Nonchalant ~ 6 Queer Illustrators To Follow On Instagram

6 Queer Illustrators To Follow On Instagram

a comic strip style illustration of a woman wearing glasses with the text "I can't think straight" below
Artwork by Jenifer Prince (@jeniferrprince)

Instagram is a great place for artists and illustrators to connect and be re-shared instantly. Something immediately eye-catching might perfectly capture your mood on your time-killing scroll-athons, and as the evenings get colder and darker, your hours of scrolling might’ve up’ed themselves a bit. Understandably so. If you’re trawling through mundane reams of posts for residual goss or inspo in lockdown, then why not discover some new art instead? Maybe even buy a new print with the money you’re saving by not commuting, if you’re working from home? It might not fill the void of rinsing your pockets on your overpriced daily Pret, but it’s a worthy step-in. Plus, pair it with a new house plant and you could zhuzh your workspace up with a brand new look. Here are six queer illustrators to follow on instagram for eye candy and inspo to give your room some enviable new flair.


Ashton Attzs (@attzs_)

View this post on Instagram

Non-Binary Love, Joy and Bonds are magic ???????????? At the start of the week, I said I’d post some earlier artwork that I created at a time where I was working through intense gender dysphoria and learning to love myself entirely. Equally, I wanted my joyful and colourful paintings to celebrate and uplift others who were also struggling with their gender identity. This drive and vision started my “Queering The Quotidian” series which began in 2018 and I work on still to this day. So today, I’m sharing with you this painting: “Gals n Bois Bar” (2018). This artwork is all about queer safe spaces and the magic that can happen when we are with fellow NB/trans people, our LGBTQ chosen family and loved ones. I reimagined what nightlife would look like and how comfortable we would all feel if transphobia and homophobia was non-existent. “Welcome to Gals n Bois bar, pull up a chair and see what beautiful connection could blossom.” LGBTQ spaces are so important for our community: have any of you lovely people got any stories to share? How have LGBTQ spaces formed any of your connections? Whether you’ve met your queer friends, chosen family or lovers: a conversation or dance with someone who fully sees you as YOU, can be one of the most valuable experiences. Post in the comments if you’d like to share any stories! #nonbinaryawarenessweek #artist #illustrator #illustratorsofinstagram #lgbtqi #blackartist #drawing #illustratoroninstagram #queerart #blackart #digitalart #nonbinary #painting #design #transart #theythem

A post shared by ASHTON ATTZS (@attzs_) on

First up, meet Ashton, who you may recognise as the creator of the Instagram pride stickers. Their paintings and illustrations empower the everyday person with joyful pinks, blues and greens, creating queer scenes and characters all of their wonderful diversity. They have been commissioned by brands such as Adidas, Tottenham Hotspur and Disney. They even recently collaborated with Universal Music for the BRITS 2020.


Jenifer Prince (@jeniferrprince)

Next up is Jenifer, a visual artist and illustrator whose art portrays comic strip-like lesbians lounging around doing gay activities, and we love it. These include drinking red wine, listening to records and, a prime lesbian activity, longing for each other. Also probably mostly being almost naked in the process. The eye-catching reds and pinks create a lusty, romantic aesthetic in each piece. 


Bobby Lynn Larson (@ShesBobbyLynn)

This queer boot scootin’ babe creates sexy, powerful cowgirl material in a range of poses and styles. She is currently embarking on #Drawlloween with a new illustration each day from a prompt, so you better give her a follow for regular artsy updates. She lists female crooners from the 60s, queer pioneers, nudie magazines and rodeo queens among her influences.


Adrienne Muse (@iam.muse)

Next up is Adrienne “Madam” Muse, a self taught visual artist, illustrator, muralist and designer born in Florida and currently based in LA. Her beautiful portraiture uses realism to showcase the life she sees in her subjects. We adore her elegant zodiac sign paintings, but we’ve even spotted her sharing some queer cartoon creations too. She has also worked with a number of huge brands, including Coca-Cola and McDonald’s.


Florence Given (@florencegiven)

You might already be following this big name, or you may have recently read her best-selling book, Women Don’t Owe You Pretty, which features a multitude of Florence’s iconic artwork, combined with her own punchy phrases to get you rooting for yourself. Florence’s work depicts diverse women being their best selves, living their best lives, taking no shit, in Florence’s signature colour-popping 60s flare.


Ruth Mora (@_meanmachine)

View this post on Instagram

Fighting the power hbu

A post shared by Ruth Mora (@_meanmachine) on

Last but not least, this hellraising comics artist and illustrator’s style can’t go unnoticed. Not to mention the apt Halloweeny colours for this time of year. With fabulous funky and punky women portrayed in leather, hot pink and Frankenstein greens, these characters epitomise lesbian and queer culture with tongue-in-cheek humour. You’ll certainly want to buy a print or t-shirt of these iconic works.

So that’s a wrap on our favourite queer illustrators to follow on Instagram! But we hope your Instagram feed is now packed with queer content and wall art inspo and maybe even with a few orders in the bag!


If you’re a lover of illustrations, check out our article on incredible female Tattoo Artists in London here, and start following them on insta too!

Love Nonchalant xx

Lauren Hurrell
Lauren Hurrell

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *