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$25
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

we need a very simple character design based on a concept that you will be given, and a picture form the brochure of the mall.

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Video Game Promo Art for Steam Page Hourly ‐ Posted 3 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

Hello! I'm looking for an illustrator to build my Steam game art. I'd prefer someone who has experience with this, but would also be ha…

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Children's Coloring Book Illustration Fixed-price ‐ Posted 6 hours ago

$300
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

Good Day, Looking for a professional illustrator with the capacity to do coloring book sketches for a simple book that's not too long.…

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2D Graphic Artist Hourly ‐ Posted 6 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Expert
Experience Level

*** DO NOT CONTACT US OUTSIDE UPWORK *** We are looking for a graphic artist to create custom 2D illustrations for our new electronic…

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Storyboard Fixed-price ‐ Posted 8 hours ago

$10
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

hello, I want to create a storyboard, but I need help with that. You have to create 9 pictures that show an experience. This is the p…

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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Expert
Experience Level

Design cartoon images / packaging illustrations / printing patterns for our new product series of eco-friendly hairbrushes . Good at de…

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Tough yellow canary smoking a cigar drawing Hourly ‐ Posted 6 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Entry
Experience Level

Just need a drawing of the canary and that’s it. Thank you!

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Mural Proof drawing Hourly ‐ Posted 6 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

Bravo Beer Barn drawn into 3 ladies working in drive through beer store. With the “B’s” incorporated as ladies behind loading beer in a…

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$100
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

I have written a non-fiction children's book (ages 8-12) about 100 amazing neurodiverse individuals who have achieved amazing things.…

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Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

1 to 3 months
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

Ok so I’m looking for a skilled at least intermediate level artist that can draw a few of my original characters in a very intense and…

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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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