Claudia Wolf

Bethany, CT

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

My illustration goal is to explain what is happening and tell the story. In my work, I strive to express and embellish the written word with pictures. I am good with facial expressions, having worked extensively as a courtroom sketch artist. I have studied body language and interpretation of facial expressions, which enables me to create work that accurately portrays the story. For a book cover, the goal is also to draw attention to the book, to advertise it, and give the reader an image to help their imagination create a story in their mind.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love creating art. I enjoy the creative process, the thinking involved, the sketch to finish, and all the different mediums I can use. I love having different styles, which keeps doing my work exciting. I also enjoy people and the back and forth that comes with every job. We form a business relationship that comes from being open and communicative with each other. Even though many jobs are not face to face anymore, there is a bond and respect that forms. I appreciate honesty and clearly expressed visions that result in a job well done.

Location

Bethany, CT 06524

Times hired on Thumbtack

3

Reviews

6 Reviews
  • Thumbtack Customer Jun 30, 2017
    Thanks
    Claudia W. Jul 1, 2017

    Your welcome. Can you tell me a bit more about your experience with helping me create this cover for you?

  • Elizabeth F. Apr 25, 2017
    Claudia Wolf produced the full color illustrations for a board book my small firm is publishing. She is an exceptionally talented and thoroughly professional artist. She began the project by carefully reviewing the text her pictures would support. We then discussed what the author and I felt the illustrations should be during which Claudia had many excellent suggestions. After taking us through the process of sketches, line drawings, and color selections she produced illustrations which totally support and truly enhance the humor theme of the book. She then designed the page layout to meet the precise requirements of the printer. And when the layout had to be modified for an e-book she worked directly with the e-publisher to quickly have it ready. Claudia completed the project within the time she estimated and her fee was exactly as her contract represented. Equally important, Claudia proved to be absolutely delightful and wonderfully straight forward to work with. I will most certainly want her to do any future illustration work needed.
  • Ellen S. Apr 9, 2016
    Loved the results; very professional; recommend highly.
    Claudia W. Apr 25, 2017

    Thank you so much Ellen. Just saw the "respond" option.

  • Ellie C. Mar 1, 2016
    Claudia Wolf illustrated my book, Mitzi and Joey, and I am delighted that I found her through Thumbtack. Her illustrations are unique, and since the time frame is in the 40's, she reflected the 'look' of that period in the clothing and furnishings, etc. Mitzi's image on the cover of the book will attract anyone who is a kid or a kid at heart.
  • Kendall S. Feb 29, 2016
    I hired Caludia to execute a book cover and five interior illustrations for a mystery novel. They were uniformly excellent and added much to the story. She was attentive to the dramatic flow of the novel, responsive to suggestions, and communicative as the project moved forward. Her artistic imagination was able to capture the author's intent admirably. I would hire her again without hestitation.
    Claudia W. Apr 25, 2017

    Thank you Kendall. The project was interesting, and I enjoyed it very much.

  • Larry H. Feb 2, 2016
    Illustrating
    Verified Review
    I needed an artist to do my second book cover and Claudia was a good fit. She was able to mimic the style I wanted, added her own touches, and created an excellent eye-catching cover that I'm very happy with. She kept me updated frequently through email and finished the project quicker than I anticipated. She formatted it perfectly so it uploaded into the publisher's software with no problems. Professional.
    Claudia W. Apr 25, 2017

    Thanks Larry! Yours was a fun, easy and quick project to do. I'm glad you were happy with my work. Hope you sell LOTS of books.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Each project is quoted differently, due to the many different requirements of each project and client.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I talk with a new client and take notes as to what they need. I will do a sketch, and show the client, to see if we are on the same page. Then I go to the color finish phase. If changes are necessary, I make them and make sure the client approves. There is an additional step in children's books. Before sketch phase, I do a "thumbnail" sketch phase, which is a page of tiny sketches in sequence, to show the flow of pages, usually on one or two pages.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I went to the Paier School of Art, where I excelled at painting and illustration. I am always learning new things and keeping up on new programs.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I never wanted to do anything else. As a child I drew almost every day with a neighbor friend ( who also became an artist). I discovered, (after going to art school) a family crest, which was a paint brush and quill crossed over a shield. I always knew I wanted to become an artist. My grandfather and uncle both had been architects, and always drew, and my mom painted. It is in my blood.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked as an illustrator on a huge variety of projects. I started out doing advertising illustration and fashion illustration. I have done many portraits. I have also done many children's books, both educational, mass market and trade. I do web sites and design. I have also written a large number of children's books. I have also done court room sketching projects on nationally known trials.....and I enjoy my work immensely.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently did a book cover, from start to finish, with meetings, in a week. I usually work very quickly. I have been fond of most every project I have had.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If you are looking for an illustrator, call me to assign your project. Know your budget and vision. Be clear about what you need and if you would like a specific style, show me. Tell me everything you can about the work you would like done, it's target audience and it's goal. I can help you get your project accomplished to your greatest satisfaction.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
It is best if a client has an idea of what they want for an illustration, when assigning. Some sort of vision is best to start with. If the client has no idea, then the project is still do-able, but could take longer.