A story isn’t really a story without the colorful characters that make it up. Whether you’re working on a creative project and need to bring your tale to life, or you’re a business looking for a mascot to represent your company, character design can help you bring your story to life.

A professional and creative character designer brings a unique perspective and can add something special to your projects.

How to get the best character design

A character’s look tells you a lot about who they are and what they (and your brand) represent. In order help you get that look exactly right, 99designs offers two ways of getting your character designed.

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Design contests give you options. By — Rogger —

Start a character design contest

Want multiple designers from around the world to show you how they visualize your character? A design contest will give you that! We’ll help you write a brief, then post it for thousands of designers to see. Designers will send you ideas, you give feedback to perfect those ideas and you pick your favorite character as the winner.

Work directly with a freelance character designer

Sometimes, you have a vision in your head and the best way to get it out is to work with a single designer that has the right style. You agree on a price and collaborate to get it exactly right. If this is what you’re looking for, read on!

The 10 best freelance character designers to hire in 2018

Top Level
5.0
( 217 )
  • Logo design
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Character or mascot
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Other design
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Logo & business card
  • Other art or illustration
  • T-shirt
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Web page design
  • Merchandise
  • Sticker
  • Product label
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Icon or button
  • Signage
  • Other web or app design
  • Business card
  • Other business or advertising
  • Social media page
  • Product packaging
  • Poster
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • App design
  • Logo & hosted website
  • Infographic
  • Brochure
  • Brand guide
  • Banner ad
Top Level
5.0
( 37 )
  • Logo design
  • Character or mascot
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Product packaging
  • Logo & business card
  • T-shirt
  • Product label
  • Other design
  • Other art or illustration
Top Level
5.0
( 72 )
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Character or mascot
  • Book cover
  • Other art or illustration
  • Logo design
  • T-shirt
  • Tattoo
  • Other Graphic Design
  • Other design
  • Icon or button
  • Cup or mug
  • Web page design
  • Social media page
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Signage
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other business or advertising
  • Card or invitation
  • Banner ad
Top Level
5.0
( 125 )
  • Logo design
  • Character or mascot
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Other art or illustration
  • Business card
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other design
  • Other business or advertising
  • Logo & business card
  • Brand guide
  • T-shirt
  • Signage
  • Poster
Top Level
5.0
( 20 )
  • Character or mascot
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Clothing or apparel
  • T-shirt
  • Other art or illustration
  • Logo design
  • Sticker
  • Other design
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Merchandise
  • Banner ad
Top Level
5.0
( 29 )
  • Logo design
  • Character or mascot
  • Banner ad
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other design
  • Logo & business card
Top Level
5.0
( 44 )
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Character or mascot
  • T-shirt
  • Logo design
  • Other art or illustration
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other design
  • Merchandise
  • Product packaging
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Card or invitation
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Poster
  • App design
  • Book cover
  • Sticker
  • Stationery
  • Signage
  • Facebook cover
  • Logo & brand identity pack
Top Level
5.0
( 60 )
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Character or mascot
  • T-shirt
  • Other art or illustration
  • Logo design
  • Tattoo
  • Sticker
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Icon or button
  • Merchandise
  • Card or invitation
Top Level
5.0
( 33 )
  • Logo design
  • Logo & business card
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Icon or button
  • Character or mascot
  • App design
  • Product label
  • Stationery
  • Other design
  • Other business or advertising
Top Level
5.0
( 115 )
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Logo design
  • Character or mascot
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Other design
  • T-shirt
  • Product label
  • Product packaging
  • Other art or illustration
  • Merchandise
  • Web page design
  • Stationery
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other business or advertising
  • Icon or button
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Book cover
  • Other web or app design
  • Other packaging or label
  • App design
  • Logo & business card
  • Landing page design
  • Business card
  • Brochure

How did we choose these as the top character designers?

Quality

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99designs categorizes the designers on our marketplace in terms of their experience: Entry level, Mid level and Top level. These design levels are assigned by a portfolio review from our in-house design experts.

In order to pick the best of the best, we also consider the following:

Experience with Character Design

Not every graphic designer has the skills required to be a great character designer—it really is a specialty. The top character designers on 99designs have successfully completed many related projects, effectively earning their chops.

Professionalism

The freelance character designers on this list of the very best didn’t make it here by chance—they had to demonstrate a history of professionalism in their dealings with clients, successfully completing many different projects.

What to think about when hiring a character designer

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Before you default to the first character designer on our list of the very best, consider:

  • Asking about the designer’s process. Do they ask thoughtful questions about your story and desired character design? Do they take the time to get to know your brand? Having a solid understanding of what you’re looking for, and the brand traits you want reflected in your character design, are essential for achieving a design you can both be proud of.
  • Checking out portfolios for style. Skill and style are two very different things to consider when looking for a freelance character designer. A candidate may have a lot of advanced skills but it’s possible that their resulting character designs aren’t compatible with your style. Because of this, you’ll want to look through past portfolio pieces to get an idea of who’s the best fit for your project.

Are you ready to hire an amazing freelance character designer?

A character designer can help bring your story to life: whether fictional or to aid in company marketing efforts. Don’t see your perfect match on this list? Search our entire platform for the best character to come up with your next design.

Want more characters?
If you don’t see your perfect match here never fear! We have thousands of professional character designers to choose from.