Whether it’s the butterfly effect, international law or just wine and hip hop, whatever you’re interested in, I will find inspiring illustrations for you.

I am an award winning illustrator and fine artist. After studying art and design at the Kunstakademie Münster, I moved to Stuttgart and completed my studies of stage and costume design at the State Academy of Fine Arts.
Since 2005 I have been working for renowned publishers illustrating cover pages, fiction and non-fiction books, biographies, children’s and young adult literature as well as magazines and newspapers. My illustrations can be found on the Spiegel bestseller list and among the „Most Beautiful Books in Germany“. My illustrations have been shortlisted twice for the World Illustration Awards, in 2016 and 2020.
Since 2012 I have been passing on my knowledge as a lecturer for foundations of design, magazine creation, cover pages and the composition of illustrated series.

After a stop in Tokyo, Irmela now lives in Berlin with her daughter and her dog.


»Indeed, they do exist: incredibly well-made books! Irmela’s illustrations are colourful eye-catchers. But also so much more. They make their readers travel the world.«
Katharina Hesse, Management Stiftung Buchkunst

»Irmela Schautz convinced me with her talent for thorough, clever and visual research. Brilliantly she manages to create a wonderful visual imagery.«
Heike Bräutigam, Editorial & Press, Publisher Antje Kunstmann

»Imaginative, colourful and diverse, these illustrations do not only complement the text perfectly, they also offer the gift of relaxation.”
Kim Kindermann, Journalist, Deutschlandradio Kultur

»From the very beginning of our cooperation in 2015 Irmela Schautz has convinced me time and again with her immense creativity and her very structured approach to projects. Quite a number of top books have been developed like this in our publishing house.«
Katharina Ebinger, Programme head, Thienemann-Esslinger Verlag


World Illustration Award 2020 & 2016 Shortlisted Artist
Stiftung Buchkunst, Most Beautiful Books in Germany, Longlist 2020 & 2017
Spiegel Bestsellerliste
Global Illustration Award


Prestel Verlag, Penguin, dtv Verlag, Suhrkamp/Insel Verlag, Dumont Verlag, Thienemann/Gabriel Verlag, Peter Hammer Verlag, Tulipan Verlag, Gerstenberg Verlag, Hanser Verlag, Random House/C. Bertelsmann, Beltz & Gelberg Verlag, Antje Kunstmann Verlag, Christophorus Verlag, Coppenrath Verlag, Velber Verlag, Westermann Verlagsgruppe, …

Magazines/Newspapers/Online Media:
Carl goes, AIT Magazin, enorm Magazin, Brigitte, Tagesspiegel, Chrismon Magazin, spiegel online, …

Other Clients:
Gorki Apartments Berlin, East Village Apartments New York, Dr. Hauschka, Öma GmbH, Charity Gums, Red Bull Media House, Kulturinsitut Bozen, LISUM/Landesinstitut für Schule und Medien, …