10 Instagram Illustrators to Follow

Science has proven two things that — whether you believe in science or not (I don’t know your life, Phoebe Buffay) — should be taken immediately to heart. The first: brain breaks are imperative to your mental health. They improve productivity, creativity, and alleviate burnout. The second: smiling ups endorphins and makes you happier, even if you’d rather be stabbing your gums with sharp Doritos. No I will not be citing my sources here; try both then feel free to endorse the “PhD” I’ve recently added to my title on LinkedIn.

Science is also (probably) close to proving that smart phones are killing us and Instagram is turning humanity into filter-obsessed sociopaths. However, we will likely not be letting go of our phones anytime soon. What we can do is control who we follow so that IG becomes a portal not just for fashion, FOMO, puppy pics and back-stalking exes, but also a palm pilot that transports us into a world of pure imagination.

(Willy Wonka pro tip: chocolate does that too.)

Enter 10 great illustrators to follow on Instagram. And if you’re wondering, “Why illustrators?,” Derek Zoolander, it’s because a drawing cannot be falsely edited on Photoshop nor can it make you feel inferior about your lack of rustic table setting abilities.

Drawings — the ones by the above illustrators in particular — will simply make you smile while giving your brain a break. Two birds, one stone.

Click through the slideshow and acquaint yourself with the talents of KimballCreativeCynthia MerhejMaria-Ines Gul Kate Worum, Abstract SundaysGabi AndersonHabile BustonThings Liz WantsTravel Write Draw and Joana Avillez.

And then, in the comments below, tell us about your favorite illustrators to follow. We’ll consider it our midday meditation.


There’s no chance you don’t already follow Donald Drawbertson, but have you seen our illustrated Orange Is the New Black character style fantasies?  

Not to mention, Unfortunate Portrait!

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  • Ella

    Jean-Phillippe Delhomme is fantastic!

  • Joanna Avillez! thats who did the illustrations for Lena Dunhams book! i feel so proud of myself to recognize an illustrators work

    • Indeed she did! Avillez is one of my favorites.

    • Amelia Diamond

      ooooooo love love love!

    • Jenn

      I second this! Bought her naked ladies silk shirt a few days ago and can’t waaaaaaaaait for it to arrive.

  • Elizabeth Tamkin

    The photo/illustration combo by @abstractsunday is so kewl.

  • I aspire: https://instagram.com/freckledcanvas/

    After @drawbertson, @jooleeloren is my fave. A modern, fashionable Shel Silverstein

    • Amelia Diamond

      I know EXACTLY what you mean with the Shel! It’s like, Fashion Shel!

  • Kris

    @blackeyed2015 is a fun illustration project! Mixing a cup of coffee and a doodle!

    • Amelia Diamond

      ok checking out!

  • @iammonochrome is probably one of my favorite illustrators on instagram right now.

    Or y’know, me @kaylalalane 😉

    • Amelia Diamond

      post your stuff kayla!!

      • Here’s one of the most recent! Any Lucille Ball fans out there?

        • Amelia Diamond

          this is amazing!!!!!!

  • Jenn

    Kaye Blegvad is a favourite. https://instagram.com/kayeblegvad

    • Amelia Diamond

      this is so pretty you guys i’m going to follow all of these!

      • Alexandra Citrin

        I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kaye as well as a handful of these ladies (I’m an illustrator myself, but also a magazine designer who specializes in working with illustrators). It’s a deceptively tough profession to break into, much less support yourself with, and we need all the support we can get! This is a great post, thanks for featuring so many talented, hardworking artists!

  • christina

    @blackeyed is a pretty cool illustration project that uses a coffee cup <3 https://instagram.com/blackeyed2015/

  • when i grow up i want to be in this article

  • Hannah Walker Finnie

    Everyone should check out Stacey Rozich. Was sad she wasn’t on this list

    • Amelia Diamond

      Thank you for telling me/us about her! Also I just LOL’d at this “cat baby” comment on her insta:

  • Autumn

    Laura Kay – @diarysketcheslk does some great fashiony stuff and Christopher David Ryan – @ccddrryyaann, all his drawings make me feel warm and fuzzy, like a puppy.

    • Amelia Diamond

      CDR’s great, he reminds me of those old school “mr men & little miss” cartoons . checking out Laura Kay now!

  • Rozena C

    I <3 HABILE BUSTON. I live in Paris and his illustrations = life

  • Felicia P.

    Been getting my feet wet in the fash-istration game: @feliciapod . . .

    . . . while loving long time @jamieleereardin and @justinteodoro

    • Amelia Diamond

      can’t wait to check out Felicia P!

  • For those who consider words as art, Austin Kleon (author of “Steal Like An Artist”) posts daily ‘grams of Newspaper Blackout Poetry: https://instagram.com/p/39TXlDA1yy/?taken-by=austinkleon

    • Amelia Diamond


  • MsLolo

    Please put the talented Brian Rea on your list! Among many other things, he’s collaborated with Marni and does the narrative illustrations for NYT Modern Love column.

    • Amelia Diamond

      He is wonderful!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t know he’s done Marni as well!

  • Anita Stevens Rundles

    You totally forgot me! @anitastevrun

    • Amelia Diamond

      check the commenter awardz!

      • Anita Stevens Rundles

        What does that mean?

  • Rania

    I love Megan Hess. Her illustrations always brighten up my day @meganhess_official

  • Dina

    ******** i like me manrepeller ……..

    …………… Continue Reading

  • Alba B.

    Choose me, choose me, choose me….it would be too selfish to ask this?!!!


    • Amelia Diamond

      this is incredible !

      • Alba B.

        Thank you Amelia, you really made my day sorry night (Europe hemisphere)?.

  • Candy Rose

    I believe in science!

    • Amelia Diamond

      oooo me too

  • Durged

    < ✜✱✪✪✲✜ +manrepeller +*********….. < Now Go R­e­­a­d M­o­r­e


  • Ata Beta
  • Ana Paula
  • Mitra

    I love Tanya Ling….look at her profile on your phone and you will see some lovely collage.

  • Erin Dreis

    illustrators I love: Ping Zhu @pingszoo, Monica Ramos @moniiqwa, Caitlin Keegan @caitlin_keegan, Lisk Feng @liskfeng, and of course, Me!! @erinddreis!!! I’m a big manrepeller fan… As you can see…

  • Nic Luli

    @thehoneytruffle 🙂

  • Humitivem

    < ✜✱✪✪✲✜ +manrepeller+*********….. < Now Go R­e­­a­d M­o­r­e


  • Grace

    Camilla Engstrom (@camillamengengstrom) is my lyf

  • If you do a post on artists on IG, be sure to check out @adawnart. As for illustrators, I adore @csteien.

  • Zoe

    Blairz is great also!

  • Julia
  • Natacha Daniel

    I would love love to draw for you guys Man Repeller!! 🙂 https://instagram.com/natacha_daniel/

  • I just ordered two of @LindseyOlivares’ chicken prints but she also does awesome caricatures! See: T Swift in “Blank Space.”


  • Ede

    Yagazie Emezi is one of my favs. She’s hilarious http://yagazieemezi.tumblr.com/post/63853544249

  • Casual Chronicles! Lots of little characters spotted on the streets.


  • Casual Chronicles! Lots of little characters spotted on the street.

  • check out Mario Mendez illustrations!

  • Ioannis Georgantas
  • rachel oregan

    You forgot Sara rabin !!!!!!!

  • Lisa

    Joseph Gamble is going to design a tattoo of dog, too!

  • HeleenP

    I even draw someones behind 🙂 https://www.instagram.com/heleen__p/

  • Ana Costov
  • Cameron Jones

    I hear that CameronKimJones guys is quite the nifty illustrator

  • Peter Mayer

    If you like motivational quotes, here is an interesting take on them. Quotes illustrated as pictograms: https://instagram.com/_pictoquotes_