How I WorK
For those of you that have worked with illustrators and for those of you that haven’t the process can be entirely different depending on the individual. Some have processes that can be long and detail oriented, while others are completely the opposite—I usually land somewhere in the middle, depending on the client. Below, is a little overview of the process that I take for my illustrations. Individual assignments vary on what is needed, and sometimes the process isn’t as detailed, but nonetheless, I try to do all of my work to the best of my ability, and ensure the client (you) are satisfied and enthusiastic about the work!
The initial consultation, either in person, phone, email, or video usually sets the deadline, tone, and general concept of the work being commissioned.
Depending on the work, I usually begin researching, developing a color palette, and finding resources to draw connections to the illustration so that way it is communicated visually.
Brainstorming. Brainstorming. Brainstorming. Along with sketching, doodling, and quick thumbnail images that I will eventually rifle through to decide which ones are the strongest concepts.
Detailed sketches and concept art is made to submit to the client in order to make sure the message and concept is received and reflected in the final artwork.
The client (you) then choses the concept that works best for them, they may add additional feedback at this time regarding the image, color and composition.
Feedback and comments are taken and added to the final illustration. Final art is delivered JPG, GIF, TIFF, PNG file via email/Dropbox unless specified. All digital work is completed in RGB. All print work is completed in CMYK.
Pricing for commissioned work is always a little tricky, however, I typically charge different fees depending on the type of job and will always try to work with my clients to achieve a fair number. Below are some thoughts to consider when commissioning an illustrator for work.
Time needed to create the illustration, including time spent communicating, brainstorming, researching, etc.
Resources needed to create the illustration, including studio space, software, hardware, etc.
Industry standards for similar illustrations
The level of professional experience and insight I bring to the job
Length of use
Usage rights and length of use
Distribution and number of copies produced
Type of publication (e.g. newspaper, blog, magazine)
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, (love) brick and mortar shops and am always ready to work with retailers to either commission specific work for their shop or add some of my illustrations to their product line.