Hi there! There are some questions which I am asked a lot regarding commissions and client projects, so here is a place where I can answer them for you to save us both time. Let me know if there is anything I've not covered. Illustrator Kelley McMorris has made an excellent FAQ for first time self publishers or people who haven't commissioned an illustrator before HERE.
What will it cost? (Publishing/Book Covers)
This can vary enormously. Each project will be tailored to the client. Illustration rates are based on the rights (copyright) you agree to purchase and also how long the project will take. The more rights you require, the more costly your project will be. To give you an idea, the cost of a simple single page cover will start in the hundreds.
Do you have a price list?
Because each person’s individual project is always different, I cannot make an accurate price list that covers all the bases. All pricing is bespoke. If you want something done in a rush, this will cost you more.
Do you take private commissions?
Yes! If you like my work and would like something bespoke for you to hang on your wall and you have a specific idea, please do not hesitate to contact me. Just click the email link at the bottom of this page and we can have a chat.
What can I expect when commissioning you to a project?
Know what you are looking for: I have my own style, so before you decide that I’m your chosen illustrator, be sure that my artwork will suit your project. Do I have examples of the kind of pieces you are looking for?
What I will ask for: The more detail you can give me on your project, the better. I will need to know how many illustrations you require, what size and orientation, what is your deadline and what the artwork will be used for.
What is your budget: Illustration is a very labour intensive and skilled craft which takes many years of study to become accomplished. This will be reflected in the price.
All projects will start with email correspondence between us, finding out from you what you want to be painted, how many characters, what kind of reference needs to be found and what medium you wish me to use. I work predominantly with digital mediums, however I can work in watercolour, ink and pencil too. I tailor the price for every individual client. Once my quote is accepted, then I will create a contract that we both sign before the project commences. I will not work without a contract.
As standard I take a 50% deposit on signing of the contract and 50% on completion.
How long will it take?
This can be anything from a couple of days for a simple illustration, to 2-3 weeks plus for a more complex book cover. Keep in mind that depending on my current workload, I may not be able to start your project for a few weeks, or even months. Contacting me in good time must be taken into consideration. Also consider that traditional artworks will generally take longer than digital paintings. There are some instances where I will be able to do a rush job, but this is at a greater cost.
Do you work for free?
Short answer, no.
What mediums do you work in?
The majority of my client work for book covers and card games is painted with Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint Pro (Manga Studio 5). However, I am currently developing my traditional media portfolio which is made up mostly of watercolour, ink and pencil work. I will also be returning to pastels and oil paints when I have a more suitable space to do so in future! I am happy to work in any of these mediums.
Would you give me feedback or advice on my own art?
Absolutely a pleasure! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you recommend any particular online learning communities?
I do indeed! I can recommend www.schoolism.com for their amazing selection of professional artists giving amazing lessons in many areas of the art world. I took Jason Seiler’s caricature course back in 2012 and it was excellent.
www.newmastersacademy.com is a brilliant resource of art classes and lectures from some of the worlds top working artists. There are some particularly good lessons from Steve Huston that I highly recommend.
I don’t have personal experience but it is on my list of ‘to do’s’ - and that is www.smarterartschool.com - a very intense learning experience where you get mentored by some of the best in the business today. Pricey but well worth it.