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Up this week is Aisling O’Reilly aka @aaislingor who is a Key Background Artist with Boulder Media and a freelance illustrator. She graduated from IADT with a BA in Animation in 2014. She is a Harry Potter enthusiast and cares deeply for her guinea pig, Brian.
What is Instagram for you?
It’s a great way to discover new artists, and get inspired. Also, because other people use Instagram to find new artists, it’s good for me to have my work up there.
Why/When did you decide to start sharing your work on Instagram?
I started posting artwork on Instagram about two years ago but I’ve only started posting regularly in the last year or so. It’s a great way to see what people I work with draw in their spare time, all their different styles, ideas, and I wanted to post my work too.
How would you describe your style?
I’d say I’ve been heavily influenced by Skottie Young and I watch a lot of animated movies, so it all filters through. I don’t think I have a fully realised style right now, sometimes what I’m drawing dictates the style I draw in. Someday I aspire to create something half as wonderful as Earthworm Jim.
What equipment do you use?
Photoshop, pencil, ink, fine pen… I’m getting into gouache at the moment. Sometimes I dabble in glitter paper.
Who has been or currently is an influence on you?
Skottie Young has been a massive influence as I said, and I also love Taryn Knight because she draws a lot of Harry Potter themed stuff.
What are your must-follow accounts on Instagram?
Anna Cattish (@anna_cattish) , Taryn Knight (@taryndraws) , Skottie Young (@skottieyoung), Elena and Olivia Ceballos (@elioliart). Also, if you can handle the cuteness, @Briantheguineapig
What’s the best hashtag and why?
#guineapigsofinstagram you’ll know why when you check it out.