100 Artworks From the Top Digital Artists in the USA & Canada


Last time we scoured South America (and, strangely, Mexico!) for the best Photoshop talent going around. This week we're turning to the USA and Canada to uncover 20 of the top digital artists on the continent. Is your country or city represented?

1. Joshua M. Smith

Representing: Orlando, Florida

"Hydro74 is a Orlando based designer, otherwise known as Joshua M. Smith. The soul purpose of my career is to push the boundries in doing what I feel is relevant to the market as well as extract various elements and trends to be able to offer them up in my own personal work. But let’s be honest. I do what I love because I love it. Not because I have to do it, nor am forced to do it, but rather passionate about doing what I do. I firmly believe in having set style tones, yet a sense of diversity to make any various project unique to the demands that are set forth."

2. James White

Representing: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

"James White has been drawing since the age of 4, scribbling down his favorite characters such as Superman, Batman, the Dukes of Hazzard, etc. Being from a military family, he made 3 big moves through childhood but never strayed from his colored-pencils."

3. 123 Klan

Representing: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

"123Klan is a creative studio founded in France in 1992 by Mrs klor and Scien. We are currently based in Montréal, specializing in new strategies and tendencies.We offer creative consulting, art direction, branding, illustration, toy design, character design, and conferences. We also do graffiti, drink alcohol, smoke ganja, sell drugs, knives, machine guns, uranium and kidneys, as well as many endangered pets, like koalas, seals and dolphins. (Dead or alive. Rare or "a la plancha", depends how you like it...)"

4. Mathieu Beaulieu

Representing: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

This guy just has an awesome portfolio. Im sure I have seen his work before, on TV or in print maybe, but i can't place where. The majority of this design and illustrators work goes in Flash and Photoshop if you can believe it. You really need to see his whole portfolio to get a better idea of his creativity.

5. Erik Jonsson

Representing: Brooklyn, NY, United States

Erik currently works at Your Majesty Co in New York. Although he seems to favor the grungy and edgy style of design, his portfolio shows that he can capture just about any style he goes after.

6. Eric Hoffman

Representing: New York, NY, United States

"For over a decade, New Yorker based Creative Director Eric Hoffman has developed a solid reputation designing projects for both boutique agencies and corporate advertising firms at home and abroad. His work branding, re-launching and strategically positioning fashion, beauty and retail clients has earned him accolades from an industry that is as discerning as it is demanding."

7. David Carson

Representing: Del Mar, CA, United States

"David Carson is principal and chief designer of David Carson Design, Inc. with offices in del mar,california and zurich switzerland. Carson graduated with "honors and distinction" from San Diego state university, where he received a BFA degree in sociology. A former professional surfer, he was ranked #9 in the world during his college days. Numerous groups including the New York Type Directors Club, American Center for Design and I.D. magazine have recognized his studio's work with a wide range of clients in both the business and arts worlds.

8. Thomas Pringle

Representing: London, Canada

"Thomas Emil Pringle, Born 1977 in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is here that he has been doing concept art and commercial illustrations for the last couple of years. Some of his clients include; Blur Studio, THQ, Armature Studio, Digital Extremes, Avalanche studios, and Vectorcell."

9. Bobby Chiu

Representing: Toronto, Canada

"I'm an independant artist. I make art books and teach digital painting at Sheridan College. Art has been my savior. It gives me freedom. Half the time I feel like I've already retired. I sleep when I want, I get up when I want, and I just do what I want all day: Art. What could be better than that?"

10. David Waters

Representing: Moscow, ID, United States

David is an awesome Photoshop artists who's work you have probably seen a number of times without knowing who he was. He is definitely a true master at image manipulation and crafting multiple images into a cohesive piece amazing art.

11. Jared Nickerson

Representing: Seattle, WA, United States

"J3Concepts is Jared Nickerson, a 26 year old illustrator based out of Seattle, WA. He has been in the industry for 5+ years and specializes in character, editorial, videogame, and art direction."

12. Jeff Huang

Representing: New York, NY, United States

"Jeff Huang is a twenty-one year old graphic artist and illustrator residing in New York City, USA. He specializes mainly in digital illustration and photo manipulation, with knowledge in 3D modeling & animation and motion graphics & compositing. A diverse artist, Jeff demonstrates many styles. You can find his body of work to be a blend of genres such as traditional street art and graffiti, surrealism, digital matte-painting, 2D Illustration, and 3D abstracts. "

13. Charlene Chua

Representing: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"Charlene is an award-winning illustrator whose work has appeared in magazines, cd covers, advertisements, brochures and billboards. She also illustrated the children's book, Julie Black Belt, from Immedium Publishing, and writes for Photoshop Creative and Official Painter magazines. Originally from Singapore, she currently resides in Toronto with her husband and two cats. See the custom wallpaper she did for Outlaw Design Blog."

14. Andreas Fernhede Dagman

Representing: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"The Super Awesome is the online portfolio of 25 year old aspiring graphic designer and illustrator Andreas Fernhede Dagman. A student at the second year of the Digital Media course at Hyper Island in Karlskrona, Sweden. Recently just finished seven months of internship as an Interactive Designer at Sid Lee, Montreal."

15. Aaron Sikstrom

Representing: Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

"Aaron Sikstrom has a cool illustration style that mixes child book style illustrations with a touch of something more. I think the combination of illustration style and her bold use of color is really makes her work stand out from others who do similar work."

16. Adhemas Batista

Representing: Los Angeles, CA, United States

Adhemas Batista is originally from the South area of Brazil. He started teaching himself art and design at the early age of 15. Seems like all that self teaching has paid off, as he has made quite a name for himself. his style has won him multiple awards in the industry.

17. Chris Parks

Representing: Saint Petersburg, FL, United States

"Pale Horse is the design studio and gallery of Chris Parks, part-time thrasher, part-time designer and full-time maniac. Chris’ work is inspired by his love for tattoo art, Japanese culture, mythology and horror movies. Since opening the studio, Chris has had the opportunity to create artwork for companies, like Nike, Vans, Etnies, Red Bull, Hurley, The Cartoon Network, Iron Fist Clothing, Globe, Mattel and many more."

18. Jake Souva

Representing: Binghamton, NY, United States

"Born of two loving and artistic parents, I was always drawing things for the sole purpose of having them immortalized forever on the fridge. Thankfully, Mom and Dad valued the making of art (even if it consisted of random scribbles that would never look like a mandolin playing platypus, or whatever the topic was at that moment) and encouraged me with kind words. I later discovered the joy of Maurice Sendak, Bill Peet, and Dr. Seuss at the library and fell in love with illustration. Middle school cemented the love, when I found out that the ability to draw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles could make you popular (if but for the moment). All of these early memories of illustration drove me to Syracuse University, where I received my BFA in Illustration."

19. Marc Sarmel

Representing: Detroit, MI, United States

Marc Sarmel studied design at the College for Creative Studies. Today he uses his design skills mostly in an artistic manner. His work has been showcased in a number of galleries. He has also started a shop where he creates prints and clothing from his work.

20. Steve McGhee

Representing: Woodstock, Ontario, Canada

"Born and raised in London Ontario Canada, I grew up wanting to be a fireman... But as luck would have it, my teachers in Elementary and High School noticed that I had “artistic ability”. In grade 8, as I left the comforting walls of my beloved Lord Nelson Public, my homeroom teacher, Mr. Webster wrote in my yearbook, “Most likely to be designing cereal boxes”."

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