Instagram is brilliant place to find professional and non professional artists who upload videos or pictures of artwork they have created. Many of the artists you are introduced to in class may have an Instagram feed – try and find some of them. Its interesting to see what they get up to on a day to day basis.
Ideally, you do need to download the app in order for you to search for people as the website version has no search option. I think its an amazing piece of technology – seeing what people are doing around the world the same time as you and also great for photography inspiration.
Check out instagram.com/elle_wills feed. She is an artist from Australia who creates fantastic photorealism pieces of art of popular culture. Make sure you look at the videos as they give you an insight on various techniques when it comes to adding tone. Note how she always has the image she is working from in front of her. If she influences you, make sure you pay reference to her in your work. She is not the only artist on there, try and find others who can help you with your art techniques.
Also have a look at the videos of Doll Memories instagram.com/doll_memories . This feed will help you with paint or watercolour techniques.
I enjoy looking at the feed of the Photo Society. The society is made up of contributing photographers to the National Geographic Magazine instagram.com/thephotosociety
Start to create your own feed with artwork you have created – be great to see!