I am a writer, and I have been writing books for kids for a long time. This time around, I thought about self-publishing a book that I had been working on. I am looking for a professional children book illustrator to work with. Can anyone of you please tell me from where can I hire a professional illustrator? I do not know much about hiring a freelancer, how does the payment work and how much time would it take the drawing process to be completed, what if I am not satisfied with the outcome? Please tell me what I should do in this regard. I will appreciate if you will answer my questions and help me through the process.
Find an artist will depend on what sort of art you are looking for; If it is more nature oriented, you might try the https://www.science-art.com site for a search. You can also look to the Serbin Communications site for general illustration styles: http://www.serbincreative.com the online Illustration sourcebook there has their annual portfolio catalogs online.
Cost will very much depend on the art usage rights you want to acquire. Do you want full and exclusive ownership of the origins art and reuse? That will be expensive. Do you plane to share royalties with the artist? That would be an alternate method.
Remember, the more complicated and detailed the art, the more time it will take the artist. If they were employed by a company, you could expect a company to charge $10K per month for their services.