I get a lot of questions regarding hiring me for illustrations projects.
Here are some that I get asked a lot, and for which the answers are usually the same. I hope it can be helpful for you.
First, and most importantly:
How can I make sure that I’m getting what I want?
I understand that it’s a risky business to spend money on something that you don’t know how it will turn out. You might have a very clear vision of what you want your illustration to look like, but no matter how well you can describe it, my illustration and your vision will not look alike, since i can’t read minds, and you probably can’t draw that image for me, or you wouldn’t need me in the first place. There are a few things you can do to help me reach the best possible result.
- Look through my pictures. Let me know what you like and what you don’t. This will give me a very good idea of which direction to go.
- Send me a photo reference. If you have a certain scene or object in mind, a photo reference can help me nail that down. Note that I will only take inspiration from, and never copy a photo, unless it’s taken by you. (because of copyright infringement, in case you were wondering)
- Make your own sketch. Even if it’s ridiculously simple, a sketch can tell me much more of what i need to know than just words.
How long will it take/how much does it cost?
Short answer: I don’t know
Long answer: These questions are unfortunately impossible to answer, since each illustration project is so very different. Click on “Order a custom illustration” or “Children’s book illustration” if you want a better explanation to why that is.
Can you make a sample illustration first?
Short answer: No.
Long answer: If you have a small project, I’m happy to make a rough concept sketch for you, to give you an idea of how I interpret your idea.
If you have a bigger project, like a picture book, then I’m afraid a sample illustration is no good. It takes so much time to develop the illustrations for a book project, so starting out with making a full illustration is useless, since it’s unlikely to look anything like the developed illustrations would. Instead, it would be better to hire me to do a bit of developing before signing a contract for a whole book. Even if it’s nowhere as fancy as a full illustration, it will give you a much better idea of how the final book might look.
What’s your availability?
Short answer: I’m probably not available right now.
Long answer: Since most of my projects take several months, I usually book them in several months in advance, so please plan accordingly. I am often able to squeeze in smaller projects in between the big ones, but I almost certainly won’t be able to make a painting within next week.
If you happen to be in a hurry, of course it never hurts to ask. :)
Can you imitate the style of another artist?
Short answer: No.
Long answer: If you have found an artist whose work you love, then they’re the person you want to get in touch with. You’re welcome to show me the works of other artists to help me understand in which direction to take your illustration/s, but just like with photo references, I will not copy other people’s work.
I changed my mind, can I get a refund?
Short answer: Depends on how long I’ve been working.
Long answer: If I haven’t started drawing yet, then yes.
If I have completed the final sketch, then almost, you get 60% back.
If I have completed the whole illustration, then no.
And for anything in between, refunds are paid accordingly.
This may seem harsh, but please remember that you’re not just paying me for that piece of paper, but the time I spent working on it, just like we agreed upon that I should.
Now, if I didn’t follow the brief, or made some other awful mistake, then that’s a whole different scenario, and of course we will work that out.
Is the price negotiable?
Short answer: Sort of..
Long answer: Well, yes and no. I won’t take down my hourly pay (because I have bills too). But I am able to make simpler or smaller illustrations to make the time frame match your budget.
Hope that was helpful in some way. If you didn’t find what you were looking for, feel free to ask me directly.