5 Super Doodlers of Instagram

Updated: Jul 19

You’ve probably doodled in your textbooks in high school, or on notepads during long meetings. ‘That’s not art,’ you say. ‘Doodles are just for fun’ -- to which these artists say; ‘Why not both?’

The artists on today’s list have very diverse backgrounds, very different inspirations, and unique styles. We’re talking everything from graffiti to warli to mandalas, imagery that ranges from black and white to brightly colourful, hyper-detailed to caricature, and subjects covering everything from people to plants to abstracts to philosophy; if there’s one thing you take away from this article, let it be that inspiration can be anywhere. The best thing about doodle art is that there is no right or wrong way to do it. Well, there’s no right or wrong way to do art of any kind, but doodles in particular, since they haven’t yet been absorbed into the greater ‘fine art’ order, are even more free. And since there is no – or very little, at least – precedent set, that means it can be whatever you want it to be. Our artists today personify this idea.

1. Sketchy Sultaan

Instagram: @sketchysultaan

Sketchy Sultaan is a Pune based doodle artist with a clean and bold art style. He draws inspiration from the people and places around him, creating cartoons and doodles that are uniquely expressive, and capture the personality of the characters he draws. Looking at his works, you can see influences of traditional Indian art forms like the geometric shapes of warli, and the detailed patterns of madhubani and gond art. He combines these traditional styles with modern themes and layouts which make his work especially relevant and eye-catching to contemporary audiences. Though he also has a full-time job, he uses doodling to express his creative side. His art style is influenced by icons such as Mario Miranda and R. K. Laxman, drawing from both their techniques, as well as their themes of social and political satire.

He also conducts cartooning workshops; you can follow him on Instagram @sketchysultaan for updates. If you’re interested in caricatures and cartoon doodles, Sketchy Sultaan will be excellent inspiration!