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From draft sketches to seeking inspiration: inside the beguiling world of illustrators at work

We've long been fans of illustrators on Instagram. There's something infinitely soothing about scrolling through an endless stream of hand drawn images, and we particularly love those that provoke, amuse or captivate us.

And one of the best things about following illustrators on Instagram is the behind-the-scenes peeks they sometimes offer into their working days. From beautifully decorated studios to artful arrays of watercolour paint pots, these images are sometimes just as fascinating as the illustrations themselves.

Click below to explore the world of our favourite Insta-illustrators, from draft sketches to inspirations and, of course, the final etchings.



Illustrator perfectly captures the everyday anxieties we all deal with


Mood-enhancing tips and tricks to take the sting out of January


Illustrator’s witty drawings capture honest moments in everyday life

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10 alternative New Year’s resolutions we actually like

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The adorable illustrations that show love is in the smallest moments


The most beautiful diaries for 2016


Travelling colouring book for grown-ups takes you around the world


Illustrator captures how our phones are taking over our lives


The funny, odd and random office conversations we all have



Harry Potter fans, there's a Roald Dahl collaboration in the works

Are you ready for a magical Willy Wonka prequel?

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Oct 2016

Sarah Jessica Parker is launching a new line of fiction books

She’s channelling her inner Carrie Bradshaw…

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Oct 2016

New Ladybird books for grown-ups are all our work woes

Old pics, new problems

by Anna Pollitt
18 Oct 2016

These are the UK’s favourite pearls of Winnie-the-Pooh wisdom

He’s far more than a bear of very little brain, you know.

by Moya Crockett
14 Oct 2016

Bridget Jones's author on life, love and the importance of friendship

“No one can have it all”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
12 Oct 2016

There's now going to be a Good Sex in Fiction award

“We have laughed enough”

by Amy Swales
12 Oct 2016

Meet the winner of Stylist’s gothic short story competition

The big short

by The Stylist web team
10 Oct 2016

9 important life lessons from cult feminist Instagram poet Rupi Kaur

Happy National Poetry Day.

by Moya Crockett
06 Oct 2016

Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz to star in adaptation of Disobedience

They will bring Naomi Alderman’s debut novel to life on the silver screen

by Kayleigh Dray
05 Oct 2016

Watch eerie trailer for Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events

We’re sorry to say that the trailer you’re about to watch is extremely unpleasant…

by Kayleigh Dray
05 Oct 2016