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9 steps before hiring an illustrator

9 Things You Have to Know Before Hiring an Illustrator

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You’re part of a big company, an entrepreneur, or just a regular guy/gal and who has this amazing project idea that everyone is excited about, including yourself. Right?

The only thing that’s missing is that special someone with the ability to bring the project to life.

We know what you need…

An illustrator.


You obviously need an illustrator to perfect your project, so you start thinking about hiring one.

Before you actually do, you should read the following tips, otherwise you might end up with
something entirely different than you had envisioned.

So take a few minutes to read through our tips.
We only want what’s best for you!


The early bird catches the worm.

Start looking for potential illustrators early!

There’s no point in having to finish the project in a hurry because you might want to refine one
or two things in the end and don’t have enough time to do so.

Also, starting early gives you enough time to consider all offers and to evaluate them thoroughly.
So get up and …

… do some brainstorming.


Decide on a budget.

Many freelance artists and illustrators base their quotes on the clients’ budgetary means. This
implies that you should have at least a rough idea of how much you want to spend on the
illustrator you hire.


Know what you’re looking for.

Artists and illustrators will ask you for really basic pieces of information.

Also, expenses for illustrations can vary considerably depending on if they are part of a
children’s book or an instructional booklet, if they are merely black and white or if they are colored.

  • So what’s your illustration for?
  • What’s its purpose?
  • How many illustrations do you want?
  • What should they look like?


You don’t know?
Then start thinking NOW!


Do some research.

Use the Internet. To find illustrators you can look at job boards like Conceptart. You might also decide to browse some databases to check out artists’ profiles and see if you find what you’re looking for.


Have a look at their portfolio.

If a profile catches your eye visit the artists’ website. Go through their gallery or portfolio and see if their style fits your project. Found some?



Now things are getting more serious...



Get in touch with them.

Start contacting illustrators for quotes on your project. Be as precise as you can. Only then will you be able to gather as much information as possible and only then can you get a realistic quote for your project.

So make an effort.


Make a list.

Make sure that it includes:

  • the names of the artists you’ve contacted
  • their website
  • their e-mail address
  • their phone number
  • the quote on your project
  • and other things you consider important.

If you are consistent this list will make it easier for you to keep track and to have all offers
in one place.


… and even more serious. 


Decide on the illustrator
you want to hire.

Consider the information you have and the services offered.

  • Do they correspond with your budget?
  • Do they meet your expectations?
  • What was your first impression of them?
  • Do you feel you will get along?

You might consider it useful to take into account the impression you got during your conversations. Instinct often turns out to be a useful guide in the world of business. But do not only base your choice on sympathy when hiring an illustrator.

Be on the safe side.

Make sure that the artist you chose is on familiar terms with laws of intellectual property and licences you might have to purchase.

Obviously they don’t have to be a law professional and neither do you, but they should know how to make sure your project is on the safe side.

You should address this question before completing the deal to avoid enormous costs that could come up if your project doesn’t respect intellectual property laws.



You’ve done all that and came to terms with the illustrator of your choice?
– Good.

Then you can finally start thinking about hiring them for real.
Good luck out there!

  • Is there anything you missed?
  • Did you go on the adventure of looking for and then hiring an illustrator?
  • What was it like?

Leave a comment and make sure you share this blog post, so you can save your fellow mates
from making a fundamental mistake.

Nitzy x

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