When you imagine Alice in Wonderland, most likely you bring to mind John Tenniel’s iconic illustrations of the bizarre characters which inhabited the book’s pages (or possibly the classic 1951 Disney animated imagining of them). For decades before and since, illustrators have been bringing characters to life and create rich visuals worlds in numerous industries from animated movies to video games.
If you’re an illustrator working in the field or currently studying at illustration school, here are some Twitter accounts worth following.
10 Essential Twitter Accounts for Illustrators
New York Film Academy
Digital #illustration vs. Hand-Drawn: Do you prefer one over the other? http://t.co/y80VpdGMOv pic.twitter.com/CkIS0JSpbE
— NY Film Academy (@NYFA) January 5, 2015
Because NYFA offers a one-year program in illustration, our Twitter account is a good source of information for illustrators and visual content creators.
Creative Illustrations by Tommy Kho > http://t.co/jEV7WA8IOY Please RT #art #illustration pic.twitter.com/fqBLPQETlt — InspireFirst.com (@inspirefirst) January 27, 2015
Want to be inspired by other artists or to share your work? InspireFirst is an open publishing platform for artists to display their work, making them a worthy entry in the list of most essential Twitter accounts for illustrators the world over.
Portfolios – #Illustration by Thea Brine: http://t.co/BmAsato0O2 pic.twitter.com/yR4LiygXgt
— The AOI (@theaoi) January 26, 2015
The Association of Illustrators is a trade association that promotes and serves illustration professionals. Follow AOI’s Twitter stream for news, advice, and open positions related to illustration.
monday pic.twitter.com/DSFUQpWmDb — Pictoplasma (@pictoplasma) January 19, 2015
Pictoplasma promotes character design by publishing character collections and arranging conferences and events around the world. If you illustrate characters, this account is a must-follow.
Directory of Illus.
“Robo fridge” Illustration for the Wall Street Journal created by @OttoSteininger http://t.co/K8bKHZxVru pic.twitter.com/3Ot1rc76Xq
— Directory of Illus. (@DirIllustration) January 21, 2015
Another online community for illustrators, the Directory of Illustration Twitter stream posts links to articles, interviews, award announcements, and striking examples of recent illustrations.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Meet illustrator Jeremy Packer (@ZombieYeti) and check out his pinball designs! http://t.co/fNn3300Eu6 pic.twitter.com/NWKU7yGGJ1 — Adobe Creative Cloud (@creativecloud) January 15, 2015
Today’s illustrators are as likely to use a computer as they are a pen or brush, and Adobe’s suite of design programs is the industry standard for visual content creation.
Are comics serious literature? pic.twitter.com/WA2BBb1YfO
— MKupperman (@MKupperman) January 8, 2015
Based in the UK, the Cartoon Museum collects and exhibits British cartoons from the 18th century to today. If you’re an illustrator with an interest in cartoons, this account will appeal to you.
Polly & Chris
Gorgeous work by Kiki Ljung for @fikafikaproject, illustrating her perfect weekend. http://t.co/K70TTJvjM9 pic.twitter.com/zJUkJwVgdD
— Polly & Chris (@_Wrap) December 19, 2014
Wrap Magazine highlights outstanding examples of contemporary illustration, focusing especially on novel stationary, greeting cards, and wrapping paper.
Frost Giant concept art for “Thor”, directed by Kenneth Branagh. — Michael Kutsche (@michaelkutsche) May 19, 2011
Michael Kutsche has done work for Disney, Dreamworks, and Marvel, to name a few. He also illustrated the Red Queen and the Cheshire Cat for Tim Burton’s production of Alice in Wonderland, and the insight he offers from the upper echelons of the industry make this one of the most essential Twitter accounts for illustrators to follow.
Mattia Cerato represented by MB Artists is our talented Illustrator of the Week http://t.co/oQ4CA6xK7A #illustration pic.twitter.com/IreuhJe9d5
— Illustrators (@cillustrators) January 26, 2015
Some of the best work in illustration is found in children’s books. This Twitter account showcases the work and portfolios of contemporary illustrators for children’s literature.