Standard illustration - one page, not including text, not a book cover, minimal background (like The King, no title) will cost $98.
Illustration with fully developed background (like Too Much Sugar, no title) and human faces - 150$
Spread Illustration (spans two pages) - $190 Spread Illustration book cover with text, with background - $220
Usually, the cover of the book is a spread. The cost of a spread is 190$, on top of that creating a unique title takes time as well, so the price is 220$
The price will depend on the number of illustrations. Usually, a 32-page book has 24 pages or 12 spreads, so (24*98) or (12*190) + 220 cover + 300 formatting
My relationship with the author is contract-based with a 35% prepayment upfront. I start at $98 per illustration, depending on the complexity of the image.
Royalties - depends on the project.
An art test costs $40.
Yes, it is a $98 illustration.
Standard illustration - one page, not including text, not a book cover, minimal background, will cost $98.
For each illustration, story board, book cover , sketch, and color rough, the author can add 2 corrections for free.
After this, each change will cost an additional $20.
If the illustrations in the book repeat on each page (which is pretty common in books for infants) then naturally the price will be smaller, but individually, and not cheaper than 50$ per page.
It would be a lot better if you laid everything out in written form, it's important for me - I often come back to my correspondence with the client to make sure that I didn't miss anything.
Phone calls don't give me that opportunity, as I simply forget everything - I have a very busy schedule)
Because of that I only talk to my clients through email. I really hope you understand)
After the illustrations are made, the designer gathers all illustrations, text, and the book cover into one inDesign document with all parameters necessary to the project and creates a document for printing.
It's two illustrations connected into one page, see the example below.
Usually, I send the author a few variants of what the main character(s) will look like. This is the time when the biggest changes are added. Since changing the design after it is finished is very difficult, the author can add two changes for free.
Full page black and white illustration - 60$
Yes, I do those illustrations. The average price for one is $25-$35, depending on what you need- vector graphics? A raster image? The size? Get in touch with me and I’ll answer all your questions.
The cost of the graphic above is $35.
The elephant below - $25.
You can choose your outline style.
What is an art test and what should I expect from it?
I recommend all authors to start with an art test when working with an illustrator for the first time. This is the easiest way to avoid numerous difficulties and misunderstandings in the future.
If you like my drawings but are not entirely sure if I can express your concept, then it's time for an art test. The author sends me a small piece of text (if you want, I can sign an NDA) and over the following 2-3 days I create some sketches and send them all to the author. This helps the author to decide whether it's worth pursuing business with me or not.
An art test costs $40.
By pressing this button you can pay for the art test through PayPal.
The author gets in contact with me and tells me about their book. If I decide to take on the project, we will establish a contract that both sides can agree on. The author pays 35% of the project price upfront. Afterwards, I create the sketches and begin actively communicating with the author. At this point, I work at a very fast and organized pace, so I will depend on the author to stay in touch with me often. This is the stage where many of the elements can still be edited. The author can make two changes to each drawing for free. After the sketches are complete, the author pays the next 15% of the project cost. I create the storyboard, print out the rough draft of the book and send it to the author via mail. Then comes the slow process of polishing each drawing. The author and I will still stay in close contact, but not as actively as in the sketching stage. Changes at this point are undesirable and not free. On average, making 24 illustrations will take 60 work days.
The duration of copyright in the United States is currently the life of the author, plus 70 years. Title to the artwork passes to the client or commissioning agency/organization upon their written acceptance of and payment for the work, but copyright belongs to and remains with the artist.
That means that while you are using the illustrations for your book, then you own the rights to them. If you are planning to use the illustrations in other commercial projects, then the conditions for that are discussed in the contract.
I can format the book in InDesign for an extra fee and send the author 2 PDF files when I am done. One is for the cover, the second is for the inside contents of the book.
This is an example of a printed out rough draft of the book which I send to the author via mail.