I'm getting ready to hire an illustrator to create a web mascot for me. I've got the basic idea (e.g. animal type, action, etc.), and can point the way to similar designs.
What's a fair way to get an idea of whether an illustrator and I are on the same page during the application/interview process? A quick sketch or something based on the concept would work for me for a hiring decision, but I'm not sure if that's a reasonable thing to ask for during an interview.
Does anyone have a suggestion on a good balance between my time/$$ and the freelancer's, especially in the application phase?
Hi Bryan L. and Welcome!
I would advise you when hiring an illustrator, to look at the portfolios of different freelancers to get a sense of their style. If you want a freelancer to create any original work for you, even if it is a part of your screening process, then you will need to pay them for their work. You would need to hire them on for a test phase.
i hope this information helps and that we can get some feedback from other clients that have hired for similar jobs.