The Self-Service Creator Hub team is on vacation from 5/23/24 to 5/29/24. Please note that any submissions during this time will be processed starting on 5/30/24.

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Featuring some our favorite independent artists that are avilable for contract. To see more work from an aritst be sure to visit their portfolio.

Please note that all info listed is an estimate and all prices and timelines are project dependent.

Adisa Kareem

Born and raised in Hartford CT in a home full of Caribbean culture (My family is from Trinidad and Tobago). Despite graduating during the height of the pandemic, I have earned many opportunities working for companies like Huff Post, Disney TV Animation, and my current remote employment, Nickelodeon. I specialize in color design, bringing life to the many Layouts, props, and paintings to articles and animations alike.

  • Turnaround Time: 1 Week - 1 Month
  • Min. Price per Project: $500-$700

andrew kolb

Andrew Kolb is an illustrator hailing from Ontario, Canada. He loves working with bright colors, whimsical characters, and projects that tell a story. Kolb's work takes inspiration from mid-century cartoons, pulp novel covers, and small moments in our everyday lives.

  • Turnaround Time: 2-3 Days
  • Min. Price per Project: $500

Ash Miyagawa

Ash Miyagawa is an illustrator and brand identity, packaging and web designer from Chicago, IL. Her work focuses on communicating esoteric experiences and ideas clearly and effectively to broader audiences. She is passionate about working with small businesses and works closely with her clients to bring their unique brand visions from niche dream to reality, translating the visual brand experience across platforms both in print and online in a way that is accessible and marketable. Her personal illustration work treads the liminal spaces between science and magic—revealing new biologies in interpretation of the details. Online everywhere as @ashmiyagawa.

  • Turnaround Time: Depends on Project
  • Min. Price per Project: $350-$700

Baldemar Rivas

Baldemar Rivas is an illustrator from California, born and raised; drawing in his studio is where he spends most of his days. He graduated from the Kansas City Art institute with a BFA in illustration and has been a professional freelance artist since 2016. Baldemar’s art borrows from various comic and graphic influences, which he employs while experimenting in inking with traditional and digital media. His experiences with murals, editorial illustrations, storyboards and sequential storytelling have informed his current occupation of creating interior and cover work for DC Comics and others.

  • Turnaround Time: 3-4 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $1000

Carson Mcnamara

Pronouns: she/her

Hello! I'm an illustrator + designer based in Richmond, Virginia. I specialize in editorial illustration and creative design. I love novels, picture making, print, weird podcasts and when things are really tiny. I have worked for clients like NPR, ProPublica, The Washington Post and Matador Records. I'd love to help you make your project a reality!

  • Turnaround Time: 3-7 Days
  • Min. Price per Project: $200-$500

Casey Landerkin

I am an illustrator/artist based in Philadelphia, PA and I specialize in vibrant, whimsical work that is created with both traditional and digital media. I love seeing the magic in the mundane, following my creative impulses, and spreading inspiration whenever I can. I believe that everyone deserves to tell their story and am honored when I can help do that.

  • Turnaround Time: 2-3 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500-$1000

Danielle Chenette

Danielle Chenette is an illustrator/animator currently living and working in Western Massachusetts.

  • Turnaround Time: 2-3 Days
  • Min. Price per Project: $500 or $80/hr

David Pemberton

My name is David Pemberton and I’m an artist and illustrator living in the Bay Area. I’ve designed various items for MBMBaM, Pizzamas, and P4A, and my artwork has appeared on sites such as Uproxx, The AV Club, and Vinyl Me, Please. I pay the bills by working as a senior producer at a publishing imprint, which means I help new and emerging writers, narrators, and designers get paid for their marvelous work. Before that, I worked in marketing at Patreon and had the pleasure of partnering with creators to better connect with their fans. And before ALL THAT I was a full-time freelance writer and artist! All of that rigamarole to say: I love making cool stuff, and I love making cool stuff with cool people!

  • Turnaround Time: ~ 1 Week
  • Min. Price per Project: $500

Dominique Ramsey

Dominique Ramsey is an Illustrator who loves all things animal and nature. She strives for uniqueness, using bright colors, cultural patterns, and shapes to catch the viewer's eye. Her biggest inspirations come from folk art, textiles, and spiritualism of many cultures from around the world.

  • Turnaround Time: 2-4 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $200-$1000

Emily Alvarez

Emily Alvarez is an artist of Dominican and Cuban descent from the South-Western suburbs of Miami, Florida. Now creating in the Kansas City area, Emily seeks to draw aconnection between her various areas of interest including design, illustration, storytelling, and themessuch as personal and external explorations of mental illness, sociology and folk tales. Mediums throughwhich these themes converge include murals, editorial illustrations, mixed media paintings, comics andchildren's book illustrations. She primarily enjoys indulging in lively compositions, vivacious color andexaggerated motion in order to instill her work with vigorous energy.

  • Turnaround Time: ~1 Week
  • Min. Price per Project: $500

Emily Kardamis

Emily Kardamis is a Chicago-based artist, designer and space wizard, originally hailing from Cleveland, Ohio. Her work focuses on fantastical characters and bright, vibrant colors, amplifying the whimsy in fiction and non-fiction work alike. As an artist, she seeks to celebrate joy and capture the moments we're in and the people we share them with.

  • Turnaround Time: 4-5 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500+

Greer Stothers

I am an award-winning illustrator, pin-maker and author based in Toronto. After graduating from Sheridan College’s Illustration program, I developed an interest in the history of life and studied Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. I am also deeply interested in the interplay between science and art, and delight in publicly speaking on the topic.

  • Turnaround Time: 1-4 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500 or $250/Day

Greg Kletsel

Greg Kletsel is an illustrator and character designer based in Atlanta, GA. His illustrations have been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard Magazine and ESPN. His animation work has been included in projects for Nickelodeon, Netflix, CBS Films and Adult Swim. His work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts and American Illustration.

  • Turnaround Time: 2 - 3 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500

Itzel Islas

Pronouns: (she/her)

Itzel is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator from Tijuana, Mexico, currently living in San Diego, California. Itzel's work is inspired by Mexican culture, vibrant color palettes and playful elements of everyday life. Her main medium is the computer, but she also loves sketching and incorporating hand-drawn elements into her designs. As founder & CEO of YAY Itzel, Itzel's mission since 2016 has been to empower folks and create a positive bi-cultural impact through design.

  • Turnaround Time: 1-2 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $750

Jillian Goeler

Jillian is an illustrator based in Connecticut. She loves playing with a mix of groovy, minimalistic shapes, gritty texture and retro illustration/lettering while putting a modern and whimsical spin on everything she creates. She looks to nature, current events, and pop culture for her inspiration.

  • Turnaround Time: ~2 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500

Keelin Gorlewski

Keelin is an illustrator and cartoonist from Toronto. She loves to work with colour, texture, and humour. Her interests include ridiculous historical stories, rural settings, and gay stuff.

  • Turnaround Time: 2-3 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500

Krystal Quiles

Krystal Quiles is a Brooklyn based visual artist and illustrator who loves to use texture and color to connect with viewers. She seeks to create illustrations that bring up new ideas and start conversations. Krystal has worked with The Smithsonian Institution, TED and The Nation collaborating on illustrations that bring upon social awareness and thinking. She also enjoys her work in children’s book publishing, because telling stories through pictures is the best way to communicate with children and adults alike.

  • Turnaround Time: ~1 Month
  • Min. Price per Project: $50

Maddy Vian

Maddy Vian is a colourful freelance illustrator living by the sea in Kent, England. She loves to create work that celebrates empowerment and nostalgia and uses every colour under the sun. She mostly works in children's publishing and animation but loves packaging design and branding. She has worked with a wide range of content creators such as KickthePJ, dodie and Cavetown and recently designed a pair of frog socks for DFTBA's Awesome Socks Club.

  • Turnaround Time: ~1 Month
  • Min. Price per Project: $800

Mary Kirkpatrick

I am a freelance illustrator based in Toronto, Canada. I am passionate about images and their power to ignite curiosity. I love diving into research - to take a subject that might seem complicated or even boring and make it fun and engaging! I am particularly interested in projects surrounding science/technology, nature and food/cooking.

  • Turnaround Time: 1 Week
  • Min. Price per Project: $500

Megan Toenyes

Megan Toenyes, pronounced without the "o" ala "Ten-yes", has been enjoying the dynamic lifestyle of being a freelancer since 2018 and works as a creative director, video artist, mixed media designer and animator. As a freelancer she's expanded her professional portfolio with graphic design and video related work produced for a variety of clients such as VidCon, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Hank Green, Complexly, Anna Akana, Lydia Loveless, Peter Jones Productions, Sanvello, GoldieBlox, Skybound, Big Tent Productions, and Freddie Prinze Jr. Megan’s favorite design and illustration work balances the line between the beautiful and the absurd.

  • Turnaround Time: 1-2 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500 or $60/hr

Miranda Finn

I’m Miranda, a graphic designer and illustrator from the Midwest, USA. By day I’m a full time web designer at a small digital agency, but in my spare time I enjoy designing posters and doodling. I consider my design work to be primarily explorations in type and texture, while my illustration work tends to be stylized and cartoon-y. My favorite thing to draw is cats, although I’m usually up for drawing other critters and characters too!

  • Turnaround Time: 3-4 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500-$750

Molly Russell

I am a designer and illustrator with a formal education in media arts. I like my coffee black, my whiskey neat and I never leave the house without a sketchbook. I happen to have an obsession with sandwich structure. (Yes, like deli sandwiches) Quality ingredients are vital, and just as valuable are the framework and intention. I am curious as to what gets people out of bed in the morning and believe that everyone has a secret sauce whether they know it or not. If you’re excited, I’m excited.

  • Turnaround Time: ~3 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500

Nana Williams

I'm an artist based in Portland, OR. My work is inspired by nature, environmentalism, folklore and mythology and the dark side of history, especially the mediaeval and renaissance periods.

  • Turnaround Time: 2-3 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500

Peter Violini

I'm currently Brooklyn-based; I mostly do interiors and covers for tabletop RPG products or MMORPG fan content, but I'd love to get back into comics. I've got a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cartooning from the School Of Visual Arts, and did 1000+ pages of an urban fantasy webcomic called "The Sisters" across 4 years. Artistically, I love a good, clear, line and a lot of them; simple colors that let the linework do the heavy lifting; and a penchant for scifi, fantasy, with a few drops of horror here and there.

  • Turnaround Time: 1-3 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500

Pey Chi

Pey Chi (佩绮) is a multi-disciplinary artist, living and working on stolen Wurundjeri Land, in Melbourne, Australia. She works primarily as a ceramicist, illustrator and stick and poke tattoo artist. Since becoming chronically ill - with Topical Steroid Withdrawal - in 2014, it has been her aim to build an arts practice, unafraid of colour - that brings brightness into the world, for herself, but hopefully for others too.

  • Turnaround Time: 2-3 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500

Raisa Álava Robina

Bilbao based maker, working on the fields of drawing, engraving, silkscreen, illustration and ceramics. I make about lived and imagined experiences, collective memory, comic and random thoughts. Some recent projects I have worked on include editorial illustration, artworks for music bands, branding, art, solo shows, workshop programming and site specific installations like mural paintings. SELECTED CLIENTS: The New Yorker, The New York Times, TOUR de France, El Pais, The Folio Society, HBO Europe, Mapfre, Mad Decent Records, TOUS Jewelry

  • Turnaround Time: 1 - 3 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500

Rii Abrego

Rii Abrego is a Latina illustrator and comic artist who resides in the very humid southern USA. A frequent subject of her art is the beauty and magic of the everyday and the connections that we make - with the world around us, with each other, and with ourselves. Stylistically, she utilizes warm colors, nostalgic designs, and precise linework.

  • Turnaround Time: ~1 Month
  • Min. Price per Project: $500-$1000

Rotimi Olowu

I'm an industry Artist who has worked in TV animation for the past 3 years and has over 6 years experience creating freelance animation and designs. While I graduated in animation I currently prefer to work as a designer creating beautiful character designs, backgrounds, posters and more. Im proficient in photoshop, toon boom harmony, after effects, adobe animate and more.

  • Turnaround Time: 1-2 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500

Ry Macarayan

Ry is an illustrator currently based in Honolulu, Hawaii. They are an experienced illustrator for products, having worked in design for home goods, stationery, and children's apparel. They are strategic in their work, often using clean and minimal forms, but is unafraid of bold colors, soft textures, and refreshing compositions. Their style is a perfect example of organic shapes living in a digital world.

  • Turnaround Time: ~1 Month
  • Min. Price per Project: $500 or $100/hr

Sajan Rai

Sajan Rai is a self-employed artist that enjoys producing colorful, unsettling and otherworldly pieces - primarily working digitally but with a keen interest in evoking traditional mediums. Sajan's main ongoing project focuses on documenting an imagined world through illustrated haiku poetry. They also make absurd comics.

  • Turnaround Time: 1 - 2 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500-$70

Taryn Johnson

Taryn Johnson is an illustrator, animator, and maker of things based in Massachusetts. Inspired by nature and marine biology, she is passionate about sparking curiosity and wonder for our planet and the life that lives here. She hopes her illustrations bring a little color, whimsy, and playful appreciation of nature wherever they go. You can learn more about Taryn’s illustration work on her website at tarynjohnson.com or on instagram @tarynosaurus.

  • Turnaround Time: ~3 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500-$1200

Tyler Reed

I’m a whirlwind of creativity, fun, and positivity. My special ability is to bring bland assets and stale concepts to life with illustrations brimming with personality. My body of work spans from corporate illustrations, a playful lifestyle brand, and social/meme content garnering engagement in the thousands.

  • Turnaround Time: 1 - 3 Weeks
  • Min. Price per Project: $500