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Children’s book Hourly ‐ Posted 27 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

I am starting to create children’s books I need help with creating pages, illustrations etc Generally I want them To be about self…

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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

3 to 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

Illustrator needed for a golf/pirate themed children's book. Looking for 30-40 illustrations. Detailed, overly colorful landscapes, sea…

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Illustrator for Web Design Hourly ‐ Posted 18 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a designer to create the work for our web page. Ideally, these will be SVG graphics, and we'd like them in the style…

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Children's Book Illustrator Who Loves Horses Fixed-price ‐ Posted 11 days ago

$1,000
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

Looking for an illustrator with experience in the children's niche for the age group of 6–10 years, who can: - Create color illustrati…

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Illustrator for Children's Book Fixed-price ‐ Posted 8 days ago

$75
Fixed-price

Entry
Experience level

Looking for an illustrator to help with creating children's story book. Requirements: - approx 30 pages of illustrations - space them…

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Digitize Children Book Illustrations Hourly ‐ Posted 27 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Overview: We are seeking a skilled and experienced illustrator or digital artist to undertake a creative project involving the digitiza…

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AI illustrator for chidrens book Hourly ‐ Posted 19 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Greetings, I'm currently seeking an AI artist to create illustrations for a children's book. We require 12 illustrations in a cartoon…

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$150
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

Looking for a cartoon illustrator to help design the book cover and pages of my children's book. about 10 pages in the book- plus front…

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Childrens Picture Book Hourly ‐ Posted 10 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

I need an illustrator for a picture book I have written - about 10 pages of illustrations - colourful realistic figures - 3 - people -…

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Children's Book Illustrator Wanted Fixed-price ‐ Posted 6 days ago

$50
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

We are on the hunt for a talented illustrator to bring to life the pages of our forthcoming children's book. Your primary task will be…

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Children's Book Illustrators on Upwork
can earn $15–$110/hr.
Learn more below about how you can earn a career on the world’s work marketplace.
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How to Become a Freelance Children's Book Illustrator

Children’s book illustrators achieve success based on their instinctive ability to convey visual narrative through simple imagery.

These freelancers can display their skills to authors and book publishers in a format that conveys their marketability—such as researching a few of their previous books and displaying a few illustrations across a couple of genres of children’s books. When you bring a portfolio that’s directly relevant to their past works, they’re more likely to associate you with their past successes. This can make finding clients a bit easier, but it does tend to take more time, so it won’t scale well to do this for every client pitch unless you’re able to create these sorts of illustrations quickly without sacrificing quality.

Once clients are sold on your art skills, further bolster your odds by discussing how you could fit into their business model. Offer to create a certain number of illustrations for an author on a regular basis for a discount instead of commissioning the pieces one-by-one. Another option is to accept a one-off commission for an illustration the author can use in their current work to see how their audience responds.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is a professional society that offers tips for getting started in the children’s book publishing business, plus networking and a series of grants.

What does a children’s book illustrator do?

Children’s Book Illustrators create imagery that supports the storyline of a picture book. They interpret the author’s work and collaborate to ensure the story is correctly visualized, using their own artistic style to create a visual world that children will want to explore.

Children’s book illustrators must consider factors such as story purpose, audience age, and how their illustrations will play a role in telling the story. Then they choose an artistic style and medium that complements the tone of the story.

What skills do I need to become a children’s book illustrator?

In addition to the obvious—the ability to draw, paint, print and/or digitally create engaging illustrations—a freelance children’s book illustrator needs to have clear verbal and written communication skills. Also prioritize the ability to adapt artistic methods based on the author’s requirements.

These supplementary skills are important to becoming a freelance illustrator.

  • Ability to collaborate with children’s book authors, editors, and publishing houses to create engaging and expressive illustrations that enhance the written storyline
  • Ability to provide creative direction and inspiration for the book's visual elements
  • Ability to research and develop ideas that complement the book's storyline, themes, emotions, and characters
  • Make detailed and thoughtful sketches and drawings
  • Incorporate characters, settings, and props in ways that creatively direct the attention of children
  • Scan and digitally enhance sketches as-needed
  • Experience working with publishing house art directors to ensure that designs align with production needs
  • Experience maintaining close communication with and meeting the needs of a book publisher
  • Experience collaborating with other book illustrators and production artists to create a final work
  • Create an online portfolio of your illustration work, preferably your own website to assist in marketing yourself
  • Ability to find and cultivate clients

What are a children's book illustrator’s work responsibilities?

These job responsibilities ensure that children’s book illustration freelancers are able to deliver impactful, engaging, and aesthetically pleasing images to accompany the stories that an author has labored to create.

  • Create children’s book illustrations with a wide range of tools, such as pencils, charcoal, pastels, markers, paint (watercolor, acrylic, etc.) or digital software (Adobe Illustrator, etc.)
  • Collaborate with the author to represent story elements clearly and cohesively
  • Express the style and tone of the book's imagery via a vision board or inspiration board, first drawing on thoughts of the book’s various stakeholders
  • Ensure that the illustrations’ content is appropriate for the intended audience of early readers
  • Perform research to accurately depict story scenes
  • Ensure that all illustrations are delivered on time and according to the client's specifications
  • Actively research, identify and explore new artistic styles as-needed, taking art classes as necessary

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