What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We talk about their vision, budget and the realistic demands of a mural.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I draw, paint and practice everyday.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Size, detail and complication all add to cost and time.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Its my passion.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Murals, costume design, character development, story boarding and book illustrations are my strongest suites.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I did a 200 foot long, 14 ft high mural in Colina's Park. San Diego.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I can't express how often I've heard new clients come to me frustrated with the quality of work they got, and the price they paid. When it comes to 'hiring' and artist, there are a few steps you can take to save your self a headache, and an ugly painting in your house.
First: Ask to see a portfolio. Any good artist worth their weight in crimson oil will have a 'stack' of work they can show you.
Second: Go online and take a look at local artist pricing. Do a little shopping and price comparison. But be forewarned, when it comes to art...you do get what you paid for.
Third: Do you and the artist mesh? If you are what many in my field call 'vibing out', you probably don't want to work with that person. Having a good groove will lead to communication and expression of needs, and expectations.
and lastly... be fair and honest with yourself. Art is not free, nor are the supplies, the time, years of experience. Be prepared to pay more for a classical student of the arts over a fly by night paint job.
Good luck, Happy painting.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Folks often balk and are shocked by the initial cost of art. It may have taken me 30 seconds to bust out a design, but it took me 30 years to master it.