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Fariza Dzatalin N.
$25/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • CG Artwork
  • Book Cover
  • 2D Design
  • Concept Design
  • Children's Book Illustration

Currently a children book illustrator, who loves to draw various art style, cute stuffs, and children related illustration. I worked in an outsourching game-related art studio for 4 years. And do various 2D arts project as freelancer for another 4 years. Experienced in making assets for 2D mobile/Pc games, card games, isometrics, vector, items assets, illustration, digital painting, character concept, portraits, or book/novel cover. I can work with traditional and digital media. For digital, i used Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and a little bit of Flash for simple animation. Im a self-taught artist and always searching for new challenges...

Tetiana B.
$25/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Cartoon Art
  • Sketching
  • Black & White Style
  • Character Design
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Line Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Icon Design

Need nice icons for your project? I am ready to help you! Creating eye-catching icon design, illustration and vector arts are my passion. I am an illustrator, icon designer and an expert in Adobe Illustrator. I can create unique icons for your website, platform, book, magazine, app, presentation and anything what you only can image. Other my passions include Illustration and digital drawing. I have solid background and experience with such skills: ⭐️ Icon Design; ⭐️ Adobe Illustrator CC; ⭐️ Adobe Photoshop CC; ⭐️ Sketching and hand drawings; ⭐️ Illustration; ⭐️ 2D game graphics; ⭐️ Characters design; ⭐️ Concept arts; ⭐️ Digital...

Gregory D.
$25/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Animation
  • Cartooning
  • Character Design
  • Playful Tone
  • Character
  • Children's Literature

As a kid I always loved drawing and inventing funny characters. I grew up with a bedroom filled with comic books and annuals which had me poring over the artwork for hours. Roll forward several years I have amassed over 20 years’ professional experience as an animator, which includes illustration, storyboards, character design - even down to making a decent cup of tea. For 12 years I ran my own studio, Planet Sunday, where we created award-winning animated content for kids of all ages. After making the tough decision to close the studio last year I have taken off the business suit and literally gone back to the drawing board to fill up my...

Wilder R.
$30/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Concept Artistry
  • Character Design
  • Digital Illustration
  • Digital Painting
  • Realist Painting
  • Sketching

Hello! I have a BA in Graphic Design. I have more than 5 years of experience working as a graphic designer and as an illustrator. I am proficient in Photoshop and Illustrator. I am creative, with a lot of passion at details and very deadline commited. I look forward to working with you on your artistic needs! :)

Arthur L.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Digital Painting
  • Procreate
  • Watercolor
  • Traditional Illustration
  • Sketch
  • Drawing
  • 2D Illustration
  • Magazine
  • Retro & Vintage Style
  • Book
  • 2D Design
  • Children's Book Illustration
  • Cartooning

Experienced Childrens book illustrator with multiple magazines and books published in the US. Has also done concept art work for animation studios. Services Provided: -Storyboards, Character Designs, proofs, and Fully colored artwork proper for print for your childrens book manuscript. Clients include Random House, Mattel, National Geographic, Highlights Magazine, Harper Collins, and with some Animation studios. I am currently represented by Shannon Associates.

Elena K.
$30/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Icon Design
  • Digital Painting
  • Freehand Digital Illustration
  • 2D Illustration
  • Animated GIF
  • Digital Illustration
  • 2D Animation
  • Animation for Kids
  • Flat Animation
  • Adobe Animate
  • Character Design
  • Vector Art
  • Infographic
  • Graphic Design

I’m passionate about all branches of Art and their effects in the design field, like illustration animation and graphic designs. To create something minimal, yet powerful and aesthetic . The projects that I’m interested in are illustrations, characters design, digital paintings, background design, frame by frame animation, gif animation etc. I enjoy playing with colour and forms, as well, in the world of Photoshop and Illustrator. I’m creative and respectful towards your time and opinion. I look forward to work on some illustration projects.

Viktoria M.
$25/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Digital Illustration
  • Vector Graphic
  • Graphic Design
  • Raster Graphic
  • Character Design
  • Children's Book Illustration
  • Medical Imaging
  • Sticker Design
  • Landscape Illustration
  • People Illustration
  • Animal Illustration
  • Icon Design
  • Isometric Style

Illustrator with a sense of responsibility and broad design experience. My key specialization is digital illustration, sometimes print works. I don’t limit myself to one certain style, because there is nothing more captivating than creating something totally new and challenging myself in new directions. I have 10+ years of experience in illustration and design, including web, graphic, and print. I believe, it significantly helps me to have a broader view of the projects and a better understanding of the general idea. I can work accordingly to your brief or create a visual approach from scratch.

Hernan B.
$10/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Character Design
  • Character Animation
  • Comic Art
  • Caricature Drawing
  • Digital Art
  • Pixologic Zbrush
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Drawing
  • Sketching
  • Digital Illustration
  • Freestyle Drawing
  • Caricature
  • Sketch

I am a Visual Communicator. My specialty is the illustration, the character design, the art of comics, concepts artist, and the 3D modeling. I use photoshop, illustrator, CorelDraw, Autodesk sketchbook pro and Z-brush. I am independent, organized and proactive. I have good artistic skills and a good sense of observation. Versatility, and a sense of initiative. I can create characters from zero. Realistic or fantastic. Also, I am capable of design caricatures from a portrait or photo. I have a high level of responsibility that gives me the quality to achieve any job. I am from Córdoba, Argentina. My intention is to get a job freelance. My...

Jaime R.
$45/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Poster Design
  • Flyer Design
  • Banner Ad Design
  • Album Cover Design
  • Logo Design
  • T-Shirt Design
  • Photo Editing
  • Vector Art
  • Label & Package Design
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Digital Art

I'm a skilled, experienced illustrator and graphic designer with +10 years in freelance illustration and graphic design, and hold a master degree in Fine Arts, from the Fine Arts University of Lisbon. My strongest skills rely on intricate, bold and figurative illustration work and on cleaner, minimal layouts as well. Over the years I've been producing extensive work for a variety of outputs. My main areas of expertise: - Digital Illustration - Poster design - T-shirt /apparel design /merch design - Logo design & branding - editorial (books and magazines) illustration - music album artwork - label/packaging design

Ivan Z.
$30/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Editorial Illustration
  • Children's Book Illustration
  • 2D Illustration
  • Character Design
  • Vector Graphic
  • Cartoon Art
  • Storyboarding
  • Comic Art
  • Logo Design
  • Freehand Digital Illustration
  • Digital Illustration
  • Comics
  • Drawing

I am a freelance illustrator with over 10 years of experience in the fields of editorial illustration, 2D and 3D animation, comics, and advertising. I also have studies in graphic design, so I have a solid background in terms of design software and technical and communicational aspects of each creative process. I am very creative and enthusiastic and have a good understanding of the customer needs. I can adapt to many different styles, according to what the project requires. I specially enjoy projects which involve a graphic narrative and character design. I'm flexible with my working hours and very responsible with the deadlines. I look...

Yussuf A.
$35/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Comic Art
  • Sequential Art
  • Character Design
  • Book Cover
  • Manga
  • Sketch
  • Comics

I am a comic illustrator with a very distinctive style and standard quality. I have worked in the comic industry for a few years and i have the skills and commitment to bring your comic ideas to life. i enjoy working with writers and editors to tell incredible stories about interesting characters (i mean, is there anything better in the world?). Along with sequential pages, i also do dynamic cover designs as well as character designs. You should Hire me

Alison P.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Graphic Design
  • Editorial Design
  • Advertising
  • Infographic
  • Information Design
  • Drawing
  • Digital Painting
  • Digital Art

Check out my professional portfolio at alisonpeters.xyz to see more examples of my work and get in touch! Hi! I’m Ali. I’m a detail-oriented creative based in Des Moines, Iowa. I received my BFA in Graphic Design from ISU in 2019, started freelancing immediately, and never looked back. I aim to create eye-catching, totally unique, and crystal-clear solutions to your design problems. Whether you need a detailed illustration, an entirely new brand, or anything in between, I’ll work with you closely to create visuals that inspire interaction and stand out from the rest. I'm comfortable working on or off UpWork – whichever you prefer. Most of...

Jeanine-Jonee K.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Storyboarding

Hello! I'm a Native American illustrator located in Southern California. I specialize in storyboards, comic books, and children's books. Not only do I absolutely love what I do, but I take pride in work done well, and done well on time. All projects will be outlined with a project schedule, and each client receives a complimentary Dropbox folder so updates can be seen easily and frequently. If you're looking for someone who has experience, patience, versatile skillsets, and a great record of delivering projects on time, then I might just be the gal for the job! I'm always excited to start a new project and am looking forward to working...

Phil J.
$75/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Cartooning
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Clip Studio Paint
  • Design Writing
  • Caricature
  • Concept Art
  • Famous Cartoon
  • Pop Art
  • T-Shirt Design
  • Realistic

I am the creator of a syndicated Cartoonist and professional Humorous Illustrator with comic features in several magazines around the country. I have experience in character design, package design, logo design, t-shirt design, sequential illustration and book illustration. Furthermore I'm a member of the National Cartoonists Society.

Michael Bryan Q.
$10/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Creative Writing
  • English to Filipino Translation
  • Proofreading
  • Editor
  • Digital Art
  • Digital Illustration
  • Portraiture
  • Character Design
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Cartooning
  • Freestyle Drawing

I am Bryan, I have a BA in English, and I LOVE DRAWING. I have illustrated books for independent writers, made portraits of people(using both digital and traditional media), designed wall decals and stickers. I have turned people's imagination into life; I would also love to help you turn yours into reality. My scope: DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION JOBS-PROCREATE (Book Illustration, Digital portraits, Illustrations, Sketching, Character Design, Anime, Cartoons)

Alina T.
$45/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Print Design
  • Clothing & Merchandise Design
  • T-Shirt Design
  • Digital Illustration
  • Product Development
  • Activewear
  • Sourcing
  • Underwear
  • Fashion Design
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Streetwear
  • Adobe Photoshop

Hi there! I am a fashion designer with over 9 years of experience. I design and developed sportswear/activewear, lingerie, haute couture, prêt-à-porter, streetwear, loungewear, and ethical & sustainable fashion collections. I have worked with many international brands, startups, and fashion houses and my designs have been sold worldwide. (USA, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Germany, Spain, Colombia, Egypt, Qatar, UAE, Singapore) Skills & Services • Design of Womenswear/menswear garments • Detailed technical drawings of garments • Full technical packages (measurements & sizing charts, fabric choices) • 3D Mock-Ups • Print design (pattern...

Deo L.
$16/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Digital Art
  • Clip Studio Paint
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Digital Painting
  • Comic Art
  • Comics
  • Acrylic Painting
  • Adobe Premiere Pro

Hi there! I am currently a freelance artist and have done multiple commissions for an extensive range of clients. My style varies wildly, so I am confident I can meet the requirements of any client, especially portrait art and comic art. I also have experience making pixel art and character sprites for video games and NFT/crypto art for clients. I have a webcomic published, so I have a lot of experience in storyboarding comic books and manga illustration. I also have an in-depth knowledge of Clip Studio Paint EX and Adobe Photoshop. I am also a Mechatronics Engineering Student and have experience working with SolidWorks. I'm looking...

Brianna O.
$55/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Concept Art
  • Comics
  • Clip Studio Paint
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Freehand Digital Illustration
  • Character Design
  • 2D Illustration
  • Realistic
  • Storybook
  • Cartoon Character
  • Digital Painting
  • Colorful Style

Hello! I am a Visual Artist and Illustrator specializing in digital and traditional illustration, with a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art. I am the illustrator for the children's series, The Land of Twilight Trilogy as well as other children's books and YA novels. I am a dedicated individual, diligent worker, collaborator, creative thinker, and adaptive learner with the dream of bringing people's ideas and dreams to life! Please don't hesitate to reach out and thank you for visiting my page!

Roberto C.
$15/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Drawing
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • ArtRage
  • Storyboarding
  • Concept Artistry
  • Character Design
  • 2D Animation
  • Book Cover
  • Sketch
  • Cartooning

I am a professional illustrator, 2d animator and preproduction artist, with more than 15 years of experience in animation studios. My skills include character design, concept artist for video games, comercial spots, and animated films, as well as storyboard artist for both action live films and animated productions. I have expert knowledge in Adobe Photoshop, Art Rage, Storyboard pro, and other bitmap softwares. I have also illustrated books, articles, etc. I am also a visual arts teacher, and I am very passionate about both studying and teaching.

Keisha S.
$65/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Children's Book Illustration
  • Infographic
  • Watercolor
  • Typography
  • Graphic Design
  • Icons
  • Comics
  • Vector Art
  • Animated Cartoon

• Over ten years of experience in the graphic design field • Recently gained a business diploma in Australia • Experienced in printing and direct customer relations • Excellent skill in hand-drawing, digital illustrations and watercolours • Managing and organisation skills in the industry-related

Stepan B.
$25/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Line Drawing
  • Sketch
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Colorful Style
  • Black & White Style
  • Watercolor
  • Concept Artistry
  • Hand-Drawn Style
  • Cartoon Art
  • Adobe Photoshop

I am a traditional illustrator who primarily works in graphite pencil, ink, colored pencil, watercolors, and pastels. I can quickly develop drawings that range from realism to fantasy. I provide you with the hand drawing illustration, and scan the illustrations in high-quality format and make sure they are ready to use. An excellent result is the most important thing in my creative work. I will be happy to work for you! :)

Paula M.
$25/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Graphic Design
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Drawing
  • Branding
  • Children's Book Illustration
  • Art Direction
  • Food Packaging
  • Advertising
  • Packaging Design
  • Print Marketing Materials
  • Brand Guidelines

Hi! I'm Paula. I'm an enthusiastic graphic designer and illustrator from Argentina. As a graphic designer I have a wide experience making logos, postcards, catalogs, invitations, packaging design and developing the entire art direction for branding. As an illustrator I have a particular style, and I'm specialized in children's book illustration, developing my work on digital and also traditional techniques. Combining my skills and my potential, I can generate successful and competitive designs, but also improve and beautify all the projects in which I am involved. I'm always ready to work, let's talk about your project!

Marina T.
$15/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Calligraphy
  • Vector Graphic
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Digital Painting
  • Oil Painting
  • Graphic Design
  • Adobe InDesign

Hello! My passion is drawing. I have high level experience in watercolour, graphics, pastels, watercolour pencils, mixed techniques. Also, I have skills in CG painting: I work in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. I can create fonts in an illustrative and calligraphic manner. I'm good in listening my clients, opened to experiments and non-standard tasks. I'm very interested in illustrators projects to improve my drawing and creative skills. Also as I have graphic design experience - can be much more productive, then ordinary artists. Please, welcome to collaborate!

Jessica P.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Procreate
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Children's Book Illustration
  • Digital Illustration
  • Character Design
  • Design Pattern
  • Colorful Style

Hello! My name is Jess, I am a digital illustrator specializing in animals and nature designs. My work is colorful, playful, and enjoyed by both the young and young at heart. I love creating illustrations for children's books and other products. I am a self taught artist and new to the illustration field, but I'm confident that I can create high quality art to fulfill your vision. I am extremely detail oriented, open minded, and a strong communicator. I am also a former teacher and have a MA in Literacy. I am happy to provide additional insight and support to any work connected to children's literature.

Dan J.
$35/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Clip Studio Paint
  • 2D Design
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Digital Illustration
  • Editorial Illustration
  • Cartooning
  • Adobe Photoshop

I'm an illustrator with a bold, colourful and imaginative style. My work is child friendly, and I have experience in illustrating for printed works including books, comics, cards and clothing. I am keen to make sure you get a finished product that meets your needs, and will work with you to draft ideas that fit your brief or help bring a creative angle if you don't entirely know what you're after. I will provide drafts for review to make sure work is going in the right direction, and will keep communications prompt and professional to ensure your work is delivered on time. If you'd like to see some of my work, please take a look at my...

Manuela G.
$25/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Animation
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Cartooning
  • Drawing
  • Vector Graphic
  • Adobe After Effects
  • 2D Animation
  • Digital Illustration
  • Motion Graphics
  • Cartoon Art
  • Character Design

Settled in Madrid, from where I have worked in illustration and animation projects, since 1997, some time after graduating in Fine Arts. I am motivated by any subject in which I can put my creativity to work, each project is for me a small adventure, an opportunity that I enjoy and take full advantage of. Take a look at my illustrations, they will tell you what i can do better than I :)

Christopher M.
$75/hr
  • Trophy Icon Illustration
  • Concept Design
  • Motion Graphics
  • Digital Painting
  • 3D Modeling
  • 3D Rendering
  • 3D Animation
  • Maxon Cinema 4D
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop

I'm a professional with about ten years of experience working in a range of fields including concept art and illustration for games as well as motion graphics and 3D animation. My services primarily include: - Concept Design for Games, TV, and Film - Motion Graphic Animation - 3D Graphic Design The main software packages I'm proficient with include: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Autodesk Maya, Maxon Cinema 4D, Octane Render, and X-Particles.

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How to Hire Top Illustrators

What is an illustrator?

The work an illustrator provides can be as diverse as the projects requiring their artwork. Some illustrators use pencil, ink, watercolor, and oil paint while others may be more adept at using computer illustration software such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. Either way, an illustrator can help you navigate the creative process and deliver beautiful graphics that bring your commercial, nonprofit, or personal project to life.

How do you hire an illustrator?

You can source illustrator talent on Upwork by following these three steps:

  1. Write a project description. You’ll want to determine your scope of work and the skills and requirements you are looking for in an illustrator.
  2. Post it on Upwork. Once you’ve written a project description, post it to Upwork. Simply follow the prompts to help you input the information you collected to scope out your project.
  3. Shortlist and interview illustrators. Once the proposals start coming in, create a shortlist of the professionals you want to interview. 

Of these three steps, your project description is where you will determine your scope of work and the specific type of illustrator you need to complete your project. 

How much does it cost to hire an illustrator?

Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions. Learn about the cost to hire a illustrator.

How do you write an illustrator job post?

Your job post is your chance to describe your project scope, budget, and talent needs. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.

Job post title

Create a simple title that describes exactly what you’re looking for. The idea is to target the keywords that your ideal candidate is likely to type into a job search bar to find your project. Here are some sample illustrator job post titles:

  • Looking for an illustrator to develop construction and architectural renderings
  • Seeking an illustrator with experience in children’s books
  • Software illustrator needed for B2B icon development

Project description

An effective illustrator job post should include: 

  • Scope of work: From initial conception to final computer files, list all the deliverables you’ll need. 
  • Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project. 
  • Background: If you prefer illustrators who use computer software, oil painting, pencil, or any other medium, mention this here. 
  • Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.

Illustrator job responsibilities

Here are some examples of illustrator job responsibilities:

  • Creating illustrations for print collateral using Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop
  • Conceptualizing relevant imagery to be used in a series of brochures
  • Developing graphic files suitable for print and web

Illustrator job requirements and qualifications

Be sure to include any requirements and qualifications you’re looking for in an illustrator. Here are some examples:

  • Mastery of latest graphic design software, such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop
  • Ability to take client direction, conceptualize initial drafts, and deliver final artwork
  • Completion of deliverables by agreed-upon deadlines
  • Portfolio of completed artwork for consumer product packaging
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