Illustrations — before digital graphics software — used to be highly textured; whether it came from the medium (e.g. paper, canvas), the painting method (like watercolors or chalk), or both. These textural components, as can be seen through our textured illustration tutorial by Ciara Panacchia, give artwork an organic and tactile element, and this visual showcase presents illustrations that embody these aesthetics.

"Bicycles" by Amy Martino"Bicycles" by Amy Martino

"Chictopia.10: The Media Tech Summit" by Amy Martino"Chictopia.10: The Media Tech Summit" by Amy Martino

"climbing the walls... what will they do next?" by Ciara Panacchia"climbing the walls… what will they do next?" by Ciara Panacchia

"octopus disguise" by Ciara Panacchia"octopus disguise" by Ciara Panacchia

"my sleeping beauty" by Ciara Panacchia"my sleeping beauty" by Ciara Panacchia

"Latitude 2010: Central Saint Martins" by Amy Martino"Latitude 2010: Central Saint Martins" by Amy Martino

"Bubble Gum Chaotic Landscape" by Zena Santos"Bubble Gum Chaotic Landscape" by Zena Santos

Recovering" by Zena Santos"Recovering" by Zena Santos

"Hello" by Zena Santos

"The Teapot" by Jerico Santander

"USB Milk" by Jerico Santander

"Space Junk" by Jerico Santander

"I am" by Heinritzh Sales

"Scared Ana" by Miguel Cardona

"Church Emcee" by Miguel Cardona

"Final Fathers’ Day Piece" by Miguel Cardona

"Colorcubic Experimental Prints" by Colorcubic

"Toyeater" by Mateusz Kolek

"PAC!" by Mateusz Kolek

"Yakuza" by Mateusz Kolek

"13th month" by Jana Jelovac

"Summer Poster Fox Hollies Forum" by Tahgasa Bertram

"Vintage-style DC Character Posters" by Michael Myers

"There’s no more room for 2 in this boat" by Juan F. Leguizamon

"Steps" by Harold Ross

"Bolt" by Harold Ross

Untitled (part of Illustrations 2009 collection) by Florian Nicolle

Untitled (part of Illustrations 2009 collection) by Florian Nicolle

Untitled by Fernando Forero

Untitled (part of SCRATCHBOARD collection) by Mark Summers

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Jacob Gube is the co-founder and a managing editor of Design Instruct. He's a web developer, and also the owner of Six Revisions. Follow Jacob on Twitter: @sixrevisions