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  • $10 hourly
    I am a full-time freelance illustrator experienced in both digital and traditional media (pencil, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic painting) based in Indonesia. I'm fluent in a wide range of art styles including realism portrait for human and pet, floral watercolor, landscape painting, and children illustration.
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    Musical Transcription
    Music Arrangement
    Drawing
    Graphic Design
    Digital Painting
    Sibelius
    Children's Book Illustration
  • $15 hourly
    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.
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    Cartoon Art
    ArtRage
    2D Animation
    Book Cover
    Drawing
    Sketch
    Character Design
    Concept Artistry
    Storyboarding
    Adobe Photoshop
  • $15 hourly
    I'm an Illustrator with experience in digital design, full time freelancer available to manage different styles and techniques. I have experience in creating illustrations that can adapt to different kind of styles and media. I love working with challenging projects learning the needs of the client to create a solution that feeds the needs to the final art. I will love hearing from you and help you create the image that you need! Hope to here from you soon.
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    Playful Tone
    Vector Tracing
    Drawing
    VectorWorks
    Book Cover
    Sketching
    Adobe Illustrator
    Concept Artistry
    Adobe Photoshop
    Logo Design
  • $27 hourly
    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 :)
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    Book Cover
    2D Animation
    Cartoon Art
    Motion Graphics
    Adobe After Effects
    Digital Illustration
    Drawing
    Character Design
    Adobe Illustrator
    Animation
    Adobe Photoshop
    Vector Graphic
    Cover Art Design
  • $10 hourly
    I am an illustrator currently studying Multimedia arts. I am a creative and detailed oriented person who's knowledgeable in using Adobe Photoshop software. I also do Pixel art. Efficient in completing projects effectively on tight timetables.
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    Freestyle Drawing
    Drawing
    Manga
    Vector Tracing
    Digital Painting
    2D Animation
    Photo Editing
    Pixel Art
    Adobe Illustrator
    Line Drawing
    Anime
    Adobe Photoshop
    Watercolor
  • $12 hourly
    Art and aesthetics are my calling. My seven years of experience consists of different areas: - development of corporate identity; - illustrations in different techniques and subjects; - creation of graphic identity for various products from scratch; - Managing a team of graphic designers. With my creativity, I will help you and your product to get the perfect look. After all, the success of the product depends on how consumers see it. In my work, I observe three things: style, quality and timeliness. Join me to make art that's wanted.
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    Brand Book Design
    Photography
    Brand Identity
    Fine Art Photography
    Digital Illustration
    Art & Design
    Layout Design
    Graphic Design
    Adobe After Effects
    Figma
    Character Design
    Adobe Illustrator
    CorelDRAW
    Adobe Photoshop
  • $45 hourly
    You make a good product, I make it look even better✨ ✦ Experience: 6+ years ✦ Tools: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Procreate, Blender, Figma Work process: 1. I'll ask you (chat or call) about the project to ensure your expectations are 100% met in the end. This will help me to evaluate time and budget. 2. We specify the deadlines, so you'll get illustrations on time. 3. Concept (solid sketch) — edits or approval — final vector image. Click the 'Invite' button, and we'll start discussing your project immediately!
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    Graphic Design
    UI Graphics
    Cartoon Art
    Line Drawing
    Icon Design
    Freehand Digital Illustration
    Adobe Illustrator
    Flat Style
    Vector Art
    Vector Graphic
    Modern Style
    2D Illustration
    Minimalist
    Animation
  • $45 hourly
    Hi there! Need eye-catching illustrations and graphics for your website, app, or blog? I'm here to help! With 8+ years of experience and a Master's in Arts, I bring creativity and expertise to every project. From unique illustrations to engaging infographics, I offer a variety of styles to match your vision. Fast turnaround and top-notch quality are my priorities, ensuring you're always satisfied. Let's chat about your project needs. Reach out today, and let's create something amazing together!
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    SaaS
    Ebook Design
    2D Design & Drawings
    Branding
    Digital Illustration
    Graphic Design
    Flat Style
    Technical Illustration
    Vector Graphic
    Concept Artistry
    Icon Design
    Infographic
    Adobe Illustrator
  • $40 hourly
    Hi there! I’m Hailey, and illustration and design are my passions. I enjoy everything from creating bright, happy illustrations for children's books to creating clean designs for advertising or worksheets. I like to think of myself as a communicator, creator, and go-getter! But you're welcome to review my portfolio and reviews and see for yourself. I use Procreate, Adobe Illustrator, and Canva, but I can use a little Photoshop here and there. I learn a bit more and get a bit better every day, and I love to pass those new skills onto my client's projects. I look forward to working with you and helping you reach your goals!
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    Children's Writing
    Book Cover
    Digital Illustration
    Children's Book Illustration
    Editorial Illustration
    Character Design
    Adobe Illustrator
    Colorful Style
    Procreate
  • $17 hourly
    Hello! I took up Bachelor of Science in Architecture and graduated to Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Painting. I experienced working as a graphic designer for four years now, that exposed me to adobe illustrator and other software used for digital and graphics. I can do logos, brand identity, business cards, mock up, digital art, and specializing illustration. I also tried performing different forms of traditional art style such as body painting, mural, sculptures, and art workshops for beginner students. Aside from that, I can handle English communication and very patient to comprehend critical ideas. I see my loyalty as a duty, desiring to follow rules and feel comfortable in hierarchies- where structure, rules and order are implemented.
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    Design Thinking
    Sketching
    Photo Editing
    Icon Design
    Web Design
    Procreate
    Storyboarding
    Children's Book Illustration
    T-Shirt Design
    Adobe InDesign
    Graphic Design
    Adobe Illustrator
    Business Card
    Vector Graphic
  • $35 hourly
    Hello! I am a Graphic Designer and Illustrator, with an excellent knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop & Adobe InDesign. I can create: -Logo design * Illustrative * Mascot * Modern/Flat -Layout design * Business Cards * Stationary design * Flayers * Banners * Brochures * Booklets * Invitations * Gift Cards * Postcards -Data interpretations *Guide-books * Info-graphics * Power point presentations * Pitch Decks Illustration: -Flat Illustrations * Hero Images * Icons * Infographics -Character illustration * Animals * People * Monsters * -Web comic * Doodles & Sketches -T-shirt illustrations * Illustration + Typography * -Decorative illustrations * Weddings * Floral * Feminine * -Vector or raster files. I always provide you the source file! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!
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    Adobe Creative Suite
    Graphic Design
    Logo Animation
    Layout Design
    Children's Book Illustration
    Collage
    Clothing
    Infographic
    Stationery
    Adobe InDesign
    Logo Design
    Organic & Natural Style
    Abstract Style
  • $20 hourly
    I am a cheerful person with passion for drawing and illustration for many years. My most outstanding ability is the illustration and vectorization of images. This has been the main focus in my studies and development of projects and designs. This in conjunction with graphic design and composition skills are my forte at work. My experience in programs and fields of design come from almost 10 years ago even before directing my studies in this field. In addition to this, I have attached importance to advertising material and the design of brand and image, along with the logos and simple animations in 2D.
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    Adobe Premiere Pro
    Drawing
    Digital Art
    Logo Design
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe InDesign
    Adobe Photoshop
  • $25 hourly
    Hi, My name is Graham and I am an Illustrator and newspaper page designer in East Anglia, England. I have studied Illustration for four years at Swindon College and have been freelance for eight years. My areas of skill are character design, caricatures, narrative and humorous illustration. All my work is hand drawn in ink and coloured using Photoshop. I have bold simplistic style which is ideal for logos, greeting cards and children’s books. I believe in keeping good communication with the client and that all briefs are met to the client’s standard and within the time scale. I am self critical with my work and will only provide the best of my abilities.
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    Adobe Photoshop
  • $125 hourly
    A versatile, meticulous, and imaginative graphic designer, I have a strong background in traditional and digital illustration, as well as years of experience working with large-scale clients at both the agency and freelance levels. I was able to lay the foundation for my craft as an in-house designer, learning the importance of thinking on my feet, sticking to deadlines, and approaching projects as part of a team. I gained expertise in the nuances of print production and realized the true significance that design holds in sales and marketing efforts. Rebuilding my career in the freelance realm has enhanced my appreciation for and knowledge of social media integration and an online presence. I have gained the organizational aptitude necessary for managing multiple projects at once and honed communication skills that facilitate effective implementation of my clients’ design needs. My ability to take on diverse challenges within graphic design and illustration is what allows me to remain an engaged, thriving, and dedicated professional in this industry. I am continually on the lookout for new opportunities that allow me to express my passion for design, while also delivering innovative results-oriented solutions to my clients.
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    Brand Positioning
    Email Marketing
    Drawing
    Adobe Dreamweaver
    Photography
    Graphic Design
    Print Design
    Web Design
    Layout Design
    Logo Design
    Adobe InDesign
    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe Illustrator
  • $33 hourly
    I am a Berlin-based digital artist making fantasy illustrations and concept art for video, TCG, and CCG games. For 4+ years I have worked as a 2D character concept artist and illustrator, helping my clients in the entertainment industry visualize fantasy worlds. I offer a variety of creative services including: • 2d Character design (skins & outfit) • promotional illustrations for games • visual development and art direction I like to work on projects with a strong storytelling aspect, helping my clients define the mood and tone of their setting at the early stage of the production process. Recently I mostly focused on fantasy and adventure aesthetics (referencing such popular projects as Magic the Gathering, Dungeon and Dragons, and League of Legends), though I am always open to new perspectives. If you are looking for an artist who can bring your project to life, I will be happy to help.
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    Color Theory
    2D Design & Drawings
    Drawing
    2D Game Art
    3D Modeling
    Book Cover
    Painting
    Blender
    2D Art
    2D Illustration
    Character Design
    Adobe Photoshop
  • $33 hourly
    Hi, I´m an Illustrator and animator based in Montevideo, Uruguay. Working for Movies, Series, Music Videos, Docs, TV ads, Explainer Videos, Etc. Mixed Media, 2d, Cut out, After effects, Toon Boom, Photoshop.
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    Art Direction
    Toon Boom Studio
    Cartoon Art
    Music Video
    Animation
    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe After Effects
    Motion Graphics
    2D Animation
  • $45 hourly
    As an artist it has always been my passion to bring ideas and stories to life through my artwork. Having received both a BFA and MA in Illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art, I have worked hard to develop my skills to be able to produce high quality art that meets the needs of potential clients. My skills revolve around book art, sequential, cartooning, and concept art with my ideal market ranging from kid lit art to young adult. If you have any other projects in mind that you feel my art can be used for, please let me know, I am always up for new projects and ideas to delve into. You can count on me with consistent communication and updates to ensure that I am adhering to your vision and am willing to work hard to turn your ideal image into reality. I look forward to working with you!
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    Comic Art
    Sequential Art
    Book Cover
    Adobe Acrobat
    Cartoon Art
    Adobe Illustrator
    Vector Art
    Character Design
    Adobe Photoshop
    Children's Book Illustration
    Adobe InDesign
  • $25 hourly
    I am Sasha and I am a graphic designer offering skills in brand identity, print design and illustration. My goal is to deliver successful design solutions that help achieve your business goals. Nothing less. And I will be happy to work with you if you love what you do as much as I am passionate what I do. My skill is designing. But passion is to help the client to present the essence of the brand to the end consumer in the best way with a help of visual things. Also, I believe good branding is more than creating an eye-appealing visual. It should also display the brand personality and speak to the audience on an emotional level. It is the key to communicate your message to the target audience effectively. 💎I have a higher education in the field of design. I received my BA from the Academy of Design and Fine Arts from the Department of Graphic Design and my Master's degree from the Department of Media Arts. 🚀I have been working since my second year of study. ✔I have collaborated as a graphic designer with several event agencies, where I created materials for online channels and print (brochures, posters, advertising banners, leaflets, invitations). ✔Worked with creative design agency, where I mostly worked on creating illustrations for promotional videos, as well as worked with visual identity. ✔Worked in a PR agency where I was involved in creating annual reports for clients with diverse industries and preparing them for printing, creating materials for online channels and print (newsletters, mailings, infographics, fact sheets, icons) and creating scenarios and illustrations for animated videos&presentations. 👇Services that I specialise in: - Brand identity - Logo design - Print design - Infographics - 2D illustration If I am committed to something, I am 100% in it. If you too - contact me for cooperation. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for stopping by! Sasha
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    Corporate Brand Identity
    Brand Identity
    Graphic Design
    Typography
    2D Illustration
    Print Design
    Poster
    Business Card
    Infographic
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe InDesign
  • $35 hourly
    🏅 Top-Rated Plus freelancer on the platform 🖐️ Five-star ratings from all the clients 🔥 Upwork Certified Illustrator If you're looking for an exceptional illustrator to create bespoke, high-quality illustrations for your website, blog, app, or infographic, etc., look no further! Who am I? I've been actively working as an illustrator for the past five years mostly creating meaningful, eye-catching vector graphics for numerous businesses and individuals in different industries (e.g. Technology and Software, Healthcare, Non-Profit, and Social Services). I can help you make complex ideas accessible to your users/target audience, and convey different ideas and messages in a visually appealing manner consistent with your brand. I bring my creativity, positive attitude, good communication, and strong work ethic to the table and I always look forward to working with clients who share similar values. If you feel we might be a good match, get in touch and let us do some magic!
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    Cartoon Art
    Playful Tone
    Flat Design
    Graphic Design
    Adobe Photoshop
    Infographic
    Minimalist
    2D Art
    Adobe Illustrator
    Flat Style
    Colorful Style
    Character Design
    Icon Design
    Vector Graphic
  • $11 hourly
    I'm have more than 6 years experience as illustrator, especially on game development. I'm focus on Character Design illustration, game asset, Character Animation and concept art. ILLUSTRATION: I can do both bitmap and vector format. - software: for bitmap I use Adobe Photoshop, Painttool SAI, and Clip Studio Paint for vector I use Adobe Illustrator ANIMATION: I do skeletal animation - software: Spine what I love most is long-term project on illustration or concept art part. ====================== other portfolios: artstation: bootdsign devaintart: boot-dsign
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    User Interface Design
    2D Animation
    Character Animation
    Game Art
    Character Design
    Anime
  • $20 hourly
    With almost ten years of experience in Digital Illustration, Graphic, and Web Design, I create unique digital products, which provide the best quality for customers, both visual and interactive. Everything I work on is made with lots of love and dedication. ✔ Brand Identity ✔ Product Design ✔ Custom Clipart Illustration, all rights to your brand ✔ Marketing Materials ✔ Web, App Design ✔ Shopify/Woocomerce store development (creating completely custom themes) ✔ Etsy/Amazon listings - I work with WordPress (Elementor Builder, Themify Builder; Woocommerce), Shopify; Prestashop - Programming languages: CSS, HTML, Basic JavaScript, Basic PHP 100% Job Success, with more than 112 successfully completed jobs on Upwork. ⭐ Why choose me over other freelancers?⭐ ✔ Client Satisfaction – I provide high quality and prompt delivery. If I take your project I treat it as if the business is mine, I focus all of my energy to the fullest in order to provide SOLUTIONS AND HIGH RESULTS. ✔ Responsiveness – Communication is extremely important, I keep communication my high priority with each of my clients. ✔ Honesty and Kind Altitude – This is in my nature, I am positive, patient and easy to get along. I genuinely treat everyone respectfully and kindly. ⭐Client Reviews ⭐ Reviews are extremely important for me and I always strive to deliver at least a little more than expected. "This is the second time we hired Ms. Dobreva and she did not disappoint us. I honestly feel that her work will continue to increase in value as it has been. Each time we have an illustration or logo completed by her we feel we are making an investment rather than incurring an operating expense. I reluctantly highly recommend her to anyone looking to purchase graphic design work. I say this reluctantly because I fear we may not be able to hire her for much longer given the increase in demand for her services coupled with the steady improvement of the detail and quality of her work. As far as communication goes, she made some excellent suggestions which we satisfyingly agreed with; and when there were disagreements, it was always professional and never personal. We look forward to working with Sylvia again in the future! Reed Qureshy CMA-CPA, Bs.c., Bcomm Calgary, Alberta, Canada"
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    Print Design
    Shopify
    Photo Manipulation
    Animal Illustration
    Adobe Illustrator
    Mockup
    Branding
    Web Design
    Elementor
    Style Guide
    HTML
    Adobe Photoshop
    CSS
    WordPress
  • $45 hourly
    With 10+ years of experience designing, I consider myself a standards enthusiast with a great eye for details and visual design. Having MA in Interior Design, but passionately working as a Visual Creative. Being well versed in design trends along with a strong handle of Photoshop, Illustrator, Affinity, Corel Painter, and InDesign, I am able to deliver conceptually strong, unique and visually engaging designs whilst approaching each client's project inherently to meet its unique requirements and purpose. • Album cover design • Movie poster design • Book cover design • Illustration • T-shirt design • Flyer design • Digital art • Photo manipulation • Pre-press
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    T-Shirt Design
    Ebook Design
    Book Cover
    Graphic Design
    Album Cover Design
    Art & Design
    Poster Design
    Adobe Photoshop
    Cover Art Design
    Adobe InDesign
    Adobe Illustrator
    Retro & Vintage Style
    Modern Style
  • $20 hourly
    Are you looking for: - creative ideas - cute illustrations - timely communication - commitment to your needs and - devotion to get the result you have envisioned That's my work policy. You can contact me if you need illustrations or brand design
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    Digital Illustration
    Children's Literature
    Cute Tone
    Kindle Direct Publishing
    Whimsical
    Vector Graphic
    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe InDesign
    Freehand Digital Illustration
    Children's Book Illustration
    Animal Illustration
    Adobe Illustrator
    Colorful Style
    Ebook
    Organic & Natural Style
  • $70 hourly
    "Gulcin is every bit of what I expected and more! She communicates clearly and listens well. She did amazing with our projects, despite us giving her very little specific direction. I absolutely love working with her. A++ communication. A++ service. A++ design skills. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!" (Upwork 11/2021) ✦ 100% Job Success Score ✦ Designed for American Express, Unilever, P&G, Pepsi, Canva and other $Billion Companies ✦ Worked as an Art Director for International Advertising Agencies such as DDB, Y&R, BBDO, GREY ✦ Always Striving for Excellence ✦ Keen Eye for Detail ✦ Dedicated to Deadlines Hi, I'm Gulcin, your go-to destination for high-quality solutions in visual design. I hold a degree in graphic design and have over 20 years of professional experience as a Creative Designer and Art Director. My primary goal is to understand and transform your business values into a unique and effective brand and visual identity. Let's chat! _______________________________________________ Explore my online portfolio at gulcinkrom.com • Art Direction And Brand Development • Brand Building ( Logo Design, Brand Positioning, Brand Guidelines) • Promotional / Sales Collateral Design • Illustrations • Presentations and Pitch Decks • Corporate Design • Excel Dashboards • Infographics • Brochures, Flyers, Leaflets, Posters, Mailers, One-Pagers • Reports, Catalogs, Magazines, Brand Books, Lookbooks • Website Mockups • Social Ads & Digital Banners
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    Brand Identity & Guidelines
    Infographic
    Menu
    Logo Design
    Keynote
    Canva
    Presentation Design
    PowerPoint Presentation
    Pitch Deck
    Branding
    Graphic Design
    Google Slides
    Microsoft PowerPoint
  • $25 hourly
    I'm an illustrator and animator who specializes in character design, traditional animation and cutout animation. Sometimes I do some 3D animation and storyboard. I’m currently incursioning in the video game area with Character 3D animation
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    Adobe Illustrator
    Animation
    Drawing
    Clip Studio Paint
    Cartoon Art
    Video Editing
    Concept Artistry
    Digital Illustration
    Sketching
    2D Design
    2D Animation
    Adobe After Effects
    Character Design
    Adobe Photoshop
  • $85 hourly
    Creating & delivering beautiful digital & print design–Elevate your brand with expertly crafted graphic design solutions, where creativity meets strategy to bring your vision to life in every pixel. I am a versatile graphic designer specializing in logo design & identity design with over 10 years of experience. I am an expert at logo design and brand identity design and have created designs for clients such as Eventbrite, Pfizer, Min New York, Certis Oncology Intelligence, URS, and more while working at award-winning branding firms in NYC, as well as on my own. I invest a lot of thought and effort into into coming up with powerful concepts and creating original and creative designs that both my clients, and myself, can be proud of. In addition to logo & identity design, I also have experience creating icons, illustrations, infographics, website designs, branding collateral, motion graphics, and more. I earned my BFA Degree in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design in NYC.
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    Layout Design
    Print Design
    T-Shirt Design
    Motion Graphics
    Poster Design
    Sales & Marketing Collateral
    Presentation Design
    Social Media Design
    Icon Design
    Brand Identity Design
    Infographic
    Graphic Design
    Logo Design
    Adobe Photoshop
  • $50 hourly
    Published illustrator with 10+ years of professional experience. Holds a Bachelor of Illustration degree from University of the Arts Utrecht, The Netherlands. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Worked 6 years in two advertising agencies, Coba & associates and No Ordinary Agency as illustrator and designer. Active member on Upwork from 2015. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Area of Expertise: book cover art, digital painting, portraits, poster painting, b/w drawings A self-driven, passionate, and creative problem solver with a strong enthusiasm for solutions and results in all visual challenges -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here are just a few quotes from the clients: * "This cover looks just awesome! Combination of colors make it jaw dropping. Best so far. Bogdan has outdone himself here. Great work!" ~ Ghislain Viau * "Bogdan has worked with me for three years. My books could not have been published without him!" ~ Roger Taylor * "Bogdan is my 'go-to-guy' for all my illustrations. Always good results, always good ideas, always on-time. And he seems to be a genuinely good guy." ~ Lindsay Peet
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    Cartoon Art
    Caricature
    Book Cover
    Digital Painting
    Drawing
    Realist Painting
    Portrait Art
    Cover Art Design
    Concept Artistry
    Character Design
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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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