Blaise Gauba, Art Consultation and Design
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Yes, this is to confirm that I have hired Mr. Blaise Gauba for an ongoing book illustration project. I am looking forward to working with him.Jan 14, 2014Verified
Blaise was awesome! He did work on a sentimental project for my daughter, and he really went over and beyond to make it great! The actual photo turned out better than I'd hoped, and his price was very reasonable. I'd work with him again in a heartbeat for future projects!Oct 24, 2013Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My pricing system is really based on what the project involves. Because I do such a wide variety of projects over such a geographically wide area of the planet, it really depends on what your project entails. Is it a job that I can punch out in a day? Or is it a three month long project involving commuting by ground or air transport, hauling tools and installation equipment and supplies? A simple one day illustration job could be as affordable as $350.00. But I have charged over $100,000.00 on some really large projects. In some of those cases, I derive my fee from that amount, and in other cases, depending on what my client needs, my fee may be separate from that amount. It really depends on the job or the project. For example: I worked on a very large project for Sanrio Corporation who's headquarters are located in Tokyo, Japan (Sanrio is the company that creates all the Hello Kitty and Choco Cat products.) I was flown to Japan and worked there in the Ginza (which is in central Tokyo = to our Beverly Hills, CA or Madison Avenue, NYC) on a project for two months. My client Sanrio, paid me very well while I was there designing some new products for them. My fee was separate from everything else in this case, because Sanrio paid for the flat where I lived during my time there, they also paid me a daily per diem for food and travel expenses outside of my regular fee.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?My approach to bringing in new clients and having them return to me again for more business is one where I ask them lots of questions in order to find out what their project is, how they want it to look, what it should be, and what it will be used for. Then we go over many different factors and as I listen to them and ask questions, I encourage them to ask me questions as well. Then it is basically a back and forth process as I start to build a picture of what they need for their project.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Right now continuing education for me is Blaise Gauba University where I push myself to learn new things from the world around me. Such as my decision to start learning this design and sculpting software called ZBrush. But as far as going to any schools, universities etc., no...I have not and do not. I'm pretty darned good at what I do and it is the new and challenging projects that my client base brings to me, where I learn new and wonderful things and advance my skills even more.