10 Filipina Illustrators to Follow to Brighten Up Your IG Feed
Color your feed with some local talent.
(SPOT.ph) The endless scroll can get pretty tiring after the first hundred cat pictures. So if you need something to change things up a bit, then why not follow these talented female artists? Their fun, quirky, and amazing worlds are guaranteed to bless your feed with thumb-stopping masterpieces. From established illustrators to up-and-coming ones, each local artist has got so much to offer, and some may be just as cute as that kitten currently on your feed.
Here are 10 local female illustrators to add some color to your Instagram feed:
Kenny Tai (@knytai)
Playful and with a lot of character—designer, illustrator, and animator, Kenny Tai’s work is a mix of different visual styles, but they all have one thing in common: each one always hits home. Whether it’s her Manila Girls sticker series featuring characters resembling the infamous cities of Manila, or her social commentaries on just about anything Pinoy, Tai's Instagram posts always lovingly depict Filipino culture at its realest. It’s funny, relatable, and most importantly, inspires you to be proud of your culture and heritage.
Jill Arteche (@jillarteche)
Browsing through Jill Arteche’s feed is like taking a peek at her diary—a visual diary, that is! It’s filled with daily musings—from her newfound motivation to exercise, to her favorite look from the MET Gala—and commissioned projects from different brands and publications, all done with her distinctive exaggerated facial features and distorted figures style (or as she likes to call it, "'ugly' people with unapologetic expressions"). "I am a firm believer that there is beauty in the unattractive, which I express as it is, in all its comically grotesque glory," she says on her website.
Bianca Lesaca (@biancalesaca)
Bianca Lesaca is an illustrator and painter whose work has appeared in children’s books, comics, collectible toys, editorials, music album covers, and objects such as skulls and giant shoes. Her Instagram is a mix of lovely portraits, concept art, and WIPs, with some done digitally and others painted on canvas.
Nica Galvez (@nicaminoru)
Pop culture meets digital art in illustrator and designer Nica Galvez’s Instagram account. From Game of Thrones and Avengers to Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Galvez has drawn them all—and with impeccable attention to detail, too.
Patti Ramos (@artofpattiramos)
Visual artist, author, and spoken word poet-slash-storyteller Patti Ramos’ feed is full of illustrations of strong and spunky women with Filipino features, save for some fan art pieces every now and then, which are also just as amazing. Her feed is not just limited to her beautifully drawn and meaningful illustrations either—Ramos also likes to tell her stories through words and pictures.
Abigail Arellano (@abxsketches)
A welcome break from the ultra-colorful flatlays and travel posts, Abigail Arellano’s feed features sketches using charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor, and acrylic, to name a few. Although she does solid work no matter the medium, it’s her pen-and-ink creations that amaze the most—a few seemingly simple strokes that produce accurate final images.
Ninna Lebrilla (@nnnlll.ig)
Following Ninna Lebrilla’s work on Instagram is like subscribing to a mystery box from a brand you love—you’re not sure what you’re going to get when scrolling through your feed but you know for sure that it'll be spectacular. Having worked on children’s books, school folios, posters, and personal projects, Lebrilla’s style covers a wide range. From fluid lines to geometric abstracts to whimsy to surrealism, she can do it all so well, and with textures you can feel just by looking at them.
Abigail Dela Cruz (@hyamei)
Illustrator Abigail Dela Cruz has a way of making everything magical through her illustrations, whether it’s a badass superhero from a movie or a cute character from an anime. Even her illustrations of girls going about their daily lives (i.e. grocery shopping, lounging around) have a mystical air to them. So it's no wonder she’s been part of several group exhibitions in California and Minnesota featuring themes that range from Alice in Wonderland and Magical Heroines to Dragon Ball and Avatar. She's also done storybook illustrations, concept art, and comic covers.
Seline Abanto (@selineabanto)
If you find Multimedia Arts student Seline Abanto’s work familiar, it’s because you've probably seen them on television or online. Abanto did a digital illustration of Paningning, the puppy who rose to fame because of her odd sleeping position, and people loved it—who wouldn't? Her work isn’t limited to pupper fan art, though. Abanto also does semi-realistic stylized portraits and creates her own take on different characters and social issues.
CJ de Silva-Ong (@cjlovestodraw)
Ask any '90s kid who CJ de Silva-Ong is and they'll present you with hard facts about this talented creator: She’s a gifted artist who started painting at the early age of five and had her first one-woman exhibit at the age of 11. Although accurate, de Silva-Ong is now even better than she already was two decades ago. She’s a celebrated painter, illustrator, and advertising creative director who’s generous enough to share her amazing art (which also evolved through the years) through her Instagram posts.