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Nikki Jain
Mumbai, Borivali West, India

I am a graphic designer and a digital illustrator. I have the enthusiasm to find the best communication design solutions. I have worked for two years as a Senior Visualizer at an advertising agency and as a freelance artist. I pay fine attention to m

Nikki Jain
Mumbai, Borivali West, India

I am a graphic designer and a digital illustrator. I have the enthusiasm to find the best communication design solutions. I have worked for two years as a Senior Visualizer at an advertising agency and as a freelance artist. I pay fine attention to m

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$300 per day (USD)
My name is Stefanos, I’m a passionate graphic designer & illustrator currently based in Germany. My specialties are graphic design and illustration but my general experience involves anything in terms of screen & print design. Through my various roles as a graphic designer I have developed designs and layouts for product-specific publications, was responsible for the documentation of products, the preparation of social media content and imagery, branding for new and existing products and any given campaigns and websites, and overall digital image editing, composing, and re-touching etc. for web & print. I enjoy working with contrasts, both in visual and contextual terms. I aim for simplicity and substance. All in all, I like illustrating reality and telling a story. Apart from my freelance work I have also been an in-house designer in the film, as well as the e-commerce industry. So I’m used to dealing with insane deadlines, and changeable demands. I’ve also worked for B2B and B2G companies like Foundation Digital and Recycle Coach. I’m also currently working with Living the Brand® & Creative Logic, Inc. Some of my work can be found here: official website: _Website not available. Sign in: https://www.twine.net/signup_ Dribbble: _Website not available. Sign in: https://www.twine.net/signup_ Instagram: _Website not available. Sign in: https://www.twine.net/signup_ Behance: _Website not available. Sign in: https://www.twine.net/signup_ That’s me. Let me know what you think. All the best, Stefanos
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£150 per day (GBP)
Hi, I'm Nic and I'm a freelance illustrator. I also work under my company name, Brama Studios. For the last 10 years, I've worked in print and design as a creative retoucher, whilst working on illustration projects in my spare time. In the last 6 months I've moved more into illustration work which is my true passion and since then its been my primary role. My specialism is hand-drawn digital illustrations through adobe suite. I am also skilled at producing cleaner, more refined vector artwork, such as logos and icon designs. I have experience in one of the UK's top design companies along with leading printers in the FMCG market. Pleasing the client is always at the forefront of what I do. With clear communication, high attention to detail and going the extra mile to make something truly special and unique we can all take pride in. Please visit my website. _Website not available. Sign in: https://www.twine.net/signup_
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How To Hire an Illustrator

To kick things off, choose what type of illustrator you need for your project.

Custom illustrators can be hired directly from the following pages:

  • Children’s book illustrators for hire
  • Comic illustrators for hire
  • Logo artists for hire
  • Designers for hire

Next, it’s time to start the hiring process:

Finding An Illustrator For Hire

Looking for illustrators might seem like a time-consuming affair.

Twine simplifies the process of looking for an illustrator by implementing a vetting process, matching clients to creatives through over 10 different criteria.

Here’s a quick overview of how to hire an illustrator using the platform:

  1. Post up a job, detailing the nature of your project
  2. Wait for illustrators to pitch on your brief
  3. Review your pitches and choose a candidate
  4. Negotiate your terms
  5. Sorted!
Tips For Writing Your Job Brief

Here’s an interesting statistic:

60% of pitches for jobs online have been abandoned due to the application’s length or complexity

Although Twine manually vets all pitches that a client receives, it’s really important to make sure your brief is clear and concise to maximize the volume of high-quality pitches you receive.

By posting a clear and concise brief for your illustration, freelance illustrators will be able to quickly gain an understanding of your project and determine if they’re a good match.

To maximize your chances of receiving high-quality pitches, make sure to include the following information within your job brief:

  • Who you are
  • What you require (and why)
  • The size & scope of your project
  • References of work you like
  • Target audience
  • Budget
  • Deadline

If you’d like a more in-depth look at how to structure your project brief, check out our illustration project brief example.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire An Illustrator ?

The cost of hiring an illustrator will vary significantly from project to project.

For example, if you wanted to hire an illustrator for a children’s book, it would cost you a lot more than hiring a logo designer for a basic business logo.

Using the data from our network of freelance illustrators, here are the ranges you can expect for a day’s work (7-8 hours):

Illustrator LevelJuniorMid-LevelExpert
Day Rate$150-250$250-500$500-1000

Here are the price ranges in GBP:

Illustrator LevelJuniorMid-LevelExpert
Day Rate£100-200£200-400£400-800
How much does it cost to get a book illustrated?

Using the data from our platform, book illustration can vary from $80 to $2,000. The average price of a book illustration on Twine is $546.67

How much do illustrators cost per image?

Cheap illustrations can cost as little as $20, whereas more expensive pieces can cost as much as $450. Using the data from our platform, the average cost per image on Twine is $68.93.

In general, the more images you require, the cheaper the cost per image will be.

If you’d like a more thorough overview of illustrator rates, head over to our freelance illustration marketplace to view current listings, alongside our network of custom illustrators for hire.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why hire an illustrator?

Here’s the thing:

As tempting as it might be to use stock art…

Your customers will spot it in an instant.

And do you know what they’ll think?

They’ll think you’ve taken shortcuts with your product.

You need an illustrator to produce original work if you want to showcase the time, effort and energy you’ve put into your work.

If that doesn’t convince you, here are three further advantages of commissioning original illustration work:

Retain creative autonomy

Working with stock art can force you to compromise on your product in order to make the artwork fit. Hiring a freelancer lets you tailor the art to your product.

Stand out from your competitors

90% of information processed by the brain is visual. An original, eye-catching illustration is an excellent way of setting yourself apart from the competition.

Keep your costs down

Top-quality stock art is expensive, with many providers locking you into an extensive subscription plan. An original illustration will not only be far-superior in quality, but often more cost-effective than stock art.

What are the advantages of hiring a freelance illustrator over an agency?

Great question!

Here are the top three advantages of hiring a freelance illustrator over an agency:

Price point

With office space, employee benefits and set working hours, agencies have high overheads factored into their costs. Hiring a freelancer cuts out the middleman and provides you with a top-quality result at an effective price point.


Top-notch illustrators will often start their careers at an agency before moving on to freelance work. This makes freelancers some of the most experienced & knowledgeable professionals in the game.


Most agencies target a broad market. Instead, many freelancers will specialize in a particular niche of illustration, such as children’s books or album artwork. This allows you to choose a professional who lives and breathes your particular project.

What are you waiting for?

Twine is one of the best freelance sites for illustrators. Post a job now and hire an artist online in a matter of hours. You can also take a look at freelance illustrator’s portfolios on the platform to see what our creatives have to offer.

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