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  • $12 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
  • $50 hourly
    You make a good product, I can make it look even better ✦ Experience: 6+ years Tools: Adobe (Illustrator, 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
  • $25 hourly
    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 to improve my skill.
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    CGI
    Concept Design
    Book Cover
    2D Design
    Children's Book Illustration
    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
  • $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
  • $50 hourly
    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.
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    Cartoon Art
    2D Design
    Drawing
    Traditional Illustration
    Digital Painting
    Children's Book Illustration
    Magazine
    Watercolor
    Retro & Vintage Style
    2D Illustration
    Procreate
    Sketch
    Adobe Photoshop
  • $12 hourly
    I am an illustrator/a graphic designer who values your and my time. A serious attitude to work, attention to detail and compliance with deadlines are my main qualities. The main goal for me is to create an effective product that will satisfy your needs. What I can do: • Illustrations for the web; • Coloring pages; • Character design; • Maps; • Illustrations for educational books and instructions • Illustrations on given topic; • Photo editing. What tools do I use: • Adobe illustrator • Adobe Photoshop • Figma • Canva • Procreate If you are interested, please, take a look my portfolio and you could know more about me. I'm looking forward for new interesting projects. Best regards, Olena
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    Photo Editing
    Cartoon Art
    Drawing
    Photo Retouching
    2D Design
    Infographic
    Print Design
    Adobe Illustrator
    Vector Graphic
    Adobe Photoshop
    Line Drawing
    Graphic Design
    Sticker Design
    Character Design
  • $70 hourly
    Lauren Hugdahl is a freelance medical illustrator based in Cleveland, OH that holds a BFA in Biomedical Art from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Hugdahl has completed works for institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, the Alzheimer's Association, and Stanford University. Hugdahl also has illustrations published in Chest Journal and Acta Biomaterialia. Hands-on experience is what inspires this work – a combination of recommended graduate courses from the Association of Medical Illustrators at Case Western Reserve University, cadaver dissection, and surgical observation gives Hugdahl the ability to create idealized but lifelike illustrations from within the human body. If you'd like to see a brief portfolio of work take a look at my Behance: lhugdahl.
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    Page Layout Design
    Digital Painting
    Biomedical Visualization
    Image Processing
    Sketch
    Adobe Illustrator
    Digital Art
    Scientific Illustration
    Technical Illustration
    Vector Art
    Vector Graphic
    Adobe Photoshop
  • $35 hourly
    - 5 years in the design market - art education - continuous development - legal Adobe soft Basic skills: - vector illustration - clothing design - logo design - character design - icon design - lettering Soft Skills - high empathy - striving for the best quality - sociability - strict adherence to deadlines
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    NFT Art
    Graphic Design
    Photo Editing
    Poster
    Collage
    Minimalist
    Character Design
    Colorful Style
    Adobe Photoshop
    2D Illustration
    Logo Design
    Cartoon Style
    Adobe Illustrator
    Sketch
  • $35 hourly
    Reza Rivai Portfolio: fachrulrezaartwork.wixsite.com/fachrulrezaartwork Objective: Highly skilled comic artist and illustrator with a decade of experience in political newspapers and collaborations with publishers worldwide. Seeking opportunities to utilize my creative talents and leadership abilities as an art director to deliver visually stunning and engaging content for games and comics. Experience: Art Director | Game Developer Company 2021 - Present Lead the artistic direction and vision for various game projects, ensuring a cohesive and immersive gaming experience. Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including game designers and developers, to bring creative concepts to life. Manage and mentor a team of artists, providing guidance and feedback to maintain high-quality artwork and meet project milestones. Oversee the creation of game assets, environments, and sprites to ensure they align with the game's visual style and narrative. Comic Artist 2013 - Present Illustrated thought-provoking and insightful political comics, using art as a medium to convey complex ideas. Demonstrated versatility in adapting to different art styles, catering to various editorial requirements. Consistently met tight deadlines while delivering high-quality artwork for newspaper publication. Comic Artist | Freelance for American and Japanese Publishers 2015 - Present Collaborated with reputable publishers from America and Japan, creating comics across diverse genres and themes. Contributed pencil, ink, and color work to bring characters, environments, and stories to life. Demonstrated adaptability in artistic styles to match the unique vision of each project. Skills: Proficient in pencil, ink, and color techniques, bringing depth and expression to characters and environments. Strong storytelling abilities, effectively conveying narratives through visual artwork. Versatility in adapting to multiple art styles, ensuring creativity and uniqueness in every project. Game asset creation and environment design skills, contributing to immersive gaming experiences. Leadership and team management skills as an art director. Ability to work efficiently and meet deadlines without compromising quality.
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    Digital Art
    Adobe Illustrator
    Comic Art
    Animated Environment
    Comics
    Drawing
    Adobe Photoshop
    Digital Illustration
  • $25 hourly
    Hi, My name is Rania Hasan, I am an illustrator and graphic designer, I studied Graphic design in university and worked as one in Print houses and Magazines, I've experience in creating and publishing digital content for more than 6 years where I gained experience using digital tools such as (Ps/Illustrator/Id/Aftereffects/coral draw/procreate) ..my passion towards telling stories moved me towards game art and picture books where I've been working since, I created background art and characters spirits for games, had the pleasure to illustrate many children books.
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    Playful Tone
    Watercolor
    Digital Art
    Storyboarding
    Children's Book Illustration
    Graphic Design
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe InDesign
    Adobe Photoshop
  • $75 hourly
    I am a versatile and passionate designer and illustrator with extensive experience in designing for a wide variety of applications, including packaging, print collateral, fabric/textiles, and web. My love of design began with the over-the-top, unquestionably 1980’s rainbow wallpaper in my childhood bedroom. It inspired in me a love of color, pattern, and shape that’s only grown over the years and has driven me to create engaging and inspiring designs of my own. I passionately believe in the power of illustration and design to transform spaces, simplify communications, and build relationships. For more than 10 years I worked in the printed graphics industry, running a print shop that produced marketing and event collateral, large-scale signage, environmental graphics, and more. As a result I thrive working within tight deadlines, and I bring my technical knowledge of finished products to bear in my design work, ensuring that my designs are print-friendly. When I’m not in the studio, I’m probably outdoors. My family and I have camped our way across the 48 contiguous states and climbed mountains, hiked canyons, rafted rivers, visited presidential wax museums, and snuck into two ivy league colleges...so far.
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    Packaging Design
    Branding
    Layout Design
    Graphic Design
    Print Design
    Adobe Illustrator
    Modern Style
    Adobe Photoshop
    Lettering
  • $45 hourly
    My name is Eduardo Morales I'm a illustrator, concept artist. I will provide you with high quality, detailed work adjusted to your requirements. My skills: Game Design Character Design Digital Art 3D modeling
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    Commercial Style
    Photo Editing
    Game Design
    Children's Book Illustration
    Anime
    Game Art
    Manga
    Comic Art
    Comics
  • $40 hourly
    I’m a British illustrator and designer. I am currently based in Singapore, but have the ability to work with clients anywhere in the world. I create bold, eye-catching illustrations, designs and patterns. These have been commissioned for many purposes, ranging from in-store/online advertising to race car liveries. Over the last few years I have had the pleasure of creating work for clients such as Harvey Nichols, Philip Morris International and Unilever. Although I enjoy working on any variety of projects, my main passion is motorsport and I have been fortunate enough to have work featured in the FIM Superbike World Championship, the FIA World Touring Car Cup and the Ferrari Challenge Championship. Examples of some of my work can be found here allisongraydesign.com
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    Cartoon Art
    Print Design
    Digital Illustration
    Design Writing
    Graphic Design
    Vector Tracing
    Visualization
    2D Illustration
    Logo Design
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Photoshop
    Vector Art
    Vector Graphic
    Black & White Style
  • $50 hourly
    Hey there! I'm Kati, a professional freelance Illustrator from New York. I have spent the past 10+ years building my skills and reputation with my client base and am always looking to develop new work relationships! I value strong communication skills, swift, professional work, and overall client satisfaction. My work is 100% my own, and I do not support using stolen work/AI generated images. Please value and respect my time - my rate is clearly stated and non-negotiable. If your project needs to be rushed, additional fees will apply. I have worked with a multitude of commissioned work not limited to, but including: TCG Illustration Character Sheets/Concept Work Graphic Novels and Comics Key Art/Promotional Posters Storyboards Children's Books Officially Licensed Anime Work Patents Image Manipulation Informational Imagery Logos Business Cards Editorial flyers Book Covers/Full wraps Graphic Design/Editing Magazine Covers Beer/Wine/Liquor Labels General one-off commissions, especially focused on fantasy genre Strengths include: Photoshop Illustrator InDesign *Please note - 1.) I do not offer free samples of any kind. We may initiate a sample phase for a fee based on the level of detail you're interested in. 2.) Flat rate commissions do - not - include unlimited revisions. 3.) When sending out proposals - please include details! Timeline, desired style, things of this nature. It's alright if some things can't be shared until the artist is chosen, but general information is a MUST. I typically automatically decline if there is little to no information pertaining to the project. 4.) REPEAT: My current hourly rate is clearly stated and non-negotiable. If your project needs to be rushed, additional fees will apply. REGARDING GENERAL ILLUSTRATION SAMPLES: A full illustration from sketch, to color rendering + editing is NOT a sample. That is a fully finished piece, and will be treated as such for payment. I offer paid test runs of varying degrees, depending on the project/what needs to be demonstrated. Please feel free to inquire.
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    Pop Art
    Comics
    Comic Art
    Sketch
    Adobe Illustrator
    Children's Book Illustration
    Logo Design
    Character Design
    Graphic Design
    Cover Art Design
    Storybook
  • $45 hourly
    I am a graphic designer and illustrator working on Vancouver Island. I have worked on branding and illustration projects for craft breweries, distillers, bands, and other businesses, locally and throughout North America. In the past 12+ years I have designed for all types of print and web projects, including but not limited to branding, packaging, clothing, websites, and poster art.
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    WordPress
    Photo Editing
    Branding
    Graphic Design
    Label & Packaging Design
    Web Design
    Adobe InDesign
    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe Illustrator
  • $55 hourly
    I have 13 years of experience as a graphic designer & illustrator specializing in print design and book publishing, advertising and marketing, and cute Kawaii style illustration. - I'm very knowledgeable in print production & preflight, especially in the context of magazine and book layout/design. - I have a cutesy illustration style perfect for projects geared towards children. - I value good communication. We'll be keeping in touch every step of the way.
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    Book Cover Design
    Page Layout Design
    Cartoon Art
    Book Cover
    Book Design
    Adobe Illustrator
    Print Design
    Publication Design
    Layout Design
    Typography
    Graphic Design
    Catalog
    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe InDesign
    Presentation Design
  • $75 hourly
    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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    Concept Design
    Digital Painting
    3D Rendering
    Motion Graphics
    3D Modeling
    Adobe After Effects
    3D Animation
    Adobe Photoshop
    Maxon Cinema 4D
  • $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
  • $52 hourly
    I am a creative, collaborative designer/illustrator with 10 years of experience delighting clients. I specialize in bringing traditional work to life digitally. Watercolors are my biggest strength. As a previous in-house designer for a sports brand, and a small business owner myself, I know how both big and small businesses work. I want to help you achieve your goals for your business through gorgeous design. My education includes Memphis College of Art- BFA and the Missouri Fine Arts Academy (MFAA). SERVICES Logos Watercolor Illustrations Book Covers Wedding Invitations Custom Portraits (both pets and people) Digital Elements or Clip Art Pattern Design PROGRAMS Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign Affinity Designer Affinity Photo Affinity Publisher Canva Procreate Microsoft Office Suite Google Suite
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    Sketching
    Digital Painting
    Drawing
    Digital Illustration
    Graphic Design
    Adobe Photoshop
    Watercolor
    Vector Graphic
    2D Illustration
    Adobe Illustrator
    Organic & Natural Style
    Freehand Digital Illustration
  • $35 hourly
    Hi, my name is Eloy, I am an illustrator with knowledge of animation, 3d modeling and a lot of experience, I have worked for publishers as well as for national and international brands. I am creative and decisive, I try to offer the best options for each situation. I like that my works transmit emotion to those who see them. I have a wide variety of styles and resources and I have a perfect command of the Adobe toolkit. I like to communicate with clients to understand their needs and contribute my experience and knowledge to their projects
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    Vector Graphic
    Cartoon Art
    Digital Illustration
    Character Design
    2D Illustration
    Editorial Illustration
    Children's Book Illustration
    2D Animation
    Technical Illustration
    Adobe After Effects
    Adobe Illustrator
    Comic Art
    Caricature
    Maxon Cinema 4D
    Adobe Photoshop
  • $150 hourly
    Portfolio Website: steviedutsonart.com Hello there! I am a self-professed desert rat, having grown up in the red rocks of Southern Utah. Now based in LA, I enjoy all aspects of the creative process, and some of my favorite sources of inspiration are nature, travel, music, and film. I earned my BFA in graphic design, but also am experienced in illustration, hand lettering, typography, textiles, photography, and GIF animation. I specialize in brand identity and print design, but am a multi-disciplined creative, and I am exited to apply my abilities to your project. - 12 years of design experience, 3 years in-house - BFA: Graphic Design (Summa Cum Laude) - Experienced in professional design software: (Adobe Creative Suite, as well as Procreate & Figma) - Brand identity design and brand strategy - Brand/product photography - Skilled illustrator and capable of digital graphics as well as painted/drawn illustrations - Proficient in hand-lettering and typography - Skilled in transforming photo and/or illustration into animated GIF - Able to brainstorm concepts quickly, communicate clearly, apply feedback, and meet deadlines - Awards + Etc: Salt Lake City AIGA 100 Show - 2015 Urban Arts Gallery Featured Artist - 2015, 2017 Hooray Magazine Design Feature - 2017 Dribbble Coaches' Pick - 2018 Note: Upwork's Job Success score is negatively impacted when multiple clients do not leave any feedback. Please rate your freelancers :) Please review more of my work on my portfolio website. Thanks!
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    Merchandise Graphic Design
    Book Cover
    Brand Identity
    Typography
    Graphic Design
    Print Marketing Materials
    Branding
    Label & Packaging Design
    Print Design
    Watercolor
    Logo Design
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Photoshop
    Lettering
  • $40 hourly
    I got my BA in Fine Arts at Western Washington University; I specialized in drawing and painting. For the past last six years, I've worked as a graphic designer. Graphic Design Prior to becoming a freelancer, I worked as a lead graphic designer for a small company that distributed its products on a national scale so it was necessary to be a jack of all trades. Some of the graphic design services I can provide are: Logo design Packaging design Branding Infographics Presentations Brochures, sell sheets, and other sales material Marketing collateral (ads for web and print, flyers, posters, etc.) Photography & photo editing Illustrator I do most of my work digitally, but I am comfortable working in a wide range of mediums and styles, both digital and traditional. Some of the mediums I am proficient in are: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Procreate, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, colored pencil, pen, and Ink. Some of the illustration services I can provide are: People Animals (real and fictional) Botanical/Nature Landscape Food Medical/scientific Architecture Illustrations for books (both kids and adults) Concept art Character design Quality sketches T-shirt design (as well as other merchandise) I try to be quick to deliver and find creative solutions for my clients, and I will work hard to bring your ideas to life!
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    Digital Art
    Character Design
    2D Design
    Digital Illustration
    Photography
    Drawing
    Image Editing
    Graphic Design
    Logo Design
    Infographic
    Packaging Design
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe InDesign
  • $30 hourly
    As a passionate comic artist, I bring imagination to life through vibrant illustrations and captivating storytelling. With a keen eye for detail and a love for visual storytelling, I craft unique worlds and characters that resonate with readers. My goal is to not just create comics, but to evoke emotions and leave a lasting impact on the audience. Join me on a visual journey where every panel tells a story of its own.
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    Graphic Design
    Digital Illustration
    Drawing
    Comic Book
    Comics
    Comic Art
    2D Animation
    Watercolor
    Digital Art
    Black & White Style
    Line Drawing
  • $30 hourly
    Hi! I'm an illustrator and I specialize in children's books. I believe an image should not only repeat what the words say, but it must also be able to tell a story by itself, revealing emotions and bringing the characters to life, to let us dive into the new world it depicts. An image shouldn't only illustrate, it has to transcend the story and create a whole new experience, making us go on a journey. I paint my illustrations digitally but I like them to have a strong traditional feeling. I love creating colorful, joyful, and fresh pieces, perfect for children's books. I also provide support with self-publishing. I design the illustrations according to the book you need/want to create, and then follow the publishing process until it's done successfully. I also deliver every file you need to publish your book. I get truly involved in every project I am part of, and I always put my heart and soul into my drawings. If you work with me, you will not only find an illustrator but also a partner. I will work by your side to deliver a beautiful result that will make both of us happy :)
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    Digital Illustration
    Page Layout Design
    Digital Painting
    Drawing
    Ebook Design
    Book Cover
    Sketch
    Children's Book Illustration
    Hand-Drawn Style
    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe InDesign
    Animal Illustration
    Colorful Style
    Storybook
    Cover Art Design
    Adobe Illustrator
  • $20 hourly
    I'm a medical illustrator. Work with medical and scientific illustrations for medical professionals, healthcare professionals, publishers, researchers, advertising agencies, pharmaceutical companies and the general public. My work combines the world of art and medicine. I majored in graphic design, postgraduate in visual arts, and after that, I enrolled in a scientific illustration program at the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro. My goal was to hone my scientific skills and increase my portfolio with medical illustration. At the beginning of my career, I freelanced for several companies in Rio de Janeiro. Today I work only with medical illustration. I worked on medical illustrations for books, courses, and medical education websites. With each program I developed, I learned about a new topic in a specific field of medicine. At the same time, I was improving my illustration skills.
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    Drawing
    Digital Painting
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Photoshop
  • $40 hourly
    I am a freelance technical illustrator with over 30 years experience of producing high quality illustration for a wide variety of publishing houses, design groups and advertising agencies. My skills include technical and realistic illustration, cutaway drawings, exploded views, maps, information graphics, step-by-step diagrams and photo retouching/manipulation.
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    Line Drawing
    Technical Illustration
    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe Illustrator
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With access to some of the most talented illustrators on the market, you can post a job description and hire your ideal candidate within the same day on Upwork. Browse through our collection of professionals and use this guide as a resource for creating the perfect job post. 

What does an illustrator do?

An illustrator creates original artwork, often for books, magazines, advertising, and digital media. Their work involves interpreting ideas or stories into visual representations, which can range from simple sketches to detailed designs. Illustrators use various mediums, such as digital tools, pen and ink, watercolor, or acrylics, to bring concepts to life. Their role is crucial in conveying themes, characters, and emotions, and they often collaborate with authors, editors, and designers to align their illustrations with the overall project vision.

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, writing your project description is the most important. It’s 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. 
An experienced illustrator may command higher fees but also works faster, has more specialized areas of expertise, and delivers higher-quality work.
A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their illustration services more competitively.

Rates typically charged by illustrators on Upwork are:

  • Beginner: $15 per hour
  • Intermediate: $23 per hour
  • Advanced: $30 per hour

Source: https://www.upwork.com/hire/illustrators/cost/

The future of illustration industry in the era of AI 

With the continuous development of the AI industry, many illustrators wonder if it will be difficult for them to compete with the new technologies. Even though AI tools can produce images faster than humans, there are still a lot of drawbacks to consider. For example, AI-generated images require creativity, while an illustrator will generate unique ideas. More importantly, illustrations created by humans have style and personality. AI tools generate images based on pre-existing data or algorithms. 

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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