Seventeen-year-old Mandy Wang is not your average Instagram user. Instead of selfies and snapshots of sunsets, the California teen shares her amazing colored pencil and watercolor pictures on her account, Lovemandywang -- and we suspect you might recognize some of her favorite portrait subjects:
DONE! Yay! Now I can walk around school with these two on my folder 😂 maybe I'll do a background later if I time... I would totally make prints of this for you guys but it's not actually on paper..... So who knows maybe 😎 frozen is just too good! I can't get enough of it. Quote me your favorite line from the movie below!! I need some laughs •••• MATERIALS: prismacolor colored pencils on chipboard (which is the same material as the back of a sketchbook. Works basically like toned tan paper)
No big deal, just your "Frozen" girls.
So you might assume that her amazing skills are pure born-with-it talent. But Mandy makes it clear that her drawings would be nothing without lots of hard work. She shared a startling look at how much she improved over the course of one year, through two side-by-side depictions of Rapunzel from "Tangled:"
Practicing makes a BIG difference. This was a year ago, and look at it now. Hahaha just keep drawing every day, do what you love. If you can't get yourself to do that, then that means your probably not cut out for art & that's ok. It means your talent is elsewhere :) but yeah, first #beforeandafter drawing thing I've done hope this helps you guys 👍
Seeing her improve THAT much over just one year makes us all want to bust out our old colored pencil sets. Now that she's basically a professional, Mandy's just using her talents to bring you crazy-good depictions of some of you favorite Disney characters:
But if you think her range is limited to cartoon characters, think again. Look at her incredible drawing of J-Law:
Charcoal on tempera painted background :) #jenniferlawrence back when she had long hair haha I can see why she cut it off... She has so much hair and it was difficult to draw all of it but hey! Hair is always fun. 🔻🔺🔻🔺🔻🔺🔻🔺🔻🔺🔻 Sorry for the inactivity lately, I've just got soo many side projects & lack of inspiration. Lol throw me some things I should draw! :) #charcoal #tempera #paint #pastel #drawing #katniss #jlaw #longhair #hungergames #xmen #jennifer #lawrence
And an insanely realistic drawing of Thor:
The mighty Thor in Thor: the dark world. Watercolor painting of @hemsdog done in roughly 6 hours. Turned out nice :) 🔺🔻🔺🔻🔺🔻🔺🔻🔺🔻🔺 PLEASE TAG @marvel for me!!!! I hope they can repost it 😱 Thanks! 🔺🔻🔺🔻🔺🔻🔺🔻🔺🔻🔺 Oh, and feel free to repost with credit if you wanna, Or tag marvel fan pages muahahaha #thor #thorthedarkworld #chrishemsworth #marvel #godofthunder #superheroes #avengers #thunder #thor2 #watercolor #painting #6hours PS I've probably seen this movie at least like 10 times already and I'm no where near ashamed ;)
And she also includes the occasional '90s Disney throwback, like this Pocahontas:
In addition to being super skilled, Mandy's also super generous about sharing her process. She posts lots of awesome time-lapse videos on her YouTube account that explain every step of her work. It's fascinating to watch her art come alive in fast motion. Watch her magical depiction of T-Swift:
Mandy has an online store that's currently under construction. Once it's back up, you can buy her illustrations as phone cases.