30+ Hashtags for Illustrators on Instagram

By 21 January, 2017August 24th, 2020Instagram Guides

30+ Hashtags for Illustrators on Instagram

Having a bunch of popular hashtag can be a good way to kickstart your Instagram account, it won’t make you a instant success but it can defiantly bring in new followers and a handful of extra eye balls to check out your work.

In this hashtag guide I will list over 30 hashtags you can use for your illustration/drawing posts on Instagram, but I’ll also quickly go over what you should consider when choosing tags for your illustrations when posting to Instagram, and how to avoid common mistakes illustrators do when choosing tags.

Illustrator hashtags instagram

Organizing & Using Hashtags

How many tags?

You can post up to 30 hashtags on each of your Instagram images, don’t use that many, it will look spammy. 5-10 tags/post is more reasonable.

Hide your tags

I also like to hide my tags so it won’t look too messy with all those hashtags in the description, you do that by writing your description then write a 3 dots each on a new line, and at the end write your hashtags. (see the image to the right for a example).

When people see your image in their feed they will then only see the top of your description and have to press the “more” button to see your hashtags at the bottom.

Save tags for later

Bookmark/Save this page or write down hashtags you like to use, and when you’re about to post something new, just open it up and grab some relevant hashtags. This way you don’t have to come up with new tags each time you’re posting something.

When to avoid popular tags

It’s not always the best idea to go for the most popular hashtags. Popular tags are hard to get noticed on with hundreds of new posts every minute or so, it can be hard to compete with all those posts and your post will disappear fast. I am not saying you shouldn’t use these super popular tags (I sometimes do), but it can be a good thing to consider when using popular tags.


The Illustration Hashtags list

Now for the list, here’s a list of tags to start you off, I would suggest that you pick the tags that’s relevant for your work and make a list of your own.

#drawings #drawing #illustration #illustrations #illustratoroninstagram #illustragram #drawingoftheday #artdiscover #illustrationartists #illustrationartist #illustrated #illustrate #illustracion #moreillustrations #illustrationnow #theillustrationroom #illustrationhowl #illustrator #illustrators #illustratrice #illustrationoftheday #illustration #draw #illustratorsoninstagram
#instaart #instaartist #instart #instartist #instartists #artsanity #visualartist #creativeart #art_spotlight #artwork #artistoninstagram #art #artstagram

Medium & Techniques tags

The above are very general tags but sometimes you want to be more quite specific, like the tools/software you’re using, #adobeillustrator for example. If you’re not using Illustrator to create your work then don’t use that hashtag. Instead use this list as a starting point for your own hashtag list. So instead of illustrator, come up with tags that relates to what kind of material/medium you done your illustration in, so for example

#pencil #charcoal #watercolor #digitalart #ink #linedrawing #crayons #markers #acrylicpaint

Brands & Drawing apps & Software

You can also use the brands of the material/medium you’re using when coming up with tags for your post, here are some examples.

#promarkers #bic #posca #sharpie #copic

#adobe #adobeillustrator #ipadpro  #wacom #wacomcintiq #procreate #adobedraw #canvas

Vector or Digital illustration hashtags

#vector #digitalart #digitalpainting #adobeillustrator #photoshop #photoshopdrawing #digitalpaint #digitalartwork #digitalpaintings #digitalillustration #digitalartist #digitalillustrator #vectorart #vectorillustration

Doodle & Sketches Hashtags

#sketchdrawing #sketch # doodle #doodling #doodles #doodlesketch #doodleart #artjournal #creativeprocess #sketchbook

Like I said above, use this list as inspiration on what kind of tags your posts should have, just don’t copy all these tags, make your own lists, save them and use them when you’re posting something new. Just remember to keep the tag relevant to your post! If you have any tags for illustration feel free to share them in the comments below, sharing is caring.

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Jonas is a Sculptor & Designer from Sweden. He has a strong liking towards everything cute & colourful, somethings that’s also quite clear when looking at his work. Jonas is the creator and writer for Creativehowl, and he loves to share his own research as an artist with the readers of creativehowl.