How Much Does it Cost to illustrate Children's Books In South Africa?

We get a lot of inquiries from first-time authors asking, “we love your work! How much will it cost to illustrate the children’s book I’ve written?” , and most people don’t know about the costs and steps to get the project going. we have listed a few steps that needs to be followed before we produce the final profuct.

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1

THE MANUSCRIPT

We’ll need an edited manuscript. This piece of writing should be a final copy because if there are changes to be made later on it will make our job more difficult, and it may cost you extra for changes.

2

THE CHARACTERS

We’ll need character descriptions, as well as any thoughts on how you’ve envisioned them looking. Of course, we’ll be bringing our own ideas to the table after reading your manuscript, but we’d like to hear what the author has in their head. This stage usually takes a while. This is also why the more you communicate your thoughts, feelings, and needs about the character and their personalities the smoother it goes. 

3

CHARACTER LINEUP

When multiple characters are involved these sketches will be put on a character lineup, showing how each of their height relates. T

4

LINEAR DRAWINGS

After all that initial work we’re FINALLY ready to go to linear drawings. These are tightened drawings that are based off of the approved thumbnail sketches. These drawings will be done to size, accounting for any trims and bleeds required by the printer. 

5

THUMBNAIL SKETCHES

These are very rough sketch ideas of what each page layout will look like.

6

 PAINTING

We’re finally at the most exciting stage – painting! The drawings you approved will be used as the under layer for the digitally painted illustrations.

7

THE BOOK COVER

For the cover, you have some choices. We can either reuse an illustration from the inside, or WE can create a new image. We can create a completely custom-lettered title. Or we can lay it out using an existing typeface. Or you can leave it blank and have your book designer lay it out. We’ll also need to know if you want the back cover and spine laid out, same options as the front cover.

Packages

Starter Package
R
4000
  • Character Development
  • Linear Drawings
  • Character Drawing
  • Book Layout & Typography
  • 10 High End Illustrations
  • Book Cover Design
  • Book Mockups
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Advanced Package
R
7000
  • Character Development
  • Linear Drawings
  • Character Drawing
  • Book Layout & Typography
  • 20 High End Illustrations
  • Book Cover Design
  • Book Mockups
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Premium Package
R
10500
  • Character Development
  • Linear Drawings
  • Character Drawing
  • Book Layout & Typography
  • 30 High End Illustrations
  • Book Cover Design
  • Book Mockups
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Gold Package
R
16000
  • Character Development
  • Linear Drawings
  • Character Drawing
  • Book Layout & Typography
  • 50 High End Illustrations
  • Book Cover Design
  • Book Mockups
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