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  • US$25 hourly
    Hi! I am Nino Benito. I am a Graphic Designer with over 10 years experience with design illustration. I have the ability to undertake any Art and Design project. Some of my published works include- GAP, K-Swiss, Woolf Shoes and Threadless I have great freehand drawing skills which I can translate into vector or raster illustration techniques. Print: - Tee Designs - Brochures - Flyer - Business Cards - Catalog - Identity Logo - Children's Book Illustrations - Adult Coloring Book Illustrations (Mandala, intricate patterns) Image Manipulation: - Caricature - Cartoons - Image Editing - Enhancement - Retouch - Restoration - Background Removal - Image Re-Sizing (reduce file size / fitting) - Watermark Removal - Retouch - Restoration
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    Game Design
    Digital Painting
    2D Design
    Fashion Design
    Graphic Design
    Poster Design
    Logo Design
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Photoshop
  • US$35 hourly
    I am a comic illustrator with a very distinctive style and standard quality. I have worked in the comic industry for a few years and i have the skills and commitment to bring your comic ideas to life. i enjoy working with writers and editors to tell incredible stories about interesting characters (i mean, is there anything better in the world?). Along with sequential pages, i also do dynamic cover designs as well as character designs. You should Hire me
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    Comics
    Manga
    Comic Art
    Book Cover
    Sequential Art
    Sketch
    Character Design
  • US$30 hourly
    I'm an illustrator and graphic designer living in southern Appalachia. I graduated from ETSU with a BFA in graphic design and I have experience with illustrating children's books and designing logos, t-shirts, packaging, etc. I always complete projects in a timely manner and and my priority is to bring my client's ideas to life and give them high-quality work.
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    Book Cover
    Digital Art
    Colorful Style
    Children's Book Illustration
    Nature Illustration
    Animal Illustration
    2D Design
    Storybook
    Drawing
    Graphic Design
    Adobe Photoshop
    Art & Design
    Poster Design
    Cover Art Design
  • US$25 hourly
    Currently a children book illustrator, who loves to draw various art style, cute stuffs, and children related illustration. I worked in an outsourching game-related art studio for 4 years. And do various 2D arts project as freelancer for another 4 years. Experienced in making assets for 2D mobile/Pc games, card games, isometrics, vector, items assets, illustration, digital painting, character concept, portraits, or book/novel cover. I can work with traditional and digital media. For digital, i used Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and a little bit of Flash for simple animation. Im a self-taught artist and always searching for new challenges to improve my skill.
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    CGI
    Concept Design
    Book Cover
    2D Design
    Children's Book Illustration
    Adobe Photoshop
  • US$30 hourly
    Hi! I'm Paula. I'm an enthusiastic graphic designer and illustrator from Argentina. As a graphic designer I have a wide experience making logos, postcards, catalogs, invitations, packaging design and developing the entire art direction for branding. As an illustrator I have a particular style, and I'm specialized in children's book illustration, developing my work on digital and also traditional techniques. Combining my skills and my potential, I can generate successful and competitive designs, but also improve and beautify all the projects in which I am involved. I'm always ready to work, let's talk about your project!
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    Children's Book Illustration
    Art Direction
    Brand Guidelines
    Drawing
    Print Marketing Materials
    Advertising
    Branding
    Food Packaging
    Graphic Design
    Packaging Design
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Photoshop
  • US$12 hourly
    I am an illustrator currently studying Multimedia arts. I am a creative and detailed oriented person who's knowledgeable in using Adobe Photoshop software. I also do Pixel art. Efficient in completing projects effectively on tight timetables.
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    Freestyle Drawing
    Drawing
    Manga
    Vector Tracing
    Digital Painting
    2D Animation
    Photo Editing
    Pixel Art
    Adobe Illustrator
    Line Drawing
    Anime
    Adobe Photoshop
    Watercolor
  • US$30 hourly
    Hi, my name is Patricia Gutarra, I'm a peruvian graphic designer and illustrator I have 5 years of experience working on publishing editorials and a local TV channel. I can manage a variety of illustration styles: -semirealism -portraits -manga -anime style, flat, cell shading etc. -vector Software: -Adobe Photoshop -Adobe Illustrator -Clip Studio Paint Photo Retouch Software: -Adobe Photoshop -Adobe Lightroom *I DON'T WORK FOR NFT OR IA'S PROJECTS, THANK YOU
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    Manga
    Sketching
    Digital Painting
    Comic Art
    Famous Cartoon
    Digital Illustration
    Colorful Style
    Anime
    Storyboarding
    Clip Studio Paint
    Sketch
    Adobe Photoshop
  • US$40 hourly
    I'm an illustrator and concept artist. I have over six years of experience working on storyboards, character design, comic books (pencils, ink, lettering and color), illustrations for books, video games, and more. I use Adobe Photoshop and traditional media (watercolors, pencils and ink). I can work in a great variety of styles; I personalize the painting style for each project, so it fits the needs of my clients and the project itself.
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    Drawing
    Book Cover
    2D Design
    Photo Editing
    Comic Art
    Infographic
    Character Design
    Logo Design
    Concept Artistry
    Sketch
    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe Illustrator
  • US$60 hourly
    Top-rated award-winning illustrator with over 10 years of experience in children’s book illustration, visual storytelling, and character development. Transforming your story idea from concept to published book with a full cover-to-cover design. Experienced with working with Amazon KDP, Ingram Spark, Bookbaby, and more! My art style is fun, colorful, and expressive and I love to push the limits of the imagination. Cover-to-cover design process: Discussing the project in detail Character design Drawing/ Sketching and dummy book layout Text Layout Finished original illustrations. print-ready files when complete And revisions are included at all stages. As a self-publisher, I understand the ins and outs of bringing a story to life and I strive to make the publishing process as painless as possible. The publishing industry is ever-changing, and many publishers have different specifications when submitting your book. I stay on top of the latest changes and offer as much support as I can along the way.
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    Kindle Direct Publishing
    Layout Design
    Playful Tone
    Drawing
    Cartoon Art
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Photoshop
    Children's Book Illustration
    Book
    Colorful Style
    Character Design
    Storybook
    Digital Art
    2D Illustration
  • US$40 hourly
    Hello! I'm a Native American illustrator located in Southern California. I specialize in storyboards, comic books, and children's books. I also have experience developing education materials such as info graphics and can provide animation services. Not only do I absolutely love what I do, but I take pride in work done well, and done well on time. All projects will be outlined with a project schedule, and each client receives a complimentary Dropbox folder so updates can be seen easily and frequently. If you're looking for someone who has experience, patience, versatile skillsets, and a great record of delivering projects on time, then I might just be the gal for the job! I'm always excited to start a new project and am looking forward to working with you! -Jeanine-Jonee
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    Storyboarding
  • US$85 hourly
    Part of UpWork's “Expert-Vetted” group, which is invitation-only to the top 1% of professionals. Clients: Coca Cola, Fidelity, Google, Intel, McDonald’s, Ralph Lauren, and Time Warner. My work has appeared in The Atlantic, Forbes, and Wall Street Journal. I've had the good fortune to illustrate books published by Pearson, Penguin-Random House, McGraw-Hill, Macmillan, Prentice Hall, Harvard Business Review Press, including several bestsellers. A small percentage of my work comes from Upwork, (the majority are repeat clients, referrals, and clients from my agent.) For this reason, I am selective, and bid on projects for which I feel I can do excellent work. The best cartoons are more than just artwork. They depend upon funny concepts and writing. If you already have ideas for cartoons that you would like illustrated, I can give you publishing quality artwork to bring them to life. If you also need concepts and/or humor writing, I can assist with it. I am a published humor writer, and many of my clients hire me to create humor and concepts for marketing, advertising, publishing and presentations. ———- ♾️ “Mark did an absolutely fantastic job illustrating my book. Better yet, he was a pleasure to work with--a model of professionalism and high standards." —Daniel Pink, New York Times Bestselling Author ♾️ "The cartoons Mark created for us to advertise our new technology have received a huge response." -- Randy Harrel, Vice President, Director of Marketing, CISCO SYSTEMS. ♾️ "Mark: I so appreciate your help through the process of creating cartoons for my book and its promotional tour. While I’ve been working other New Yorker cartoonists, I’ve relied most heavily on you. I think your capacity to capture an idea visually is akin to magic."   - Author, Gary Hamel. "Humanocracy", published by Harvard Business Review Press Recent highlights: Created a series of humorous cartoons for Google. Illustrated a book and wrote humor for a soon-to-be published book by an bestselling author and former executive of DreamWorks. Humor writing and cartoons for an ongoing series of cartoons for Ralph Lauren Inc., for use in their advertising and social media. Created a series of cartoon advertisements for Bayer Pharmaceutical. Hired by Intel Corporation and Time Warner, to create a cartoon spokesmen for their advertising.
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    Political Art
    Caricature
    Digital Illustration
    Cartoon Character
    Comics
    Cartoon Art
    Famous Cartoon
    Humor Writing
    Comic Art
    Adobe Photoshop
    Hand-Drawn Style
    Children's Book Illustration
  • US$15 hourly
    I'm an Illustrator with experience in digital design, full time freelancer available to manage different styles and techniques. I have experience in creating illustrations that can adapt to different kind of styles and media. I love working with challenging projects learning the needs of the client to create a solution that feeds the needs to the final art. I will love hearing from you and help you create the image that you need! Hope to here from you soon.
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    Playful Tone
    Vector Tracing
    Drawing
    VectorWorks
    Book Cover
    Sketching
    Adobe Illustrator
    Concept Artistry
    Adobe Photoshop
    Logo Design
  • US$50 hourly
    You make a good product, I can make it look even better ✦ Experience: 6+ years Tools: Adobe (Illustrator, After Effects), Procreate, Blender, Figma Work process: 1. I'll ask you (chat or call) about the project to ensure your expectations are 100% met in the end. This will help me to evaluate time and budget. 2. We specify the deadlines, so you'll get illustrations on time. 3. Concept (solid sketch) — edits or approval — final vector image. Click the 'Invite' button, and we'll start discussing your project immediately!
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    Graphic Design
    UI Graphics
    Cartoon Art
    Line Drawing
    Icon Design
    Freehand Digital Illustration
    Adobe Illustrator
    Flat Style
    Vector Art
    Vector Graphic
    Modern Style
    2D Illustration
    Minimalist
    Animation
  • US$20 hourly
    I'm a medical illustrator. Work with medical and scientific illustrations for medical professionals, healthcare professionals, publishers, researchers, advertising agencies, pharmaceutical companies and the general public. My work combines the world of art and medicine. I majored in graphic design, postgraduate in visual arts, and after that, I enrolled in a scientific illustration program at the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro. My goal was to hone my scientific skills and increase my portfolio with medical illustration. At the beginning of my career, I freelanced for several companies in Rio de Janeiro. Today I work only with medical illustration. I worked on medical illustrations for books, courses, and medical education websites. With each program I developed, I learned about a new topic in a specific field of medicine. At the same time, I was improving my illustration skills.
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    Drawing
    Digital Painting
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Photoshop
  • US$30 hourly
    I am a freelance illustrator with over 10 years of experience in the fields of editorial illustration, 2D and 3D animation, comics, and advertising. I also have studies in graphic design, so I have a solid background in terms of design software and technical and communicational aspects of each creative process. I am very creative and enthusiastic and have a good understanding of the customer needs. I can adapt to many different styles, according to what the project requires. I specially enjoy projects which involve a graphic narrative and character design. I'm flexible with my working hours and very responsible with the deadlines. I look forward to hearing from you!
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    Drawing
    Comics
    Digital Illustration
    Freehand Digital Illustration
    Comic Art
    Storyboarding
    Cartoon Art
    2D Illustration
    Children's Book Illustration
    Editorial Illustration
    Vector Graphic
    Logo Design
    Character Design
  • US$12 hourly
    Art and aesthetics are my calling. My seven years of experience consists of different areas: - development of corporate identity; - illustrations in different techniques and subjects; - creation of graphic identity for various products from scratch; - Managing a team of graphic designers. With my creativity, I will help you and your product to get the perfect look. After all, the success of the product depends on how consumers see it. In my work, I observe three things: style, quality and timeliness. Join me to make art that's wanted.
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    Brand Book Design
    Photography
    Brand Identity
    Fine Art Photography
    Digital Illustration
    Art & Design
    Layout Design
    Graphic Design
    Adobe After Effects
    Figma
    Character Design
    Adobe Illustrator
    CorelDRAW
    Adobe Photoshop
  • US$20 hourly
    I am a cheerful person with passion for drawing and illustration for many years. My most outstanding ability is the illustration and vectorization of images. This has been the main focus in my studies and development of projects and designs. This in conjunction with graphic design and composition skills are my forte at work. My experience in programs and fields of design come from almost 10 years ago even before directing my studies in this field. In addition to this, I have attached importance to advertising material and the design of brand and image, along with the logos and simple animations in 2D.
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    Adobe Premiere Pro
    Drawing
    Digital Art
    Logo Design
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe InDesign
    Adobe Photoshop
  • US$35 hourly
    Hello! I am a Graphic Designer and Illustrator, with an excellent knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop & Adobe InDesign. I can create: -Logo design * Illustrative * Mascot * Modern/Flat -Layout design * Business Cards * Stationary design * Flayers * Banners * Brochures * Booklets * Invitations * Gift Cards * Postcards -Data interpretations *Guide-books * Info-graphics * Power point presentations * Pitch Decks Illustration: -Flat Illustrations * Hero Images * Icons * Infographics -Character illustration * Animals * People * Monsters * -Web comic * Doodles & Sketches -T-shirt illustrations * Illustration + Typography * -Decorative illustrations * Weddings * Floral * Feminine * -Vector or raster files. I always provide you the source file! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!
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    Adobe Creative Suite
    Graphic Design
    Logo Animation
    Layout Design
    Children's Book Illustration
    Collage
    Clothing
    Infographic
    Stationery
    Adobe InDesign
    Logo Design
    Organic & Natural Style
    Abstract Style
  • US$30 hourly
    Hello. I am an illustrator. I create illustrations and book covers for adults and children. I constantly cooperate with publishing houses from different countries. I create illustrations in a fun and playful style, as well as draw serious adult and realistic images. I always do the work quickly and efficiently and have only positive feedback from my customers!
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    Painting
    Digital Painting
    Book
    People Illustration
    2D Art
    Bitmapped Graphic
    Bookkeeping
    2D Illustration
    Book Cover
    Digital Art
    Children's Book Illustration
    Character Illustration
    2D Design
    Character Design
  • US$75 hourly
    Hi, I'm Aki! I’ve been a graphic designer and illustrator on Upwork since 2019, and have worked with hundreds of clients to help them to achieve their design goals. If you're looking for clean, modern, and on-trend designs, then I'm the person for the job! My specializations are in social media/display ads, infographic design, and vector illustrations. Here are the services I offer: • Digital Marketing Graphics (web banners, social media ads, display ads, etc.) • Vector illustrations (blog header, website hero, social media post, etc.) • Icon Creations (social media Icons, website assets, etc.) • Infographics (social media post, website assets, marketing material, etc.) • Print media (flyers, posters, brochures, etc.) Program Expertise: • Adobe Illustrator • Adobe XD • Adobe InDesign • Adobe Photoshop Take a look at my Upwork portfolio pieces! If you think I could be the perfect fit for your project, then I'd love to hear from you!
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    Line Drawing
    Banner Ad Design
    Adobe InDesign
    Minimalist
    Poster
    Graphic Design
    Infographic
    Instructional Infographic
    Adobe Illustrator
    Icon Design
    Vector Graphic
    Vector Art
    Flat Style
  • US$25 hourly
    My portfolio: behance.net/buhinskaya41a4 Need nice icons for your project? I am ready to help you! Creating eye-catching icon design, illustration and vector arts are my passion. I am an illustrator, icon designer, and an expert in Adobe Illustrator. I can create unique icons for your website, platform, book, magazine, app, presentation, and anything that you only can imagine. Other passions include Illustration and digital drawing. I have solid background and experience with such skills: ⭐️ Icon Design; ⭐️ Adobe Illustrator CC; ⭐️ Adobe Photoshop CC; ⭐️ Sketching and hand drawings; ⭐️ Illustration; ⭐️ 2D game graphics; ⭐️ Characters design; ⭐️ Concept arts; ⭐️ Digital illustration. My projects are always executed with precision and creative ideas. I try to follow all the modern design tendencies. In addition, I am very attentive to details. I listen, offer advice, and make sure that you are as happy with the process as you are with the final results. Our cooperation can bring brightness and uniqueness to your project. Look forward to our cooperation. Let’s create a masterpiece together! Highlighted skills: Icon Design, Icon Creation, Icon Adaptation, Illustration, 2D Design, Graphic Design, Character Design, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Icon Set Creation, Digital Illustration, Marketing Illustration.
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    Sketching
    Cartoon Art
    Black & White Style
    Adobe Illustrator
    Icon Design
    Adobe Photoshop
    Graphic Design
    Line Drawing
    Character Design
  • US$45 hourly
    I am an illustrator with a focus on children's art and game design. I have over a decade of experience in the game art world, with a focus on casual and mobile gaming. My character designs helped to propel Cascade to become the casual gaming company Funkitron's most successful game, receiving over a million downloads and praise from Apple. In addition to creating over forty character designs for Cascade I have developed all other areas of game art, including background design, UI design, icons, and more for a multitude of titles. In addition to game art I am also an illustrator who has created work for a multitude of clients in both digital media and watercolor. I am able to work in many different styles, depending on what they project calls for, and am always excited for new opportunities to stretch my creative muscles and develop my skills.
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    2D Illustration
    Organic & Natural Style
    Line Drawing
    Adobe InDesign
    Cartoon Style
    Book
    Vector Graphic
    Watercolor
    Logo Design
    Game Art
    Character Design
    Children's Book Illustration
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Photoshop
  • US$125 hourly
    A versatile, meticulous, and imaginative graphic designer, I have a strong background in traditional and digital illustration, as well as years of experience working with large-scale clients at both the agency and freelance levels. I was able to lay the foundation for my craft as an in-house designer, learning the importance of thinking on my feet, sticking to deadlines, and approaching projects as part of a team. I gained expertise in the nuances of print production and realized the true significance that design holds in sales and marketing efforts. Rebuilding my career in the freelance realm has enhanced my appreciation for and knowledge of social media integration and an online presence. I have gained the organizational aptitude necessary for managing multiple projects at once and honed communication skills that facilitate effective implementation of my clients’ design needs. My ability to take on diverse challenges within graphic design and illustration is what allows me to remain an engaged, thriving, and dedicated professional in this industry. I am continually on the lookout for new opportunities that allow me to express my passion for design, while also delivering innovative results-oriented solutions to my clients.
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    Brand Positioning
    Email Marketing
    Drawing
    Adobe Dreamweaver
    Photography
    Graphic Design
    Print Design
    Web Design
    Layout Design
    Logo Design
    Adobe InDesign
    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe Illustrator
  • US$100 hourly
    I am a board certified medical illustrator who graduated with a Master's degree in Biomedical Visualization from an accredited program. My specialized training includes graduate-level life science and medicine. Courses include cadaver dissection, neurology, and pharmacology. I have advanced experience in 3D modeling, illustration techniques, and visualization techniques including translation of patient imaging data into usable 3D models. I create interpretive illustrations of subjects that are difficult to visualize and understand. I have an acute attention to detail, honed over many years. My superior interpersonal skills are combined with a good sense of humor. SKILLS Computer Graphics • 2D: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Corel Painter • 3D: 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, ZBrush, Mudbox Coding Software • CSS/HTML, Visual Studios, C++, Dreamweaver Virtual Reality • QuickHaptics, LACE, Unity Microsoft Office Suite • Word, Excel, Powerpoint G-Suite • Sheets, Docs, Slides
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    Maxon Cinema 4D
    Pixologic Zbrush
    Medical Terminology
    Medical Device
    Graphic Design
    Scientific Research
    Adobe Creative Suite
    Infographic
    Scientific Illustration
    Technical Illustration
    2D Illustration
    3D Illustration
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Photoshop
  • US$55 hourly
    Hello! I am a Visual Artist and Illustrator specializing in digital and traditional illustration, with a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art. I am the illustrator for the children's series, The Land of Twilight Trilogy as well as other children's books and YA novels. I am a dedicated individual, diligent worker, collaborator, creative thinker, and adaptive learner with the dream of bringing people's ideas and dreams to life! Please don't hesitate to reach out and thank you for visiting my page!
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    Comics
    Digital Painting
    Cartoon Character
    Character Design
    Colorful Style
    Realistic
    Freehand Digital Illustration
    2D Illustration
    Adobe Photoshop
    Storybook
    Clip Studio Paint
  • US$65 hourly
    • Over ten years of experience in the graphic design field • Recently gained a business diploma in Australia • Experienced in printing and direct customer relations • Excellent skill in hand-drawing, digital illustrations and watercolours • Managing and organisation skills in the industry-related
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    Animated Cartoon
    Comics
    Typography
    Graphic Design
    Watercolor
    Icon Design
    Children's Book Illustration
    Vector Art
    Infographic
  • US$33 hourly
    I am a Berlin-based digital artist making fantasy illustrations and concept art for video, TCG, and CCG games. For 4+ years I have worked as a 2D character concept artist and illustrator, helping my clients in the entertainment industry visualize fantasy worlds. I offer a variety of creative services including: • 2d Character design (skins & outfit) • promotional illustrations for games • visual development and art direction I like to work on projects with a strong storytelling aspect, helping my clients define the mood and tone of their setting at the early stage of the production process. Recently I mostly focused on fantasy and adventure aesthetics (referencing such popular projects as Magic the Gathering, Dungeon and Dragons, and League of Legends), though I am always open to new perspectives. If you are looking for an artist who can bring your project to life, I will be happy to help.
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    Color Theory
    2D Design & Drawings
    Drawing
    2D Game Art
    3D Modeling
    Book Cover
    Painting
    Blender
    2D Art
    2D Illustration
    Character Design
    Adobe Photoshop
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How to Hire Top Illustrators

With access to some of the most talented illustrators on the market, you can post a job description and hire your ideal candidate within the same day on Upwork. Browse through our collection of professionals and use this guide as a resource for creating the perfect job post. 

What does an illustrator do?

An illustrator creates original artwork, often for books, magazines, advertising, and digital media. Their work involves interpreting ideas or stories into visual representations, which can range from simple sketches to detailed designs. Illustrators use various mediums, such as digital tools, pen and ink, watercolor, or acrylics, to bring concepts to life. Their role is crucial in conveying themes, characters, and emotions, and they often collaborate with authors, editors, and designers to align their illustrations with the overall project vision.

How do you hire an illustrator?

You can source illustrator talent on Upwork by following these three steps:

  1. Write a project description. You’ll want to determine your scope of work and the skills and requirements you are looking for in an illustrator.
  2. Post it on Upwork. Once you’ve written a project description, post it to Upwork. Simply follow the prompts to help you input the information you collected to scope out your project.
  3. Shortlist and interview illustrators. Once the proposals start coming in, create a shortlist of the professionals you want to interview

Of these three steps, writing your project description is the most important. It’s where you will determine your scope of work and the specific type of illustrator you need to complete your project. 

How much does it cost to hire an illustrator?

Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions. 
An experienced illustrator may command higher fees but also works faster, has more specialized areas of expertise, and delivers higher-quality work.
A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their illustration services more competitively.

Rates typically charged by illustrators on Upwork are:

  • Beginner: $15 per hour
  • Intermediate: $23 per hour
  • Advanced: $30 per hour

Source: https://www.upwork.com/hire/illustrators/cost/

The future of illustration industry in the era of AI 

With the continuous development of the AI industry, many illustrators wonder if it will be difficult for them to compete with the new technologies. Even though AI tools can produce images faster than humans, there are still a lot of drawbacks to consider. For example, AI-generated images require creativity, while an illustrator will generate unique ideas. More importantly, illustrations created by humans have style and personality. AI tools generate images based on pre-existing data or algorithms. 

How do you write an illustrator job post?

Your job post is your chance to describe your project scope, budget, and talent needs. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.

Job post title

Create a simple title that describes exactly what you’re looking for. The idea is to target the keywords that your ideal candidate is likely to type into a job search bar to find your project. Here are some sample illustrator job post titles:

  • Looking for an illustrator to develop construction and architectural renderings
  • Seeking an illustrator with experience in children’s books
  • Software illustrator needed for B2B icon development

Project description

An effective illustrator job post should include: 

  • Scope of work: From initial conception to final computer files, list all the deliverables you’ll need. 
  • Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project. 
  • Background: If you prefer illustrators who use computer software, oil painting, pencil, or any other medium, mention this here. 
  • Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.

Illustrator job responsibilities

Here are some examples of illustrator job responsibilities:

  • Creating illustrations for print collateral using Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop
  • Conceptualizing relevant imagery to be used in a series of brochures
  • Developing graphic files suitable for print and web

Illustrator job requirements and qualifications

Be sure to include any requirements and qualifications you’re looking for in an illustrator. Here are some examples:

  • Mastery of latest graphic design software, such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop
  • Ability to take client direction, conceptualize initial drafts, and deliver final artwork
  • Completion of deliverables by agreed-upon deadlines
  • Portfolio of completed artwork for consumer product packaging
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