In no particular order, a list of five of my most personally inspirational illustrators in the industry.
This is a diary style blog post - not an academic work and features personal opinion.
Boris Pelcer: www.borispelcer.com
I personally feel Pelcers mixed media figurative portraiture, though warped in a surrealists nature, manages to express his coherent style throughout his range of works. The eclectic range of subject matter and tones explored all hold the magnificence and tactile texture of painted media with the precision and accuracy of digital media. Above all the finishing and attention to detail found is truly inspirational. I often 'Pixel peep' in the same way a photographer would examine the quality of an imaging censer by closely examining the frame piece by piece. I have often done the same with Pelcers work, always impressed by such attention to detail.
Charlotte Ager: https://www.charlotteager.co.uk
Often the case with illustration, a naive, less figurative approach to representing form can allow a greater freedom of expression. In an interview Ager states that she is 'impatient' and works very quickly, sometimes not knowing how the final will turn out. I like, for example to power to encapsulate emotions in an isolated form (devoid of lighting, realism and accuracy) with the use of minimal detail and carefully selected colour. Moreover, Agers style captures a brilliant sense of rawness in its form, that lends itself to represent a variety situations, emotions and subjects.
David Downton: www.daviddownton.com
One of my favorite fashion illustrators, David Downton. I love the blend of realism and abstract representation in Downton's work. The fluid lines fill his work with energy, whilst his attention to detail serves to present the clothing designers creativity with respectful realism, Downton captures more than what is seen in photography, and that, I feel is the attitude of the models and the atmosphere in the room.
Pat Perry: patperry.net
Parrys warped observation pencil sketches have demonstrated his elite skill and attention to detail in all his pieces. His work has a doodle'esque quality yet with an incredibly accurate nature. Verging on psychedelic Parrys drawings are full of content and work best when you have time to admire them.