Illustration Pricing

All illustrations are priced per piece. Requestors will be given a quote after consultation with one of our illustrators. 

The prices listed are for individuals affiliated with the university. Work for non-OSU individuals will be charged a 20% surcharge. Ohio sales tax is also charged on all projects for non tax-exempt entities.


Infographic/Chart | $275
Infographics employ visual elements to present data or information quickly and clearly. Like charts and graphs, they can take many forms. Flat shapes, simple lines, colors, short text, and icons can all be used to communicate the main points simply and effectively.

Infographic illustration example

Simple Line | $400
“Simple” can refer to size of the illustration, amount of information detail, and/or style of rendering. In a simple line illustration, one or two basic structures are represented in basic outline form, with perhaps some secondary lines to indicate the form. There is usually some labeling. There is no color.     


Simple Line illustration example

Simple Color | $550 
A simple color illustration is a line drawing with mostly flat color added. There can be some shading to highlight a feature of the illustration. But basic color is used to help the viewer understand the various structures of the illustration. There is usually some labeling.

Simple Color illustration example

Complex Line | $700 
A complex line illustration uses a variety of black line to show different types of tissue, depth, overlapping structures, highlights and shading. Line illustration has long been a standard way to show complicated structures when color printing was not available or too expensive. Due to advancements in color printing technology, b/w line is less necessary, but still an effective way to illustrate complex details. 

Complex Line illustration example
Moderate Color | $750 
A moderate color illustration has more than just flat color shapes. The color includes highlights, form shadows, cast shadows, and some texture. There are more structures than in a simple color figure. 

Moderate Color illustration example 1    Moderate Color illustration example 2

Complex Color | $875 
A complex color illustration has more than just flat color shapes. Time is spent making the structures appear more real—creating highlights, form shadows, cast shadows, texture, and transparency (to show deeper anatomical features). The anatomy is more complicated with many structures coming together in a single scene. Where it is important to show complex anatomy and several types of tissue, and use color to organize a lot of information, a complex color illustration is suggested.

Complex Color illustration example

Cover Art | $1750 
Cover art is created specifically for the cover of a book or journal. It is almost always in color and may contain more than one image. More time is spent in advance creating a visually–compelling concept that will catch the viewer’s attention. Often, a couple different rough ideas are generated and one is refined into the final concept. More time is taken in rendering the image to look realistic or visually interesting. 

Cover Art illustration examples

Your Contact

Anthony Baker, CMI

Medical Illustrator
Medical Visuals

Prior Hall 410


Fourth Floor, Prior Hall

The Ohio State University
Health Sciences Library
376 W 10th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210


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