Let me just write it again: outside of marketing.
I just discovered Fiverr. I'd heard about it, but I finally bit the bullet and got involved. I now have a pretty avatar of me trying to jam a bow on my cat (because of course), but it's done two things for me: one, proved that these sorts of artistic transactions can be done smoothly, and two, proved that this artistic transactions are affordable. (By the way, the guy who did mine is 'elumier'. Great work! /endplug)
I Want more. I started stalking the samples of other artists, and my shy interest in getting a banner for my site that's 'good enough' and character illustrations freaking exploded. I'm holding off for a bit more because I don't want to get carried away too soon, but with the designs I have in mind, I'm looking at a budget of maybe $350 to $400 CAD.
Has anyone else sprung for extras like these? Did you get them for yourself or as something to entice readers? What have your experiences been - or even thoughts towards doing this - and where would you be budgeting these projects?