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NFT/Crypto Artist Hourly ‐ Posted 3 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a talented NFT/Crypto Artist to join our team and create unique digital art pieces. As an NFT/Crypto Artist, you wil…

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$250
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

I am a disabled author creating my first children’s book inspired by my service dog that teaches children about disabilities and intera…

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$150
Fixed-price

Entry
Experience level

Hello, I am writing a book chapter. I am working on the content part. But, I need help with the following: 1. Recreating 3 images. I…

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Children's Book Illustrator in Watercolor Style Fixed-price ‐ Posted 3 days ago

$1,200
Fixed-price

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a talented illustrator who can bring our children's book to life with their watercolor style. The project involves…

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Organic Balloon Artist Business Support Hourly ‐ Posted 3 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a talented freelancer to help build out our organic balloon artist business in Honeybook. Your main responsibilities…

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NFT/Crypto Artist Hourly ‐ Posted 3 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are looking for a talented NFT/Crypto Artist to join our team and create unique digital art pieces. As an NFT/Crypto Artist, you wil…

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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Experienced Patent Drawing Craftsman Required for Utility Patents We seek a skilled Patent Drawing Craftsman based in the USA to creat…

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Rubberhose style illustration & typography Hourly ‐ Posted 3 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Entry
Experience level

We are looking for skilled and creative illustrators to collaborate on an exciting new project: a cartoon illustration in the classic r…

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Artist Hourly ‐ Posted 3 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

I work for a company called Unicoin https://unicoin.com/ Our CEO wants to have an oil painting in our office where he meets investors…

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Merchant for Testing Digital Products Hourly ‐ Posted 3 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are seeking a merchant who specializes in selling digital products to assist us in testing our application. The ideal candidate will…

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Illustrators on Upwork
can earn $15–$45/hr.
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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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