I wanted to share with you some recent Illustrators I've discovered (through the art of surfing the vast world of the inter-web)
Carson Ellis is an illustrator living and working in Portland, OR. She is married to the lead singer of The Decemberists, so naturally she does a lot of work for them, including recently designing their website.
Rich Tu is an illustrator living and working in NY.
Tomas Nilsson is a Swedish illustrator with a quirky and colorful style that balances a child-like quality with a very sophisticated artistic talent.
*all images were taken from each artist's website