Children’s Books, Illustration
So, you have a creative project that you want to bring to life. There’s no better way than adding quality illustrations. In my quest to find a brilliant illustrator, here’s a few tidbits I’ve learned along the way.
Decide on Your Audience and Budget
The first decisions to make are: 1) who your project is intended for and 2) how much you want to spend.
If it’s a children’s book, you might ask yourself questions like this:
What age ranges are you looking at? Toddlers, pre-school, first and second graders? Is it just for you and your family? Do you have a way to get it into local schools and places where kids congregate? Or do you want to get in with a world-wide publishing company?
If it’s just for you, maybe a friend, relative, or friend-of-a-friend will do it for the joy of making art (i.e. you don’t have to pay). If you want to create illustrations for success and sales, then get your check book out. I’ve talked to top-notch illustrators who charge $1,500 per illustration!
Call for Student Illustrators
When I first started, I thought a reasonable, cost-effective route to go was to put out an announcement to illustration students at universities and art schools. Although, I had plenty of responses, none really could capture what I was looking for. I learned that students are…well…students.
Web-based Freelance Sites
Then I stumbled on to a couple of freelance websites for illustrators, namely freelancer.com and 99designs. Bingo! Both sites offer contests, where you submit text and interested illustrators submit samples, within a given time period. However, in order to get submissions with any level of quality, plan on putting up at least $150.
The process is exciting and a lot of fun. Plus, you’ll meet people from around the globe. That’s how I found my illustrator, Lili, who created the gem at the top of this page.
PS. You can’t have her. She’s mine!
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