Hired 10 times
21 years in business
Customers rated this pro highly for responsiveness, and professionalism.
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
It is impossible to standardize children's book illustration because the need(s) for each book project is different.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I begin by taking a look at the manuscript to make sure it is written according to high publishing standards. I do not gamble with my reputation by illustrating poorly written literature. If I feel that the manuscript is suitable, then I open up conversation with the writer/client to discuss all the wonderful possibilities! Generally, the process is simple. I sketch out one page at a time. With each page, the client has the opportunity to request three minor changes at no additional charge. When the final sketch is approved by the client, color is added and the illustration is complete. I then send the client a copy of the final illustration and we move on to the next page and repeat the process until all pages are done and the book is ready for assembly. The author/client is involved in each and every illustration, and no illustration goes through to publication without his/her approval!
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have studied and created art since I was a very young child. Through the years I made it my business to practice at every type of art medium I could get my hands on, resulting in awards, professional publications, and finally a career as a successful freelance artist. In 2003 I joined the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and began working alongside professional children's lit illustrators on a daily basis. With their help and expertise, my talent for illustrating the written word grew rapidly. I can now proudly say that I have illustrated and published over a dozen children's Picture Books, two children's Chapter Books, and illustrated several award-winning book covers. In addition, I have been a featured illustrator in several published children's magazines.