How much does it cost to build an illustration app?

Standard price for an illustration app: $12,500

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What is an illustration app?

An illustration app is a web or mobile application with two sets of users: illustrators and clients. Illustrators use the app to upload their portfolio, search for jobs, view job requests from clients, respond to job requests, submit drafts of their work, and review client feedback. Clients use the app to request art from illustrators in an affordable way that suits their budget. The app may also include a dashboard that enables administrators to analyze how well the platform is meeting client needs.

The illustration app type is a distant cousin of the photo & video editing app type. Illustration apps often feature creative brushes, filters, color palettes, texture options, and drawing tools. Popular illustration applications include Adobe Photoshop and Sketchbook Pro.

Here are some recent illustration app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • The app is simple to build and allows you to create a "book" and share it with other users, as well as recording voiceovers for each of the pages.

What is the typical cost to build an illustration app?

An illustration app usually costs $12,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $10,000 or as high as $15,000. An illustration app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent illustration app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $12,500

Here are some considerations that may impact the cost of an app:

How long does it take to build an illustration app?

An illustration app usually takes 167 hours to build. However, an illustration app can be built in as few as 133 hours, or in as many as 200 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent illustration apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 167

How to successfully grow your illustration application

An illustration app is a versatile tool that can be used by an audience ranging from children to professional artists. In order to grow an illustration app's user base, it should focus on developing strong content and educational materials that will help users create higher quality artwork.

Risks and challenges of building a illustration application

An illustration app may face similar legal and reputational risks to a dating app. As an illustrator, you will want to include strong privacy controls and moderation tools in your app to prevent users from sharing inappropriate content or from being harassed by other users. It is recommended that you take a strong stance against harassment within your app. You should also take steps to ensure that users are not uploading copyrighted images or plagiarizing the work of others.

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