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Illustrator Needed Hourly ‐ Posted 3 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

I am seeking a talented illustrator to create a detailed illustration of a farmer sitting on a tractor. This is a one-time project with…

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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
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Intermediate
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Looking for someone who can draw or using graphics can illustrate analogy situations. I need to illustration an situation that someone…

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Origami Hourly ‐ Posted 3 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

Need someone to design a foldable funnel that will open when installed in holder.

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Experienced Leathercraft Artist Needed Hourly ‐ Posted 3 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Expert
Experience level

We are in search of a leathercraft worker who can sew leather sandals and handbags. The ideal candidate must have a strong background i…

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Need a Sketch Artist Hourly ‐ Posted 3 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Entry
Experience level

We want (1) a sketch (in color) of a person sitting in front of a computer monitor, and (2) a sketch (in color) of that same person as…

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Youtube Thumbnail Artist Fixed-price ‐ Posted 3 days ago

$650
Fixed-price

Expert
Experience level

Position: YouTube Thumbnail Designer Location: Remote Compensation: $5 per thumbnail + Bonus System About the Channel: Our YouTube c…

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Less than 30 hrs/week
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Less than 1 month
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Expert
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We need someone who uses Blender, specifically the grease pencil tool, to help us cleaning up and coloring some scenes we have in rough…

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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience level

We are seeking a talented individual to create engaging and successful Instagram reels for our agency. The ideal candidate should have…

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Photoshop help in Nikolaev Hourly ‐ Posted 3 days ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

3 to 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience level

Adding and subtracting people and backgrounds from several lithographs, drawings, photos for book illustration

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Less than 30 hrs/week
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Less than 1 month
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Hi there! I am looking for a talented Illustrator who can draw in a similar style to the images attached. We will create a coloring boo…

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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

Jump-start your career as an illustrator on Upwork and start looking for your first job. Eager to learn more about illustrator jobs on Upwork? Check out these additional resources:

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