There are some amazing artists on Instagram, my feed is full of them. Contrary to common opinion (mostly about Influencer and Celebrity profiles), they don’t make me feel inadequate in my abilities – quite the opposite – they make me feel inspired!
I came across a truly exceptional artist on Instagram recently, @psdelux, whose profile page is filled with the most outstanding pencil sketches and digitally enhanced drawings I’ve ever seen. He has 136k followers and impressive engagement (which is well deserved) – his latest post has 18,145 likes at the time of writing!
His art has evolved enormously throughout the 6 years he’s been posting, from beautiful fantasy landscapes, with rich colours and intricate detail in his early days, progressing through a series of hyper realistic animal and portrait studies, to technical creature studies on toned paper. His most recent works have evolved in to pencil sketches of animals which I can only describe as architectural. His style reminds me of Da Vinci’s vitruvian man – geometric yet fluidly artistic.
By looking through the images on his profile, I found myself following @psdelux’s journey on Instagram. I’ve read the story he has told me through his art and I have watched him develop and grow as an artist with each new drawing he posts.
This lead me to question what story my Instagram profile is narrating.
My artwork is still experimental – I haven’t quite found my style yet, although I know I’m getting close. I’m quite content doodling whatever pops into my head at the time, but if I were to hang all my canvases together in an exhibition it would look like they were done by several different artists. So I guess this is how my Instagram profile comes across – that is, after all, my online gallery space.
I began to think of famous artists and their unique styles – Picasso for his use of collage, symbolism and cubism; Jackson Pollock for his drip paintings and abstract expressionism; Andy Warhol for screen printing and Pop Art; Frieda Kahlo; Damien Hirst… When I hear these names an image of their iconic work immediately springs to mind, it’s what they’re renown for. Just as @psdelux is recognised on Instagram for his architectural pencil sketches.
It seems that having a style is ultimately what gives an artist their identity. How they developed it is the story.
There are many successful artists on Instagram, each with their own unique story to tell on the journey towards discovering who they are.
My style is still in development, but fingers crossed the story will be a compelling read!
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