hi there, my GF is writing a popular science book. she plans to have about 4 pictures and graphics in there. about 36 will be quite standard. that means she knows exactly what she wants and they just need to be made nice. 4-5 are sort of undefined and need some artists impression about how to display the scientific facts she wants to explain. she wants to hire and graphics designer for that but has no idea how much that would cost. the book is a scientific book so it won't sell in high number and money is very limited. we understand that this won't be done for free but she can't pay the big bucks either. what is the time that a project like this takes and how much do people charge for that (rough price range would be good)? also how do we identify a designer who is good, efficient and doesn't go overboard with design effects? thanks for any input. P.S.: if any of you does stuff like that then drop me a PM. but please only PM me if you have a serious interest and experience and references for science publications or equivalent.