Taschen's Illustration Now series of books offer a great overview of the current trends and who's popular in the commercial artwork world across advertising, editorial and online. The 5th version of the annual is now on sale.
The book includes a lot of names familiar across the design and illustration community including Noma Bar, Jon Bugerman and Malika Favre – and less well-known names that we've featured recently (or a lot) including Stanley Chow, Jack Hughes and Eiko Ojala. Here, however, we chosen to focus on some less well-known names – as the book does include a few unknown gems among its 150 illustrators from 30 countries.
Eiko Ojala also created the book's cover (shown here). His work blends papercut and digital composition in a charmig way that looks a lot more hand-made than it really is.
Illustration Now 5 costs £24.99.
Strasbourg-based Thomas Ehretsmann's acrylic painted work is primarily editorial and for books. This piece, SDF, was created for Elle magazine.
Rafael Alvarez divides his time between Brooklyn and Beirut. His clients have included The New York Times, Playboy, Sixpoint Brewery and Paramount Pictures.
This personal piece, After The Storm, was drawn using pen and ink, then coloured digitally.
Brooklyn-based Jonathan Bartlett creates mixed media artwork for books and editorial projects. This is a personal piece called Tweed Run.