Illustrators Toolbox: Rates, Pricing Guidelines, Copyright and Contracts

Illustrators Toolbox: Rates, Pricing Guidelines, Copyright and Contracts by


This is my personal selection of useful links for rates, pricing process, copyright and contracts orientated mostly for illustrators, but useful for anybody with a job in the art field.

Rates Calculators

-Freelance Hourly Rate Calculator
A simple calculator to help you find out how much to charge as a freelancer.

-How Much Should I Charge?

About Pricing

-How much does an illustrator cost?

-How much does it cost to hire an illustrator?
What factors determine how much this service would cost?

- The Dark Art of Pricing (Jessica Hische)

- How To Price Illustration for Children's Books, Editorial, etc. (Will Terry)

- A Designer’s Guide to Pricing (GoMedia)

- How to Charge For Your Graphic Design Work (& Get What You Deserve) GoMedia

- Hiring a children’s book illustrator FAQ

- Freelance Fees Guide: Illustrations and cartoons

- How much does illustration cost? - A client guide to illustrator's fees by Carys Tait

- Pricing Guidelines at Bibliocrunch

- Who Pays Illustrators (And How Much) by Marianne Litman

- Usage and Pricing of Photography in Social Media (APhotoEditor)


- Contractors, Copyright & Licensing

- The United States Copyright Office

- License It

- Creative Commons


- Writing Your Own Contract: Pre-Contract Checklist by Mark Monlux

- Proposals, Contracts & Invoices by Freelance Boost

- What Should Go into an Illustration Contract by Neil Swaab

- Designers: Know Your Rights! 4 Must-Have Clauses In A Contract

- The Letter of Agreement

- Commissioned Illustration Offer - Short/Easy by Matthew Abts

- A sample contract agreement between an author and a book cover designer by Derek Murphy

- Illustrators Agreements & Contracts by Don Arday

Part 1: Components

Part 2: Restrictions

- Contracts and Legal Forms by PACT

- AIGA Standard Form of Agreement for Design Services

- 5 Free to Use Freelance Design Contract Templates

- Illustration contract templates

- Download Our Artist Licensing Agreement. It’s Free. ArtLaw Journal

- Contracts, Licenses & Business Forms for Medical Illustrators

Update (May 09, 2018)

Directory of tools and resources for illustrators (by @magoz_ on Twitter)

Update (March 29, 2023)

Commercial Illustration 101: Everything You Need to Know by Nicole Cicak

Illustrator Contract Template

Illustration Agreement Template at @agiledofficial

Illustration Licensing 101 by Maggie Enterrios


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