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Book illustration and graphic design services

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Greetings! My name is Dirk Joseph. I am a Baltimore based visual artist. With over three decades of experience as a freelance illustrator, I've honed my skills in crafting vibrant and captivating graphic designs and illustrations for a diverse range of client projects. Beyond illustration, I'm also a versatile artist, delving into puppetry, playwriting, painting, sculpture, and teaching art. Each of these creative pursuits enriches the others, shaping my distinctive artistic approach.

I firmly believe in the transformative power of storytelling to inspire and effect change. Whether it's creating illustrations for children's books, posters, or other mediums, I'm deeply passionate about weaving narratives through visual storytelling. This website serves as an invitation to you and a testament to my dedication to storytelling and meticulous attention to detail, allowing me to breathe life into narratives through my artwork.

Our children need stories that will inspire them to claim and value their authentic self! Together, we can ignite imagination, inspire curiosity, and instill a sense of wonder in the hearts and minds of our audience. Scroll down to see samples of artwork from various projects. Scroll down further to see my pricing guidelines for illustration work. When you are ready, contact me to get a cost estimate for illustrating that story you wish to deliver to the world.

I can be contacted at


Art by Dirk Joseph



Services Offered:

  • Children's Book Illustrations

  • Editorial Illustrations

  • Character Design

  • Concept Art

  • Storyboarding


My pricing structure is based on industry standards and the complexity of the project. Here is a general outline of rates but ultimately when you are ready we can have a conversation about your specific needs in order to give you a more accurate estimate:

  1. Children's Book Illustrations:

    • Full-page illustrations: $200 - $800 per illustration

    • Spot illustrations: $50 - $200 per illustration

  2. Editorial Illustrations:

    • Single image: $200 - $800

    • Series of illustrations: Rates negotiable based on the project scope

  3. Character Design:

    • Starting at $150 per character design

  4. Concept Art:

    • Starting at $150 per piece

  5. Storyboarding:

    • Rates vary based on the complexity and length of the project. Please contact me for a personalized quote.

Note: These rates are approximate and may vary depending on factors such as project complexity, usage rights, and deadlines. Discounts may be available for bulk orders or long-term projects.

For inquiries or to discuss your project further, please feel free to reach out to me via email at

I look forward to collaborating with you to bring your vision to life!

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