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Illustrators are artists hired to create illustrations, pictures or still drawings, for use in advertisement, books and magazines, packaging, greeting cards, newspapers and other digital media mediums. Illustrators are widely employed by advertising and marketing agencies and publishing houses.

What Does an Illustrator Do?

Illustrators make product or services much easier to comprehend and recall with their drawings and paintings. Illustrators could be of different types depending on their creative choices. Children’s books illustrators, as the name suggests, create illustrations for a younger audience and hence use brightly colored, simple drawings. Medical illustrators work with doctors and researchers to create illustrations for medical journals, scientific exhibits, medical advertising or textbooks. Editorial Illustrators are illustrators who create illustration for magazines and newspapers, printed periodically.

Most of these illustrators work digitally and digital illustration freelancers are widely found in top freelance market places, like Guru, online. There are a number of freelance illustrators for hire available, providing a package of services.

When looking to hire an Illustrator, make sure they can:

  • Develop visual ideas as per the brief.
  • Use their drawing, sketching, painting and photographic skills to produce illustrations.
  • Format images using computer aided design software such as such as Illustrator, QuarkXPress, InDesign, Freehand and Adobe Photoshop.
  • Print illustrations that meet quality and color standards.
  • Liaise with editors, authors and designers.
  • Think creatively and deliver in the stipulated time.
  • Work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Qualifications of an Illustrator

Browse freelancers’ profiles to make sure they have:

  • Professional degree in an art or design subject such as illustration, graphic design or fine art.
  • Strong aesthetic and conceptual skills.
  • Excellent drawing and IT skills.
  • Ability to think of out-of-the-box ideas.
  • Attention to detail and ability to work methodically.

Additionally, knowledge of digital media and web marketing skills would be advantageous.

Benefits of a Freelance Illustrator

There are number of illustrators who are looking to get freelance projects. Freelancers can shell out flexible working hours and work round the clock. They communicate with the client directly and can provide a host of additional services, such as storyboarding, as well. It makes the most sense to hire an illustrator for freelance work when the job is small and needs to be completed as soon as possible.

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