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Between Dream and Life with @iamlubi and @iamfubi

To see more photos and videos from Lubi and Fubi’s colorful carioca life, follow @iamlubi and @iamfubi on Instagram.

Rio de Janeiro illustrator Luiza Bione’s (@iamlubi) portraits of herself as a colorful character named Lubi blur the line between daydreams and reality. Luiza has been documenting her life through colorful illustrations for as long as she can remember. As a small child she created a cartoon version of herself called Lubi and has been illustrating herself for the past 18 years. “Through illustration, even bad moments—like waking up with a bad hair day or sitting in traffic for hours—become funny. Drawing also makes virtually any scenario possible: if Lubi wants to visit the moon she can.” Luiza began using Instagram after her boyfriend Paulo Delvalle (@paulodelvalle) suggested it might be the perfect way to really bring Lubi to life, telling her story as if she were a real person. “Last year on Valentine’s day, Paulo made me a card asking me to be his girlfriend. He created an illustrated version of himself called Fubi, and that’s how (@iamfubi) was born. Since then, I’ve been drawing Lubi and Fubi based on our lives as well as all the things we dream of doing.”

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Drawing for Happiness with @jiranarong

For more photos and videos of Jiranarong’s illustrations, follow @jiranarong on Instagram.

“I use a lot of drawing techniques, but right now I especially love watercolor and ink,” says Bangkok art director and illustrator Jiranarong Wongsoontorn (@jiranarong). While Jiranarong uses various online channels to share his daily snaps, Instagram has become a place for him to showcase photos and “making-of” videos of his artwork.

Jiranarong’s favorite themes to draw are things that make him feel joyous and peaceful, such as children, flowers and cats. “The main concept of my work is happiness, which means that the photos and videos I share are also made from my happiness,” he explains. When capturing his artistic expressions, he also uses natural light to show the texture of his paper and bring out extra liveliness in his illustrations.

Through Instagram, Jiranarong feels that he is sharing more than just images of his drawings: “I’m very glad to know that many of my followers can feel the same happiness through my work—I am often inspired and learning new things from the people I’m following as well.”

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Inside the Secret Sketchbooks of @graemebase

For more from Graeme’s previously-unseen library of sketches, follow @graemebase on Instagram.

If these images of mechanical, organic and otherwordly creatures feel familiar, it could be because they come from the imagination of beloved children’s book illustrator Graeme Base (@graemebase).

"I’ve been writing and illustrating picture books for something like 30 years, but for every finished piece there are dozens of sketches that have never seen the light of day," he explains. The Australian artist—perhaps best known for the 1986 alphabet book Animalia (1986)—uses his Instagram account to share this trove of beautiful, unpublished pieces.

"The recurring themes in my art are nature and fantasy with whimsical overtones," he says. "I’m slightly shocked to find myself well into my fifties now, but inside the 11-year-old schoolboy is alive and kicking."

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Drawing on Emotion with @literaluis

For more of Luis’s sketches, follow @literaluis on Instagram.

"I’ve been doodling since I can remember. At times, it even becomes a totally unconscious act. No blank sheet of paper is safe with me as long as there’s a pen or pencil around,” says 17-year-old Mexico sketch artist and dancer Luis Ruiz (@literaluis). Luis characterizes his style as cartoon-like and says he never intends for his characters to really resemble the subject. “The relevance I see in them doesn’t lie in who they are, but what they would say if they were able to speak,” he explains.

Luis finds creative inspiration from listening to others. “My favorite things to sketch are portraits because of how much they reveal about a being or a person: a nostalgic gaze, lips sealed as if they had something important to say, even the way hair is styled. The possibilities are endless.” Relating to his subjects is also a part of Luis’s creative process. He explains, “I enjoy seeing the contrast between my characters’ portraits and my own. By standing next to them, I am reminded that they are a part of me and that their feelings were once my own. Nowadays everyone is eager to share their own story, however only a few are keen to listen. Listening to someone else makes you realize how human we all truly are and how our emotions aren’t as alienated as we may portray them.”

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@elenikalorkoti’s Strange and Stylish Illustrations

For more chicly drawn sorceresses, witches and space travelers, follow @elenikalorkoti.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Eleni Kalorkoti’s (@elenikalorkoti) inspiration for the strange and stylish characters she illustrates comes from eclectic sources including ’70s cinema, “Columbo” and dance costumes by Oskar Schlemmer. “Last week I went to see a David Bowie exhibition,” she says, “and now I want to draw everyone wearing quilted jumpsuits.”

For Eleni, Instagram provides an opportunity to share inspiration as well as works in progress. “It’s nice to get some feedback on something after working on it alone in your room all day,” she says. “It’s also a great place to share someone else’s work and hopefully send some new people their way.”

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Exploring Colors and Geometry with @stellamariabaer

To see more of Stella’s work and be a part of her creative process, follow @stellamariabaer on Instagram.

Stella Maria Baer (@stellamariabaer) grew up immersed in the tones and shapes of New Mexico’s high mountain desert. Her recent works, which explore color, geometry and the human form, reflect Stella’s upbringing in the American Southwest. “I tend to gravitate toward particular colors for a period of time, both in my paintings and in my life in general,” she says. “My Instagram feed maps the ebb and flow of my relationship with color.”

Instagram for Stella is not just about bringing people into her studio. She explains, “It’s become its own medium for me—a collage of things I make, places I travel and people’s interactions with what I create.” Stella seeks to inspire others with her work, but has also connected with other women artists who, she says, “inspire me daily to seek out what it is that I am uniquely meant to make.”

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Composing Comic Sets with @perrycolante

For more photos and videos of Andrew’s designs, follow @perrycolante on Instagram.

Italian graphic designer Andrew Zonzini (@perrycolante) found his own unique style of colorful and surrealist portraits by exploring his creativity on Instagram.

"I am a graphic designer and an illustrator," he explains. "So when I think about the composition of each of my pictures, I try to use graphical elements designed by myself, playing a lot with colors and simplicity."

Andrew’s photos often include his brother Luca (@luca_zonzini) and handmade props, giving a sense of hyper-realism which has often duped disbelieving Instagrammers.

"Many people think that the illustrations are added afterwards on the computer, but that is not what I do. I do like the idea that the final result might seem a digital graphical composition, because it means that I managed to render a photograph as a sort of comic strip through my compositions."

Andrew spends a lot of time looking for colorful warehouse walls to use as backdrops for his photos. He likes to compose all the elements on his “set,” drawing the props on colored cardboard to stick on the walls and asking family or friends to pose in coordinated costumes.

He is also constantly inspired by other Instagrammers: “Snooping through various profiles, I noticed there are many clever users who let us know their own creative world, and who inspire you to try and raise the level of your jobs.

"If I could inspire something, I would like to transmit the desire to invent a personal creative style."