11 Impressive Websites By Artists & Illustrators That Will Inspire You
If you could be anything in the world, what would it be? If you ask me, I’d be an artist. Why? Simply put, artists have the unique ability to take the wildest thoughts that pop into their head and manifest that idea into a stunning work of art! …and meanwhile, I struggle drawing stick figures with even lengthed arms and legs ¯\_(ツ)__/¯.
Being unbound by creative limits in the real world, I was curious to know, what does a website designed by artists and illustrators look like? Would the cold parameters of a computer screen harden the beauty of illustrated works, or would the combined elements of digital and hand-drawn create a modern masterpiece? Well, I won’t keep you in suspense much longer! Read on to discover nearly a dozen examples of illustrator and artist websites – *spoiler alert, they’re absolutely stunning.
Originally from Argentina, Ana is now a proud Barcelona-based artist with a “less is more” approach to her work. This illustrator and graphic designer pairs strong colors with bold yet simple shapes to form her signature style. Fans of Ana’s art can easily purchase prints off of her websites thanks to the incorporation of a Wix Online Store.
Annie Ryan is a graphic image maker/illustrator who creates art using mixed media. For her website, Annie lets her art do most of the talking. For her illustration portfolio, she opted for a single-pager that stylishly showcases her work both in an image gallery and as the site’s background using a parallax scrolling effect.
What would your pet look like if they got up for work like the rest of us? Would they put on a pair of work boots, or would they be more likely to wear a fine Chanel suit? Sarah Zimmer creates custom pet portraits for her clients that showcase just that. Her gallery beautifully showcases what Sparky and friends would look if they were a little lighter on the animal instincts – and maybe more business savvy.
Lisbon-based illustrator, Espirro calls his artistic style “a combo of nonsense and common sense” – which just happen to be my favorite things, too. Not tied to one medium, Espirro showcases his drawings on anything you could think of, including clothing (for humans and dogs), home decor, and you can even schedule an appointment to get a tattoo of your favorite piece. Having so many promo options could have easily ended up an organizational nightmare, but Espirro does a great job keeping his website clean and easy to navigate by separating each project category with a drop-down menu.
Recognize this name? If you do, it might mean that you’re an avid reader of the Wix Blog ;). Just a few short months ago, Dennis Krawec was crowned one of the winners of the Wix Stunning Awards, a celebration of some of the more impressive Wix websites we’ve ever seen. One look at this graphic designer’s website and it’s easy to see why. Dennis’ brightly colored masterpiece mixes his graphic design work with super fun GIFs and the latest digital trends. With so much talent in one website, it’s hard to believe that Dennis is only now graduating from design school. Quick, someone hire this guy before he becomes your boss!
Michael Burk is a graphic designer who has worked with some of the coolest people on the planet. Currently serving as the Senior Designer for M.A.C cosmetics, his resume boasts design work for names like Adidas, Jeffrey Campbell, and Iris Apfel (just to name a few). You can see Michael’s wide repertoire proudly displayed on his homepage. And no, there is no need to adjust your screen, Michael used a video background to create that cool color-changing effect on his site.
Olivia may describe herself as an illustrator and “photograph taker,” but between you and me, I think she’s being modest. Her website proudly boasts an artist who’s full of versatility including: gorgeous pattern work, humourous graphic posters, prints, photography and mixed media work. All this and more is stylishly presented on slideshow galleries separated by category on her website.
Love music? Prepare to be blown away by Travis Braun. This artist, illustrator, and educator creates music posters that are riddled with hidden meanings and Easter eggs that make them super fun for fans to experience. Anyone itching to learn more about Travis’s work can read all about what inspired him to create posters for some of the world’s biggest bands on his website’s blog.
Zaria is a visual artist that creates ultra-realistic looking landscape paintings that will make you do a double take. But Zaria doesn’t paint just any locations – a proud environmentalist, Zaria’s work portrays remote landscapes that she hopes to introduce new audiences to in order to inform them about the urgency of climate change. Zaria’s environmental work even took her on an expedition to Antarctica with NASA! You can read all about it on the dedicated page on her website.
This Helsinki-based art educator mixes real world and fantasy by sprinkling fun drawings all throughout his website. A true artist, Ilpo’s website showcases an array of talent, including: design, illustrations, and even original music by way of a beautifully embedded Vimeo player.
Tim Bengel creates artwork that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen. He doesn’t use paint, he doesn’t use crayons, heck, he doesn’t even use a Stylus Pen to create his art. Tim is an experimental artist that uses sand and gold as contrast elements to form his unique creations. Tim’s success is largely due to the time lapse videos that he makes to show how his pieces come to life. Naturally, he showcases these amazing videos front and center on his website’s homepage.
By Nathaly Myers
Community & Social Media Manager