: ) *


B-AGT is a German artist I came across on and who has been a big inspiration to me. They do art as a hobby rather than as a professional artist or an art student.

B-AGT generally works in the format of fan art of existing characters, often from the Final Fantasy games or disney animated films, such as, Tangled. In terms of media, they use tonal pencil on some drawings, watercolour paint on others and sometimes a combination of the two, mostly working on 150gsm A4 paper, the results are always incredible and realistic.

It was after seeing their work that I began to experiment with working tonally and discovered that I actually enjoyed working in the semi-realistic way on occasion, and now I try to incorporate some level of realism into my art, often through shading or smaller detail.

I admire their skill and often, when I find myself at a dead end, look at their work for inspiration for my own art.

Masashi Kishimoto – artist

imageKishimoto is the author and artist of the famous manga Naruto. He is Japanese and grew up admiring other manga artists and improving his art skills by drawing from the work of those he admired.

Kishimoto uses Copic markers pens when he creates coloured artwork, and it’s from looking at his Naruto illustration book in which the images are coloured in these pens that I was inspired to try Promarker Pens – now one of my favourite mediums – to try and replicate the smooth blends and bold colours.

Kishimoto is the artist I am most inspired by, both because of his artwork and because of his dedication to his style, continuing with his work despite several rejections and multiple set-backs which I find very admiring, as well as the fact that he started out drawing by copying from existing artwork in front of him which is the same method I used to learn to draw and imrpove my skills until I could create my own artwork in my own individual developed style.