A collection of online resources and links to places that might be of interest. The list is divided between sites that focus on the history of illustration and those that focus more on contemporary illustration.

Historic Illustration

Almanaque Silva

Portugal's history of illustration is explored in this (predominantly) Portuguese-language blog. Created by designer, illustrator and educator Jorge Silva, his 'almanac' is a fantastic resource for those interested in the country's rich graphic history.

D.B. Dowd's Illustration History Blog

Douglas B. Dowd is a designer, writer, illustrator and theorist of visual culture. His website plays host to a fantastic blog on illustration history, presenting critical summaries of illustrators and their work. The images he shows are drawn from both his personal collection and from The Douglas B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library at Washington University.

Illustration Art

In his own words, David Apatoff's blog "celebrates great art in humble place". Since 2005 he has been writing about artists who illustrate stories, comics and advertisements.

Illustration History

This educational resource and archive is a project by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This impressive site hosts essays and profiles, exploring work through genres and time period.

John Coulthart's Illustrators Archive

John Coulthart is a British graphic artist, illustrator, author and designer. For more than a decade he has kept a blog that has cataloged his interests and obsessions. His Illustrator's Archive provides a great introduction to some of history's best known and lesser-known illustrators; with Coulthart's interest in fantasy and horror guiding many of his choices.

The Kid Book Museum

Created by the staff of the Omsk State Library, this Russian-language blog is home to an archive that celebrates the art of children's books. Collected and shared by a community of book-lovers, it includes a number of rare titles and illustrated books from Russia.

Leif Peng's Female Illustrators of the mid-20th Century

Created as a side-project to his main inspiration blog, Leif Peng's 2010 site profiles the life and work of twenty-five female illustrators from the mid-century. It's a good starting place for those interested in the often-appreciated talents of a whole era of illustrators.

Mike Dempsey's illustration posts

Since 2008 the British graphic designer Mike Dempsey has been blogging about life and graphic design. His posts on illustration combine the personal with the pictorial; sharing posts on great illustrators alongside small personal anecdotes and observations.


French production company who has produced a number of documentary films about illustrators.

Old Book Illustrations

Impressive digital archive run by two book collectors with a particular interest in Victorian and French Romantic illustrations.


An amazing search engine for anyone interested in Japanese Woodblock prints.

Contemporary Illustration

Illustrators Lounge

There's a number of websites dedicated to 'illustration inspiration' but Illustrator's Lounge is probably the best. Its mix of contemporary work alongside features on historical illustrators is always refreshing and its variety of work is always enjoyable.

Picturebook Makers

This site celebrates the art of picturebooks through a series of interviews with authors and illustrators.


Adventures in Commissioning

Martin Colyer's website explores illustration from the art director/commissioner's point of view featuring the work of people like Anna Haifisch, Tom Gauld, Neville Brody and Liz Pyle.

Martin Colyer's website explores illustration from the art director/commissioner's point of view featuring the work of people like Anna Haifisch, Tom Gauld, Neville Brody and Liz Pyle.