20 Best Illustrator

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Camila Ortiz's avatar
Top Independent

Camila Ortiz

Brooklyn, United States

I’m an Illustrator & Visual product designer

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Matt Losapio

United States

Custom Brand Design, Graphic Art & Illustration.

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Sara Servan's avatar
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Sara Servan

Sydney NSW, Australia

Illustrator, Graphic & Motion Designer

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Sam Cordell

New York, United States

Design with character

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Cameron Maher

Philadelphia, United States

Building unique brands for passionate people.

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Jen Lai

California, United States

Get noticed. Building unmissable brands ✨

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Ken Shew

Los Angeles, United States

Innovative Brand Strategist & Designer

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David Blnke 🔥

Los Angeles, United States

Senior Product and Brand Designer | Framer Expert

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Peter Ian Fazon

Houston, United States

No room for designs that don't give one hundred.

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Kajal Baliyan's avatar

Kajal Baliyan


Creating Authentic Brand Experiences

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Ana Angulo

Barcelona, Spain

Brand Strategist & Web Designer

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Kelly Jiang's avatar
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Kelly Jiang

United States

Designing Meaningful Human Experiences

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Cihan Tamti's avatar
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Cihan Tamti

Bochum, Germany

Let's make your Brand memorable!

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Gargi Kanade's avatar
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Gargi Kanade


Creating Impactful Brandings & Visual Experiences

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Pau Suárez

Barcelona, Spain

Brand Designer - Graphic Design Expert

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Nabeel A.  ✦'s avatar
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Nabeel A. ✦


Product Design | Brand Design | Illustration

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Caramba Agency

Barcelona, Spain

Branding & Creative Direction

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Claire Pratt

Vancouver, Canada

✹ Brand Designer & Illustrator ✹

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Nikol Hayes

Las Vegas, United States

Passionate Tech-Savvy Developer 💡

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Judie Major

Gaborone City, Botswana

Expert Brand Designer & Illustrator

Common projects for Illustrators

Designing company logos or brand identity elements.

Creating illustrations for children's books or graphic novels.

Designing custom graphics for websites or social media platforms.

Creating illustrations for print materials like brochures, posters, or merchandise.

Producing digital art for video games or animations.

Designing unique icons or symbols for software applications.

Tips for working with and hiring Illustrators

Clearly define your project

Prior to communicating with a freelance illustrator, have a clear understanding of your project's desired look, feel, and message. This includes the style, color palette, typography, and any specific features or themes your illustration requires.

Review their portfolio

Spend time reviewing the illustrator's portfolio on Contra to ensure their style aligns with your vision. Look at their previous projects, noting the aesthetics, attention to detail, and creativity of the illustrations.

Understand their technical skills

Confirm the freelance illustrator is proficient in the necessary software and tools, such as Adobe Illustrator, Procreate, and Photoshop. Their ability to leverage these tools is crucial to the successful completion of your project.

Maintain open communication

Good communication is vital for a successful freelance project. Ensure your illustrator is responsive and open to feedback and changes. Regular updates on the project's progress can help prevent any issues that may arise. Utilize Contra's in-built tools for seamless communication and feedback sharing.

How to hire Illustrators

Define your needs

Before starting the hiring process, have a clear understanding of what you need from an Illustrator. This could include the style, color palette, typography or specific themes your illustration requires.

Post a detailed job

Posting a detailed job on Contra will attract the right freelancers. Include information about your company, the scope of the job, the skills required, and the project timeline.

Review applications

Review the applications you receive and shortlist illustrators based on their skills, experience, and fit for your project. Look at their past projects and reviews on their profile.

Conduct interviews

Conduct interviews with shortlisted illustrators. Ask questions about their experience, approach to design, and how they handle various aspects of illustration. Also, discuss your project specifics and expectations.

Make an offer

Once you've found the right illustrator, make an offer through Contra. This will include the project details, payment terms, and timeline.

3 questions to ask when interviewing Illustrators

1. Can you describe your illustration process and how you approach a new project?

2. Can you provide examples of similar projects you've worked on in the past? How did you handle feedback on these projects?

3. What software or tools do you typically use for your illustrations and why?

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Frequently asked

A freelance illustrator is a professional artist who creates visual images to enhance or convey a message or story. They may work on various projects such as book illustrations, graphic novels, website graphics, brand logos, and much more.

A freelance illustrator is a professional artist who creates visual images to enhance or convey a message or story. They may work on various projects such as book illustrations, graphic novels, website graphics, brand logos, and much more.

Hiring an illustrator on Contra gives you access to top freelance talent without the hassle of middlemen or commissions. You can review their portfolio, collaborate efficiently, and handle contracts and payments all in one place.

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor and design program developed and marketed by Adobe Inc. It is often used by graphic designers, web designers, visual artists, and professional illustrators to create high-quality artwork.

You can post a job detailing your project requirements on Contra. Illustrators who match your requirements can then apply for the job. You can also browse through the profiles of illustrators and invite those you are interested in to apply.

Illustrators are required for a wide range of projects. This could include creating visuals for books or graphic novels, designing graphics for websites or social media platforms, creating brand logos or identity elements, and much more.

The cost of hiring an illustrator on Contra can vary based on their experience, the complexity of the project, and the project's duration. Generally, it can range from $25 to $150 per hour.

Freelance illustrators on Contra can get paid per project, per hour, or per milestone. Payment for each project or milestone is held in escrow and is released after you approve the deliverables for that milestone, or automatically within three days. Payments on Contra are commission-free.

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