I need an illustrator for my first self-published children's book.

  1. Where do I find artists that will work on a small budget?
  2. What are the compensation options?
  3. How do I find an artist that specializes in multi-racial characters?
  4. If an illustrator is not in the budget, is there a software program that can turn photos into illustrations?
  5. What should I expect for a 20-page book that has 15 illustrations?
  • This seems broad for Writers.SE. In particular, we try to answer focused questions; having five different questions in a single post doesn't work very well within the Q&A format, and it's usually an indication that the question should be split up - or that it's broader than we can manage. In this case, it sounds like you need a full introduction to searching for illustrators, with a few particular details besides. Which seems to me beyond the scope of what we can meaningfully answer here. Folks, what do you think?
    – Standback
    Feb 15, 2016 at 10:03
  • Thank you @Standback for your valuable advise. To me, my inquiry was a direct question about finding an illustrator. After reading your post, I can see how certain individuals might read it differently. In the future, I'll do my best to limit my inquiries to exclude particular details . Again, thank you for sharing. Feb 15, 2016 at 18:54
  • Thank you @KaiMaxfield for the advise about kickstarter.com. I will look into it. Thanks! Feb 15, 2016 at 18:55
  • David, you might want to focus your query on your largest remaining question if you would like to generate further interest and/or answers. E.g. Where can I find reasonably priced illustrators and/or a software counterpart. You also might hit the Software Recommendations SE site. Depending on the Stack Exchange site, once comments like Standback's comment start appearing on a question or answer, the chances are pretty good that closure will follow unless revisions are made. Also, see this question. Feb 15, 2016 at 20:31

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If you look for artists on their webcomic sites, like Cucumber Quest, Hark! a Vagrant or Helvetica, you may have some luck.

Also, check out Deviant Art for users with worldwide artistic talents


If an illustrator is not in the budget, is there a software program that can turn photos into illustrations?

Many image editing programs have a feature called Effects or Filters that can transform a photo in many ways. Photoshop probably has the widest range of choices, though there are also free alternatives. The image below was created using Paint.NET (Effects menu / Artistic / Ink Sketch...). There are quite a few plugins for Paint.NET that offer a variety of effects (pay attention to the big red warning on the plugins page). GIMP is another popular, free choice.

Effects for all image editing programs have a variety of parameters you can tweak to adjust the look.

You will probably get much better results if a quality illustrator is in your budget.

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