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Comic conventions are a great way of seeing favorite artists in action, showcasing their work, talking through the process of drawing each page, and even sketching for you. But otherwise, if you want to get a sneak peek behind-the-scenes, social media is ideal.

While the likes of Twitter, Tumblr, and Deviant Art naturally appealed to comic book artists, many find Instagram’s clean layout and ease of use is conducive to their craft Instagram Isn't a Photography App, It's a Community [Opinion] Instagram Isn't a Photography App, It's a Community [Opinion] Over the past month, there's been a renewed deluge of articles arguing over Instagram's merit as a photography tool. Every so often, tech bloggers, photographers and journalists come together in a discussion over the merits... Read More .

Here’s a brief selection of comic artists you need to follow.

Lee Garbett

SUPERMAN commission #sdcc #comiccon #superman #dccomics

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I’ve followed Lee’s work since 2011’s Fear Itself: The Deep, which saw him draw the Defenders (soon to be a Netflix-exclusive TV series 13 New Netflix Originals You'll Be Watching in 2016 13 New Netflix Originals You'll Be Watching in 2016 Netflix has released a lot of original content -- including House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, Narcos, and Master of None -- but 2016 is slated to be Netflix's most exciting year yet. Read More ), including a number of Marvel’s heavy-hitters like Dr. Strange, Namor, and She-Hulk. But before he went freelance 8 Timeless Tips for Freelancers Struggling with Productivity 8 Timeless Tips for Freelancers Struggling with Productivity For freelancers, there’s always more to do than the minutes in the day. Because everything is out to distract you, being productive is paramount. Here are eight timeless tips freelancers should always follow. Read More , Garbett had an exclusive contract with DC Comics The Entire League Of DC Comics Comes To Kindle, iBook, & Nook [Updates] The Entire League Of DC Comics Comes To Kindle, iBook, & Nook [Updates] Comic book fans can rejoice. In one complete swoop, DC Comics announced its arrival on the three major digital platforms. DC Comics is the Number 1 comic book publisher in the U.S. and boasts of... Read More , so most extensively explored the world of Batman.

As well as acting as a costume designer on X-Men: Days of Future Past, Lee has worked on Ghost Rider, Batgirl, 2000AD, X-O Manowar, Wonder Woman, and The Amazing Spider-Man. His best-known stints are on Lucifer (the ongoing comic that’s also now a TV series on Fox), and Loki: Agent of Asgard, which really utilized his playful visuals.

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Though he doesn’t post on Instagram that often, his timeline is worth following for its solid mix of close-ups on brush work, commissions, promotional images, and art-in-progress. You also get the chance to see his take on characters he doesn’t normally tackle.

Chris Samnee

Spoilers in the solicitation text, but here's @fatheadwilson and I's cover to June's BLACK WIDOW #4!

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Chris Samnee seems to have become an overnight success, his clean, bright, and imaginative style notably gracing the pages of Thor: The Mighty Avenger (for which he won the 2011 Harvey Award for Most Promising New Talent), The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom and Daredevil (the two titles combined won him the 2013 Eisner Award for Best Penciller/Inker), and most recently, Black Widow.

Arguably best known for his Daredevil, Samnee’s sharp lines and stunning compositions channel the art of the late Irwin Hasen (Dondi) and the late Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark’s Parker).

Although you do see some nice pictures from his private life Top Tips: How To Take Great Photos With Your Smartphone Top Tips: How To Take Great Photos With Your Smartphone Smartphone and mobile photography are becoming increasingly popular. And no wonder. Every year, mobile and smartphone cameras get better and better, until many people don’t feel the need to carry real cameras around anymore. While... Read More , Chris’ Instagram is really an opportunity to explore his unique perspectives and smart contrasts. Scroll through and I guarantee it won’t be long until something makes you go, “Wow.”

Bill Sienkiewicz

Hendrix progress 4 20×30 watercolor

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I can’t tell you how much I love Bill Sienkiewicz’s art. With over 10 awards under his belt, it’s obvious how much the comics industry as a whole loves his art too.

Sienkiewicz first gained prominence with his ingenious layouts for Marvel’s mentally-unstable hero, Moon Knight, but it was during his stint on X-Men spin-off, New Mutants that he began to carve out an offbeat style that continues today. Mixing all manner of mediums 3 Tips To Help You Create Photo Collages The Easy Way 3 Tips To Help You Create Photo Collages The Easy Way Creating collages can be a bit time-consuming if you do it yourself in MS Paint or Photoshop. If you don’t feel exactly creative, your work may not even bring you the results you want. I... Read More – collage, watercolor, mimeography, acrylic, and then some – Bill’s Elektra: Assassin particularly highlighted how comic books are an art form in themselves.

Though he’s not been on Instagram that long New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies When you’re getting started on Instagram, there are a few tips and tricks to bear in mind to make sure that you hit the ground running. The popular app is part photo-sharing site and part... Read More , Sienkiewicz’s timeline so far features glimpses of classic pages, commissions, and works in progress. Forget just comic books: if you want to learn about graphic design Is Art School Necessary for a Career in Graphic Design? Is Art School Necessary for a Career in Graphic Design? If you want to pursue a career in digital arts or graphic design, is it worth getting a degree? Can you get by without one? What exactly does the degree do for you, anyway? Read More and painting, you need to study Bill’s splashes and panels.

Jamie McKelvie

#wicdiv 20! Out soon.

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And now, as they say, 8 Of The Best Monty Python's Flying Circus Sketches [Stuff to Watch] 8 Of The Best Monty Python's Flying Circus Sketches [Stuff to Watch] Very few other comedy troupes have broken as much new ground as Monty Python did when they were first broadcast on the BBC in 1969. Not only was the humour fresh, well-delivered and very, very... Read More for something completely different. If Sienkiewicz’s art is edgy and dark, McKelvie’s is clear and precise. His bright, instantly-recognizable approach is proving a massive hit, gracing Marvel, DC, and Image publications and earning him a dedicated set of fans, including cosplayers, who he often proudly displays on Instagram.

His most high-profile gig was with writer (and frequent collaborator), Kieron Gillen on Young Avengers, which prompted scores of readers to dig out their creator-owned titles, Phonogram and The Wicked + The Divine.

Instead of showing off his brilliant layouts, Jamie’s Instagram mainly charts his day-to-day life 10 Life-Changing Moments Captured on Instagram 10 Life-Changing Moments Captured on Instagram Whether its documenting natural disasters, hundreds of thousands taking to the street in protest, or a crash landing of an airplane, Instagram users have been there to snap some of the first shots. Read More , including places he’s visiting, gigs and films he’s going to see, and the occasional bit of promotional material. His comic books are typically a great examination of pop culture, so seeing his inspirations really help you understand his pages.

Mark Brooks

After a few years working on small press titles, Mark was noticed by Udon Entertainment as the Asian-inspired studio began working on Marvel’s Deadpool; the publisher was impressed by his ability to turn in solid pages against tight deadlines Make Room For A Relaxed Weekend -- 5 Simple Tips To Beat Deadlines Make Room For A Relaxed Weekend -- 5 Simple Tips To Beat Deadlines Nothing can be more stressful than the threat of a deadline looming large. But, it does not have to be so. With just a few adjustments you can get your work done ahead of time. Read More , and gave him jobs on increasingly popular books like X-Men Legacy, Ultimate Fantastic Four, and Uncanny X-Force. The first job of his I saw was on a small Spider-Man-related book called Anya Corazon: Araña, a comic that impressed me so much, I’ve followed his career ever since.

Brooks has an exclusive contract with Marvel Discover Marvel Comics & Marvel Characters On The Web Discover Marvel Comics & Marvel Characters On The Web Marvel Comics was founded in 1939 as Timely Comics before becoming Atlas Comics in the 1950s and eventually the company we know and love in the 1960s. This was the era when Jack Kirby, Steve... Read More , so you can see his most recent pieces on the covers of The Astonishing Ant Man and interiors of Han Solo.

On Instagram, he shares a good mixture of sketches, convention photos, and previews of upcoming comics, including his incredible depiction of Harrison Ford (and Solo’s ever-reliable co-pilot, Chewbacca).

Emma Vieceli

Sunday scribblin'

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Emma Vieceli is one of the few manga artists to have broken into the mainstream American comic publishing industry; having joined Sweatdrop Studios, a UK-based firm producing original manga The 3 Best Sites To Read Manga Online The 3 Best Sites To Read Manga Online Read More , in 2002, she was soon illustrating for Tokyopop, Image Comics, and Self Made Hero, for the latter drawing adaptations of Shakespeare’s Watch 37 Shakespeare Productions In 37 Languages Performed At The Globe Theatre [Stuff to Watch] Watch 37 Shakespeare Productions In 37 Languages Performed At The Globe Theatre [Stuff to Watch] Shakespeare: Globe to Globe took place this summer and featured 37 plays being performed in 37 different languages in the rebuilt Shakespeare Globe theatre in London, England. Put on as a celebration of the impact... Read More Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing.

Many will know her for the graphic novels of Vampire Academy (based on Richelle Mead’s young adult romance novels The Top 10 Sci-fi Romance eBooks On Amazon [MUO Book Club] The Top 10 Sci-fi Romance eBooks On Amazon [MUO Book Club] Following the success of books such as The Time Traveller’s Wife (later adapted into a movie) the sci-fi romance genre has been booming, with many authors releasing works concerning time travel, aliens, space operas and... Read More ), Alex Rider (Anthony Horowits’ fictional teenage spy), and most recently, for Titan Comics’ Eighth Doctor miniseries, based on the Doctor Who franchise.

Emma’s Instagram achieves a better balance of work and normal life than most, so you get to know the artist behind the pages, and see how her panels progress. She doesn’t have a massive amount of followers yet, but her star is continuing to ascend, so get on board now!

J Scott Campbell

There’s no denying it: Campbell’s pieces combine an instantly-recognizable style with dramatic compositions and sheer sex appeal.

But his pin-up-like characters belie how graceful and detailed his art is. Across titles like Danger Girl (which he also co-created), Gen13, and The Amazing Spider-Man, Jeffery’s structures and use of negative space 8 Self-Publishing Secrets For Designing An eBook Cover 8 Self-Publishing Secrets For Designing An eBook Cover A good ebook cover is a visual and emotional glance into the contents of your writing. But if you design your own ebook cover, there are some important things you need to take into consideration. Read More is a masterclass in how to set out a dynamic layout.

His Instagram gives you a well-rounded look at the life of a comic artist — from sketches and commissions, to brushes and convention appearances. You’ll often see his sketches progress, as inks and then colors are applied, creating a gorgeous piece. Gamers should also enjoy his timeline: at the age of 15, he won the “Invent the Ultimate Video Game” competition held by the official Nintendo Magazine!

Mahmud Asrar

This Turkish-born artist’s style reminds me of Stuart Immonen and Sara Pichelli, and his unusual compositions are reminiscent of Olivier Coipel – so it’s no wonder his portfolio consists of major Marvel and DC books, including Adventure Comics, Wolverine and the X-Men, and Supergirl. He’s been catapulted to the big-time, however, with his ongoing work for All-New, All-Different Avengers.

It’s quite clear he’s capable of capturing solo figures and super-team titles with the same deftness.

Scrolling through his vibrant Instagram is a real joy, not only to see previews of issues, but also for his fan interaction. He takes pre-show commissions for any upcoming conventions 8 Geek Conventions You Should Attend At Least Once, If Not Every Year 8 Geek Conventions You Should Attend At Least Once, If Not Every Year Read More he’s attending, so you’ll see wonderful full-figure sketches, and photos of him at events. You’ll be amazed at how prolific and dedicated Mahmud is.

Jock

Time lapsed me inking an ALL STAR BATMAN cover… The final image should be out soon #AllStarBatman

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Like many British stars, Mark Simpson began his comic career with 2000AD, the long-running weekly anthology magazine that most notably features Judge Dredd You Are The Law: Dredd vs Zombies For Windows Phone You Are The Law: Dredd vs Zombies For Windows Phone Although it is not an actual movie tie-in, Dredd vs Zombies was released for several gaming platforms in 2012 and has recently become available for Windows Phone. While there are similarities between the game and... Read More and often, Psi-Judge Anderson. Known professionally as “Jock”, he soon progressed to books from DC (and Vertigo, its creator-owned imprint), including Detective Comics, The Losers, and Scalped.

With a distinctive, scratchy technique, his cover art is especially attention-grabbing; to see how he plays with structure, you need only check out his Wolverine MAX work.

What really comes across from his Instagram, however, is how much he toys with color and black-and-white design, using paint, ink, and digital media. Jock also works on concept and promotional art for several movies (like Dredd, Ex Machina, and Batman Begins), so fans occasionally get to see steelbooks and related sketches.

Skottie Young

Rainy Sunday inking. #wip #deadpool #miracleman #youngvariant #marvel

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In complete contrast, Skottie Young’s art is pure unadulterated fun.

If you’ve scanned through the covers on show at any comic store, you’ll immediately know his hilarious pages. Realism is overrated. Young’s fluid, friendly, and bright pages are a pleasure to flick through, and he’s quickly become one of the most sought-after names in the industry. Sometimes, his work is hilariously grotesque; other times, it pokes fun at itself and its publisher — and most of the time, it’s both.

Alongside his adaptations of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books, his creator-owned I Hate Fairyland, and his various variant covers for basically every Marvel comic under the sun, Young shows us his daily sketches, so expect to feast your eyes on the Avengers 10 Books You Need to Read After Watching The Avengers: Age of Ultron 10 Books You Need to Read After Watching The Avengers: Age of Ultron If you love The Avengers: Age of Ultron, then we have a selection of books you should read next in order to burrow deeper down the rabbit hole. Read More , Two-Face, Calvin and Hobbes, Earthworm Jim, Rocket Racoon, and Buzz Lightyear… as well as plenty of photos of his kids. He’s clearly a very proud father, which is great to see.

To Be Continued…?

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Instagram is ideal for comic creators and fandom alike, but of course there are so many artists on social media 10 Talented Comic Book Artists You Should Follow on Twitter 10 Talented Comic Book Artists You Should Follow on Twitter Comic book art is severely underrated. Show some support by following the pros on Twitter. Here are just a few to get you started. Read More , it’s impossible to cover them all. Think of this article as a starter, to set you on the right path.

Who else do you follow? Are there any artists you’d love to see on Instagram? Or maybe you’re an artist yourself, using the site to drum up support Support Your Favorite Online Artists And Get Exclusive Rewards On Patreon Support Your Favorite Online Artists And Get Exclusive Rewards On Patreon Patreon is a new initiative from musician and video-maker Jack Conte, that tries to solve the age-old problem both artist and fans face every day. For artists, it's the need to stay afloat while still... Read More ? Let us know below.

  1. Mamahotech
    September 8, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    What about Wulf & Batsy creator, Bryan Baugh? @bryan_baugh_art

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