Illustration Teardowns: Bay Area Illustrators

As a resident of the Bay Area, I’m excited to present to you some of the area’s finest illustrators…

Rob Levin for Mavenlink—Centralized single source of truth design system

This will be another post with very little commentary from yours truly. There are so many talented artists to showcase, it again makes sense to let the visuals speak for themselves. Before we dive in, I’d like to give a big thanks to all of the artists for allowing me to showcase their work!

Note that I opted for a fairly wide resolution to show off the details of these gorgeous illustrations. Medium will of course scale down as expected for mobile devicies, but, you may want to consider viewing these on a large screen if possible.


Chris Koehler (aka @ckoehlerart on Instagram) — an award-winning artist and illustrator working out of San Francisco, teacher of Comics Programs at California College of the Arts, and co-owner of Sketchpad Gallery — has been featured in The NYT, The Atlantic, and Popular Science and recognized by Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and more.

Chris Koehler. DROPMIX: BLUE — Green themed illustration for the Hasbro/Harmonix videogame Dropmix
Chris Koehler — officially licensed Blade Runner poster for Hero Complex Gallery’s Blacklight show.

Brian Stauffer (aka @staufferstudio on Instagram)—who’s illustrations are well known for their conceptual take on social issues — has contributed to the likes of: The New York Times, TIME Magazine, The New Yorker, The Nation, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, and over 300 others worldwide.

Brian Stauffer—Virtual technology and porn for Playboy about virtual technology goggles and the porn industry
Brian Stauffer—Gentrification for The Village Voice

Amongst his many other published contributions and awards, Robert Hunt (aka @rhuntstudios on Twitter) was awarded the Hamilton King Award (2015) and the Distinguished Educator in the Arts Award (2017) from the New York Society of Illustrators.

Robert Hunt — book cover for Pride and Prometheus, by Victor Kessel
Robert Hunt — a private commission of a very old cemetery in Petaluma, California

Sophie Diao (aka @snowpeasnow on Instagram), is an artist/illustrator living in San Francisco, California. There’s a magical narrative to her works:

Sophie Diao — Buzios, Brazil
Sophie Diao — Lofoten, Norway

Alice Lee (aka byalicelee on Instagram) is an independent SF-based illustrator & designer who loves drawing and telling clever stories. Previously at Dropbox as the second illustrator on the team, and also the one who did many of those lovely Slack illustrations you’ve been seeing of late, her current areas of focus are working on (1) illustration branding and (2) editorial projects.

Alice Lee—illustration series for Nova, a new project from Airbnb
Alice Lee—personal narrative illustration series

Yoshi Yoshitani (aka @yoshiyoshitani on Instagram) is a freelance illustrator inspired by cultures, mythologies, and patterns from around the world…

Yoshi Yoshitani — See hear speak series
Yoshi Yoshitani — Jem and The Holograms: Infinite #3

Illustrator and sometimes designer Fanny Luor (aka @fanny.luor on Instagram) currently illustrates at Dropbox and is based in San Francisco.

Fanny Luor for Dropbox — 7 creative ways to reinvigorate mind, body, and soul
Fanny Luor for Dropbox — Designers who play with words

Brandon Land (aka @brandonland_ on Instagram) is a Designer/Illustrator at Facebook, previously at Dropbox.

Brandon Land for Dropbox—Analysis Paralysis
Brandon Land for Dropbox — The History of Dropbox Brand Illustration pt. 2

Pascal Campion (aka @pascalcampionart on Instagram) is a prolific French-American artist, illustrator, concept designer, character designer and animator whose clients include: DreamWorks Animation, Paramount Pictures, Disney Feature, Disney Toons, Cartoon Network, Hulu, PBS.

Pascal Campion—Night Out
Pascal Campion—It smells like fall

Leonard Peng (aka @pengtagram on Instagram) currently resides in San Francisco where he works as a Brand Illustrator for Uber…

Leonard Peng for Midnight Breakfast—The Boy Who Never Cried for Me
Leonard Peng

Jennifer Hom (aka @jhomdraws on Instagram) currently resides in San Francisco and works as Art Director and Illustrator at Airbnb…

Jennifer Hom—Through the woods
Jennifer Hom—New year card for Blinkk

Anna Hurley (aka @itsannahurley on Instagram) is a designer and illustrator out of San Francisco.

Anna Hurley for Asana—Navigating the Maze
Anna Hurley — Summer Reading

Meredith Schomburg (aka @meredith_schomburg on Instagram) is a designer and illustrator based in San Francisco, currently working at Airbnb.

Meredith Schomburg for Intercom Blog—When your company grows fast, it’s time for you to grow too
Meredith Schomburg — Observations of people while in New York

Joel Berroteran (aka @mgfxdesigner on Instagram) is a freelance designer, illustrator, and animator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Below is his personal project that was inspired by a road trip he and his wife took to New Mexico for their second year anniversary:

…from the south of New Mexico traveling to the north where they were able to see the desert, Carlsbad caverns, Taos Pueblo, and a Windows of the Earth cave sanctuary. These are little scenes he created of the most memorable places they visited.
Joel Berroteran—Road Trippin’ combines visuals with motion. I recommend you click through and have a look at the full trailer.
Joel Berroteran — Road Trippin’ combines visuals with motion. I recommend you click through and have a look at the full trailer.

Emily Dove (aka @emilydove on Instagram) is a freelance illustrator and artist, and also a certified California Naturalist working in the San Francisco area. In addition to editorial work, and authoring her own books, Emily enjoys using illustration as a tool to educate about science and inspire others to fall in love with the natural world.

Emily Dove — Redwood National Park in California for National Park Landscapes
Emily Dove — National Park Landscapes

Jessica Hess (aka @jessicahessart on Instagram) is an Oakland based hyperreal landscape painter and graduate of RISD illustration class of 2003.

Jessica Hess. Double Vision Day — gouache on paper
Jessica Hess — Dumpster Part — Oil on Canvas

Roman Muradov (aka roman_m on Instagram) is an illustrator currently living and working out of San Francisco.

Roman Muradov — Eros. Published in Technically Literate by CNET
Warby Parker SF Union Square Store — Pets wearing glasses designed by Roman Muradov

Shannon May (also on Tumblr) is an illustrator living in San Francisco, CA.

Shannon May — Rentree Litteraire, the book celebrating literary season in France for Google Play
Shannon May — Swordfish II Whatever happens, happens. See You Space Cowboy Zine, 2014

Sophia Foster-Dimino (aka @hellophia on Instagram) is an illustrator & cartoonist living and working in San Francisco. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010 with a BFA in illustration.

Sophia Foster-Dimino — Fate of the USPS for the New Yorker
Sophia Foster-Dimino — Nice Guys

Krystal Lauk (aka @krystallauk on Instagram) is an illustrator and designer living and working in San Francisco. Krystal has worked with clients such as Google, Facebook, Uber, and Fast Company and her work has been recognized by American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators, and 3×3 magazine.

Krystal Lauk — Premium Games Portal for Google Play
Krystal Lauk — Cooking Books Collection for Google Play

Ric Carrasquillo (aka @squilloillo on Instagram) is an illustrator, cartoonist and animator living and working in San Francisco.

Ric Carrasquillo for PUNCH Magazine
Ric Carrasquillo — shows us how to “get your portfolio noticed”

Dennis (Bagger43/Bags) Brown (aka @bags43 on Instagram) lives and work in San Francisco where he draws, paints, and illustrates.

Bagger43 — TWIN SOMBER & MS.JOY | 18 x 24 (x2) Acrylic on Wood
Bagger43 — April, May, Autumn, Dusty, & Shyne

Dominic Flask (aka @dangerdom on Instagram) specializes in Illustration & Icons for Digital Products.

Dominic Flask — Alt J Concert Poster
Dominic Flask — KeenCon Stickers for Keen IO

Chris Bjerre (aka @chris_bjerre on Instagram) is a Danish Art Director and Motion Designer based in San Francisco with over a decade of experience in the Motion graphics industry.

Concept frame for Destiny 2 cut scenes created with Blur Studios.
Concept frame for Destiny 2 cut scenes created with Blur Studios.

Winter Boar (aka winterboar on Vimeo) is a freelance Art Director, Designer and Animator specializing in Cinema 4D, X-Particles, OctaneRender and Redshift in San Francisco.

Winter Boar 立入禁止 KEEP OUT—using Cinema 4D / Octane Render
Winter Boar—Still dreaming in nerdy way—using Cinema 4D / Octane Render / mixamo

Abby Rocha (aka chica_artista_illustration on Instagram) is based out of Oakland where she creates illustrations, comics and murals often with political/social commentary about Latino culture as well as the world around her.

Abby Rocha—Part of the Victorian Death project. “Memento Mori” Ink and Watercolor. 2017
Abby Rocha — Part of the Victorian Death project. “Care for the Dead” Ink and Watercolor. 2017

Dylan Casano (aka @dylancasano on Instagram) is a Motion and Graphic Designer based in Oakland, CA. I’m featuring static illustrations here, but consider viewing his site to see how the works incorporate motion.

Dylan Casano—for Nimble Collective and Dacosta Bayley for their short film, “Sunny & Gerd: Spring Cleaning.”
Dylan Casano—The Beasts of Hogwarts art show

Arley Cornell (aka @arleycornell on Instagram) has worked for international non-profits, the US government, local businesses, and a variety of ad agencies and studios all along the West Coast. Currently based in the East Bay where he freelances in motion graphics, illustration.

Arley Cornell—Van repair (for a short film he’s currently working on)
Arley Cornell for Nest

Alec Cummings (aka @arreckprz on Instagram) is an illustrator and motion designer based in San Francisco.

Alec Cummings—Form & Fiction

Carlos Tsoi—currently based in San Francisco—is a multidisciplinary Art director and motion designer (Cinema 4D, After Effects and ToonBoom Studio) that enjoys collaborating and doing what it takes to tell a good story.

Carlos Tsoi—for Nok Nok Labs, How It Works
Carlos Tsoi — for Nok Nok Labs, How It Works

Mackenzie Schubert (aka as @mackenzieschubert on Instagram) is a multidisciplinary designer, illustrator, drawer of comics and more.

Mackenzie Schubert—board game Secret Hitler
Mackenzie Schubert

Jordon Cheung (aka @jordon.cheung on Instagram) is an illustrator in San Francisco currently working at Uber.

Jordon Cheung—a lovely illustration celebrating his new home (the city by the Bay of course!)
Jordon Cheung

Michael Jeter (aka poolsf on Instagram) is a San Francisco Designer and Illustrator that is currently the Creative Director at Dropbox, runs the online commercial art magazine www.TheBlackHarbor.com, and is also the founder of creative agency POOL in San Francisco.

Michael Jeter for Facebook Events — Summer
Michael Jeter — Yosemite is for sex at sunrise

Whitney Sanford is an illustrator that uses a combination of techniques from painting to paper cutouts, and gains inspiration from abstract structures and various architectural styles tending to work with a reduced palette to deliver her visual narratives.

Whitney Sanford—Monks and Lion

Even living here in the Bay Area myself, I honestly had no idea just how many talented illustrators we had in terms of contemporary illustration — and these are obviously just a subset! I apologize to anyone I missed due to article length, but feel free to leave comments with links to other Bay Area illustrators and I hope you go away feeling inspired by the amazing illustration we’ve seen above!

Previous in series: Japanese Illustrators. Also, you may like one of my other illustration teardowns.

Rob Levin does technical things by day and illustration by night. You can view his work at https://www.instagram.com/roblevinillustration and https://www.behance.net/roblevin