36 Best Digital Artists to Inspire in 2020

36 Best Digital Artists to Inspire in 2020

No wonder that digital artists and their works inspire us to get involved in this sphere. Digital art makes anything possible and in no way limits the creator. No matter whether you are an experienced professional or an amateur, you can sketch anything you want if you have the necessary skills, of course.

The post below lists the best digital artists around the world who prove that there are no limits to your creativity if you have a tablet and qualitative software.

1. Lulu Chen Behance

Jung Chen, who calls herself Lulu Chen, is a famous digital artist from San Francisco. Currently, she lives and works in Toronto.

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Most of her works are dedicated to creating children’s book illustrations, original backgrounds and unique characters. Each of her masterpieces is a well-thought-out and detailed world that, thanks to the correct use of colors and tones, provokes only warm emotions.

Lulu Chen mainly works with Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter. But she doesn’t neglect traditional art, using watercolors, gouache, colored pencil and acrylic paints.

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2. Alexis Franklin Behance

Alexis Franklin is a young videographer from Texas whose hobby is digital painting. Her works are mostly surreal and feature expressive subjects with a style very similar to oil on canvas.

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Alexis may spend from 4 to 6 hours on one piece of art. The entire process is captured on camera in the form of an extensive series of time-lapses found on her YouTube channel.

Unsurprisingly, her impressive work has earned her almost 34,000 followers on Instagram to date. Alexis gets inspired by classic art, namely her favorite oil painters. Then she tries to reflect that texture and atmosphere in her own works of art using the computer and Wacom tablet.

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3. Kiko Rodriguez Behance

Kiko Rodríguez is a Cuban artist and graphic designer, who currently resides in Miami. He is one of the best digital artists known for being universal.

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Kiko perceives illustrations as the way to meditate and reflect on something. He impresses users with the ability to mix classic and digital techniques.

Kiko’s style is clear and accurate. His illustrations look authentic, vivid and powerful.

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4. Lynn Chen Behance

Lynn Chen is a skilled visual development artist from China, currently residing in LA. Her main occupation is a senior 2D artist at FunPlus Games.

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Besides, Lynn works as a freelancer for such animation studios as Dreamworks TV, Nickelodeon Jr., Illumination, etc. At her leisure, Lynn creates doodles for her personal project or spends time with her faithful companion – Mochi the corgi. She works with Wacom Cintiq 22 and enjoys classic and digital ways of painting.

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5. Kyle Lambert Behance

Kyle Lambert belongs to top digital artists who create illustrated Movie Posters for the sphere of entertainment. Residing in LA, he cooperates with the globally recognized companies, like Apple, Disney, Marvel, Netflix, Paramount Studios, Sony Pictures and Universal Studios.

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You must have seen the iconic posters Kyle created for Stranger Things, an incredibly popular Netflix series that earned several awards. His poster was used for the promotion of all 3 seasons of the series and could be spot on Billboards, action figures, books, comics, apparel.

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6. Ekaterina Savic Behance

Ekaterina Savic is an independent illustrator of books with Russian roots. Currently, she lives in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. The main directions of Ekaterina’s work are children’s books, character design, and writing stories.

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In most cases, her famous digital art pieces are aimed at telling a story. Ekaterina worked as an illustrator of children’s books, took part in many art competitions, and won several of them.

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7. Pawel Nolbert Behance

Pawel Nolbert (you may know him as HelloColor) is a multidisciplinary visual artist. He works as an illustrator, art director and graphic designer on a commercial basis in the spheres of entertainment, advertising, as well as for numerous digital art projects.

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Working in the creative field for more than 17 years and specializing in illustration and art direction/design, Pawel became one of the prominent digital art artists. Among the clients he cooperated with are renowned advertising agencies and famous brands.

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8. Viktor Miller-Gausa Behance

Viktor Miller-Gausa is a Russian art director and digital illustrator from Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. He is known for his magnificent digital portraits.

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In November 2019, he blasted the network with new portraits of stars and characters. Among them are Billy Eilish, Gal Gadot, Jim Carrey, Hunter Schafer and others.

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9. Charlie Davis Behance

Charlie Davis is an illustrator and designer based in London. His works are created in flat design style – these are quirky and warm minimalistic drawings of everyday things and people.

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Charlie’s illustrations are filled with color, texture and joy. Charlie loves observing people and draws his creative ideas from the interactions he sees around him – his travels, his favorite artists, and what not.

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10. Brian Miller Behance

Brian Edward Miller is the owner, artist, and illustrator of the Orlin Culture Shop (OCS for short) based in Erie, CO. Brian’s website states that he aspires to produce qualitative illustrations that tell the story with the professional committed ideals introduced by his family.

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Brian pursues that subtle vintage style that influenced him significantly some time ago.

According to Brian’s Dribbble portfolio, his famous digital art is highly praised and represented by remarkable and unique posters, advertising graphics and more.

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11. Butcher Billy Behance

Butcher Billy is one of the prominent digital illustration artists from Brazil. He is known for combining various ideas, subjects and aesthetics, thus creating one-of-a-kind type of modern nostalgia.

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The way Billy compares and contrasts various characters from today’s pop culture can be described as distinctive, postmodern, and with a bit of irony.

Aside from creating illustrations, Billy works as a creative director in a digital agency. He resided in the UK for some time and traveled extensively.

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12. Maxim Shkret Behance

Maxim Shkret, an artist from Moscow, became widely popular due to his digital sculptures of animals and people. To create these sculptures, he uses include Autodesk 3ds Max, Vray, Corona Renderer, Pixologic Zbrush, and Wacom Intuos.

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Maxim’s 3D models resemble paper art and capture high attention to detail (flowing fur, ridged scales, etc.). The way shadow and light play in his works is fascinating – viewers instantly want to “feel” the texture of these animals with your own hands.

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13. Filip Hodas Behance

Filip Hodas, also known as Hoodass, is a freelance 3D artist from Prague, Czech Republic. He may be called one of the best digital artists due to his bizarre and eye-opening renderings.

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Hoodass is highly praised for the series that depict pop culture icons and their decay, showing us how all these well-known characters from cartoons, movies and video games will soon be forgotten and will fade into obscurity.

Among his works, you will see a burnt-out Pac Man, deceased Hello Kitty, a Martian Playstation space station and more. Hoodass’s digital artwork may be perceived as a premonition and it makes the viewers feel nostalgic.

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14. Yann Dalon Behance

Yann Dalon belongs to young top digital artists from Paris. His main goal is to add motion to the illustration, make his artworks as dynamic as possible. To achieve his goal, Yann actively uses rhythmic strokes and vibrant colors.

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In his artwork, Yann mixes the means of classic painting (ink, watercolor, pen, acrylic, etc.) together with digital painting (Photoshop and graphic tablet tools).

His illustrations are highly praised by such renowned brands as Disney, Adidas, Adobe, Jim Beam, NBA and more.

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15. Toni Infante Behance

Toni Infante is one of the notable contemporary digital artists from Barcelona. He is mostly involved in creating illustrations for movies, children and comic books.

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Not long ago, Tonic began creating cover art for a vast array of clients, like Boom!, CDProjekt, Titan or DC comics. Besides, on his PATREON, Toni shares tutorials and videos of how he creates his digital art.

You may find Toni giving classes at IBOIX Escola as well.

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16. Camila Venegas Behance

Camila Venegas is an art director and designer from Bogotá, Colombia. As of now, she resides in Dubai, UAE. For 6 years, she has been working in advertising agencies and design studios as an art director.

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Alongside this, Camila has been working for several projects as a freelance 3D Illustrator and graphic designer. Her famous digital artwork is a combination of three-dimensional and flat drawing that slightly resembles crafts made from modeling clay.

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17. Pascal Blanché Behance

Pascal Blanché is an artist from France and a Senior Art director at Behaviour Interactive. He has been working in the Game sphere for 25 years. In 2000, Pascal moved to Canada and started working on French/Canadian movie production ‘Kaena the Prophecy’.

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Then he joined Ubisoft and has been holding the position of Art Director on ‘Myst IV: Revelation’, ‘Naruto: Rise of a Ninja’ and James Cameron's ‘Avatar’ for a decade. After that, Pascal moved to the UK for two years and was working there for Frontier and Jagex.

Currently, Pascal works as Senior Art director at Ubisoft Montreal. He is notable for digital illustrations that are full of color and are inspired by memories of his 80’s heroes, such as Moebius, Frazetta, Bisley, Corben and more. Pascal’s artwork won multiple awards and could be spot in magazines and books published worldwide.

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18. Mike Campau Behance

Mike Campau is one of the best digital artists who has been working for various agencies and studios for more than 20 years. He cooperated with such reputable brands as WWE, Pepsi, Chevrolet, Ford, Budweiser, Sony and more.

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The prominent characteristics of Mike’s style are clarity and dynamics. He sets high visual standards and aspires to surpass them.

With such a vast experience in the fields of illustration, graphic design, photography and CGI, Mike has plenty of tools at his disposal and actively uses them. As of now, he is focused on mixing photography and CGI in his artwork.

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19. Justin Peters Behance

Justin Peters is one of the popular contemporary digital artists from Germany. He is only 22 years old but he has already become famous thanks to the stunning surreal works.

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Using the capabilities of Photoshop and his limitless imagination, Peters creates incredible collages combining the most diverse and sometimes incompatible elements of the surrounding world.

Justin Peters finds pictures for his collages on various stock photo websites. As a result of merging such images, we can often observe surreal scenes with a special sentimental atmosphere.

Peters can create the most incredible combinations that evoke genuine feelings and emotions. For example, it can be a girl diving into the water and then turning into a jellyfish or a boy who settled down on the beach next to the shining moon.

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20. Bastien Lecouffe Deharme Behance

Bastien Lecouffe Deharme uses an impressive combination of ancient legends, tales, and mythology with modern elements in its projects. He is considered to be one of the best digital artists due to his ability to mix decadence and beauty, creating dark images rich in symbolism.

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Deharme currently lives in the United States and collaborates with many companies as a freelancer. His works have been published in National Geographic, Harper Collins, Wizards of the Coast, Applibot, Penguin Books, Hasbro, and others.

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21. Rik Oostenbroek Behance

Rik Oostenbroek is an art director of Hilversum. This designer and artist from the Netherlands didn’t receive special education, he learned everything himself.

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By the age of 22, he has already managed to work with such prestigious companies as Mazda, Nike, Viacom, and ESPN. Rik Oostenbroek's works have appeared in commercials in many countries and cities around the world including London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, New York, and Milan.

He is one of the top digital artists, who became famous for his unique abstract shapes and dynamic forms. He creates his artworks using almost any modern design style such as Art Direction, Graphic Design, Typography, Surreal/Abstract Illustration, 3D Graphics, a combination of Photo Manipulation and Retouching, etc.

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22. Tracie Ching Behance

Tracie Ching is one of the prominent digital illustration artists. Her residence is in Washington DC. The main specialization of this artist is complex portraiture including a limited palette and graphic lines.

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Tracie Ching acquired all her knowledge and skills herself. Before developing her own style, she worked at the silkscreen prints industry for several years.

Tracie Ching creates editorial illustrations, commercial sportswear projects, gallery projects, etc. However, her most popular works are unique alternative movie posters.

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23. Amr Elshamy Behance

Amr Elshamy is a well-known name in the artistic environment. This digital artist is associated with lots of famous brands and products such as Shutterstock, Adobe, 3D Artist Magazine, BBC, and others.

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Amr Elshamy managed to learn the nuances of the profession himself. He is interested and engaged in a wide variety of techniques, styles, and types of art.

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24. Mike Winkelmann (Beeple) Behance

Mike Winkelmann known as Beeple is a videographer and graphic designer, who has shared many design projects and video works free under CC. This famous digital artist created the “Everydays” series of drawings.

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It consists of over 3,000 animations and CGI drawings that Beeple has published one per day online for over a decade. He found an application for his talent in another field. Many electro musicians and artists use his CC VJ loops.

Mike Winkelmann has presented his short films at many festivals. Skrillex, Amon Tobin, Taïsto and other famous artists used his drawings and illustrations. Nowadays, Beeple collaborates with the Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label to release his artwork.

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25. Farid Ghanbari Behance

Farid Ghanbari has over 10 years of experience as a Lighting Artist and 3D CG Generalist. He is also the founder of RenderBurger. He became CG Supervisor of the Iranian digital game design team called Lexip Games. He holds this position to date.

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His extensive experience makes him one of the best digital artists. Farid worked in the fields of advertising, motion design, game projects, and architectural visualization. He used Realflow, Photoshop, Maya, and other software for his work.

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26. Sasha Vinogradova Behance

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Sasha Vinogradova is an artist and designer from Russia, who lives and works in the United States. She is a senior designer for “The Mill +,” and has prepared the covers for Crown, 12 Monkeys, Damien, Tomorrowland. Besides, she created the opening of True Detective’s third season.

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27. Billelis (Billy Bogatzoglus) Behance

Billy Bogiatzoglou known as Billelis was born in Greece but currently resides and works in the United Kingdom. Before moving to the UK, he was engaged in street art.

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Billelis was educated at the University of Plymouth, where he studied Digital Art & Technology. Now he is an art director and 3D designer.

His famous digital art samples impress with contrasting colors that create an incredible combination of dark style and elegance. Billelis always draws inspiration from the Gothic.

In his works, he often captures deadly subjects giving them some unique touches of life, elegance, and beauty. One of his last and major works was dedicated to the film John Wick 3.

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28. Anwar Mostafa Behance

Anwar Mostafa is one of the best digital artists and visualizers. He is from Egypt. Mostafa studied computer graphics and multimedia at the Arab Academy of Sciences and Technology.

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He participated in many online art exhibitions, international art groups Cosmosys and Aurora. Later, he presented this concept in Egypt, creating the evolving art group, which united many talented Egyptian artists.

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29. Vladimir Petkovic Behance

Serbian computer artist Vladimir Petkovic is an art director at Adobe Systems. He works in many areas of 3D design including rendering, hard surface and organic modeling, lighting, and texturing.

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He is one of the universal digital artists, who dealt with UI/UX design, streamlining workflows, art direction, concept art, etc. His designs were used while creating video games, software development, motion pictures, and product visualization.

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30. Stuart Lippincott Behance

Stuart Lippincott primarily works in animation and motion graphics. He resides in Bentonville, Arkansas. You can see his famous digital artwork on the Behance profile, where he publishes his projects every month.

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His pictures stand out in a gloomy mood that evokes nostalgic memories of the early digital era. Looking through his works, you will surely notice modern light sources or some kind of mysterious elements. Lippincott is known for combining 3D objects, people, and light in a unique way.

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31. Ari Weinkle Behance

Ari Weinkle studied graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design and earned a bachelor's degree there. He is one of the leading digital art artists working in the multidisciplinary design genre. He shares his projects in print and online.

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Creating his masterpieces, Ari Weinkle breaks down into elements and transforms various objects such as organic and geometric shapes, the human body, and typography. Working with fragments, he experiments with various combinations of shapes, colors, and patterns.

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32. Samantha Mash Behance

Samantha stands out among other digital artists and their works by her interest in iconography. Her works are filled with symbolism and human centrism. In her illustrations, she seeks to reveal such concepts as freedom, vulnerability, repression, anxiety, and identity.

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Samantha Mash experiments with a combination of space and light, form, and linear work. In this way, she tries to create a sense of color, shape, and fluidity.

In addition to her main work, Samantha takes an active social position. She fights for social equality, defends ecology, and conservation using her art and going beyond it.

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33. Allan Jabbar Behance

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Allan Jabbar, a freelancer Iraq, has vast experience in illustration, photo manipulation, and graphic design. Most of his works are realistic 3D landscapes and photo manipulation. His most famous digital artwork is the promotional posters for Nike and Toyota.

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34. Mark Conlan Behance

Mark Conlan is a talented Irish illustrator, who is currently based in Melbourne. He creates conceptual projects for publishing, advertising, products, and performs one-time orders for customers from many countries.

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Mark’s works are filled with amazing composition and characters that draw their strength from bizarre and emotional scenes. Incredibly atmospheric, saturated, and rich colorful images created by Mark Conlan put him in one line with the best digital artists.

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35. Lena Vargas Behance

Lena Vargas Afanasieva is an illustrator from Santo Domingo, but she has Russian roots. Her creative style was formed under the influence of Dominican and Russian traditions. Lena’s famous digital art pieces have features of both cultures.

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After getting her bachelor's degree in Multimedia Graphic designs, she worked with many well-known companies including Pages BBDO, DBG Havas Worldwide, and Young & Rubicam Damaris. Since 2015, she has been creating illustrations and advertising as a freelancer.

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36. Claudio Errico Behance

Claudio Errico began filming 4 years ago as an amateur photographer. Then he switched to digital and computer graphics, bringing to life advertising and personal projects.

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He worked to advertise the new Maserati and Skoda, and his most recent famous digital art pieces show the fires in Australia, the Covid-19 pandemic, and global quarantine.

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