Our illustrators are among the best in the world. Only professional artists with the neccessary education and experience can qualify to become Dragonpencil illustrators. These are highly professional individuals with strong communication skills and competitive rates.
do I hire an illustrator?
For picture books, we recommend you consider purchasing the Picture Book Package which will save you money on your illustrations. For all others, call Beth Martin at:
(888) 497-6831 ext 4
or email: Beth@Dragonpencil.com
Beth will help you decide on an artist and walk you through the process.
How much does
For a variety of reasons, we cannot publish exact rates for our artists. However, the colored guide below will give you a good idea of what you can expect to pay per illustration. Also, the artists are placed in the order of their rates; lowest rate on top, highest on the bottom.
A typical picture book has between 12 and 28 illustrations. The exact number of illustrations needed for a book is usually determined by the author/publisher with advice from the book designer or project manager, part of your publishing team. 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.
The rate categories above are for a single-page illustration. Double-page illustrations (also called 'spreads') are 50% more. Spreads can be a handy way to cut your illustration costs without appearing like you cut corners. We also offer Spot illustrations which are 50% less.
I hire a Dragonpencil artist for something other than books?
Sure, we have all kinds of clients from Hollywood movie studios to Madison Avenue advertising agencies to Silicon Valley software companies. We can handle any type of project that you would like to throw at us.
there a contract?
Yes. When illustrating for books, it is very important to use a contract. The contract establishes and protects your rights to the illustrations. You can view a sample Dragonpencil illustration contract here:
illustrators for fiction and non-fiction books.
Only need a cover illustration/ We will be glad to help. Children's picture books do not need a separate cover artist.
The cover design is done by your books designer, not by the illustrator.
Click on the artists below to learn more about each artist and see samples of their work. Artists with the lowest rates are listed on top and the highest rates are on the bottom. There are many factors that go into a artist's rate. A lower rate should not imply that an artist is less skilled or experienced.
the artists get royalties?
I hired an artist but they didn't finish the job or are taking too long,
can one of your artists copy their style so we can finish this?
not sure? Want to see samples of what other authors have done?
The information that is presented on this website can also be sent to you by mail along with a sample book of your choice. You can see the quality of our books first hand. And as an extra bonus, your packet will include a coupon for $150.00 off of any one publishing package!