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58 Wonderfully Cute Illustrated Monster Characters

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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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79 Comments

  1. Cerium says:

    Really nice character ;) Moreover I discovered some great artist in your selection :)

  2. liam says:

    Ah yeah! That’s amazing, love the colours! And some very cute monsters, and a few disturbing ones.

  3. Some great stuff there – it’s inspired me to get my sketchbook out and doodle.

  4. Daniel says:

    Does a Gorilla count? Link

  5. nice selection!
    :D

  6. Andrew says:

    Fun post. Thanks Chris.

  7. this is awesome, makes me want to open illustrator. hehe

  8. Timbo says:

    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.

  9. [ad7m] says:

    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!

  10. Savitri says:

    Ahh… I wish I was that talented. Makes me at least want to attempt a monster tho :)

    I love these monsters: http://www.flickr.com/photos/13597444@N03/sets/72157603858663821/

    Does the last one really count as monsters?

  11. Domingo says:

    Hi …i am a monster and you? Lol

  12. Scary monsters in bright pop color is itself a little disturbing… “Let’s Play” with the girl and the bunny, yipes! Cute style but for the knife!

    Remember the Little Guy, too! He’s made some really cute origami monsters that you can print out and fold up. A well needed distraction during the day :)

  13. Hmm, some of those a bit strange, but mostly they are really cool :)

  14. Alex says:

    Awesome collection, some of those would make great vinyl toys, and I’m sure some of them already are!

  15. flisterz says:

    character design is definitely my favorite, too. thanks for this great round up! :)

  16. capeplates says:

    Some great characters here – makes achange to get some light hearted posts

  17. Great collection there, I just wish that I could do something like them.

  18. Pasquale says:

    Thanks for the feature again !

  19. the purple rocket eating bear is my fav <3

  20. tom says:

    i like the illustration from guy at http://www.crunk.pl

  21. Ugo says:

    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

  22. michelle says:

    great selection! the colors are amazing and would probably looks great on t-shirts.

  23. melba says:

    sooooo cute them all.
    i’d love to have vynil toys of them :D

  24. haaaa nice niceee i have a monster too ¡¡¡ click in the link ¡¡¡¡ seee itt ¡¡

    http://bp2.blogger.com/_gh6hd5n9WbQ/R7Pe3yZCAzI/AAAAAAAAABI/Kym0Kdumdok/s1600-h/elmostro-web.jpg

  25. Isatita says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOWWW!!!.. all that monsters are so cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! º__________________º

  26. MoNsTeR says:

    I love monsters. Especially cute ones.

    This is a great post.

  27. pantoffel says:

    wow, im in the list (char-20), great! thanks for publish my work… nice selection, congrats!

  28. Loren says:

    These are great.

  29. Indeepop says:

    big tnx =)))very nice artworks!=))

  30. yilez says:

    I know the guy who made the bear with the axe. His website is http://www.cleandemon.com. He has a few other things on there as well, and some of his stuff has been put onto t-shirts and all sorts.

  31. Dan Swartz says:

    I’m a vector illustrator and wanted to throw my hat in the ring!

  32. Massimo says:

    hey check mine :)

    http://marolda.altervista.org/
    There for the first versions :)

    and there for all of them :D

    The Happy Company.
    http://hesoyam.deviantart.com/gallery/

  33. Adam Steel says:

    http://lachyen.deviantart.com/

    This guy has some great character designs and is a fantastic cartoonist, well worth checking out.

  34. Paola Opal says:

    Hey! I’m a cute fanatic too, and have a discussion of this article and many other cute things on my blog…

  35. cameron627 says:

    28 and 41 are funneh XD

  36. Wow!! They’re absolutely great!!!
    I’ve seen a couple already in flickr ;)
    But congrats for the compilation!!
    Here’s the first couple of monsters i did :)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aracnofobia/2702598804/

  37. ASIANMARGARITA says:

    IS THERE A FILIPINO ARTIST HERE?

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

  38. bunny says:

    great monsters!! thanks a lot for the feature! ^____^

  39. Lance says:

    Wow. Amazing list.

    The green turtle is so adorable. And I like the green bear with an axe too. Funny.

  40. Dave says:

    They should have their own show!

  41. Natalie says:

    haha. wow, those are cute. i like the green monster that’s saying “hi” :)

  42. Ted says:

    Yeah, you should check out

    http://www.steamcrow.com

    They do great cute monster illustrations!

  43. guri says:

    awww so cute *.*

  44. Niceness, cute monsters are always rad.

  45. The Ad Mad says:

    Great selection!

    I love dgph moles the most (www.dgph.com.ar)

  46. Marnie B says:

    Although it’s foul, I love shiteater. Teehee.

  47. valeriemetzger says:

    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.

  48. Preeti says:

    They are so cute. Is that okay? …to call ugly little character monsters, cute? Oh well.

  49. insic says:

    I love all what you got here.

  50. Kacper says:

    http://www.dardanele.com/
    one of the best page in ilustrator style from poland…
    you heve great page too

  51. Rama says:

    Wew… that’s look good
    Keep to be a Creative man guys !!!

  52. Vey nice post …keep the good work..

  53. gLENN says:

    So cute cartoons.. do you have a tutorial how to make these designs?

  54. Gillian says:

    yeah These are great! I would Love to be able to create my own.

  55. Jensine says:

    So cute!

    Check out Andrew Bell, at http://www.tcimh.com

    His monsters are great

  56. photo_grpaher says:

    oh..
    so cool..
    i love monsters..
    how to make one of them?

  57. Jim says:

    Heh, the cactus in love with the balloon is great.

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