Great Illustration at Reasonable Rates!

by Kelly Carter
(Gwinn, MI)

girl holding dragon

girl holding dragon

girl holding dragon
wheelie gone wrong
checkers break
Happy Birthday from the zoo!

MadSpiderStudio - Great Illustration at Reasonable Rates!

I am an experienced professional illustrator with over six years of experience.

My work covers children's book art, richly painted book cover art, greeting card design, children's product design and numerous other projects.

For children's books I offer a variety of styles at various rates to suit many budgets.

One of my specialties is portrait illustration for children's books, where the author supplies me with photo references of their child or grandchild to base the book's main character on.

Client satisfaction is my highest priority. I am easy to work with and dedicated to helping my clients develop the best product possible.

Please feel free to contact me today for more information at madspiderstudio@yahoo.com.

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Making an Emotional Connection

by David Oldham
(Indianapolis Area, Indiana, United States)

Character design and illustration for a game.

Character design and illustration for a game.

Character design and illustration for a game.
A child from Columbia for a children's program.
A dog enjoying a car ride done in colored pencil.
Single panel cartoon in ink then digitized and colored in Photoshop.

David Oldham - Creative Illustrator

David has vast experience in the commercial art field illustrating for many different companies. The goals are nearly always the same - to make an emotional connection with the viewer. He has honed his ability to create visual expressions from the writer's words and thoughts and offers those services to you.

Some of the media and styles include pen and ink, paint and pencil, cartoon and comic book, and include digital such as Illustrator and Photoshop. He also works in a hybrid analog/digital fashion in order to be efficient and cost effective.

A free estimate will be created based on the initial meeting and overall scope of the project. A down payment will be required for any work to begin. The payment will range from a quarter to half down depending on the project's required deliverables and production schedule. Payments will be required at different intervals, such as at approvals. Project charges could range from as little as $25 to upwards to $250 per illustration depending on size, color, detail, etc. Everything will be outlined and communication will be a must to ensure that the project stays on track with expectations and production schedules.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Mixing Media

by Kylie Hopkins
(Missouri, USA)

This is just a little sketch I did in pencil of a small giraffe.

This is just a little sketch I did in pencil of a small giraffe.

This is just a little sketch I did in pencil of a small giraffe.
Faultlines
Flowers
Small acrylic parrot

I am self taught, and though I am just starting out in the world of illustration, I plan on making myself a career.

I am confident in my abilities and love making people happy with my creations.

I work well with mixed media (sharpie, colored pencil, pen, paint, etc.) and have found that by mixing these I am able to create unusual but wonderful designs. I am also capable of line drawings, black and white, color.

I am fully willing to create sample sketches for authors. I love art, and reading, so illustrating has always been a dream of mine. I am always willing to work with what the author wants exactly and try to capture what they envisioned. :)

You can contact me at my email address: kyliemari@hotmail.com .

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Creative mind of Lett

by Jennifer Paul
(Brookfield, IL)

toys

toys

toys
War in the playroom
frog
hidden objects




I work in oil paint, conte crayon, graphite, charcoal, and watercolors. I have also worked with decoupage and generate many fun and creative ideas based on what your story is about.

My main focus has been on animals, but I am capable of creating other subjects with ease.

I try to bring the emotions of joy and intrigue to each piece. I can be fun and whimsical piece as well as sophisticated.

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Oct 08, 2014
Seeking illustrator for children's book.
by: Keith Garrick

Hello there,

My name is Keith Garrick and I am a self published children's ebook writer and illustrator. I'm working on a project that is just too darn cute for my drawing abilities.

The book is about 20 pages long. It features a little girl and her monster friend. The friend looks like a Koala bear but with candy cane shapped horns on its head.

I can do a rough copy of the book for you to follow. I just need the art work to be more cute. What are your ideas on price for this project ? Full color and all...

Thanks
Keith

tk1269@yahoo.com

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Caseypalooza Children's Book Illustration

by Casey Vigus
(South Lyon, MI)

Wagon Train

Wagon Train

I create simple, heart-warming illustrations and designs that stimulate the eyes, minds, and imaginations of children and parents of all ages.

I have vast experience with fine art mediums as well as digital graphic design work. This collaboration of old and new media lets me bring vivid, fun, playful, and thought provoking images to children's books and stories.


It is my job and opportunity to bring an author's story to life through illustrative visual aid, supporting the beauty of the written work in visual terms.

I use fine art mediums such as oil, watercolor, acrylic, ink, and pastel, etc.

I also work digitally, using the Adobe Creative Suite CS4, Illustrator, and Photoshop, etc.

I love collaborating with the author; communication is the key to achieving the best illustrative outcome for not only the author but the book itself and its readers. I encourage communication, proposing my ideas with sketches, thumbnails, compositional and color palette variations, waiting for your approval before committing to the final product.

I also feel agreeing on compensation is an important part of the agreement between author and illustrator and should occur during the preliminary design process.

I have been a freelance illustrator for over 8 years at Caseypalooza Illustration, with designs ranging from children's murals, business logos, wedding invitations, greeting cards, and a tarot deck design.

I have studied fine arts, illustration, and graphic design at Michigan State University (BFA 2008) and The College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI) (BFA 2011).

I look forward to working with authors and bringing a children's book visually alive. I can be contacted at cvigus@collegeforcreativestudies.edu or caseypalooza@gmail.com for further information and will gladly send my digital portfolio to those who are interested!

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Beautiful Children’s Book Illustrations!

by Bree Johnson
(Michigan, USA)

Girl in Autumn

Girl in Autumn

Beautiful Children’s Book Illustrations!




I am an illustrator and graphic designer in Michigan. Although I am skilled in traditional mediums from pencil drawings to oil painting, I currently work digitally.

I consider my work colorful and brilliant. Although my work is more realistic, it is also whimsical and fun.

I like to work with an author to fulfill his or her vision. Feel free to contact me at breeze1223@ameritech.net.

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Inventive Illustration

by Al Margolis
(Cleveland, Ohio)

The Bully

The Bully



The work is a colorful, creative, fun style. We work in 3 techniques - whimsical folk art, humorous illustration using pencil and computer, and Illustrator vector art. They all have a slightly different look, but we put the same thinking into all the drawings, creating very inventive visuals.

We've worked with many self publishing authors all around the country - 20 years experience.

Let us know if the style is appropriate for your needs. We're very good on deadlines and details and easy to work with.

Files will be printer ready, including type and cover design.

If you like the work, please contact me for more information. I appreciate your time.

Sincerely,
- Al Margolis

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Narrative and Nature Illustrations

by D. Brent Campbell
(North Canton, Ohio)

Mayan Girl

Mayan Girl

Narrative and Nature Illustrations for Children's Books and More

After graduating from Columbus College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration, D. Brent Campbell went on to creating some fun-filled pages for the editorial market. He quickly moved into the children's book world, which seemed to be a natural fit for him.

He has two main styles he works in. His first style is fun and rich and full of whimsical characters he develops for the more narrative publications he illustrates. Secondly, he has a great eye for detail that lends itself nicely to creating realistic animals for science and nature books.

Brent has created some of the most beautiful murals for zoos and now has even begun to create 3D sculptures for zoos, science centers and museums. Sometimes these creations are larger than life for educational purposes.

Contact Brent at D. Brent Campbell Illustration.

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Kevin Scott Collier, Illustrator


(Grand Haven, MI USA)

Illustrator Kevin Scott Collier

Illustrator Kevin Scott Collier



Kevin is the author and illustrator of over 60 titles. Collier's work is whimsical and colorful. "Topsy Turvy Land," one book he illustrated in 2005, was voted by World Magazine as "one of the top 50 children's picture books of all time." Collier illustrates for over a dozen publishers.

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Mar 24, 2011
Holly Smalley
by: Anonymous

Kevin,

I'm trying to reach Holly Smally, as we are publishing an article she wrote. I have no
contact information for her. If you did the illustrations for her book, "If Rocks Could Talk," please give her my email address and ask her to contact me.

jturpen@ceai.org

Oct 15, 2010
I need to learn
by: Shalu Mohan

Hi Kevin,

My Name is Shalini. I live in Bangalore, India. All these years I have worked as a Technical Writer in a software firm. However, a couple of years ago I got an oppurtunity to do graphics, which was my passion. I have been since then been creating web graphics (icons, splash screens). I do not have a professional qualification in graphics designing. I have learnt a lot all by myself, going through online tutorials and stuff.

It has been my dream to do illustrations for children's books, but I do not know how to start and what to do. Would it be possible that you evaluate me and let me work under you if I am good enough for you (if distance is not an issue)?I want to basically learn the job from you. I am not worried about the money part at this point in time. My main aim is to learn.

Do let me know if you are willing to do so. If yes, you can mail me at smera.mohan@gmail.com.

May 06, 2008
Fellow Illustrator
by: Bonnie Everett-Hawkes

To say that Kevin Scott Collier is multi-talented would be an understatement. Kevin is one of the most creative and imaginative artists/authors that I have had the privilege of knowing.

He is a master of the digital medium, a skill not every artist can claim. It is a rare find to see such talent combined in both an author and illustrator. His characters are bold, colorful, and sure to delight both child and adult.

Mar 05, 2008
Thank you, Kevin , for all you did for me!
by: Judy Caughron Byers

As a totally unknown writer, I sent Kevin Scott Collier a copy of my story, "Claude Henry Learns to Gobble," on a whim. He drew some of the most beautiful, whimsical likenesses of turkeys I had ever seen. I feel that if Disney ever saw them we would be signing a contract for a new children's cartoon.

When we finished making Claude Henry into a FREE e-book, Kevin set up a webpage for me. (I had no clue how to even start). Then, I told him that I had another story called "Turbo-Kitty, The Ultimate Race Cat." He laughed, and said, "I'd love to see that!" This resulted in my next FREE e-book.

Since then, (2006) I have written poetry and short stories for Kevin on numerous occasions. He has illustrated each piece excellently and with precision. I feel I also have a "friend for life".

Thanks, Kevin, for taking an interest, putting your faith in me, and all you have done. I will be eternally grateful. Five stars now, and many more to come!


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Red-Haired Illustrator for Hire

by Doug Spencer
(Noblesville, Indiana )

The Littlest Giant

The Littlest Giant

The Littlest Giant
Crazy Characters
Heading out to Play
No-Hands Bike Rider



I'm a red haired illustrator, but don't hold it against me

I love detailed work with bright, vibrant color.

I usually hand draw, ink, then apply color using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CS4.

I tend to do whimsical subjects. I also love comic book art.

Children's books are a fairly new medium for me, but I'm very excited to get into this field. I love cartooning and coming up with new interesting characters and ideas.

You can reach me at dspencer@fableboundstudios.com

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From Whimsical to Realistic

by James Balkovek
(Hagerstown, Indiana, USA)

Jazzy, Red, and characters

Jazzy, Red, and characters



My art ranges from the realistic to the whimsical

Illustrating a book is about creating a world for the reader to enter, to live in and enjoy. The art reflects a combination of the author's and my vision to come up with something ultimately unique. It is my goal in my work to entertain, while storytelling.

Contact James Balkovek, from whimsical to realistic.

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ZTJ INC - Children Illustrations

by Zachary Jordan
(Columbus, Ohio, United States )

Family Reunion

Family Reunion

I am a freelance cover and book illustrator who uses fun as the centerpiece to every piece of art.

My illustrations are fun and humorous illustrations for all ages. I use a very flat and graphic style to express ideas and concepts.

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NTCreations

by Natalie Totire
(Wheaton, IL, USA)

Mountain Climber

Mountain Climber



Natalie Totire has taken art classes at a Community College and Art League but frequently studies art in her free time. She has illustrated several of her own books, including "The Littlest Donkey" (now on Amazon), and "Noah, Elam, and the Ark."

Natalie also illustrated books for several clients in the past, primarily using digital illustrations. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Natalie has worked with several mediums, including acrylic, digital, and colored pencil. She has a good eye for color and expression, and her style remains innocent.

Natalie is enthusiastic about working with clients. She is willing to sketch out ideas beforehand.

I have worked regularly for clients for the past four years, making cards, designs, airbrushing caricatures, and illustrating children's stories. My artwork has won four merit awards and had been on background display under the Fox TV show "Prison Break."

Whether drawing children or animals, the details in the eyes and face are very expressive. I also have experience with a variety of mediums. I often choose the medium and colors depending on the mood of the story.

Contact Natalie for more samples and prices.

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Children Book Illustrator - Freelance Designer

by Domonique Mayhawk
(Ypsilanti, MI, United States)

LJ waking up Carlos in class

LJ waking up Carlos in class



Your Children Book Illustrator-That Is What I Am

First of all I love children. I love their view of the world as a playground and that their imaginations run wild.

I am playful when it comes to creating characters, especially children characters. I can make them look very simple, with untied shoelaces and runny noses, or I can make them look very detailed, wearing coveralls and standing on their bed pretending to be a singer with their mother peeking in on them.

I draw children of all ethnicities and create them with originality.

I normally like to draw by hand and color by hand and then scan, but I am open to creating my art digitally.

I use all types of mediums, such as oil, acrylic, watercolor paints, or even prisma color artist markers, color pastels or color pencils.

I am open to drawing superheroes and sci-fi characters and animal characters. I am really skilled in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. I would love to work on illustrations for children books of all age levels. I would love to be your next book illustrator.

Contact D Hawk the Lovely - A Freelance Designer.

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Mar 23, 2010
More info on me!
by: DHawk

I have graduated with my BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. I specialize in illustrating children books, but I also do photography, book layout design, and logo design. I just finished illustrating my first children's book and am about to start 2 new illustration projects with 2 authors very soon.

My personal work is activism on behalf of children who aren't fortunate enough to receive a higher education, or even a decent education. I do personal drawings of African American children and Latino children from the slums.

If you are looking to have me illustrate here, is my process:

1: Draw thumbnail storyboard sketches and characters, then send them to you for approval
2: Draw each of the drawings and send to you for approval
3: Color the drawings
4: Editing changes
5: Cover page

I charge:

$60 for storyboard sketches
$150 per illustration
$300 for cover page illustration
$25/page for editing the finished colored illustrations

I hope to work with you.

DHawk

Dec 09, 2009
Thanks
by: Domonique Mayhawk

Thank you for your comment! I want to do my best in keeping God first in everything I do. God is the only way!

Dec 08, 2009
Ms. Mayhawk
by: donna womble

I'm so very proud of you. You're on your way, girl. And with God in the lead you can't fail. Much love and prayer for your success!

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Illinois Illustrator

by Alexander Morris
(Schaumburg, IL USA)

Danny Frog

Danny Frog

Hello. My name is Alexander Morris, and I love to draw and get creative.

I graduated from the Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg with a Bachelor's Degree in Media Arts & Animation and have been working with various authors illustrating children's books for the last few months. Though I am new to the industry, I am a hard worker, and I always try to set higher standards for myself. Especially when it comes to my art.

I consider my work to be very colorful as well as emotional. With each character I create, I try to add a little bit of my own personality to it - whether it is sadness, anger, fear, joy, or even mischievousness - and I always hope that when people look at my characters they see that trait in themselves (or at least see it in someone they know).

I always work digitally and tend to work mostly in Flash and Photoshop, though all the sketches are done by hand.

When auditioning for a job, I will always provide sketches should the author or company require it. As for my fee, I generally charge $300 per book, however that may change depending on the length of the book and the author's budget.

If you like what you've seen and read, feel free to contact me by email, and I will provide a link to my website.

Alexander Morris

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Apr 06, 2010
Recommendation Alex Morris/Illustrator
by: B. J. Moesner

Alex Morris is one of my illustrators for the "Monty the Traveling Cat" story series.

Alex's illustrations are bright and playful, and he follows instruction well, as well as adding his own creative touches.

B. J. Moesner

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Kate Paul painting & illustration


(Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Anemone

Anemone



Kate Paul painting & illustration

I work drawing and painting illusions. I work in a whimsical style. I commissioned artwork and paintings. I'm currently illustrating for children's picture books and stories - commissioned paintings for children of all ages.

Primarily, my sketches are rendered in watercolour pencil. I provide the first sample sketch "thumbnail" on spec. I charge per illustration for finished sketches.

My primary paint medium is oil. I work via email or in-person. I recently finished a commissioned mural in the staircase entrance to the children's section of the Royal Oak Public Library, Royal Oak, MI.

Contact me at Paul Studios, LLC.

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Uplifting Illustration

by Kaamilya
(Detroit, MI, United States)

Sketches of kids

Sketches of kids

Children's illustrations by a wonderful artist determined to enlighten

I am an inspirational individual and enjoy uplifting people through my artwork. I am a self-taught artist, drawing ever since I could hold a pencil, and believe it or not, I wear a lot of hats. One of the hats just happened to be drawing.

I want to use my artistic skills to pursue a career in illustrating children's books that serves the high purpose of getting children to understand realistic situations.

I want my illustrating to capture personal stories and examples of community building - stories full of insight and inspiration.

I am proficient in pencil and charcoal. Let me point out that my work is professional; drawings are realistic, imaginary and abstract.

I would like to work on your next project. I will work with you by doing sample sketches to correspond with your skills. My price quotes vary depending on the project and are very reasonable. I don't want to let my talents for drawing go to waste.

Contact me so that I can work on your next project.

Thanks.

Kaamilya

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Oct 17, 2009
Very great work
by: Anonymous

You are able to capture children and poses in many ways, and their expressions are very well drawn.

I will be in contact with you.

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Employed Illustrator Seeks More Work

by Lance King
(Columbus,Ohio)

Cover for Very Merry Animals

Cover for Very Merry Animals

Lance King Illustration

I am an Illustrator based in Columbus, Ohio, and employed by a small publisher, Brighter Minds Media, as an illustrator and graphic designer.

My work there is a little limited, so I would like to find an author who has a really fun, different project.

I like to work closely with a writer and discuss the direction of the art and story along the way.

I work in a few different styles, although I prefer pen & ink and watercolor. I prefer to work traditionally, but digital work is just fine with me also if preferred by you.

Please email me at Rocket King Art - The Art of Lance King if you'd like to view more work or talk.

Thanks,
Lance

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Colorful Children's Book Illustrations!

by Jake Murray
(Columbus, Ohio USA)

Mr. Topaz Breaks the Rules

Mr. Topaz Breaks the Rules

I am a professional freelance illustrator specializing in the sci-fi/fantasy and children's publishing markets.

After graduating from the Columbus College of Art and Design in May of 2010, I began freelancing full-time and have a growing list of clients in the publishing, gaming, and advertising industries.


Since 2005, I have been producing the illustrations for the "Mr. Topaz" series of self-published children's books.

Coming from a traditional drawing and painting background, my work focuses heavily on realistic depictions of light, mood, and expression.

Most of my professional work is created digitally via programs like Photoshop and Corel Painter, but I do enjoy painting with oils as well.

I'm very easy to work with, and if you want to give your book a professional edge over the rest, it would be my pleasure to see to it!

-Fees-

Per 2-page full-color spread: $250 in advance against a percentage of royalties (to be determined during negotiation).

Cover (front and back) - $350

Cover (front only) - $250

I also offer book layout services as well which include setting type and putting together the final book pdf for the print production. Ask me how I can make your book look completely professional! (Additional fees apply.)

I usually request no more than half payment up front. Fees are subject to negotiation depending on the project.

-Contact-

To contact me or request to see more of my work, please email Jake Murray Illustration!

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Illustrations for Children

by David Simon
(Westlake, Ohio)

Christmas Dog

Christmas Dog

Christmas Dog
Birthday in Africa
Wolf in Winter
King of the Sky Cats

I'm a professional illustrator from Ohio with more than 25 years of experience, much of it for children. I specialize in pen & ink and colored pencil, with lots of detail and texture, but I'm also adept at digital illustration.

Contact David M. Simon.

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Mar 14, 2012
Artists Needed
by: Anonymous

Good day,
I work for a company with several children's books in production, and we need artists to help complete the series.

If you are interested, please contact me at:
christian@modernshamanism.org

Thank you.

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Russel Wayne - Book Illustrator


(Wisconsin, USA)

Three Elves

Three Elves

Russel Wayne - Book Illustrator

I've been into graphic design, animation and book illustration services for 2 years already. I've worked with 12 different authors since I started in freelance.

Children's happiness is always my motivation in pursuing this career. I once worked for an international company as a logo and t-shirt designer, but when one of my colleagues from the Philippines got me involved with a local artists group taking part in a mission to help underprivileged young children develop their skills, all my attention went in that direction.

Now I'm fulfilling a dream!

I have many styles, and I'm flexible with any kind of art approaches. I always ask my author about his/her preferred style before I get started with the project.

I also use a few software applications like, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Flash and Fireworks.

Thanks for this site, and a wonderful day to all!!

Contact Russel Wayne.

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