5 Reasons Instagram Can Be Toxic for Artists

This video explains the ways that Instagram can have a harmful effect on artists. It’s easy to compare yourself to other artists you see on Instagram, see all of their success, their “perfect” artworks and feel like you are the only artist in the world who struggles. We all do! Solutions for how to combat these negative experiences are explained. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Art Prof Teaching Artist Alex Rowe.

Video Walkthrough

  1. Everyone is a hip artist with an amazing life…except for me
    • Everyone’s life seems better than mine
    • Posting art daily
  2. Every artwork on Instagram is so perfect
    • Perfect artist sketchbooks
    • Finding your style as an artist
    • Stop comparing yourself
    • Photo-friendliness
    • Intimidation with students
    • Platform competitiveness
  3. Even other artists’ workspaces are beautiful
    • The reality of artist workspaces
    • Can I use Instagram as a portfolio?
    • Show your art process
    • Other art sharing platforms
  4. Everyone else is winning awards and I got rejected 3 times this week
    • Don’t reduce your artwork to numbers
    • Comparing art achievements
  5. Likes, Followers, Comments
    • Instagram is not easy
    • Instagram popularity doesn’t equal good art

Artist Instagrams featured