Dutch illustrator Bodil Jane has always kept journals and sketchbooks, and sees Instagram as a fast and modern way to keep track of her work. She describes her feed as “colourful, feminine, playful and fun”, and enjoys taking photos of her work in progress, as well as the finished work, and where it ends up – from paper coffee cups in Korea to tote bags in Australia.
“I think Instagram is the number one social media for illustrators,” she says. “I get most of my jobs through the channel.” Bodil Jane notes that her Instagram has grown very, very fast – she now has over 100,000 followers. “This gives me a kick and is also pretty addictive,” she says. “It motivates me to get so many followers, likes and comments. The downside is that it feels like another job. It’s distracting!”
Bodil Jane says both her feed and her work has “a bit of an activist and feminist side”, and adds she likes to make a statement. “I also like taking pictures when I’m travelling,” she says. “I feel more inspired to photograph my surroundings instead of just my work.”