What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have an Associate of Arts degree in Art, an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design and I attended the Art Institute of Boston in 2010 to study animation & illustration. I also have a lifetime of drawing and pursuing any and all creative pursuits that cross my path.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My pricing system is very flexible for most graphic design. Basically, once I speak with you and understand the scope of your needs, then I estimate how long it will actually take me to do it and charge a loose $10 hourly rate.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've just always loved drawing, and never liked working. Seriously, though, I tried out veterinary assisting and food service, but both those fields can be very intense, not to mention messy. With art, getting messy is colorful and I can work inside a nice office, where it's cool and comfy.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with a lot of entrepreneurs looking to brand their business, as well as with business owners looking to market themselves. I've worked with musicians and event planners to create flyers and merchandise. I also really enjoy working with authors illustrating their books and stories.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I just finished a short story cover illustration in a week. It's the first illustration commission I've had this year and in a style I don't usually do, but it turned out wonderfully. Check out Sisterly Solidarity on Amazon Kindle 😊
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
There are a few things you can do when looking for good graphic design. First, know what you want. The more specifically you can describe what you want, or what you want your art to achieve, the better the process and end result. Secondly, look for a designer with experience doing what you need. There are a lot of nuances to graphic design, especially when it comes to print production, that you can only learn by doing. Finally, when considering your budget, remember there's only 3 combinations;
If you need it Good & Fast, it won't be Cheap.
If you need it Good & Cheap, it won't happen Fast.
If you need it Fast & Cheap, it's probably not going to be very Good.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
1) What do you want? (Logo, social media graphics, illustration, etc.)
2) Do you have any ideas? (a sketch, a doodle, a color-scheme, mood-board, etc.)
3) Where / how will you be using this art once it's finished? (on the web, for promotional products, printed on paper, etc.)
4) When must you have the final product in hand? (Effective project management requires an accurate deadline. This is especially important when printing is needed as turnaround times can be long.)