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World, meet Lal. He’s Samuel Jurcic’s (@lookoflal) trusted canine companion and muse. Through the magic of Instagram Stories’ drawing tools, Samuel turned this handsome pooch into a space cadet for last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPdrawit. Video by @lookoflal
Desirée De León (@dcossyle) reimagines what tiny, everyday objects are capable of communicating. “As a young girl, I performed with a Mexican folklórico group outside of Chicago for eight years. Seeing the folds of the pencil shavings immediately reminded me of my Jalisco dress and how fun it was to create huge waves of colorful fabric when I’d twirl onstage,” says the 27-year-old neuroscience PhD student from Georgia. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions to last weekend’s hashtag project, #WHPdrawit. Photo by @dcossyle
Samuel Harrison (@samuelharrisonart) loves the theatrical nature of fashion. “For me it’s all a way of expressing something or capturing an essence, an attitude,” the 21-year-old fashion illustrator, who lives in London, says. “I particularly like capturing shape and weight in an illustration through shading.” His most important piece of advice: “Take your time and be patient when creating a gradient.” Samuel regularly shares his process and treats it as an opportunity for growth. “I often look back at my own process videos or photos and think that I should have done things differently. But that’s fine, it’s just a learning experience for your next piece.” This post is part of our new series #FashionIllustrated, stories of artists from around the world who are using their imaginations to bring style to life. Video by @samuelharrisonart
Seen and heard in the Ukraine: a mystery UFO landing in broad daylight, drawn (and scored) by @metrique_official for #WHPdrawit. Video by @metrique_official
This weekend, Julia Blease (@juliablease) combined her Instagram story drawing skills with a Boomerang bubble to make a #WHPdrawit submission that truly pops. Stay tuned for more of our favorite images from the project. #Boomerang by @juliablease
“Life is not just about winning and losing — it’s about developing and growing along the way,” says tennis champion and men’s singles number one Novak Djokovic (@djokernole), the top seeded contender at the US Open, kicking off this week in New York City. Off court, Novak is committed to his healthy lifestyle. “To feel good and to perform like a true champion, no matter where we play the game of our lives, we need to sync our physical, mental and emotional selves.” What’s next on the horizon? “You would be surprised how many goals and plans I have,” Novak says. “There are so many things I would still love to learn, to accomplish and to taste. I hope every one of my future endeavors will be intertwined with love, which doesn’t cost anything, but is so powerful on so many levels.” Photo by @djokernole
Tonight, the @mtv Video Music Awards are happening in New York City. Beyoncé is there. Plus Kanye and Rihanna and... Come to think of it, most of the music world will be in attendance. So sit back, relax and check out our Instagram story, where we’ll be going behind the scenes to capture the night’s fun and crazy moments (because you know they’re coming). #VMAs
Ley Uwera (@leyuwera1) was on a motorcycle when she snapped this photo of a two-wheeled wedding procession in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo. “In Congo, each province or city celebrates marriage to the standards of its culture,” says the photographer from Goma, who shares vibrant moments from her native country. “The images speak for themselves even for those who have never visited the Congo.” #TheWeekOnInstagram Photo by @leyuwera1
Our #BoomerangOfTheWeek = a quick break from swimming and playing at Nipah Beach in Lombok, Indonesia. Ijang Syamsuri (@ijangsyamsuri) set up his camera to take this brave and sandy selfieboom. 🌴 😎 Follow @boomerangfrominstagram to see more mind-blowing loops from our community. #Boomerang by @ijangsyamsuri
“There are many scenes happening in India at the same time,” says photographer Elena del Estal (@elenadelestal) who spotted these goats just before sunset outside of Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple, in the town of Tiruttani. “Often you can find animals like goats or cows around the temples, being fed by the leftovers of believers’ offerings to the gods.” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @elenadelestal
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPdrawit The goal this weekend is to make photos and videos that spring to life with your own original drawings — like this one by @smcmennamy. Here’s how to get started: Transform any photo or video from your Instagram story into a doodle masterpiece by mixing and matching the built-in drawing tools and then share directly to your feed! Don’t feel confined to a pencil and paper: Experiment with drawing in the sand, foggy windows or any other canvas that you find. Use Boomerang to capture a satisfying final touch, like the last loop to close a flower. Set your phone or camera on a steady surface (or a tripod) and envision the fixed frame as a blank page to be filled. Think big: If you point your lens at an empty sidewalk, fill the entire frame with chalk art. Challenge yourself to try something new. For example, have a friend record your attempt to draw with your eyes closed or draw an urban scene without letting yourself lift your drawing utensil from the surface you’re drawing on. Be sure your video shows the context that makes your drawing experiment unique. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPdrawit hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week. Featured video by @smcmennamy
“Watching the pageantry and super-stylized outfits and hairstyles, one might sometimes lose sight of the statements being made at Afropunk (@afropunk). Identity and defining one’s own beauty is a huge and important part of what is being celebrated at the festival. Feathers, placards, pins, African cloth, elaborate earrings, septum [piercings] and even colorful socks are here at some point, echoing a belief in the many spectrums of beauty.” —photographer and activist Ruddy Roye (@ruddyroye), who was on the ground at the Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn last year. Watch our Instagram story this weekend to check out all of the eclectic, diverse and inspiring moments from this year’s festival. Photo by @ruddyroye
What’s life like for a young joey at the Kangaroo Sanctuary (@thekangaroosanctuary)? “You’ve got to imitate mom’s pouch. For a little orphaned kangaroo, we put him in a pillowcase, and we carry him around by holding him to our stomachs, so he can feel our breathing and the warmth of our bodies,” says Christopher “Brolga” Barns, who spent a decade as a zookeeper before establishing 200 acres (81 hectares) of bushland in Alice Springs for raising and rehabilitating kangaroos, earning himself the nickname Kangaroo Dundee. “It’s a very common animal in Australia, and we take it for granted. So I wanted to set up a place that celebrates the animal.” Brolga leads tours of the sanctuary — which many visitors are surprised to learn don’t begin until sunset. “A lot of people are unaware that they’re actually a nocturnal animal,” he explains. Despite his love for raising ‘roos, Brolga’s overarching mission is to promote a natural coexistence. “It is really a lifelong dream to be able to have wild animals in your care, and to watch them grow up; and then one day, if everything goes well, watch them run off into the sunset and live a wild life.” Video by @thekangaroosanctuary
When most people think of US national parks, they think about pristine wilderness. But for ranger Keith Gortowski of Denali National Park and Preserve (@denalinps) in Alaska, it’s about the people in service of these enchanted places — so he’s been collecting their stories in #HumansofDenali. “The park itself is a challenge,” says fellow ranger Nick Virgil (@nick.virgil). “We talk a lot about what a good life we live out here, but what makes it a good life are the trials and tribulations that come with it. That’s what Denali offers. Not just for the rangers or the visitors, but for the wildlife and even the landscape itself.” For Nick, these challenges come with great rewards. “It’s an adventure into the unexpected. That’s the kind of feeling that gets you going, that you feel deep down inside yourself. Where else can you get that?” August 25 marks the 100th anniversary of the US National Park Service. Celebrate and #FindYourPark. 🌲 Photo of park ranger @nick.virgil by @cabendroth7
“Color is everywhere,” artist Matt Crump (@mattcrump), the mind behind #candyminimal, says. “You just have to be aware of it and be ready and willing to drop everything you’re doing to have an impromptu photo shoot.” The former art director based in Austin, Texas, uses his experience from the advertising world to create his whimsical and captivating posts, all in his trademark pastels. “My passion for color started when I was a kid. I loved Van Gogh, Dr. Seuss and Andy Warhol — all of whom used bright, bold colors.” Matt started #candyminimal to coin his signature style, and today community members from all over the globe participate. “It pushes people’s creativity in new directions and lets them express themselves in ways they might not have considered before.” Watch today’s Instagram story to learn how Matt creates stop-motion animations, like this spinning pinwheel. Video by @mattcrump