Looking to spice up your space? Look no further than these incredible Instagram-based illustrators.
Illustrations have become all the rage in recent months, with many people jazzing up their homes – whether big or small – with pop art-inspired prints, bold slogans and even commissioned artwork.
Whether you're looking to add some colour to your bedroom, add a quirky print to your home office space or looking for the perfect gift for your friend's new place, we've got you covered.
Here, we've rounded up some of the best illustrators to buy from, and they're all just a click away on Instagram.
Based in Dublin, Laura Duffy has created artworks for everyone from Google to Netflix, easily catching the eye with her bold and motivational prints. Using a palette of soft pinks, bright oranges and luminous lilacs, her works are equal parts vibrant and feminine, and often threaded through with positive mantras.
Based in Galway, Éilis Cosgrove's work celebrates the beauty of everyday moments, a focus that feels even more touching in light of the pandemic. Her maximalist pieces can include everything from a Pride flag and a GAA football, to a bag of tobacco and a pint of Guinness. In this way, her pieces feel familiar and realistic, while also looking incredible.
Blending influences from the natural world and the mystical world, Béibhínn McCarthy's work feels ancient and modern. The NCAD graduate pulls inspiration from everything from podcasts and Harry Potter to mythical creatures like massive foxes and greyhound-deer hybrids.
Laura Parker Designs
Are you into astrology, tarot cards and the general vibe that goes with it? Laura Parker is the artist for you. Based in Galway, her prints are full of cosmic symbols, the planets and dreamy skyscapes and all in otherworldly shades of pink and purple. Laura also offers commissions, you can keep track of how much availability she has left each month.
Ciara Makes Things
Rose-tinted high rises, two friends languishing in the heat, a woman locked away in her blooming greenhouse – Ciara O'Neill's artwork hums with heat and sensuality. An activist through her work, she's also one third of 4 Walls, a collective that raises money in aid of Dublin's housing crisis and homelessness. She's even created the hottest accessory of the summer: the "I'm Vaccinated" sticker or badge. Get on it.
Sarah Woods Art
Based in Bray, Sarah Woods' art focuses on the beauty of the Irish language and landscape. With pieces acting as a call to arms for the Irish tongue – "Broken Irish is better than clever Irish", reads one – she also distills down some of the unique Irish experiences, like watching your 99 ice cream melt down your arm in the height of summer.
Illustrator, art director, branding consultant, Conor Merriman truly is a Renaissance man when it comes to making pretty things that catch the eye. Having created his artwork "Together", commissioned by RTÉ as part of their Illuminations collective, he's one of the leading illustrators in the country and also sells prints and personal pieces. His work typically features pop culture figures and icons drawn in a bold style, and we especially love his piece featuring Schitt's Creek's Moira Rose as the "High Priestess" tarot card.
Michelle Designed Art
Whether it's a glam illustration of Billie Eilish in her Old Hollywood phase or a pop art-inspired portrait of Tara Stewart, Michelle's pieces find a way to spread positivity in a bold fashion. Her illustrations typically include a tender and encouraging mantra, such as "You deserve the best" and "The way you talk to yourself is important", and act as reminders to be gentle to yourself.
Pipe and Pallet
Labelling his work as "illustration for synesthetes", Nathanaël Roman has a style completely his own, with striking black and white drawings capturing the more chaotic experience of living. In one print, "Today the Fridge", a shadowy figure is surrounded by tasks and items crying out for attention – a realistic and moving take on life in the pandemic.
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A self-professed "hopeful romantic based in Ireland", Frances Johnston's designs are flirty, sweet and retro. Using mostly shades of red, pink and purple, her designs feature touching slogans like "What if it were easy?" and "Your love can change the world". Johnston also sells cards and stationary for all your journaling and letter-writing needs.