InstaWeek #3: Making The World A Better Place One Drawing At A Time With Libby VanderPloeg

InstaWeek is a Konbini original where every week you will learn about a new Instagram account worth following. Artists, musicians, performers or just interesting people with stories to tell – you will find all of them here. Scroll through and get to know them better.

Meet Libby VanderPloeg, creator of these adorkable animated illustrations...

We first stumbled upon Libby's work just by randomly browsing Instagram and noticing a few images of history's famous fashion icons, such as Audrey Hepburn, Bettie Page, Lauren Bacall and others. Apparently, they were images from her illustration series Revival that focuses on "women whose style and thinking had a lasting influence on our culture." Encapsulated by her aesthetic, we decided to share it with you:

Konbini: Hey Libby! Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Libby: My name is Libby VanderPloeg, I am an illustrator and artist. I grew up in Michigan, played around for a bit and went to school in Chicago, and currently reside in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Konbini: What is the main subject of your work?

Libby: My work is usually a sort of narrative. A little silly, and often sweet. I love drawing people, places, and wildlife.

Konbini: What three creatives do you admire?

Libby: Rebecca Clarke. Nim Ben-Reuven. Paul Blow.


From left to right: illustration by Rebecca Clarke, lettering design by Nim Ben-Reuven, illustration by Paul Blow.

Konbini: When and why did you create an Instagram account?

Libby: I created my Instagram in 2012. Honestly, because a guy I was on a date with said that I would like it. He was right. At first, I used it mainly to document my traveling, and then slowly I moved towards sharing my own artwork on it.

Konbini: What is your first memory of something beautiful?

Libby: I wish it was a little bit poetic, but I think my first memory of something beautiful was my childhood classmate Blair. We were maybe only 5 years old, but I remember her being perfectly pulled together in pretty dresses, her silky-straight dark brown hair cascading, tangle-free, down her back. Blaire was a vision. Truth be told, I was a bit jealous of how radiant she was, so seemingly effortless and graceful for a little kid.

Konbini: What’s the best TV show or movie of all time in your opinion?

Libby: Twin Peaks, hands down. Can't remember when another show haunted me so much.

(Source: GIPHY)

Konbini: What is a good habit to have in order to stay creative?

Libby: Allow yourself to turn down the white noise. Go for walks regularly and ignore your email once in a while. By giving yourself some distance, you'll have more space in your brain for creativity. I also keep extensive notes on all the weird and random ideas that skip through my brain.

Konbini: Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Libby: Bagel Roll, all the way. Smoked salmon, cream cheese, and eel rolled in Nori, then deep-fried and covered in eel sauce. Yum!

Konbini: If a genie was about to grant you three wishes, what would they be?

Libby: One – an in-house masseuse. Two – boundless energy. Three – world peace.

Konbini: Your creative process in a gif...

(GIF: Libby VanderPloeg)

Check out more of Libby's work below and be sure to follow her on Instagram:

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