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Children's book illustrator needed
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 15 minutes ago

$500
Fixed Price

Entry
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Family member wrote a children's book for the family, we are needing an illustrator to design/draw a cover and pages for the book. Cha…

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$260
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Intermediate
Experience Level

We are looking for a talented illustrator to create story illustrations in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop for a series of fiction stori…

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Full children book illustrations Fixed-price ‐ Posted 6 days ago

$40
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Entry
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Good Monday to all! For this project we need a talented illustrator for a short children story book. We’re looking for someone who c…

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Illustrations for Children's Book Fixed-price ‐ Posted 9 days ago

$2,000
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

Thirty-one (31), black and white "pen and ink" line art style illustration colorized with "watercolor" treatment are needed for a child…

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Children Story Book illustration Fixed-price ‐ Posted 12 days ago

$50
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

We are looking for Coloring book artist / Illustrator for our kids storybook project. Illustrator shall be responsible for creating cat…

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Children's book illustrator
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Fixed-price ‐ Posted 5 hours ago

$60
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

Hi, I need a illustrator for a children's book. About 15-20 illustrations. Thanks! This is a fiction book for children and it would be…

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$40
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

I am looking for an artist who can convert an existing pencil drawing of a character into a color image that is more Children book frie…

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Illustrator for Children's Book on a Farm Hourly ‐ Posted 8 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Entry
Experience Level

I have a children's book written that I need an illustrator to bring the book to life. It takes place on a farm and is centered around…

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$200
Fixed Price

Entry
Experience Level

Hello, we are looking for a talented Illustrator who has experience with Apple Books for Authors, Amazon KDP, and YouTube. This project…

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$250
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

Looking for children's educational products--busy book designer (hand-painted direction) We are a manufacturer of educational products…

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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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