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.