Artisfy will be a place you can go to hire the best digital illustrators. If you need an illustration for the latest article on Medium, a cover for your new book, some concept art for a video game, or just something to hang on your wall — you'll be able to find the right digital artist for the job.

Artisfy will attempt to stay out of the way in all transactions and communications between artist and client, taking only a minimal fee. The goal is to be a great place to find talented artists who've developed their own styles and insights into how to communicate a message — as well as a place where a genuine, collaborative relationship can form.

Why it was started

While visiting some of my favorite sites, I would sometimes come across beautifully-written, informative articles relying solely on a catchy headline to hook the reader into the story.

Then, sometime later, I would come across shoddily-researched, kludgily written articles that had amazingly detailed, engrossing illustrations accompanying them.

It made me curious: why aren't there more beautiful articles and stories accompanied by equally beautiful images?

Artisfy is trying to bridge this gap between storytellers and artists. I'm starting by building a marketplace that should hopefully make it easy and painless to find excellent creative talent.

How it works

  1. Browse the site to find an artist you like
  2. Pay them upfront for one hour of time
  3. Send a description of an illustration you'd like

After making this request, you'll receive a basic illustration from the artist you requested, usually starting with a basic sketch.

However, the process described above can be repeated over and over again, letting the artist improve the original illustration little by little until, ultimately, you receive an illustration that satisfies your original intention.

An example

Here's an example of this process in action:

  1. I contacted Ryan Shaw
  2. I requested an illustration based on a story I was working on
  3. I paid him for his work once a portion of the illustration was done, and then gave him feedback to improve the next version

Note: The following images are meant to give you an idea of what the process of "upgrading" an illustration in pieces might look like. This project wasn't done using Artisfy.

01. Rough Sketch


02. Refined Sketch


03. Value Sketch


04. Inking the Lines


05. Adding Color


06. Final Product


You can see a full resolution of the image on the story where it was used: Lumberjack Graves Dug Deep in the Ocean Floor.

As you can see, you can get huge improvements between one stage of an image and the next.

Being able to give feedback mid-process allows you to change the direction of an illustration early and prevents the artist having to go back and redo parts that have already been inked and colored.

Status of Artisfy

I'm currently working on as a part-time job. I'm not sure when it will be ready, but I'm aiming for the end of 2015. I'm planning for an initial, beta version to ship in the first quarter of 2016.

If you want to learn more about how it will work, you can read the Frequently Asked Questions on the official website.

If you want to send me feedback or have any questions, you can reach out to me on Twitter or send me an email. I'd love to hear what you have to say.