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 2019

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    Top Level
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    ( 315 )
    • 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
    • Product label
    • Web page design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Merchandise
    • Sticker
    • Signage
    • Icon or button
    • Poster
    • Business card
    • Product packaging
    • Other business or advertising
    • App design
    • Social media page
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Infographic
    • Card or invitation
    • Brochure
    • Brand guide
    • Banner ad
    • 3D
    • Book cover
  2. 2
    Top Level
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    ( 169 )
    • Logo design
    • Character or mascot
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other art or illustration
    • Business card
    • Other business or advertising
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other design
    • Logo & business card
    • Brand guide
    • Web page design
    • T-shirt
    • Stationery
    • Signage
    • Poster
    • Car, truck or van wrap
  3. 3
    Top Level
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    ( 41 )
    • 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
  4. 4
    Top Level
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    • Illustration or graphics
    • Character or mascot
    • Book cover
    • Logo design
    • Other art or illustration
    • T-shirt
    • Icon or button
    • Tattoo
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Other design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Cup or mug
    • Web page design
    • Social media page
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Signage
    • Other business or advertising
    • Card or invitation
    • Banner ad
    • Other web or app design
  5. 5
    Top Level
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    ( 80 )
    • Character or mascot
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Banner ad
    • T-shirt
    • Card or invitation
    • Logo design
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Tattoo
    • Merchandise
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other art or illustration
    • Flash banner
    • Business card
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product packaging
    • Other web or app design
    • Facebook cover
    • WordPress theme design
    • Web page design
    • Social media page
    • Signage
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • App design
    • Menu
    • Logo & business card
    • Landing page design
    • Email
    • Cup or mug
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Book cover
    • 3D
  6. 6
    Top Level
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    ( 93 )
    • Logo design
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & business card
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Product packaging
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product label
    • Sticker
    • Other art or illustration
    • T-shirt
    • Other design
    • Business card
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other packaging or label
    • Stationery
    • Poster
    • Other book or magazine
    • Merchandise
    • Brand guide
    • Banner ad
  7. 7
    Top Level
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    ( 45 )
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo design
    • Banner ad
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other design
    • Logo & business card
    • Business card
  8. 8
    Top Level
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    ( 24 )
    • Character or mascot
    • Illustration or graphics
    • T-shirt
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo design
    • Sticker
    • Other design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Merchandise
    • Banner ad
  9. 9
    Top Level
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    ( 33 )
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo design
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product packaging
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Web page design
    • Signage
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Poster
  10. 10
    Top Level
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    ( 39 )
    • Character or mascot
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Card or invitation
    • Poster
    • Logo & brand identity pack
  11. 11
    Top Level
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    ( 68 )
    • Other design
    • Logo design
    • Character or mascot
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Icon or button
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Product packaging
    • App design
    • Logo & business card
    • Web page design
    • T-shirt
    • Signage
    • Card or invitation
    • Brochure
    • Banner ad
    • WordPress theme design
    • Sticker
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product label
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other web or app design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other book or magazine
    • Menu
    • Infographic
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Button or icon
    • Business card
    • 3D
  12. 12
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 74 )
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Character or mascot
    • T-shirt
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo design
    • Tattoo
    • Sticker
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Icon or button
    • Other web or app design
    • Merchandise
    • Card or invitation
  13. 13
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 134 )
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo design
    • Character or mascot
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other design
    • T-shirt
    • Product label
    • Product packaging
    • Merchandise
    • Other art or illustration
    • Web page design
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Stationery
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other business or advertising
    • Icon or button
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Book cover
    • Other web or app design
    • Other packaging or label
    • App design
    • Logo & business card
    • Landing page design
    • Business card
    • Brochure
    • Poster
  14. 14
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 53 )
    • Logo design
    • Character or mascot
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo & business card
    • Web page design
    • WordPress theme design
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Infographic
    • Icon or button
  15. 15
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 40 )
    • Logo design
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Character or mascot
    • Icon or button
    • App design
    • Product label
    • Stationery
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
  16. 16
    Top Level
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    ( 34 )
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Logo & business card
    • Product packaging
    • Button or icon
    • Other design
    • T-shirt
    • Signage
    • Poster
    • Other art or illustration
    • Banner ad
    • App
  17. 17
    Top Level
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    ( 49 )
    • 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
    • Cup or mug
  18. 18
    Top Level
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    ( 13 )
    • Character or mascot
    • Illustration or graphics
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Sticker
    • Product packaging
    • Other business or advertising
    • Tattoo
    • Other clothing or merchandise
  19. 19
    Top Level
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    ( 26 )
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Icon or button
    • Other design
    • Character or mascot
    • Other art or illustration
    • Product label
    • Banner ad
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other packaging or label
    • Logo design
    • Landing page design
  20. 20
    Top Level
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    ( 28 )
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo design
    • Book cover
    • Tattoo
    • T-shirt
    • Other art or illustration
    • Magazine cover
    • Sticker
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other business or advertising
    • Merchandise
    • Icon or button
    • Card or invitation
  21. 21
    Top Level
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    ( 111 )
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Character or mascot
    • Product label
    • Other art or illustration
    • T-shirt
    • Product packaging
    • Logo design
    • Tattoo
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other design
    • Other book or magazine
    • Other business or advertising
    • Merchandise
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Poster
    • Other packaging or label
    • Card or invitation
    • Business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Sticker
    • Logo & business card
    • Landing page design
    • Infographic
    • Icon or button
    • Brochure
    • Book cover
  22. 22
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 57 )
    • Character or mascot
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo design
    • Other design
    • Book cover
    • T-shirt
    • Sticker
    • Card or invitation
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Logo & business card
    • Product packaging
    • Product label
    • Poster
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other web or app design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Icon or button
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Banner ad
  23. 23
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 27 )
    • Logo design
    • Other design
    • Logo & business card
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Social media page
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Facebook cover
    • Logo & hosted website
  24. 24
    Top Level
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    ( 37 )
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other design
    • Web page design
    • Icon or button
    • 3D
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other web or app design
    • Menu
    • Logo & business card
    • Infographic
    • Business card
    • Brochure
    • Logo & brand identity pack
  25. 25
    Top Level
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    ( 25 )
    • Character or mascot
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other art or illustration
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Logo design
    • Tattoo
    • Other design
    • Facebook cover
    • Card or invitation
    • T-shirt
  26. 26
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 95 )
    • Logo design
    • Character or mascot
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other design
    • Logo & business card
    • Brochure
    • Product packaging
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product label
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other art or illustration
    • T-shirt
    • Stationery
    • Clothing or apparel
    • WordPress theme design
    • Web page design
    • Menu
    • Logo & hosted website
    • Landing page design
    • Infographic
    • Icon or button
    • Business card
    • Banner ad
  27. 27
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 82 )
    • Logo design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other design
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Banner ad
    • Logo & business card
    • T-shirt
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Business card
    • Poster
    • Other art or illustration
    • Brochure
    • Web page design
    • Stationery
    • Social media page
    • Product packaging
    • Infographic
    • Icon or button
  28. 28
    Top Level
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    ( 73 )
    • Illustration or graphics
    • T-shirt
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Poster
    • Sticker
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Product label
    • Merchandise
    • Cup or mug
    • Book cover
    • Social media page
    • Product packaging
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other business or advertising
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Tattoo
  29. 29
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    ( 50 )
    • Logo design
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Logo & business card
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other design
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Stationery
    • Social media page
    • PowerPoint template
    • Other web or app design
    • Other clothing or merchandise
  30. 30
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 27 )
    • Logo design
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Tattoo
    • Logo & social media pack

How did we choose these as the top character designers?

Quality

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by Mariangeldibujante

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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by 3AM3I

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.