Picture books or the children’s books are a very well known category of books usually read by children of the age group 3-9 years. The message of such books is usually conveyed through the illustrations which are created to support the text. The theme may be on good habits, mannerisms, values, activities, educational, religious, cultural etc. Since the age group is 3-9 years, the text usually written is very simple and plain and the message is conveyed through illustrations.
It is important that you find a good affordable picture book illustrator who can give you beautiful artwork which the children would love to see. If the illustrations are able to connect with the children then there are high chances that it will be picked by their parents as the children will insist their parents to buy that particular book. Many times even parents want to buy books for their kids which are neatly made and the text and illustrations play a very important role in that.
Choosing a good book illustrator may be difficult but with some efforts you should be able to do that as there are many illustrators who are looking for projects. Some are new illustrators where as others are established illustrators. Getting an established illustrator may be a little costly but they have the kind of experience which is very relevant. If you are ready to spend that extra time, then you can even think of hiring a relatively inexperienced illustrator also.
There are many agencies which may be contacted to hire illustrators and they will also help you in making contracts etc and will also coordinate every activity between you and the illustrator. But while contacting agencies, an extra caution must be practiced to keep your budget fixed and you must convey it to the agency in the beginning itself as this may prove quite expensive.
There are agencies which can give you reasonably priced illustrators also and they have the experience also. You must explore the market thoroughly and negotiate well if you feel that the prices are on the higher side. If you feel that the prices are fine, then you can go ahead and ask for a paid sample and check if the illustrator being offered is really good or not. Getting the right illustrator is the key to a successful picture book.