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Simple Commissioned Illustration Design Work Fixed-price ‐ Posted 2 days ago

$5
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

Please check the attached document and understand that this is illustration work (drawing) NOT graphic design (image editing): (link re…

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AutoCad/ SketchUP Designer Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

3 to 6 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We need some help with light drafting 2D, 3D. simple add on rooms You need to have at least 3-5 yrs using Auto CAD , especially Sketch…

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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a talented designer who can create a declaration design with a combination of floral art and Islamic art. The declar…

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Illustrations and Tweaks for my Book Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Entry
Experience level

Hi My book needs illustrations redrawn, tweaks, clips, sharpening, and redrawing backdrops, line drawings. Please quote me.

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Looking for 2D Illustrator for Youtube Channel Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$100
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

Hi there! Thanks for checking out this job post. I’m looking for an experienced artist / animator to join my production team on a grow…

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Illustration Designer Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

not_sure
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are seeking a talented and creative freelance illustrator to help us create a unique and captivating banner illustration for our lan…

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Live Sketcher in Munich Needed Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a Live Sketch Artist - November Event in Munich,Germany We are hosting an event in Munich this November and are in…

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Storyboard Creation Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 day ago

$18
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

We're looking for talented freelancers for a storyboarding project that demands creative thinking and quick execution. This project has…

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Logo Recreation with Additions Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

not_sure
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Concept: The logo redesign for [Designer's Name/Brand] embodies a fusion of modern aesthetics with timeless design principles. It symbo…

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Thumbnail Artists Hourly ‐ Posted 1 day ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

The team at TDAY Sports is currently looking for thumbnail artists. Our ideal candidate would preferably have advanced experience. If t…

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Illustrators on Upwork
can earn $15–$45/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 Illustrator

If you have artistic ability and enjoy sketching, drawing, and technology, you may have a future as a freelance illustrator. Artistic ability is the primary requisite to become a freelance illustrator. An ability to draw, sketch, use computer software to conceive and develop artwork, and otherwise create attractive illustrations is a starting point to being a freelance illustrator. A track record of creating graphic illustrations for clients or an employer also goes a long way in positioning yourself as a freelance illustrator.

What does a freelance illustrator do?

A freelance illustrator develops and delivers artistic work, including graphics, images, logos, characters, and children’s books, to individuals or corporate clients. The types of illustrations needed by clients varies, depending on the project being hired for.

The scope of illustrations could include anything from developing comic book characters for a publishing company to providing images for a greeting card company to drawing portraits for families. The finished work could include art created on a canvas or digital files created with the use of computer software.

What skills do I need to become a freelance illustrator?

To become a freelance illustrator, a college education may be helpful, but a degree is not necessary. Attending art school could set you apart from the competition, but it isn’t necessarily required. The primary requirement an aspiring illustrator must have is the ability to create attractive illustrations. Depending on your career path, additional skills might be useful.

Common skills a freelance illustrator should possess include:

  • Ability to create illustrations that are attractive to various audiences
  • Experience using design software, including Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Ability to meet client deadlines
  • Understanding of tools used on different surfaces, such as canvas, paper, and acrylic
  • Bachelor’s degree (recommendation) in graphic design, fine arts, or related field
  • A website, portfolio, or social media profile to showcase your best work

What are the job responsibilities of a freelance illustrator?

A full-time or a freelance illustrator may have a number of responsibilities ranging from ensuring availability of proper tools needed to complete an assignment to understanding in detail what a client wants. Freelance illustrators can be found working on numerous projects such as children’s books, editorial illustrations, or on graphic novels, to name just a few examples.

In addition, a freelancer will be responsible for:

  • Determining the proper illustration tools and platforms in which to complete requested client work
  • Understanding and executing in relation to the requirements established by the client
  • Completing illustration projects on time and within budget
  • Asking questions if unclear on assignments
  • Working with potential clients along with art directors, graphic designers, and advertising agencies

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