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Instagram is a powerful medium – love it or hate it, you can’t ignore it. And while it is primarily photo driven, it has also proven to be a platform for illustrators to showcase their creativity. So if you are tired of all the FOMO and the envy you’re feeling for those perfect vacation / style / beauty / lifestyle posts, we suggest following these 5 Instagram illustrators whose work is fodder for your feed, mind, and soul.

Alicia Souza (@aliciasouza)

 

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Her charm lies in making even the mundane seem cute. Souza’s illustrations are centered around her dog (Charlie), guinea pig (Henry-oats), and husband (George). Her ability to see and present humour in everyday situations will have you hooked. Whether it’s her undying love for chips, morning coffee cravings, childhood memories, friends and family, or love for hoarding boxes, Souza’s feed is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

Priyanka Paul (@artwhoring)

 

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Lots of colours, bold, and fierce as herself, Priyanka Paul’s artwork focuses on her idea of a better world. Her illustrations put forth issues related to women, the LGBTQ+ community, and any race or section of people who may be marginalised or facing oppression. From calling out the tax against sanitary napkins and lapses in the #MeToo movement, to supporting body positivity and equal representation of gender and sexuality, scrolling through @artwhoring feels like you are chatting with a non-preachy friend.

Samar (@metrodoodle)

 

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Fun, quirky, imaginative – that’s Samar’s art is for you. His handle @metrodoodle presents his signature illustrations i.e., animations on real-life photos, all centred in and around the Delhi Metro. Think a giant chameleon’s tongue wrapped around an unassuming passenger, an alien playing cards with another, a genie granting wishes along the tracks. If you want a creative surprise with a side of chuckle, then follow him pronto.

Neha (@neha.doodles)

 

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Simple and from the heart, Neha’s comics are easy to relate to. From her gym struggles to her love for dogs to self-care, you’ll see yourself in her work. Detailing her life through art, her ‘doodles’ will have you know that you aren’t alone in your losses and wins.

Jasjyot Singh Hans (@jasjyotjasjyot)

 

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Quirky, exploratory, and uninhibited is how Jasjyot Singh Hans’ Instagram feed looks. Exploring sexuality with Indian and Sikh body forms is a recurring theme, and music, fashion, and pop-culture usually inspire his art. Body positivity, self-love, experimental fashion, erotica, women – if you enjoy works that break barriers and stereotypes and dare to push boundaries, he’s the one to follow.

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Megha Uppal
Senior Associate Editor
An innate love for travel and food has translated into many a trips since childhood for Megha; it also fed her curiosity to know about local cultures. When not writing, she is on the lookout for three things: A great dark chocolate dessert, a beautiful pool where she can practice her backstroke, and art that she can save up for.