All illustrations created by Javier Pérez Estrella. Photos via his Instagram account, Cintascotch.
Since it blew up, Instagram has gotten a bit of a bad rep, largely in the photographic community, and for good reason. Not only have thousands of people worldwide started fancying themselves real photographers despite not having learned the basics of photography, but more and more people are growing accustomed to considering carelessly composed color-filtered images of say, someone’s feet or somebody’s lunch, as real photography. To many, it is contributing to the devaluation of the actual craft and art that takes time, effort, and a lot of practice to even come close to perfecting.
There are a number of legitimate artists, however, who feel differently. They are not only taking to Instagram to promote their art, they are using it as a powerful tool for brilliant projects.
Take Ecuador-based minimalist graphic designer and audiovisual producer Javier Pérez Estrella, for example. He’s taken to Instagram, through his moniker Cintascotch, to publish an awesome two-part series aptly named “Instagram Experiments.” In this series, he uses regular everyday things, like pliers, nails, spring notebooks, paper clips, fruit, scrabble pieces, and even toothpicks, and melds them with his sketches to create three-dimensional illustrations that are as adorable as they are brilliant. And with the help of the photo-sharing platform, he’s turned his simple but clearly imaginative creations into a fresh, ingenious brand that has so far spawned t-shirts, tote bags, mugs, cases, and greeting cards.
I guess it’s safe to say that when utilized right, Instagram is not such a bad thing, after all.
Check out the Instagram photos from Estrella’s series after the jump.