publishing objectives help determine your art needs. If you plan to
market your book, get it into bookstores and generate sales, it should look
like it belongs on the shelf with the competition. However, if this is primarily
a personal project for distribution to friends and family, you may not wish
to pay for professional illustration and options 1, 2 or 3 below might better
fit your budget.
1. CLIP ART: there are vast resources of free art
and photos available. Word processing and graphics software usually include
hundreds of images, and a web search can locate hundreds of thousands more.
illustration fees or copyright concerns.
amounts of images available in many styles.
art is necessarily geared toward universal and seasonal themes and it can
be difficult to find appropriate images.
else is free to use the same art you do.
art is generic and commercial, usually better for ads than books.
2. STOCK PHOTOS/ART: a web search will
yield a multitude of stock art suppliers. They offer a wide range of quality
images for fees that vary according to use.
- High quality images covering a wide
range of subjects.
- Cost can be comparable to illustration
- It can be difficult to find the right
art for your specific needs.
3. YOU SUPPLY THE ART: if you (or someone in your
circle) have drawing and graphic design skills, and are comfortable
with professional graphics software, you can attempt to create your
control of the art including copyrights.
illustration fees (or only token fees to the family artist).
can be amateurish and inconsistent.
lot of frustrating time can be lost fussing with art.
4. PROFESSIONAL ILLUSTRATION:
Skilled, experienced illustrators live and work in every city and many
more are accessible on the web. Fees vary, but competent graphic artists
are available for fees similar to those of other trades, like plumbers,
electricians, mechanics, etc., and like them, an illustrator is unlikely
to work on speculation.
artwork is original and created for your book only.
participate in the creative process. They might provide research/reference
material, OK preliminary drawings, and offer feedback before final
work is produced.
art is properly prepared to your printer's specs.
is completed on an agreed upon schedule.
book looks like a professional product and is more likely to attract
readers and sales.
more prestigious the illustrator the higher the fees.
non-famous artists must charge enough to earn a living, so the author
should be prepared to pay realistic fees comparable to having the
car repaired, a room redecorated, or a weekend at the spa.
may include all rights to self-publishers, others retain some rights.
Check each illustrator's web site for how they handle copyrights.