Instagram is by far my most favorite social media tool. It must have got something to do with my fondness for images, I guess. A good image or illustration makes me laugh, cry, think, or wander. It can inspire me or fill me with disgust. All in all, if a piece makes me feel something, I’ll treasure it.
In search for more diversity and awareness in my insta-feed (because yes, YOU decide what you get to see on an everyday basis), I started following a bunch of amazing illustrators who quickly became my new-found heroes! These amazingly talented women and men don’t avoid touchy subjects! They open up their hearts, show us their vulnerable site, and translate all of this through illustrations. My admiration is riding high for those artists and I don’t want to keep them hidden from you!
P.S.: If you have some extra suggestions of amazing artist, please add in the comment section. I’m curious to hear from you!
- Full of Freckles is the brainchild of Belgian trooper Sanne Thijs. With her body positive designs she creates a colourful, happy and joyful atmosphere that puts a smile on everybody’s face!
- Through her illustrations, Mari Andrew expresses her personal emotions and how she deals with life. Her tiny stories are both funny, feminist, sensitive and oh so recognizable!
- Jooleeloren, in real life known as Julie Houts, brings an account with a large dose of social awkwardness and self-consciousness. With a sarcastic sense of humor she wrestles herself through very relatable, sometimes painful, situations, especially for those who suffer from anxiety.
- With witty undertones, Gemma Correll questions big and small aspects of life. Her striking contributions to the MHA (Mental Health America) break taboos and can be found using the hashtag #mentalillnessfeelslike.
- Frances Cannon portrays a strong sense of femininity and vulnerability through her work. But it’s her honesty around anxiety and depression that makes me love her with all my heart. She touches me. Frances is the original founder of the ‘Self Love Club’-tattoo, which stands for respect and love towards your body and spirit (I’m planning to get one myself!)
- Jonquelart (Jonquel Norwood) puts curvy women from all ethnicities in the lead. The ladies she portrays are all powerful, sexy and so so beautifully drawn! Personally, I think Jonquel should get picked up by Disney or Pixar, and become the designer of a new animated movie! Who runs the world? Jonquelart!
- Sam Kirk’s work makes me happy, in one way or the other. Maybe it’s because of her colorful designs? Or because of the way she brings diversity? One thing is for sure: my smile grows fonder every time I see her work appearing in my feed.
- As the name suggests, The Vulva Gallery displays pussies. Big pussies, tiny pussies, bleeding pussies, hairy pussies, bald pussies. With short labia, or long ones, butterfly shaped or tulip shaped. Over and done with pussy ideals, we are all different, all awesome, also between our legs!
- The french speaking page Les Folies Passagères fights stereotyping, sexism, body shaming and racism with beautiful, vibrant and straightforward images. Social activism with a twist!