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Illustrators to Follow on Instagram: Part One

By Terri Stone

While it’s no surprise that you can find high-quality photographers on Instagram, creatives of all stripes use the platform to show off their skills. In this round-up, I’ll point you toward ten illustrators worth following.

There are far too many outstanding accounts for one round-up, so look for another batch in the coming months. And if you don’t see your favorite Instagram illustrators here, share their usernames in the Comments section below so I can be sure to check them out.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, artist Rich Kelly (therichkelly) shares sketches as well as final works, which include posters, book covers, and more.

Illustrator Tyler Stout (kolfacekilla) often works for the music and film industries. Samples of that art and his healthy sense of humor make him a follow worth your time.

Posts by Jet Martinez (jetmar1) almost jump off the webpage. His colorful, strongly graphic murals and paintings are influenced by Mexican folk art.

J.A.W. Cooper (jawcooper) now resides in Los Angeles, but she’s lived all over the globe. Here, you see a section of her hand-embellished print entitled "Give Me Darkness."

Koutaro Ooyama is mondotoo on Instagram

While just about everything on the Instagram feed of Japanese artist Koutaro Ooyama (mondotooo) is gorgeous, I especially enjoy seeing his works as they progress. 

Erica Williams, aka Hookieduke, is a Minneapolis-based illustrator. This example of her Instagram feed shows a piece that is typical of her intricate style and available as a gold metallic art print.

Tomer Hanuka (tropical_toxic) has been a comics artist for some of the biggest names in the business, and he's contributed illustrations to many film studios and publications.

Follow Austin, Texas, illustrator Kevin Tong (tragicsunshine) to see movie posters—such as this one for Akira Kurosawa's RAN—and other cultural touchstones. For process videos, check out his YouTube channel.

Although much of painter Karl Kopinski’s (karlkopinski) output falls into the science fiction/fantasy categories, his love of cycling is apparent in works such as this one.

Matthew Woodson (ghostco) has a long client list that includes magazines, newspapers, American Express, and Dark Horse Comics.