Kelly Bas­tow of Moosek­leenex In­sta­gram: @moosek­leenex

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I'm a comic artist and il­lus­tra­tor based in Toronto, Canada. I work tra­di­tion­ally us­ing medi­ums of ink and wa­ter­color, cre­at­ing na­ture-based images with vi­brant colors and rounded shapes to help the viewer feel calm and re­laxed. I also cre­ate pat­terns fea­tur­ing plants, food, and peo­ple, pro­mot­ing pos­i­tiv­ity and self love. Ad­di­tion­ally, I draw mo­ti­va­tional mes­sages and au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal comics in an ef­fort to poke fun at my bad habits while urg­ing my­self and view­ers to make pos­i­tive changes.

I joined In­sta­gram about a year ago and have en­joyed get­ting feed­back from my fol­low­ers. Peo­ple have par­tic­u­larly en­joyed view­ing pho­tos and videos of me draw­ing and paint­ing. I feel it shares a more in­ti­mate side of my work, which gives me a warm feel­ing. Through In­sta­gram, sev­eral com­pa­nies and peo­ple have found my work and com­mis­sioned me for cus­tom pieces of art­work. It's nice to know that peo­ple around the world are see­ing and ap­pre­ci­at­ing my work. For any­one try­ing to grow an In­sta­gram fol­low­ing, I would rec­om­mend post­ing sim­ple, aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing pho­tos, and be­ing hon­est and real with your view­ers. Be kind and gra­cious in your com­ments and de­scrip­tions as well.

“It's nice to know that peo­ple around the world are see­ing and ap­pre­ci­at­ing my work.”

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