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Art work for a food trailer
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 1 hour ago

$75
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

Art work for a food trailer. Jeepney, tourist spots, land marks.

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I need REALISTIC anatomic DRAWING
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 5 hours ago

$25
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

Hello, I’m looking for an artist who can makes me a very realistic drawings. ⚠️ Look the files I attached to understand what kind of…

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Platform railing drawing
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 7 hours ago

$20
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

i have a few documents with notes that I need to convert into a complete drawing. i need this done tonight i have a hot platform wit…

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Freehand to digital art high-quality drawing Fixed-price ‐ Posted 9 hours ago

$20
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

I have many designs I need to make for my upcoming business. I'm just starting out so will have many art designs made for website illus…

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Custom map of bay area Hourly ‐ Posted 12 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

Less than 1 month
Duration

Intermediate
Experience Level

I am looking for help with a hobby request. I would like a map of the Bay Area that includes all CITY administrative boundaries but no…

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Layout of pictures for a children's book
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 4 hours ago

$25
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

This job is a design phase task. There are 20 or so pictures for a children's book that need to positioned for flow and enjoyable read…

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Artist - Photoshop / Illustrator - Good with Tablet
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 7 hours ago

$100
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

Looking for a little help to shadow and shape and make more realistic a t-molding, also would like to add a few shadows to a template.…

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Tattoo sketch
New
Fixed-price ‐ Posted 8 hours ago

$750
Fixed Price

Expert
Experience Level

Looking for skilled artist to help design a tattoo, I've included a sample piece similar to how I'd like it drawn. Willing to negotia…

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Children book illustration Fixed-price ‐ Posted 9 hours ago

$25
Fixed Price

Intermediate
Experience Level

children's book illustration book cover and i need characters drawing

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Lensa type Illustration Hourly ‐ Posted 14 hours ago

Less than 30 hrs/week
Hours needed

3 to 6 months
Duration

Expert
Experience Level

Client wants Lensa type illustrations that are customized for their brand. Will potentially need 20 artists. I need to get an hourly…

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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

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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