Instagram is the new "it" platform for artists to bring exposure to their creative work. And out of all the amazing and talented artists on the 'gram, there is one we simply can't get enough of.
Natalia Vasilyeva, a Russian portraitist has amassed 420K Instagram followers and its easy to see why. Using Faber-Castell pastels and watercolor pencils, she paints celebrities, women, and children—making them look mind-blowingly realistic.
Even though portrait painting may seem to be a relatively straightforward art form, Vasilyeva is proving that it can be a much more elusive than you'd think.
The young artist, who grew up admiring old school illustration artists, loves being inspired by photography. In an interview with Paint Draw Blend, she talks about how she is particularly passionate about drawing eyes, as they "reflect human individuality."
Sometimes, she even uses eye shadow and eyeliner to accentuate the feminine beauty of her muses, and to more precisely emulate an actual photograph. Her meticulous attention to detail is incomparable, which explains why it sometimes takes 2-3 days to complete one painting.
Utterly tired of scrolling down an Instagram feed full of basic selfies, cute animals and endless food porn? This incredible account might be your fix.