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  • 11 April 2017

Instagram isn’t just for flat lay shots of coffee artfully placed on crisp white bed sheets, or envy inducing outfits featuring the latest must-have bag. Granted, this takes up a lot of our feeds (not that we’re complaining) but there are also some incredible female illustrators using the platform that deserve our attention. They depict life with brutal honesty and true candidness, from niggling annoyances to bigger issues. Get ready to be inspired to the max…

Angelica is all about ‘fashion punk’, and a massive fan of puns. She aims to prove that fashion can be funny and attainable, often through combining high fashion illustrations with low-brow humor.

Unskilled Worker, aka, Rose is a London-based, self-taught illustrator who soared to Instagram prominence due to her striking fashion portraits. The dreamy, childlike innocence juxtaposing the subtle darkness of her work is what makes this Insta artist so popular.   

Julie Houts uses pencil and markers to muster up millennial masterpieces. Arguably, the best part of her drawings are the rambling monologues that accompany them.

Frances Cannon is all about female empowerment and self love, her illustrations- which use ink and gouache on thick paper- mix a dark humor with profound emotional insight.

Mari’s doodles and watercolour sketches are super heartwarming. From using Venn diagrams to explain heartbreak to pie charts on travelling. Everything this artist creates is personal yet completely relatable.

Loryn is known for her digital drawings, with her ‘real’ Disney princesses series going viral and catapulting her to insta-fame. From illustrations about hay fever, to politically charged pieces, there’s something for everyone on her feed.

Kathleen, a plus size fashion illustrator based in Montreal, is all about representing curvy women in the industry through her art.  She runs an etsy shop so that her loyal followers can have their very own curvy sketch!

Carly Kuhn got her big break when Sarah Jessica Parker re-grammed Kuhn’s portrait of her- after that, she was able to turn this hobby into a career. From illustrating a Prada eye-wear campaign to collaborating on tees with NSF clothing. This gal has got the industry at her fingertips (literally). 


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