Beauty tips of the stars

“The first thing is to identify what you find beautiful,” says Sarah Arnett. Start a scrapbook, and look out for similarities and themes in what you put in it.

Be prolific, says Murilo Maciel: “Do 20-30 illustrations in a month, and don’t worry about making them beautiful. The improvement will surprise you.”

Strip back your colour palette. Mads Berg recommends using three colours at most, and using shades of those colours for variation.

Focus, like Ise Ratinan, on revealing details: “Flowers or butterflies are symbols of beauty – with them, it’s not hard to add beauty to a feminine illustration.”

Mix it up, like mydeadpony, to stop your work becoming sugary: try to create a contrast between subject and materials, combining delicate elements with punky finishes.