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by Jessica Dollin

Scrolling through your Insta feed doesn’t have to be all lattes and selfies. Following illustrators, aka professional sketch artists and/or painters, can help sparks a little bit of inspiration and cheer in a sometimes mundane digital world.

Instagram has become a living gallery wherein artists, specifically illustrators, can exhibit their latest works to the more than 300 million spectators who use the app. Each illustrator is a little different, not only in their artistry, but also in the types of photographs they choose to share. Some people like to share their creative process, maybe even post snaps of their kids, while others let their work speak for itself.


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Check out this list of illustrators whose grams you should double tap. There’s something for everyone.

25 illustrators you should follow on instagram
Photography by @_LAURABERGER_ Photography by Cream

@_lauraberger_ posts cheeky greeting cards with uplifting messages, and the occasional naked lady.

25 illustrators you should follow on instagram
Photography by @KATEBINGBURT Photography by Moxie’s

@katebingburt paints things she sees that she likes, including but not limited to bridges, books, and Lacroix.

25 illustrators you should follow on instagram
Photography by @MONIIQWA Photography by Switch

@moniiqwa paints abstract water colors, patterns, and commissions from print newspapers and magazines.


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25 illustrators you should follow on instagram
Photography by @SOPHIEANDLILI Photography by Dulcinea

@sophieandlili draws portraits of fashionable girls, both young and old(er).

25 illustrators you should follow on instagram
Photography by @PAPERFASHION Photography by Milk

@paperfashion finds ways to create signature shadow dancers styled in gowns we want IRL.

25 illustrators you should follow on instagram
Photography by @ANDSMILESSTUDIO Photography by Tokyobike

@andsmilestudio turns her drawings into things like pins and coloring pages

25 illustrators you should follow on instagram
Photography by @CATPLUSMOUSE Photography by @rowdtla

@catplusmouse uses editorial stills, blogger shoots, and paparazzi snaps as inspiration.


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25 illustrators you should follow on instagram
Photography by @MAYAPLETSCHER Photography by Wheelhouse

@mayapletscher prefers simple and funny illustrations, usually using a limited color palette.

25 illustrators you should follow on instagram
Photography by @AOLANOW Photography by Alchemy Works

@aolanow invents water colors that tell a story, like the beauty products your favorite blogger uses to get ready in the morning.

25 illustrators you should follow on instagram
Photography by @BELINDAZIAILLUSTRATIONS Photography by Broken Spanish

@belindaxiaillustration favors high fashion musings.

25 illustrators you should follow on instagram
Photography by @KIMBALLCREATIVE Photography by Tokyobike

@kimballcreative does a little bit of everything, from haute couture commissions to time lapses of her in the studio.


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illustration with long eyelashes
Photography by @BLAIRZ Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA

@blairz is all “big lips, big hair, big lashes, and brigitte bardot,” her words, not ours.

embellished vogue cover
Photography by @HATTIESTEWART Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA

@hattiestewart has a knack for adding her personal touch to magazine covers.

hot pink drawing
Photography by @DANIELFROSTILLUSTRATION Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA

@danielfrostillustration is one for the boys who also authors and illustrates childrens books.

abstract illustration in neutral colors
Photography by @PINGSZOO Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA

@pingszoo uses shapes and lines to create something distinctly original.


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whimsical map illustration
Photography by @ZOEMOFINK Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA

@zoemof_ink inks out maps and landmarks.

illustration of house in winter
Photography by @NINACOSFORD Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA

@ninacosford paints portraits of famous ladies and pretty houses.

illustration with highlighter pen
Photography by @ANNIEFREE11 Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA

@anniefree11 draws A+ doodles using highlighters.

25 illustrators you should follow on instagram
Photography by @THINGSLIZWANTS Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA

@thingslizwants has a flair for using graphic design to illustrate NYC realness.


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25 illustrators you should follow on instagram
Photography by @DRAWBERTSON Photography by The Clam Shack

@drawbertson paints red lips on everything, and shows everyone what it’s like to raise twin boys.

hoverboard illustration
Photography by @JEAN_JULLIEN Photography by THE ORDINARY

@jean_jullien has a silly take on current events.

25 illustrators you should follow on instagram
Photography by @ANNA.RASTORGUEVA Photography by Hinoki & the Bird

@anna.rastorgueva is owner of one of the most elaborate sketchbooks ever photographed and published on the internet.

25 illustrators you should follow on instagram
Photography by @GIRLSCANTELL Photography by B&G Oysters

@girlscantell makes drawings come to life off the page and onto napkins, aprons, and coffee cups.


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colorful illustration from japan
Photography by @MIDNIGHTGRACIE Photography by Ed’s Lobster Bar

@midnightgracie illustrates her life in Japan.

awake drawing
Photography by @SOPHIE_ROACH Photography by PHUONG NGUYEN

@sophie_roach films herself as she draws mesmerizing doodles to a funky soundtrack.