Instagram-obsessives can find an account for virtually anything these days, whether it’s international fruit stickers or Meryl Streep Photoshopped onto food (yes, really). But lately, we’ve noticed a new tribe of Instagrammers having a moment we can definitely get behind: female illustrators.
A growing number of women doodlers, painters, and graphic designers are taking their talents to Instagram, flipping the script on the app that often gets a bad rap for picture-perfect brunch setups and overly edited selfies. Instead, these illustrated and brutally honest depictions of life make us laugh until we cry (and cry until we laugh) thanks to spot-on portrayals of things like the intricacies of peeing in a jumpsuit or the guilty pleasure of downing a slice of pizza in the tub.
But it's not only the quirkier of life's perils that can be found in these artists' streams; these women tackle tough subjects, too, from anxiety and depression to female sexuality, feminism, and imposter syndrome. The illustrated approach to these issues allows the topics to be seen and talked about from different angles, and we're ready to join the conversation.
Click through the slideshow for the handles that should be on your radar, plus Q&A sessions with the artists themselves. Follow, refresh, and repeat.
Frances Cannon (@frances_cannon)
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Medium of choice: Ink and gouache on thick paper
You seem to use the same female figure in many of your drawings. Can you tell us about her?
She is me. She is the embodiment of my joy and my pain, my moments of complete happiness and contentment, and my moments of utter despair.
Why do you think viewers resonate with your work?
I think it's because I'm completely honest. I discuss emotions and experiences that are so human that so many other people have experienced them as well.
What do you want people to feel from your illustrations?
I want them to acknowledge their humanity. To know that it's okay to look the way they look and feel the way they feel. I want people to see the joy in being alive and the importance of taking care of one another and themselves.
What’s the last thing you drew?
A woman in a box.