Sharing on social media is not something that comes naturally to me, and I have to work hard at forcing myself to connect online. I’m one of those weirdos that would rather live in a world of calling cards and handwritten letters. But, we live in a digital world, and I am trying my best to be a part of it.
Luckily, I have a friend who works in web writing and marketing, and she’s opened my eyes to the wonders of social media, specifically Twitter. It took me awhile to get used to it. But after I started to follow a couple of illustrators and publishers, I found myself going down a rabbit hole of finding even more awesome and inspiring artists and illustrators. Below are my top three that I’ve found so far via Twitter:
Briony May Smith
Smith’s work has a folklore look to it and brings the reader back to the world of old European fairy tales. She recently created the artwork for the book Imelda and the Goblin King by Flying Eye Books and it perfectly highlights her talents in creating a vibrant and rich story through beautiful illustrations.
Caulfield’s colorful prints, paintings, and sketches of cities throughout the world will have you longing to get on a plane to visit each one. Rather than creating realistic renderings of streets and buildings, she captures the spirit of each location she visits. Viewing her work will make you wish you were walking through Venice or sitting at a Parisian cafe.
Knight’s illustrations are quirky and whimsical. She can take everyday objects and scenes and make them look magical. With a mixture of contemporary and historical influences, and a notably unique style, she creates charming scenes and characters. She also has created several Harry Potter-inspired illustrations that, as a Harry Potter fanatic, I truly appreciate.
These are my top three discoveries so far, but I’ve only recently been branching out via social media. I intend to write more as I discover more incredible illustrator and artists. There’s nothing like seeing other great work to get inspired!