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The Penny-Sized Illustrations of @samlarson

To see more photos of both Sam’s normal-sized and minuscule work, follow @samlarson on Instagram.

"I gather my inspiration from the American West," says Sam Larson (@samlarson), a 25-year-old Wisconsin native now working as a freelance artist in Carlsbad, California. “I like to get out into the mountains and desert whenever possible.” On Instagram, Sam shares his western-themed creations, which often take the form of tiny, penny-sized drawings.

Sam attributes his rekindled interest in illustration to Instagram. In 2013, after a five-year hiatus from art, “I started doing one drawing a night to post on Instagram. It was an exercise that held me accountable, and the encouragement helped keep me going.”

"Instagram has allowed me to make new friends, travel to places I didn’t know existed, share my art and so much more," says Sam. "I hope to inspire people to pick up a pen, or to embark on some type of adventure."

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In the Artist’s Studio: Watching @wolfbat’s Carvings Come to Life

To see more photos of Dennis’s work—and the work of people who inspire him—follow @wolfbat on Instagram.

Under his art moniker Wolfbat (@wolfbat), New York City-based artist Dennis McNett uses Instagram to share the process behind his huge, intricate wood cuts and sculptures.

"Everything I do is hand carved with a chisel," says Dennis. While sometimes it’s hard to capture in a photo, "I try to show the process from start to finish to give a better idea of what people are looking at when viewing my work. It’s also fun to show some of the big sculptures I make for performance, which are then burned afterwards."

Dennis first heard about Instagram from his interns, he says. “They kept talking about it and encouraged me to join.” After signing up, however, his captivating wood cuts and sculptures—which take the form of Viking ships, dragons and other mythical creatures—quickly found an audience.

The Instagram community is also a source of inspiration. “I use Instagram to share my work,” which Dennis says is strongly influenced by the imagery of the early 80s skating and punk rock scene, “but also to see other peoples work and share things that inspire me.”

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In the Artist’s Studio with @LoganMaxwellHagege

"My influences are both modern and traditional," says Logan Hagege (@loganmaxwellhagege), a Los Angeles-based artist who documents the creation of his boldly colored paintings on Instagram. “My work that focuses on the American West is done in a style that I feel shows my modern influences as well as my respect of the past.”

Since joining Instagram shortly after purchasing his first iPhone two years ago, Logan’s been using his mobile phone to bring friends, fans and collectors into his studio.

"I enjoy sharing the process of working on paintings over several weeks, and sometimes several months," says Logan. "I live this odd existence, making a living as an artist. I hope sharing some of my life gives a little more insight into what it means to be an artist."

When traveling the US for shows, Logan often draws inspiration from his surroundings, sharing the experience through Instagram: “While out on the road I’ve often thought to myself ‘I wish my friends could see this.’ Instagram now serves as my vehicle to share some of the mind blowing things that I see with a larger audience.”

More broadly, Logan has also found Instagram inspiring creativity in his non-artist friends. “I think it is really interesting how Instagram has allowed millions to start to look at things in an artistic way, whether they are artists or not. I’ve seen such interesting photos from random friends that most likely wouldn’t have existed if not for Instagram.”

Follow Logan on Instagram for a peek into his studio and to follow him on his travels: @loganmaxwellhagege.

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Melding Heavy Metal and Fine Art with @BenVenom

"I’m interested in juxtaposing traditional handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society," Ben Venom (@benvenom) writes in his artist statement. In repurposing discarded denim and old heavy metal t-shirts into quilts of painfully exacting detail, Venom questions and challenges his audience’s conception of fine art.

"My current body of work is directly inspired from the Gees Bend quilt exhibition I saw at the de Young Museum (@deyoungmuseum) in 2006,” says Ben. “I was blown away by the attention to design, craft, and handiwork by women from a very rural region in the American South not to far from where I grew up. They did not have a lot of materials at their disposal and would use recycled denim jeans, blankets, and fabric scrapes to construct some really amazing work.”

Ben cultivates an even deeper appreciation for his craft through Instagram by bringing people into his studio and documenting his process. “For me Instagram operates as a timeline that visually displays the progression of my art and life. I tend to post works in progress and occasionally finished pieces to give the viewer an idea of how the work has progressed.”

Join Ben Venom in his studio as he continues to explore the intersection between heavy metal and fiber arts by following him on Instagram, @benvenom.

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In the Artist’s Studio: Bringing a Painting to Life with @LolaGil

Lola Gil's paintings are as distinctive as they are arresting. Some are lighthearted and whimsical, others are haunting and melancholy, but all are executed with painstaking detail. Lola brings her paintings—and process—to life through Instagram: @lolagil.

"I really paint in a manner that lends better to ‘in person’ viewing due to my tiny crazy small details," says Lola. "However, Instagram really opened up a whole new way for myself and most artists I know to share those details and give a new life to the paintings I create."

As an artist, Lola’s found value in the feedback she receives from the Instagram community: “It’s of course not very exciting for me to watch myself paint, since I do it from morning to night. But the feedback has been both flattering and humbling, and I enjoy watching friends and new artists I discover share their process as well.”

The addition of video on Instagram provides Lola an opportunity to deepen the understanding of and appreciation for her work, and she uses music to set the mood she is seeking to evoke. “Music is a big part of my process, so now that I have the capability to share video I’m more aware of how it helps attach a certain feeling to what people are watching.”

Follow Lola and the creation of her works on Instagram: @lolagil.

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The Artistic Process Brought to Life through Video

Know any other artists sharing their process through videos on Instagram? Send us a note through Tumblr.

Artists use Instagram to bring people into their studio for an intimate glimpse at their craft, and with last week’s addition of video on Instagram, many artists have begun sharing clips of their works in progress.

To see in-the-making shots brought to life, check out these accounts on Instagram:

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In the Artist’s Studio with @MelKadel

Mel Kadel’s serene, sepia-tinged drawings are characterized by repetitive patterns and varied but recurring characters.

It’s hard to imagine how such precise and delicate drawings are created, but through her Instagram feed, @melkadel, Kadel brings people into her Echo Park, California, studio for an up-close glimpse.

"Art-making is a quiet and personal process that I love to show snaps of from under my drawing lamp," says Kadel. "I like the intimacy of showing something while it’s being made."

Follow Mel’s account for photos of both her process and the lives of her rich characters: @melkadel.

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In the Artist’s Studio with @Adam5100

There’s attention to detail, there’s obsessive attention to detail, and then there’s Adam Feibelman.

If you’ve never seen Adam’s Instagram feed, @adam5100, you’d probably never be able to tell that his exquisitely detailed paintings were actually produced with stencils. But as Feibelman’s photos make clear, every painting requires numerous stencil layers, each requiring an abundance of patience, precision, and X-Acto knife blades.

Feibelman brings his Instagram followers into his San Francisco, California studio, not only documenting progress made on his larger fine art works, but also sharing photos of his free-form daily warmups.

"Instagram is like the chapter marker of the day. I start in the morning with doing a single free hand papercut to loosen the brain, and when that’s done I post it," Adam says. "Then it’s on to much harder stuff. If I finish another layer that day, I post it. Instagram is like a little reward for completing a step when it comes to my art."

Posting photos from his studio helps keep friends and fans up to speed on his work. “Your friends can’t always be with you to share in seeing something crazy or making something fun. Instagram is all about the opportunity to open up a window into your life.”

Follow Adam’s artistic undertakings on Instagram at @adam5100.

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In the Artist’s Studio with @JonathanMatas

If you’ve recently spent time walking the streets of San Francisco, California, chances are you’ve come across a mural by Jonathan Matas. You may have also spotted one in New York City or Atlanta. Comprised largely of letters, squiggles and drips, his works are as distinctive as they are conspicuous.

Through Instagram, Matas brings his followers into the studio, and in some cases, to the sites of his building-sized paintings.

"I’ve been painting as far back as my memory can reach… I started doing graffiti when I was about 15, which led to doing murals. Since I already painted a lot, the large work influenced the small work and vice-versa. Now these categories are hard to distinguish."

Matas’ works draw from both meticulous detail and chaos—a balance apparent from the photos he shares through Instagram. Says Jonathan, “there are basically two extremes: complete planning and complete free-styling. I avoid embracing one at the expense of the other and try to enjoy the dance between the two.”

On documenting his work, Jonathan says if people “even have a tiny moment of joy or inspiration, then it’s worth posting.”

Explore more of Matas’ photos through his Instagram feed at @jonathanmatas and through others’ photos shared with the #jonathanmatas hashtag. Learn more at jonathanmatas.com.

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The Making Of: @KelseyBrookes’s Psychedelic Paintings

The Making Of… Know any other Instagrammers doing something unique with their hands? Send us a note through Tumblr.

San Diego, California-based artist Kelsey Brookes—@KelseyBrookes on Instagram—brings his followers into the studio as he creates painstakingly detailed paintings.

Perhaps the only thing more captivating than Brookes’ psychedelic artistic creations is the path that led him to art in the first place. After graduating college with a degree in Biology and researching West Nile Virus on a grant from the US Centers for Disease Control, Brookes left for Australia, where he lived out of a van, surfed, and took up drawing.

Since then, he’s created album art for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and shown his work throughout the US, and internationally in Switzerland, the UK and Australia.

See more at kelseybrookes.com, and at his Instagram profile on the web.