Usually when we think about Instagram, holiday snaps, aesthetically pleasing images of food and barrages of selfies airbrushed to perfection are what comes to mind. Yet it’s so often forgotten that this platform is home to many thriving communities, and within them countless talented individuals.
About a year ago, as I was scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across the work of @arianah00. Instantly entranced by her digital illustrations, I followed her right away and ever since, I’ve enjoyed watching her work progress and improve. This young artist favours digital programs such as Photoshop and is known for creating illustrations of many famous figure such as K-Pop idols, alongside her own original characters. Her forte lies especially in the use of vibrant colours and interesting textures. It seems that each brushstroke truly animates her illustrations.
My personal favourites among them are her more abstract pieces in which she incorporates eye-catching textures and patterns which set off the colour palette and compliment the overall mood. Her dark and brighter palettes are both equally effective. You can clearly see the influence of those she admires such as Sui Ishida, yet her work remains recognisably her own. Even more impressively, her skills are completely self-taught and at the age of 19 she has amassed 113k followers.
To me, this is concrete proof of social media’s positive influence. Instagram has not only allowed the public access to a wealth of creative content, but has allowed artists of all ages to share their talents with the world and build up a positive, constructive community.
I couldn’t recommend her account enough. In today’s social landscape, creators like @arianah00 represent a safe space from the ultra-political doom and gloom that seems to engulf the internet. Aside from her obvious talent, her love of music (particularly K-Pop) and art shines through everything she creates. While it has been interesting watching her style evolve away from physical sketches and lean more and more closely towards digital media, I’m excited to see where her ambition will take her next. She has huge potential, and I believe she will progress further and further. If you haven’t followed her already, I would encourage you to do so. You won’t be disappointed.