Five mistakes that beginner illustrators make

Anya Kuvarzina
5 min readDec 31, 2020

What are the five common mistakes that beginner illustrators make? You can watch this video to find out or read on if you prefer.

I spent over ten years trying to figure out what to do to become successful in illustration. And I had to figure out the hard way what worked and what didn’t work. Good news is that you don’t have to make the same mistakes as I did and become a successful illustrator much faster.

So let’s get started with the mistake number one.

1. The first mistake is not having the right work in your portfolio.

Let me explain. There are different markets within illustration: the main ones are art licensing, children’s illustration and editorial. It would be best if you had specific artworks in your portfolio for each of these markets. For example, a portfolio for greeting cards would look totally different from a children’s book portfolio.

It’s ok if, in the beginning, you want to explore more than one route, but generally, it’s a good idea to start with a market in mind. This way, you would not waste your time drawing anything that comes to your mind. Instead, you will have a list of artworks that are suitable…