Zu Orzu is an illustrator and comic book artist originally from Singapore, now based in LA. Her style is dark, with layers of color and shadow, and a strong sense of mystery. I am drawn to her portraits — check out this one of Prince! — and her way of seeing the world. See more of her work and follow here at @zuorzu.
Morgan Harper Nichols is a writer, artist, and musician, originally from the South but now living in California. She combines beautiful paintings that are sometimes abstract, sometimes recognizable bits of nature — a flower, a mountain, the sky — with poetry fragments. A post will usually have multiple images, each with a part of the full poem. You swipe and are taken into her world, which feels dream-like and wise. Plus, the color palette she adheres to is soooooooo swoon worthy. I just got her new book out this week, and I've been reading one every morning, like a benediction to the day.
This is my first post in what's going to be a new category for my blog called "Follow." It's going to be all about cool artists on Instagram and is my take on #followfriday (which I haven't actually seen on Instagram in a while). 🎨📸✏️📚❤️ *** For sure one of my favorite things about Instagram is being able to see the work of lots of artists, and one of the first artists I happily found was Samantha Dion Baker. She is an illustrator and designer living in Brooklyn and has become known for her daily sketch journal, which is a combination of watercolor sketches and hand lettering. I adooooore her style — if I could pick up a paintbrush and magically have it look like her work, it would be a dream come true! 😁She has a great class on Skillshare, a book, an Etsy shop, and participates in lots of cool events around NYC.