THE TOP 5 ILLUSTRATORS ON INSTAGRAM

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It’s no secret that I’m addicted to Instagram. I LOVE IT. FREAKING. LOVE IT. Everything about it, except battling the alogortihm of course. It’s amazing that you can connect with people around the world in real time and with as little words as possible, I’m a visual person (duh) so if I had to choose only Facebook or Instagram it would be a no brainer. { Don’t ask me about Twitter because I HATE IT. It’s the worst. }

When Instagram introduced stories I was skeptical, who needs to post a picture that would disappear in 24 hours and why? And as they worked out the kinks and have made it something more useful to people posting and people watching by finally allowing you to post older pictures, add words right in the app or with a 3rd party application,I fell in love. But mostly it helped me fall in love with some of my favorite fashion illustrators on Instagram. Watching them create or just their behind the scenes was enough to have me hooked. So check out my top 5 favorites below and check them out on IG!

 
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NIKI GROOM | @miss_magpie_spy

Nikki Groom is a UK fashion illustrator with a fun, loose style filled with bright colors. Her rendering of patterns captured my attention a few years ago and I have been addicted to her work ever since. She posts amazing stories of her travels and you can watch her paint live or on her story regularly which is beyond amazing. She shares her favorite tools and explains her process in such an approachable way for artists and non-artists alike.My 2 favorite things about Nikki is that she is super honest, even when things aren’t so glamorous and that she is super charitable. She is a concerned global citizen and encourages and informs her audience to give back to various causes near and dear to her and that is so refreshing.

 
 
 
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KATIE RODGERS | @paperfashion

Katie Rodgers is a true inspiration. Her work is so magical and you can often watch her create her work right on her story and if it doesn’t inspire you to make something I don’t know how to be friends with you anymore. Glittery gold, rich pastels and delicious brushstrokes are always on tap and the music she paints to is always mesmerizing (often soundtracks from movies)…it’s like she transports you to another place with her photos of NYC, bright bold flowers, tiny creatures that visit her rooftop garden and gorgeous illustrations. She is a can’t miss on Instagram, you’ll thank me.

 
 
 
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DAVID DOWNTON | @DAVIDDOWNTOWN

David Downton has been an idol of mine since I learned what fashion illustration was. He is a classic staple in the fashion illustration world and always will be. He recently posted a lot about my most beloved Antonio Lopez, a fashion illustrator who died years ago but his work still influences fashion illustration today. Downton’s style is loose but classic with modern edge. His Instagram feed is filled with his work and his inspiration but honestly one of my favorite kinds of posts from him is when shares vintage images of fashion mavens from times gone by.

 
 
 

TRACY HETZEL | @TRACYHETZEL

Tracy Hetzel is at the top of my list for her beautiful detailed illustrations that always have an air of rebellion. She is a graphic designer by day and illustrator by night. Her feed is full of her finished masterpieces and seriously brimming with personality. You can shop her work or commission a custom piece on Etsy in her store called Long Blue Straw.

 
 
 
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BROOKE HAGEL | @BROOKLIT

I had the immense pleasure of meeting NYC based Fashion Illustrator when she was a guest a Stitched Fashion Camp a few years ago in the Hamptons and she is as sweet as her drawings. Super girly and super fun, all of her work is to die for and her Instagram feed is so beautifully put together you can’t help but fall in love with all the blush pink, images in and around NYC and of course her super gorgeous girls. Her story is equally amazing…updated everyday with her adventures, live drawing gigs and videos of her at work on her desk or iPad, you’ll never be bored!

I hope you have a chance to check out all of my favorites and you might find they become one of yours too…and it would be really awesome to give them some love by following or even buying a piece of their art!

Happy scrolling!