15 Inspiring Illustrators to Follow on Instagram

By on Aug 20, 2018 in Inspiration
15 Inspiring Illustrators to Follow on Instagram

Illustration takes a lot of forms, and to appreciate it, you should consider all of them. That's why when I was tasked with finding 15 inspiring illustrators on Instagram (say that five times fast), I decided to find people from all walks of life. I've heard of some of them and follow them personally, while others are completely new to me — and that's how it should work.

Let me put out a few disclaimers before we get into this. First off, these selections here are for a wide variety of illustrators, from tattoo artists to comic books and everywhere in between. Some of them may have some drawn "tasteful nudes" in their feeds, so if you go venture off to find them, know that you might find stuff like that. Otherwise, enjoy.


robbi rodriguez

As a comic book fan, I can say that Robbi Rodriguez is one of my favorite artists. But seeing him on Instagram, made me a huge fan. His "That real desk shot" series is pretty stellar, and packed with stuff that I love to see. And even if you don't appreciate comics, you've got to love his use of color. So cool.

That real desk shot: #spidergwen #gwenom

A post shared by robbi rodriguez (@robbirodriguez) on Aug 10, 2017 at 11:16am PDT

that rear bar shot: chasing AC in this town.

A post shared by robbi rodriguez (@robbirodriguez) on Aug 1, 2017 at 7:38pm PDT



that real desk shot:

A post shared by robbi rodriguez (@robbirodriguez) on Jul 28, 2017 at 1:47pm PDT

that real desk shot: commission 2

A post shared by robbi rodriguez (@robbirodriguez) on Jul 8, 2017 at 2:25pm PDT

That real desk shot: #studies

A post shared by robbi rodriguez (@robbirodriguez) on May 29, 2017 at 1:57pm PDT


Sara Pichelli

Sara Pichelli won me over with her work on Miles Morales, the Ultimate Marvel Universe version of Spider-Man, but she's kept me going on her Instagram feed. Not only does she work on great comic book stuff, but her art in general is quite stunning, with amazing line work and details. To this day, if she's drawing a book, I pick it up.

Spider-Man {commission- ink washed on paper} #spidermen #sarapichelli #floridasupercon2017

A post shared by Sara Pichelli (@sara_pichelli) on Aug 12, 2017 at 5:24am PDT

This is the piece I did for @jeffdekal for an amazing art trade. Thank you, Jeff!

A post shared by Sara Pichelli (@sara_pichelli) on Aug 4, 2017 at 4:57am PDT

"Are you talking to me?" {Ultimate Gwen} #sarapichelli #marvel #etnacomics

A post shared by Sara Pichelli (@sara_pichelli) on Jun 3, 2017 at 7:25am PDT

Piece for a charity auction #sarapichelli #etnacomics

A post shared by Sara Pichelli (@sara_pichelli) on Jun 1, 2017 at 7:37am PDT

"Wondering..." #sarapichelli #aliceinwonderland #digitalart ::repost::

A post shared by Sara Pichelli (@sara_pichelli) on Apr 15, 2017 at 9:42am PDT


Jim Lee

I am in the creative world because of Jim Lee, no doubt about it. His work on X-Men in the 1990s put me on a path to a studio art major in college. And today, way too many years later, he's still inspiring me. I love this man's art.

My pencils for the variant cover to Hawkman Found #1 by @jefflemire and #bryanhitch. #hawkman #dccomics

A post shared by Jim Lee (@jimleeart) on Aug 19, 2017 at 6:02pm PDT

Cover work #dianaprince #wonderwoman #dccomics

A post shared by Jim Lee (@jimleeart) on Jul 23, 2017 at 9:10pm PDT


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Kris Anka

Kris Anka has been instrumental in changing the costumes of some of the biggest names in comic books over the years, and doing so in a body positive way. His suits don't hug curves like the superheroes of old, and instead fit the body naturally. That alone is impressive, but so is the rest of his illustration. Check it out.

Missed this guy

A post shared by Kristafer Anka (@kristaferanka) on Aug 17, 2017 at 5:08pm PDT

So Rainbow and I got to meet the Runaways today

A post shared by Kristafer Anka (@kristaferanka) on Jul 22, 2017 at 5:18pm PDT

My cover to Royals 5

A post shared by Kristafer Anka (@kristaferanka) on Apr 18, 2017 at 11:16am PDT

My All-New Guardians of the Galaxy 2 variant for @friedpiecomics

A post shared by Kristafer Anka (@kristaferanka) on Mar 28, 2017 at 1:00pm PDT

Preview of Star-Lord 2

A post shared by Kristafer Anka (@kristaferanka) on Dec 14, 2016 at 1:17pm PST


Clément Petit

Clément's work here is pretty nice. I love hand-drawn stuff, and seeing his work with lettering inspires me.


Shanti sparrow

The use of color here — on pretty much her entire Instagram feed — is second to none. I love that she's not afraid to make bold choices, and the results bear that out.

Designs from my recent collaboration with @womenssurffilmfestival and @lavagirlsurf . Branding for the 5th annual Women's Surf Film Festival presented by @lunabar. It will be an amazing event held at @rockawaybeachsurfclub on July 28/29 and @thembh Montauk Beach House August 12. Go to womenssurffilmfestival.com for more information! Stunning photography by @hisarahlee #womenssurffilmfest #surf #surfing #nyc #festival #waves #ocean #filmfestival #nycwomenssurffilmfestival #nyc #eastcoast #westcoast #california #australia #surfergirl #womensurfing #shantisparrow #design #graphicdesign #typography #typographyinspired #color #colour #designspiration #beautiful #thiscreativelife #designingwomen #designer #womeningraphicdesign #graphicdesigner

A post shared by Shanti sparrow (@shanti_sparrow) on Jul 4, 2017 at 7:06am PDT


Troels Jørgensen

I've been a fan of pen work since I was in the seventh grade. Most people can get a pen, and if they can turn it into something magical, the results are awesome. Needless to say, Troels fits that standard.


Kacper Giłka Illustrations

At this point, you're probably noticing a theme here, and I think Kacper fits in nicely. Pen and ink work, combined with some crazy ideas, makes his stuff stand out from the crowd.

Linework done, tommorrow, maybe day after tommorrow I'll upload final version. It's gonna be a t-shirt design available to ▶buy for your band or company. Also a time lapse video will be available to watch on my ▶youtube channel, you can subsribe it from link in my bio @kg_art_design ! POLISH : Kontury są gotowe, jutro, maksymalnie pojutrze dodam finalna wersje. Będzie to ilustracja gotowa do druku na koszulki etc dostępna do ▶kupienia dla Twojej firmy, marki odziezowej czy kapeli. Na moim kanale youtube ukaze sie takze film pokazujacy proces powtawania tej ilustracji, mozecie wejsc na moj kanal i ▶zasubskrybowac go klikajac link z mojego opisu @kg_art_design ! #illustrator #grindcore #graphicdesign #graphictee #drawing #illustration #deathcore #metal #metalcore #wipdrawing #sketch #blackwork #youtube #linework #merchdesign #clothingdesign #tshirtdesign #band#darkart #inking #bandart #fineliners #rysunek #clothingline #clothingbrand #darkartists #skull #tattoo #grafika

A post shared by ➕ Kacper Giłka Illustrations ➕ (@kg_art_design) on Aug 6, 2017 at 1:03pm PDT


Erin Von

I'm a big fan of art with bold strokes that looks somewhat cartoony, which is where Erin hits my sweet spot. Between the logos she's done and the iconography, her illustration work is on point.

Candy pattern 🍬🍫🍭 #art #design #pattern #illustration #illustrator #digital #artist #graphicdesign #candy

A post shared by Erin Von (@erin_von_design) on Feb 21, 2017 at 5:06am PST

#logo #logotype #art #design #designer #brand #branding #identity #identify #idea #instamood #instadaily

A post shared by Erin Von (@erin_von_design) on Mar 18, 2016 at 8:19am PDT


Annie Frenzel

The thing a lot of people don't realize is that tattoo artists are illustrators, too. Most of their work starts out as pencil on paper, and then it's transferred onto the skin. I've been a fan of Annie Frenzel's work for a while now, and someday I want to get some of her work. I just have to make the trip to Texas.

Ellen Ripley - keep in mind I'm NOT a portrait artist

A post shared by Annie Frenzel (@anniefrenzel) on Aug 12, 2017 at 8:48pm PDT

Thank you so much, Clay - #bloodmoneyirons #kingpintattoosupply #eternalink #griffinsalve #kingofthenorth

A post shared by Annie Frenzel (@anniefrenzel) on Aug 9, 2017 at 10:51am PDT

Thank you so much Aly - #bloodmoneyirons #kingpintattoosupply #eternalink #griffinsalve ❤

A post shared by Annie Frenzel (@anniefrenzel) on May 2, 2017 at 8:02am PDT

Today on the lovely Annika - #bloodmoneyirons #kingpintattoosupply #eternal #griffinsalve ❤

A post shared by Annie Frenzel (@anniefrenzel) on Apr 18, 2017 at 10:34am PDT

Today for my friend @squirestrahan ❤

A post shared by Annie Frenzel (@anniefrenzel) on Jan 26, 2017 at 2:49pm PST


Liz Clements

More tattoo artists? Yeah, of course. They're illustrators that work with an unforgiving canvas, and every mark is permanent. Can you imagine that pressure? Well it looks like Liz Clements handles it in style, because her line work is impressive.


Ben Teschner

Illustration takes many forms, and I dig what Ben has going on. His artwork is clean and crisp, and works for both logos and otherwise.

Ned Kelly

A post shared by Ben Teschner Design (@benteschner) on May 21, 2017 at 8:19pm PDT

🐦🐦⚫

A post shared by Ben Teschner Design (@benteschner) on Feb 12, 2017 at 4:28pm PST


Chris Fuller

There's just something about the free-wheeling style that works for me, and Chris's Instagram page is packed with animation. Illustrations that make me smile are the best.


mackjohns1991

When I was a kid, I used to draw with these fine-tipped Pentels, and I loved it. I spent hours pouring through details, and making things just so. Seems like Mackjohns1991 feels the same way, and I appreciate that.

The realist, am I right? 🎅🏿🎅🏽🎅🏻 • • • #art #artist #beard #men #realmen #beardart #graphicdesign

A post shared by Art & Design (@mackjohns1991) on Aug 20, 2017 at 12:17pm PDT

Red Heffalump. 🐘 • • • #art #artist #utahartist #elephant #elephantart #graphicdesign

A post shared by Art & Design (@mackjohns1991) on Aug 10, 2017 at 9:18am PDT

Tattoo design for a friend. 💀💀💀 • • • #art #artist #tattoo #reaper #reapertattoo #graphicdesign

A post shared by Art & Design (@mackjohns1991) on Jul 24, 2017 at 6:55pm PDT

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  1. I just want to make this point clear. The part where you have mentioned about 'artist' @cizmanya, has a problem. That is, that person is most probably an art thief. The first image shown under her section belongs to another artist @qinniart on instagram. As I went through @cizmanya's posts, I say many of @qinniart's paintings without her being credited. @cizmanya didn't even go to the lengths of deleting the watermark on @qinniart's illustrations. I recommend you solve this issue ASAP. I am not sure if @cizmanya is @qinniart's side acc, but if it isnt, @cizmanya is a goddamn art thief.

  2. That cizmanya IG account you mention is not by a real artist. If it's marketed like that, then it's full of art theft, some of the images belog to Quinni (a lot of them), Lora Zombie, Camilla d'Errico, Tula Lotay and many many more, not giving them credit even thought their signature appears in the images.

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