How to Be an Illustrator with Iris Aust

Iris Aust, 23, a German born Illustrator living in London, who draws around her 3-year-old boy, has sketched time out to let us in on how to be an illustrator.

Illustrations are creating a ‘social buzz storm’ within the Instagram community, from buildings to beauty products, everyone wants an illustration but no one knows how to be one.

Want to know how to turn your love of art into a business?

Meet Iris, who created a beautiful illustration for Her newbie status is dying fast as she keeps creating quality illustrations for bloggers, brands and influencers.

Look at me in my wee little boots and WhatSheBlogged notebook!

So Iris, when did you first start drawing illustrations?

I’ve always been drawing here and there on paper but digitally I’ve started end of the year in 2017.



You’ve just come onto the scene and you’re already blowing up Instagram with your custom illustrations. What made you start illustrating products and people?

I’m so happy I have a growing audience for my illustrations. I think it was my boyfriend’s sister that first asked me to illustrate for her blog and from then on I just continued as I had fun doing it.


Did you go to university and study or are you self-taught?

I’m all self-taught but have more to learn. I am considering going to university to study Art but we’ll see.

What would you say are your top three buys for anyone wanting to turn their talent into a business?

Top three buys I would say are:

  1. A little notebook (or digitally an app) to write down ideas and save images that inspire you.
  2. Invest in the tools that you need for me, I needed to use some sort of drawing pad.
  3. A decent laptop or desktop computer, that I could download apps or relevant software to convert my drawing.

Is there any advice you would give for anyone starting up a business?

I’m nowhere near where I want to be but starting up I think you shouldn’t pressure yourself too much or compare yourself to other creatives. I feel most importantly not to force yourself to create something because you end up not liking it anyway. What’s important for an illustration business is having your work on display as some sort of portfolio, have your emails on check, and know who you want your client demographic to be.

Is there anyone you follow that inspires you and why?

I have to admit I don’t really check my feed as much as I used to, but I guess all types of illustrators in general inspire me. I watch YouTube videos of illustrators as well and it’s always nice to learn their tricks.


Its 2018 already, do you have any plans this year for Iristrations?

My goal for this year is to learn how to animate. That’s the next project.


Do you have any mantras that you live by?

I don’t really live by any mantras, but I have a belief that everything happens for a reason. And that God’s timing is real.

Have you ever collaborated with anyone, and if not, who is there anyone you’d like to collaborate with?

I haven’t really collaborated with anyone and I don’t have anything specific in mind but I’m open to any opportunities.


Thank you so much for letting me interview you! I hope you have a wonderful day, Iris. 



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