The Illustrators of Instagram

Maud Webster tells us which Instagram illustrators are worth following.

Maud Webster
4th February 2020
As with many things in our world, the curation and sharing of art has become increasingly digital; you can find many talented illustrators among the masses of artists flocking to platforms such as instagram to display their work. This article serves as a little rundown of some brilliant (in my opinion - I guess art is always subjective) illustrators you can follow on Instagram, so you can easily get an artistic fix without even having to leave your bed.

@keiross - Kier mainly uploads images of his sketchbook, depicting realistic scenes of streets, travelling, and occasionally politicians, mostly line-drawn in black & white. He's an Englishman living in Berlin so (predictably) is known to post satiric illustrations concerning politics, if that's your kind of thing.

@monachalabi - Mona Chalabi is a data journalist, who, in addition to her vibrant and informative illustrations on instagram, creates content for a host of renowned publications - including the Guardian, the BBC, National Geographic and Netflix. She posts easy to digest graphs & and charts on her instagram, illustrated with colourful and funky pictures.

@skbirdsong - Stephanie posts a mixture of polished pieces and sketchbook shots on her spirited instagram feed, often taking inspiration from popular culture as well as imagined scenes and figures. She somehow makes to-do lists into a work of art - see her account for confirmation.

@gemmacorrell - Now a famous artist, Gemma Correll is an illustrator with a very unique style who covers topics ranging from mental health, to mensuration, to seasonal cartons, to cats and dogs. Her illustrations are colourful and funny and often relatable - find her instagram below and join her already impressive following.

@bertavallo - Posting a mixture of black & white and colour illustrations, all of London-based Berta's artwork is incredibly intricate and always fascinating. Lots of her work, like the post pictured below, combines several smaller people, buildings and symbols meshed into a wonderfully energetic piece.

Instagram can be a handy way to both get inspired if you're a visual artist yourself, or a brilliant place to marvel at talented artists - or both. To find more artists you may want to follow, be sure check out the trending pages on hashtags like #sketchbook or #illustration.

Cover photo credit: Instagram @skbirdsong

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AUTHOR: Maud Webster
she/they | third year architecture & urban planning student @ newcastle | co-head of culture for the 21/22 academic year

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