Where do you start with illustration as an absolute beginner? Should you invest time in learning how to draw first, or should you start by mastering digital software? This was the question that my old friend from school asked me a few days ago.

Anya Kuvarzina
9 min readJul 20, 2018

Edited 08.07.2020

Being an illustrator is an attractive occupation for those who love to draw. It is creative and commercial with a prospect of having your work seen and admired by thousands of people.

However, to get to a stage of being commissioned and making a living from it takes commitment, perseverance and artistic skills. I believe that becoming an illustrator is not difficult, but you have to be smart about what you do.

From my experience, there are three main components to becoming successful at illustration:

  1. Confidence in your style
  2. Market awareness
  3. Self promotion

(and a bit of luck)

Tips for finding your visual style.