Artists continue to thrive on popular social media site TikTok
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Artists continue to thrive on popular social media site TikTok

For most people, social media platforms like TikTok have become the norm in today’s tech-savvy climate. For others, the need to join these types of platforms just isn’t there. If you’re an artist, though, then it can be a great way to showcase your work, from modern photography to contemporary creations to cartoon drawings. Thousands of artists around the world are doing exactly that.

Sharing any artistic material online certainly isn’t a traditional method of doing things. For some, it will simply never suffice and perhaps somewhat understandably so too. For those who are more open to exploring other promotional avenues, TikTok represents a friendly and casual environment in which to do so. Alongside the dance challenges and short-form videos of recipes, artists are growing in terms of their popularity on the platform. From painters to sculptors to embroidery artists and everything else in between, the content being shared on the platform is easy to digest and enables people to share their art with the masses.

The fact that people from around the world can access artwork that they most definitely wouldn’t have discovered otherwise is not only benefitting the artists themselves but also the overall genre. It is exposing art to the world’s population further and winning over young people in the process. Instead of getting lost down YouTube wormholes and playing the Pyramid Quest for Immortality slot game, people use their smartphone devices to consume art on popular social media sites like TikTok. The talent on the platform is remarkable, too.

With that in mind, here is a look at some of the artists beginning to make a real name for themselves on TikTok.


A photorealistic painter, Alpay Efe’s page provides people with a unique insight into the processes involved in creating photorealistic art. With well put together time-lapse videos looking into his work as it goes from sketch to a finished piece, he’s gaining popularity fast.


A talented and extremely popular artist on the platform at the moment, Devon Rodriguez sketches amazingly realistic drawings of strangers on the subway. His short videos include him finishing off his latest piece of work and handing it to the shocked subjects who, in some instances, have no idea that he’s sketching them. The work is excellent, and the reactions are usually funny too.


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After building up a solid following with his work which combines both music and art, Matt Chessco keeps on getting bigger and better. Oozing Andy Warhol vibes, he uses his paintbrush like a drumstick as the celebrity he recreates is revealed with each beat.


Artist Susie Esse, who is behind the @chaotic_moth_energy account, hasn’t released as much material as other artists, but her instructional videos have helped her establish a solid following. Her video teaching people how to draw pigeons using a ladle was particularly popular, alongside a whole host of other material she shares. With simple instructions, Susie’s helping casual artists elevate themselves to the next level.


Artist Kristin Vaughn is another talent who is continually sharing impressive content on TikTok. The artist is known to create satisfying videos with a range of colours and patterns featured throughout. Her work is easy on the eye and impressively creative.


A hugely talented embroidery artist, Han’s work involves stitching a variety of icons onto pieces of fabric. She takes requests from her community of followers on the platform also. At the moment, she is working on a huge project which is expected to last the whole of 2021.

Other artists worth checking out on TikTok are @josielewisart, @roxyprima, and @josieeeeec.

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