I signed up for a gallery at Hire an Illustrator several months ago. I’d heard a little buzz about it on the web, and I thought I would give it a shot.
What is HAI?
Hire an Illustrator or HAI is a portfolio web site. You pay a fee to upload your art there and they promote it to art directors and other people looking to commission illustration work. The site was founded by Darren Di Lieto, originally an illustrator and web designer.
How Much Does It Cost?
As of the writing of this article, the price is $7 a week or $320 for the year. That gets you a portfolio on the web site. Also, they promote you with press releases you want to share. In addition, they mail out promo bundles. So if you send them a mailer card, they’ll send it out to art directors and potential clients.
My Initial Thoughts
When I first looked at the site, I was blown away by the level of talent. I was definitely skeptical about potential clients finding my work amongst all the other great artists, but I figured for $7 a week, there wasn’t too much to lose. I guess my fears were unjustified though because my phone started ringing. While I can’t say it has brought me in a ton of work. I have been contacted for a few jobs. One of which I accepted.
One illustration in several months isn’t exactly going to keep my business afloat, but it is one more job that I didn’t have. Also, it probably paid for a few years of service at HAI. So in my book, Hire an Illustrator is working well for me. Also, I haven’t taken advantage of some of their other promotional services. I should probably send some promo cards to them.
Overall, I’m pleased with Hire an Illustrator and will continue to use them as another avenue to get work as a freelancer.
This post was written on IllustrationInfo.com. Content copyright 2009 Cory Thoman.