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12 Illustrators to Follow on Instagram

by Sofia Tuovinen

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It’s the little things that can make my day just a wee bit better — starting it with a hot cup of coffee, catching a sunny moment on an otherwise rainy day, and kisses from my overly affectionate dog Spencer are a few things that come to mind. If my coffee tastes bitter, it just keeps on raining and Spencer is having a “meh” day himself, I’m glad I can always rely on the power of art and creativity to cheer me up.

Whether they’ve encouraged me to be creative, active in my community, stand up for my beliefs or helped me reach the conclusion that ice cream is always a good idea, these illustrations by some amazingly talented female artists have inspired me when I’ve needed it. As I keep scrolling down to admire these beautiful illustrations over and over, I know one thing for sure — it’s going to be a good day!

If you’d like to be inspired by more amazing illustrators, look no further than Quelcy’s personal bulletin board of illustrators worth following. —Sofia

Image above: Female characters, surrounded by beautiful objects and interiors in juicy colors, make Natalia Vico’s illustrations a pure joy to look at.

 

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“Love is wise, hatred is foolish,” Bertrand Russell once said. To me, this illustration by Loveis Wise reflects those wise words to a tee.

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Any other Twin Peaks fans out there? This adorable illustration by Summer Ortiz deserves to be hung on the wall at the Double R Diner. There’s always room for pie and a fine cup of coffee!

 

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Kaylani Juanita’s inclusive art and illustrations support the stories of the underrepresented. This adorable heroine makes me smile every time.

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In honor of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Jag Nagra is illustrating some of Canada’s most iconic buildings and landmarks. This illustration of the historic Turret Bed & Breakfast in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, makes me want to pack my bags and go!

 

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This vector illustration by Michele Rosenthal says more than words. Her side project, Queer Portraits in History, is well worth checking out, too.

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Triin Valvas’ quirky illustrations are instant cheer-ups bursting with tropical colors and wonderfully odd characters.

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I’m so infatuated by Maia Boakye’s soft peachy tones and minimal style. Her feed has so many gorgeous illustrations, but I think this might be my favorite.

 

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There’s a sense of empowerment and sensitivity in Anastasia Tumanova’s illustrations that captivates me. Her almost mythical female characters send an encouraging message about self-love, body positivity, sensuality and feminism.

 

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Molly Costello’s illustrations and paper art focus on concepts of connectedness — with ourselves, each other and our communities. “The Land Loves Us Back,” pictured, is a perfect example of how art can heal and bring us closer.

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Holly draws these delightful commissioned portraits from pictures — a perfect gift idea for the holidays! 

 

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The child in me squees every time I see Jordan Flaquer’s illustrations. Her intricate drawing style and sweet characters instantly brighten my mood — and as an answer to the question, I’ll choose them all!

 

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