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7 MOST POPULAR INDONESIAN ILLUSTRATORS ON INSTAGRAM

Follow these artists and spice up your feed with art.

09.01.2022
BY WILHEMINA BOWEN
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Instagram isn't only for photographers to upload interesting and intriguing shots. The social network is brimming with creative talent from other walks of life, too. It is a terrific place to capture and share some of your favorite moments while also getting inspired by some of the most amazing creatives out there.

Here's a list of some of the most well-known illustrators on Instagram artists to follow to get you inspired for your own art or to simply spice up your feed.

Martcella Liunic
In August 2021, the Google Indonesia homepage was decorated with a doodle commemorating Indonesia's 75th anniversary of independence. Martcellia Liunic, an Indonesian female artist, created this unique Google Doodle.

 
 
 
 
 
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Martcella is a creative illustrator as well as an experienced art director. Her work usually displays the characteristics of animals, plants, and living beings, and even colorful shapes. She applied it to various accessories such as patches and pins.

Lala Bohang
Lala Bohang is a renowned book writer and visual artist. Throughout her career, she has successfully produced her works in various mediums. Once asked if she could choose between the two aforementioned professions, she admitted that she couldn't as they serve different purposes for her.

 
 
 
 
 
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Since 2009, she has participated in several group exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad. In 2013, she held a solo exhibition Gendis at LIR Space Yogyakarta and The Museum of Forbidden Feelings at Qubicle Center, Jakarta, in 2016.

She began publishing The Book of Siblings book series in 2016 consisting of The Book of Forbidden Feelings, which was released in the same year, "The Book of Invisible Questions" (2017), and "The Book of Imaginary Beliefs" (2019).

Her book, "The Journey of Belonging" (2020), which she wrote in collaboration with Dutch author Lara Nuberg, won the 2020 Ranald MacDonald Award.

Ayang Cempaka
Being a mom and housewife does not have to limit one's wishes to explore her creative side. In fact, it can be both a challenge and motivation to know yourself deeper and strengthen your skills. This is how Ayang Cempaka feels and experiences in doing her work as an illustrator.

 
 
 
 
 
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Despite being a busy mother of two, this 36-year-old woman is actively pursuing her career as a freelance illustrator. She is now based in Dubai and has had projects with brands such as L'occitane Germany, Penguin, The Foundry NYC, Thermos, Giphy, and others.

Naela Ali
Naela Ali, a young graphic designer, illustrator, and businesswoman, blends her passion for design with her business. Take a look at @naelaali's Instagram for several simple, modern works using watercolor methods.

Watercolor dominates all of her works. She only began working in watercolors in 2011. Nae has enjoyed drawing since she was a toddler. As she grew older, her interest shifted to creating a storybook with illustrations.

 
 
 
 
 
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She also has a brand called Asobi, which offers bags, T-shirts, hats, stickers, and other items with illustrations of Japanese culture and cats on them, which she created herself. It has been running for a few years, with sales reaching Chile, Japan, and Singapore.

Dinda Puspitasari
Dinda Puspitasari, a young fashion illustrator, regularly posts her art on Instagram under the handle @dindaps. She was also commissioned to create illustrations for major brands such as Pedder, Chanel, and Dior.

 
 
 
 
 
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After her first illustration project, she decided to resign from her job to focus on her online shop business, which unfortunately went bankrupt after three months. She finally made her way to become a full-time illustrator in 2015 after facing numerous difficulties in her career.

Diela Maharanie
Diela Maharanie is an Indonesian illustrator who was originally a student majoring in accounting at a university in Jakarta. Her illustration works are typical of women, with a touch of bright, cheerful, and bold colors. Prior to pursuing a career as an illustrator in 2005, Diela worked in a retail company and served as an accountant for a year.

She said she never thought that becoming an illustrator would be her future. In addition, she also admitted that she did everything self-taught, from painting to studying the illustration medium.

 
 
 
 
 
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Diela has made the country proud in the field of art with her one-of-a-kind pieces. For example, a private magazine in Mexico once published one of her works regarded as incredibly inspiring by many in terms of shape, color, and pattern.

In addition, she has worked with Instagram to design stickers. She was chosen to participate in the South by South West SXSW show in Austin, Texas, in 2010. Her works have also been presented in exhibitions in numerous other countries, including Hong Kong and France.

Muklay
Muklay is a Jakarta-based virtual artist whose works are already well-known in the city and beyond. He has worked with famous brands such as Nike and Vans.

 
 
 
 
 
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In an interview, he shared his views on being an artist. "I believe every artist has their own way to produce art. For example, if someone asks five artists to draw Monalisa, each one of them will do it in different techniques," he said.

 

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