Craft a unique brand with

Custom Illustrations

For a fixed monthly fee, you can make your brand stand out with our dedicated illustration team, which can deliver unlimited designs to craft and personalize your brand assets.

Created to serve marketing agencies, event managers, and any business in need of high-quality design work.

Loved by thousands of brands

Good for Startups

As a small team, time is your biggest asset.

Great for Agencies

Client satisfaction is most valuable to you.

Made for Teams

Collaboration gets you ahead of the game

Unlimited illustrations

Request as many illustrations as you need for the same price every month: no hourly fees, no surprises.

Unlimited revisions

We’ll make changes to your illustrations for you as many times as you need. We’re not happy until you are.

Variety of options

Need a different style? Your designer collaborates in squads of designers with all kinds of styles and skills.

Ridiculously fast

Get most designs back within 1 business day or less. For more complex requests you'll get daily progress updates.

Unlimited brands

Use it for your clients, use it for yourself. You can request designs for as many brands as you like.

Full ownership

Each illustration is created from scratch, personalized for you, and they're all yours.

Request your illustration today,
get it tomorrow

Deer Designer gives you a team of a professional designer, a dedicated project manager and a quality hero that cares about your success, is reliable and always available.

How does it work?

1

Send your request

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Review your illustrations

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Ask changes if needed

What's included?

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See what 1000+ brands who switched to Deer Designer have to say
I just wanted to say how much I totally LOVE working with Deer Designer. Their work is just amazing! Our clients are obsessed with their designs.

I feel like I have a wishing tree I can just send a video with what I want and... tada! So much energy freed up now that I'm not doing design myself. I've already got two of their designers working with me. Love it!

Jennie Lakenan

Jennie Lakenan | United States

I used Design Pickle and hated it. We've switched to Deer Designer over a year ago. Their website samples are good but the work they do for us is insane!

We have 5 of deer designers in our team (looking at 6 now!). They help us with website mockups, logos, flyers, etc. They also designed the site for a $150 million/year company (client of ours) and they loved it!

Aaron Marquez

Amarquez | United States

We've used Design Pickle and Deer Designer and now we've moved completely to Deer Designer.

Our clients are so happy with all the designs! Their work is outstanding and they're very responsive. I absolutely LOVE it!

Sarah Kuglin

Redwood Valley Technical Solutions | United States

I've tried all the design services out there. Deer Designer takes the crown for many reasons. First of all, they have the best designer to client ratio.

They also do it all, literally! Other services stick only to requests that take less thought and effort. The quality of the designs is also a big step over their competitors (Design Pickle included).

Adam Preiser

WPCrafter | United States

Frequently asked questions

How much does a custom illustration cost?

The cost of a custom illustration can vary widely depending on the complexity of the artwork, the size of the illustration, the level of detail required, the experience of the artist, and the purpose for which the illustration will be used.

Prices can start at around $50 for a simple black-and-white illustration and can go up to several hundred or even thousands of dollars for a highly detailed, full-color illustration. It’s best to discuss your specific needs and budget with the artist to get an accurate quote.

But if you decide to go with an on-demand design service such as Deer Designer, we will have a full team to work with you on your custom illustrations for a flat fee of $699 monthly. No more endless back-and-forth with a freelancer or surprise fees—just a simple, monthly subscription that gives you all the creative freedom you need.

There are some options available if you want to use custom illustrations as a part of your brand. You can hire a freelancer or an artist to do some work for you. But this option is usually not very useful to work in scale with recurrent demands, such as creating illustrations to share on your social media or as a part of your brand identity.

Online marketplaces, such as Etsy, Upwork, or Fiverr, offer a wide range of illustrators who sell their work online. But, similar to working with freelancers, this option is not very scalable and would also give you some headaches to filter them down, get them to learn your preferred style, and make sure they don’t abandon you mid-project.

Lastly, but definitely not least, you can hire an on-demand design service, such as Deer Designer. We have full-time, vetted illustrators on staff who can create custom illustrations for your business. You can provide your vision and ideas and work with them to bring your vision to life in as many pieces as you’d like.

How long is a piece of string? Hard to say, right? You can request as many design tasks as you need (unlimited), but the number of designs you’ll get back depends on the complexity of each task and how fast you can give feedback on them. Different clients get different amounts of work done. Simple requests can take a few hours, whereas more complex ones can take many days to be fully completed.

No matter how many requests you need, as long as there’s a design task on your queue, your designer or illustrator will be working on it every day. You will also receive daily updates even if the request is still in progress (e.g.: a 22-slide PowerPoint presentation). We guarantee complete transparency and honesty in all communications.

You sure can.

From the moment we start working on a design request, as soon as the first update is sent to you, you’ll be able to access the editable layered files by going to the “design” folder of your ticket.

If you make changes to the file, please make sure to send it back to your account manager so we always have the latest updated file in case you need revisions in the future. We currently work with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign only.

You can. When you sign up, you are matched with a dedicated designer who will do all the design work for you for as long as you’re a client. The match happens according to the information you send us on your onboarding. We will also try a few designers in your first months with us to make sure you’re getting the best fit for your design work.

It does take time to build a relationship and get to know one another. If you’re not happy with the designs you received, let your designer know what you don’t like about them and send them examples and directions of what you’re looking for so they can learn your preferences and try again.

We’re usually really good with our designer match, but if you’re not happy with your illustrator or you just want another design style, we can always swap them for you. Let us know what design style you’re looking for, and we’ll do the matching.

Custom Illustrations Services

Are you tired of blending in with the crowd? Are generic stock images and overused graphics diluting your brand? It’s time to stand out with custom illustrations! Crafting a unique brand identity is crucial in the battle for user attention, and what better way to do that than with bespoke illustrations tailored to your brand’s personality and values?

Gone are the days of settling for mediocre templates and visuals that don’t truly represent your brand. With custom illustrations, you can bring your brand to life in a way that resonates with your audience and sets you apart from the competition. From quirky and whimsical to sleek and professional, the possibilities are endless when it comes to custom illustrations.

So, why blend in when you can stand out? Embrace the power of custom illustrations and catapult your brand to new heights. It’s time to showcase your brand’s individuality and creativity through unique visuals that leave a lasting impression. Don’t settle for ordinary—craft a brand that’s truly one-of-a-kind with custom illustrations!

What is a custom illustration?

Let’s cut straight to it: a custom illustration is a unique, one-of-a-kind drawing or design created specifically for a particular purpose or project.

It is tailored to your specific needs and requirements and can be used for branding, marketing, editorial, or personal use. Custom illustrations can be created using a variety of mediums, including digital or traditional methods such as drawing, painting, or printmaking.

When it comes to marketing, one of the main goals is to clearly communicate with your audience. Using custom illustrations helps simplify complicated ideas, products, or services.

Illustrations also help draw attention to the small details of your message by using colors, shapes, icons, mascots, and more. Custom illustrations help elevate your design and make abstract concepts easier for your audience to understand your brand.

What’s the difference between custom illustrations and graphic design?

Custom illustrations and graphic design both involve creating visual elements, but they are different in terms of their purpose, style, and process.

Custom illustrations are unique, hand-drawn, or digitally created images that are often used to convey a specific idea or concept. They are usually one-of-a-kind and can be tailored to fit a specific brand or project. Illustrations are often used for storytelling, branding, editorial content, and advertising.

Graphic design, on the other hand, refers to the creation of visual content using typography, images, and other elements to communicate a message or idea. It often involves using software such as Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator to create designs for websites, advertisements, posters, logos, and other visual materials. Graphic design is more focused on the overall composition and layout of visual elements instead of creating unique illustrations.

In summary, custom illustrations are unique, hand-crafted images created to convey specific ideas, whereas graphic design is the process of creating visual content using various design elements to communicate a message or idea.

But why exactly are illustrations so impactful?

Both illustrations and graphic design can be used to make brands stand out, but illustrations are impactful for several reasons:

  1. Visual appeal: Humans are naturally drawn to visuals, and illustrations catch the eye and hold attention more effectively than plain text.
  2. Emotional connection: Illustrations have the ability to evoke emotions and connect with the viewer on a deeper level, making them more memorable and influential.
  3. Simplifying complex concepts: Illustrations can simplify complicated or abstract concepts, making them easier to understand and more relatable to a wider audience.
  4. Uniqueness: Illustrations can be tailored to fit a specific message, brand, or audience, making them more unique and memorable than generic stock photos or images.
  5. Storytelling: Illustrations have the power to tell a story or convey a message in a way that words alone cannot, creating a more engaging and immersive experience for the viewer.

Overall, illustrations have a powerful impact because they engage the viewer on a visual and emotional level, simplify complex ideas, and create a unique and memorable experience.

 

Which are the most popular illustration styles?

If you decide you want your own custom illustrations, there are plenty of cool styles to explore to let your artist know what you want. Here are a few of the most popular ones:

  • Freehand: Hand-drawn illustrations are made using good-ol’-fashioned drawing tools like pencils and pens. They’re great for achieving a more natural and organic look.
  • Vector: Vector illustrations are created using fancy tools like professional software or apps. They’re perfect for making super clean and sharp visuals that can be resized without losing quality (because they’re made with math, not pixels)!
  • Digital: Digital illustrations are made using digital drawing software. They’re perfect for captivating audiences and telling stories through images.
  • 3D: Cutting-edge illustrations are brought to life with 3D modeling software and a whole arsenal of nifty brushes and tools. They can sculpt and model their way to creating intricate pieces that look just like the real deal. Are often used to show off ideas in a really realistic way.

 

How do I use art illustrations in branding and marketing strategies?

Custom illustrations can be used in a variety of ways to help boost your business and marketing strategies. Here are some of the best ways to utilize custom illustrations:

  • Websites: If you want your website to stand out from the crowd, custom illustrations are the way to go. Brands use animated illustrations, like motion graphics or Lottie files, to spice up their pages with some serious WOW factor to their pages and increase their conversion rates. It’s all about that visual identity.
  • Social media: The use of unique illustrations on social media enhances visibility and interaction. They effectively convey ideas and thoughts to your audience, making it easier for them to recall and share. A little free re-sharing never hurts, especially in today’s economy.
  • Marketing materials: Blog articles, banners, posters, email newsletters, infographics, print graphics, brand avatars, mascots, and so much more. All of those marketing materials can benefit from using custom illustrations that will stand out for your audience, and maintain your brand’s visual identity.
  • Product packaging: Customized packaging creates a memorable experience for your clients when they are the most excited to contact your brand. This can be effect for products that are available inside a store or supermarket, but also for e-commerce products for shipping.
  • Onboarding screens and manuals: When your client just made a purchase with you and wants to start using your product as soon as possible, that’s one moment to delight them with a great experience. Personalized illustrations can be helpful and compelling to your clients in such an important step of the process.
  • Merchandise: Illustrations can be used to create original merchandise, such as t-shirts, mugs, and stickers, catching more eyes on the street than you think!

 

What types of custom illustrations can you use?

Custom illustrations can be used in a variety of ways, from logos and icons to complex visuals and graphic animations. Some of the most popular types of custom illustrations include:

  • Custom icons: Illustrated icons are super easy to understand, no matter if someone speaks Chinese or English. Take the thumbs up, for example – everyone gets it! They’re a quick way to share your message and, once you create a set of branded icons, you can use them in lots of different places.
  • Illustrated characters and cartoons: Add some spice to your designs with unique illustrated characters that stick in customers’ minds. Characters give your business a face that people can connect with and remember, making your brand more personal.
  • Awesome infographics: Transform your infographic into eye-catching visuals with custom illustrations. These graphic illustrations help your audience grasp complicated ideas and data more easily, all while keeping your brand style consistent. Who says data can’t be pretty? Certainly not us!
  • Animated illustrations: Animations connect directly with your audience, letting them engage with complex processes or explanations in an authentic way. Explainer videos with illustrations help people remember more information, too.
  • Creative concept art: Turn those fantastic ideas in your head into colorful, detailed illustrations. Imagine impossible scenes, creatures, and characters coming to life with a magical and futuristic twist that’s hard to find anywhere else.
  • Book art illustrations: We believe all books should have illustrations – it just makes the world a better place. Whether it’s for children’s books or more serious reads, illustrations bring stories to life, making them more appealing, memorable, and engaging.
  • Impressive presentations: Make a lasting impression at important meetings by ditching boring stock photos. Invest in custom illustrations for a presentation that wows every time. Unique graphics will give your slides an unforgettable look, leaving your audience impressed long after the presentation ends.

 

How to incorporate custom illustrations into your brand

If you believe that custom illustrations play a secondary role in branding design, it’s time to reconsider. Personalized illustrations require thoughtful consideration when aligning a corporate campaign with your business’s messaging and core values. Neglecting custom illustrations can result in a lackluster brand design at best. In 2024, attention spans are shorter than ever, making any chance to stand out and enhance brand recall a no-brainer.

Smart brands are fully embracing the potential of custom illustrations, seamlessly incorporating them into various mediums such as animation, Lottie files, digital billboards, and kiosk screen displays. Don’t relegate custom illustrations to a minor role in your branding strategy – leverage them wisely and creatively!

 

What digital tools can you use to create custom illustrations?

Several platforms are available for creating custom illustrations, with Adobe Illustrator being the most common choice. As an industry-standard vector graphics software, Adobe Illustrator is widely favored by professional illustrators and designers. It provides an extensive array of tools and features to craft high-quality illustrations. At Deer Designer, all designers utilize Adobe, sharing both the final files and source files.

Another well-regarded platform is Procreate, an app enabling users to produce digital illustrations in diverse styles. Professionals and beginners alike appreciate Procreate for its user-friendly tools and features, facilitating the creation of both basic and unique illustrations.

 

How to choose the right designer or illustrator for your needs?

Finding an illustrator shouldn’t be a hassle, but the truth is, that traditional methods make it time-consuming and costly. That’s why Deer Designer simplifies the sourcing and portfolio search for you. We collaborate with you and your brand to make the connection between you and the right illustrators for your campaigns, removing the heavy lifting. Sharing examples, creative direction, and your ideas help us set you up for success!

Tell us your project’s requirements like any other design request. Provide details in your creative brief and share references and examples of the illustrations you need. Cover everything from custom graphic art specifications to where and on what platforms it will be used. Consider illustration styles that align with your brand’s aesthetic and overall campaign.

Ensure both parties are on the same page regarding deadlines and expectations. Throughout the process, offer feedback and make sure the illustrator understands your vision. Effective communication is crucial, so stay in touch and provide timely feedback. Avoid getting stuck in a feedback loop; invest in a service like Deer Designer for quick and easy communication of constructive feedback.

Illustrators are among the most sought-after talents in the creative industry, and they can be costly. However, getting an exceptionally talented designer paired with your brand overnight is possible with Deer Designer. We source professional illustrators, so you don’t have to sift through freelance portfolios. Pay one flat rate monthly for all your illustration needs. Say goodbye to tedious portfolio searches and welcome an on-demand creative perfectly matched to your brand—watch the magic unfold!

 

How to find quality unlimited illustrating services?

Hiring a graphic illustrator can be done on a freelance, part-time, or full-time basis for various projects like magazines, books, ads, and digital work. While freelancers are a common choice, the process can be time-consuming and repetitive, as you need to provide directions for branding and quality expectations with each project. Imagine how much easier it could be to provide project instructions and, like magic, receive a perfectly on-brand and visually trendy result.

That’s the magic Deer Designer’s service brings to every project. Each assigned illustrator works with your brand profile and creative brief to ensure an amazing end result for your campaign, with full visibility and transparency throughout the process—all for one flat monthly fee, so you never go out of scope again!

Deer Designer offers unlimited graphics with unlimited revisions, offering you an experience similar to having an entire design department at your disposal (minus the water cooler chats). This subscription-based, flat-rate design service is an excellent solution for small to medium-sized businesses and agencies to access top-tier creative illustrators and designers without the need to expand their payroll with a whole new team.

 

To sum it up:

Custom illustrations are a fantastic way to distinguish your business and make it stand out in a crowded digital landscape, enhancing brand recall in an era of short attention spans. Whether it’s logos, icons, characters, or animations, custom illustrations offer diverse ways to craft a memorable and distinctive brand.

By leveraging custom illustration services, you can elevate your marketing graphics, leading to increased conversions. Get your own design team from Deer Designer today to explore the possibilities of flat-rate, unlimited design services that can propel your brand to new heights.

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