The Washington Post design team is looking for artwork

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If you’re a freelance artist, we need your help to collaborate on creative solutions to tell stories and engage readers on the Post’s most important journalism.

Our art directors work with hundreds of illustrators each year, resulting in award-winning designs and consistent staging recognition.

The Post provides its readers with high quality and reliable news and information while constantly innovating. This mission is best served by a diverse, multigenerational workforce with diverse life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and all walks of life are welcome.

To learn more, check out our Frequently Asked Questions guide below, along with examples of previously published work, and if you’re interested, submit your details to be included in our database.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve never worked with us or done editorial illustration before, we hope this guide helps you understand our process.

What kinds of artwork does the Washington Post order?

The Post orders artwork in all sections and platforms. These include:

  • Display: For larger pieces, as wide as 9-12 inches in print. They appear online, sometimes with a high presentation.
  • Digital: For stories posted on our website. They can be printed at a modest size or none at all.
  • Place: To accompany smaller-scale print or online stories.

We hire the above illustrations most often, but we also commission series, social media, newsletters, tech projects, and brand-related content.

How many sketches should I send in the first round?

It’s best to check with your art director, but we’re expecting 3-5 rough sketches of different concepts for a piece. In addition, we would like a description with each sketch. We share the sketches with editors and writers so that any additional information is useful.

What does the feedback process look like?

After submitting the first set of sketches, your art director may request edits or another set of sketches to refine a concept. Contact your art director if you have any questions or concerns – we always want to make sure the work always reflects your style and approach.

Is there a contract I need to sign?

Before we can officially hire you, you (or your agency) must have a Freelance Agreement filed with the Washington Post. Your artistic director will send you the form by e-mail and can answer all your questions. The standard agreement covers the use of the illustration in context and for the promotion of the original story for which it was commissioned.

Where will my work be used?

While your artwork will only appear in connection with the backing story it was commissioned for, it can appear on any platform that story is posted on, including, but not including, limit it, on our website, in print versions, mobile applications and on third parties. party platforms to which we syndicate content from the Washington Post. We can also use your artwork to promote the story on social media or the web. We also like to present our illustrators on our Instagram with the stories they were built for.

How will I be paid?

Payments are made by an online seller form. Your art director will provide you with instructions for completing this form at the start of your assignment. We pay by direct deposit and bank transfers. You can expect payment within 30 days of posting your artwork.

See the team’s work

Illustrations by Desiree Kelly, Jon Key, Johnalynn Holland, Dan Keith Williams and Donald Wooten II for the Washington Post.  Art direction by Washington Post staff.
Illustrations by Desiree Kelly, Jon Key, Johnalynn Holland, Dan Keith Williams and Donald Wooten II for the Washington Post. Art direction by Washington Post staff.
Illustration by Lisel Ashlock for the Washington Post.  Artistic direction by Amanda Soto.
Illustration by Lisel Ashlock for the Washington Post. Artistic direction by Amanda Soto.
Illustration by Zoë van Dijk for the Washington Post.  Artistic direction by Alla Dreyvitser.
Illustration by Zoë van Dijk for the Washington Post. Artistic direction by Alla Dreyvitser.
Illustration by Michelle Mruk for the Washington Post.  Artistic direction by Eddie Alvarez.
Illustration by Michelle Mruk for the Washington Post. Artistic direction by Eddie Alvarez.
Illustrations by Janet Sung for the Washington Post.  Artistic direction by Junne Alcantara / The Washington Post.
Illustrations by Janet Sung for the Washington Post. Artistic direction by Junne Alcantara / The Washington Post.
Illustration by Michelle Kondrich for the Washington Post.  Artistic direction of Dwuan June.
Illustration by Michelle Kondrich for the Washington Post. Artistic direction of Dwuan June.
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