One of my favourite aspects of illustration is character design, particularly the simple and quirky vector based cartoons. After scouring the internet I’ve compiled an inspirational roundup of my favourite cute character designs from a range of talented artists and illustrators.

Well, they’re not all monsters but I’m sure you’ll agree, they are some seriously cute character designs! Click through and browse the work of each illustrator.

Do you know of any talented character artists? Post your links in the comments.

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  1. Although there are some particularly lovely creations in the collection you have made Chris, I can’t help but feel that many of them are very similar. It is almost as if it is a “create a monster from a rounded corner rectangle by adding a mouth and 2 eyes” competition.

    I think the collection also shows that a well designed and thought-out backdrop helps lift the image as well. My favourites are the red octopus with the liquid head and the background on the 4th one down.

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  2. Awesome stuff. Very inspiring!

    I do a Monster Of The Day drawing on a whiteboard outside of my cube every day I’m at work. Check them out here: MOTD!

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  3. Those are all very nice and cute and trendy monsters. Given they all are very nice illustrations i would’ve expected more diversity in styles. This is mainly the japanese illustration guidelines that have been running for many years.

    In any case great collection, i had fun scrolling though them :D

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  4. IS THERE A FILIPINO ARTIST HERE?

    I NEED TO FIND ONE GOOD ARTIST FOR A PROJECT. THANKS!!

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  5. most of these are not exactly…cutting edge, this has all been done before and most of them look like they were done by the same person.
    bored.

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