I'm in the process of developing my second independent video game. The whole project will be financed by my own personal savings, so I need to find cost-effective ways to obtain nice looking art.
I will need a fairly substantial amount of artwork done, so I need to get a sense for costs and how/where to cut corners. However, deadlines will be very flexible and you'll have a lot of artistic freedom throughout the project.
I will work closely with whomever I hire to direct them in terms of content and scope, but the artist will have complete freedom in terms of art style and presentation (as long as the style is kept consistent across all assets).
In your cover letter, tell me how much you would charge to create art with a similar level of detail to the images I've attached. Also, tell me what could be changed/modified to lower costs, like adopting a specific stylized look, or reducing amount of colors, or cutting off lower body, etc.
Keep in mind, I will need about 20-30 characters with this level of detail, and then another 30-50 with less detail that are just busts for instance or have less fancy clothing. So, give me an estimated cost per-character assuming I will need 20 highly detailed (like in pictures) and 30 less detailed or with only upper body.
Have some examples of your prior work, either linked in your cover letter or in your Upwork portfolio. I will hire people in this ad that I find compatible with my goals and have them make a test character design / portrait (that's what the $20 will cover, just the one test) so I can see what they can achieve for $20 and make a decision based on that.
December 12, 2017
I am looking for freelancers with the lowest rates