A typical picture book has between 12 and 28 illustrations. The exact number of illustrations needed for a book is usually determined by during the Pre-Design phase. Pre-Design is part of all of Dragonpencil's publishing packages. If you aren't using a publishing package, we can still make recommendations as to how many (or how few) illustrations you might consider including in your book.
Each artist's rate is listed below next to their name.
This is the cost to illustrate one single page of your book.
Single - Equals the artist's rate. This is a standard one page illustration.
Spread - Is equal to 1.5 x the rate. A spread is a single scene that spans the left and right pages. A spread is more work than a single but not as much work as drawing two separate singles. Using spreads is a good way to reduce your overall illustration cost.
Spot - Cost 1/2 the single rate. Spot illustrations are just one or two characters with little or no background.
Cover - If you are hiring an author to do ONLY a cover illustration, it is twice their single rate. Otherwise, the cover art is the same price as a single.
To contract an artist: choose one from the list below. Our artists are listed in order of lowest to highest rate. A lower rate does not indicate a lower quality product. Many factors go into an artist's rate. Once you have a few favorite choices for artists call us at (888) 497-6831.