What Do Illustrators Get Paid for Illustrating a Book?

You decide how far you want to take your passion for illustration.

You decide how far you want to take your passion for illustration.

So you love to draw and paint. You've probably toyed with the idea of making a living with your art, but you don't know where to begin. Your day job wears you down; you weren't cut out for life trapped inside a cubicle -- you've been coloring outside the lines all your life. You checked out a couple of children's books, and you know you can create illustrations just as good -- if not better -- than some of those illustrators. While you can certainly make a living as a book illustrator, the path starts out a bit rocky and slow, as most book illustrators work on a freelance basis. Besides being a good artist, you'll need to know how to market your illustrations to the right people.

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Regional Comparisons

Children's Book Publishers

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Freelancing

2016 Salary Information for Craft and Fine Artists

 

About the Author

As a native Californian, artist, journalist and published author, Laurie Brenner began writing professionally in 1975. She has written for newspapers, magazines, online publications and sites. Brenner graduated from San Diego's Coleman College.

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