One of my favourite artists to follow on Instagram at the moment is the insanely talented Eliza Ivanova. Her art is raw, honest and beautiful.
Part of the flourishing California art scene, she is a San Francisco based animator for Pixar as well as a freelance artist.
She's one of many Art "stars" emerging on Instagram with over 100k followers.
The sheer volume of work she produces often leaves me stunned, with a consistency of quality that doesn't slow down.
To me, Eliza shows such a commitment to a life of drawing and a deep running passion which serves as a huge inspiration to me.
Her style is unique, I believe this comes from the confidence she has in her mark making ability.
There is a James Jean feel to her work, almost fantastical, an influence from fashion, diverse culture and nature, her work varies from life drawing to animals and other weird and wonderful characters.
If you watch one of her many tutorial videos, part of what makes her drawings instantly recognisable is the way she builds up the picture using blending techniques and then layering her lines using a visible confidence.
You can really tell she has spent a lot of time in life drawing classes, honing that ability.
I love the fluidity, the movement and the aesthetic of these ghostly forms.
Her drawings feel like they inhabit another plane of existence.
They manage to communicate so much without overwhelming you.
I find that there is also a nod to comic book artistry, perhaps something she has learnt as an animator, with some cleverly exaggerated lines to emphasise the feeling of motion.
This is an artist who is used to repetition and refinement.
I think she is at at her best with her studies of the female form and I have certainly taken a lot of inspiration from the way she approaches this subject matter.
Analysing her process makes me realise the need for confidence with mark making, practising as much as possible so that when you put pencil to paper it is with reassurance.
The saying "Less is more" has floated around in my head for years and years since College and University.
Since following Eliza Ivanova on Instagram, I have started to realise how that mantra can take your drawing to the next level.
Confidence, there's that word again, makes the difference and Eliza's art is soaked in it.
She often suggests areas of light and shade, using her lines, quickly formed, often layered, never erased. The pop and fizz off the page at times.
This is what gives the drawings character, not perfection, it's simplicity but it's complex and hard to master that way of making marks.
Her skills with composition are also a real strength, making her work even more pleasurable to look at.
If you follow her feed (@Eleeza) or visit her website you can see how, over time, Eliza has developed this style by removing fine details, breaking the subject matter down and using blending techniques and white space.
I'm not saying it's minimal, because it certainly isn't, but her work often just features a simple scene with no background, or just the merest suggestion of a background.
Winter 2017 saw her launch a solo show entitled "Raw Material". I would have given my right leg to attend the show, alas California is a little far away for me at the moment.
From what I have seen online the kickstarter campaign for the book was really successful, with those who donated already receiving a limited run of the book.
As yet a solid release date hasn't surfaced but make sure you visit her website to find out more.
I really hope she makes it to London at some point.
Until then, a copy Raw Material will have to do!