We follow family members to keep up with their lives, we follow friends to see what they’re up to, and we follow interesting people for entertainment. But as creatives, we should have a more intentional group of individuals to follow.
Surround yourself [digitally] and follow a wide array of interesting people who will help you fill your own “blank pages”.
Jon Acuff is one of the funniest and most motivating people I follow. His constant encouragement and “can do” attitude mixed in with his sarcasm and ability to be real make him invaluable. He is one of a select few people that were the reasons I finally got the guts to start this blog to begin with. The other, is Sean Wes.
Sean Wes is a robot. Well not really, but you might be tempted to think so by his ability to memorize his podcast episodes and recall them by number. Besides that, he is a brilliant lettering artist, and his podcast is the single most influential part of my professional toolbox. He keeps me on my toes.
Ryan O’Neal creates some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear. His lyrics are like poetry and I consistently use his songs when I am at a loss for ideas. Something about how he composes his songs is like reading a beautiful story with your ears. His feed is full of amazing lyrics and beautiful album art.
(graphic designer) @jamesvictore
James Victore is one of the best graphic designers I follow. Not because his work is perfection, but because of the attitude he has about what design is and how designers should work. He makes art and design and mixes in some serious attitude and humor. His work might seem effortless but I assure you, his philosophies on design will make you work.
Scotty is one that I follow because he makes lettering work that makes me feel like I have a long way to go, and this is a very good thing. I tend to be a perfectionist and following someone like Scotty will make you want to do better too.
Jeremy Coward takes photographs. He takes photographs of famous people and beautiful things. His lighting and attention to detail brings an emotion to his photos that I aspire to. His feed is a constant flow of amazingness.
(maker/coffee lover) @jessicandesigns
Jessica makes spoons with fun sayings. This is one that I like because it is something that is so simple and unique and her work reminds me to find a way to be creative in the “normal” things.
(serious Crayola artist) @tomthinks
To be honest, I love the work Tom does because he manages to create fun and colorful likenesses of people. These portraits are some of my favorite things. His work shows me over and over that the tools don’t matter, it’s whose hand they’re in. Maybe someday he’ll do my portrait.
Frank Chimero is another colorful designer. His work is interesting and geometric. I can pick his work out from a mile away. I love how he incorporates color and shape into every single thing.
Dominic is an amazing illustrator. He illustrates comics, zombies, and as of late, has been focusing on caricatures of famous people. He has a unique perspective on creating a likeness and you will not be disappointed if you follow him, I promise.
Mark is only 16 and is already leaps and bounds ahead of many lettering artists/designers I know. His skills and style are fun to follow especially knowing that he is so young. His work reminds me that age doesn’t matter, but passion and hard work do.
(hand letterer/maker) @lindsay_letters
Lindsay is a brilliant lettering artist. Her work is being sold at Hobby Lobby and her style is hard to miss. She is a mom and a creative and she uses Bible verses and motivational sayings for her work. I love to follow her because she makes me remember that being a mom and an amazing successful creative is actually something that can happen.
(gig poster designer) @munnjason
Jason Munn is by far one of my all time favorite gig poster designers. His work is simple, clever, and clean. He has designed posters for everyone from Sufjan Stevens to Death Cab for Cutie. He is my style icon for gig poster design. His work is so engaging and different for every band he works with but is identifiable as unmistakably his every time.
(tattoo artist) @victorvegastat2
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