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Introduction: Most art work these days is accomplished via the media of the computer -- it is fast and inexpensive, but it's also like owning a Chevrolet -- everybody's got one. I work with a pen and a bottle of ink, and as such, can create a unique rendering that really can't be achieved in any other way. Yes, it's more time consuming and a bit more expensive… but so is an Aston Martin… it's just a matter of what you are willing to pay for to get something incredibly special that no one else has! John Steinbeck was once asked if he found writing "difficult". "Not at all", he replied. "I just stare at the typewriter until the beads of blood appear on my forehead, then proceed". I, too, stare often at the paper, awaiting the Muse to descend, and some- times the wait is long. But once she arrives, I must confess that the satisfaction is very gratifying! After completing an assignment, I find myself going back to the desk, admiring the work over and over again -- it really is quite a trip to do something that is so self-pleasing!

Serves Barrington, IL

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49 years in business

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Richard S.

We used the services of the Powers Graphic Design Studio to create a personal letterhead for our business needs. We considered using one of those "get a design for $9.99" services, but after realizing we would be using the same logo as half a dozen others, felt it was worth the few extra bucks to have something representing us that no one else had. We often get positive comments on our letterhead, and would recommend using Powers Graphics without reservation.
Mar 28, 2015
Valerie C.

In my younger days I was very involved in Dance, and I asked William Powers to design a logo that would express my personal interest in this Art form. Very cleverly, he took the letters of my name -- V.A.L.E.R.I.E. -- and shaped them into a "stick figure" of a dancer in a grand jete position! I am no longer dancing, but I still use the image on my letterhead, and it recalls a very happy period each time I write a letter on this special stationary.
Mar 23, 2015
Michael J.

My wife and I recently purchased a Prairie -Style home in the Chicago suburbs. This home was not designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but has the "look". Wright often supplied his clients with a hand-drawn architectural rendering of their new home by his design as house-warming gift, which they would frame and proudly hang in the foyer. We engaged the well-known architectural artist William Powers to come to our home, photograph the exterior, and make a rendering for us in the "FLW style". I am happy to say that we were absolutely delighted with the result, and we are certain Mr. Wright would be as well!
Mar 24, 2015
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William Powers Jr.


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My pricing is simple and less expensive than a plumber's hourly rate! Call me on the phone, and explain your project. If you have ideas -- things you've seen in books, magazines or museums-- copy them and send or e-mail them to me... I am a terrific artist, but a lousy mind-reader! I will then put together some ideas in pencil, based on YOURS, and come to you (or if you prefer, you can come to me) and we will sit down and together find a common concept. For this meeting you will pay me $50.00 and I will continue on the "pencil" stage of your project at $65.00 per hour. Most logos can be done in 2 to 3 hours. I will then send/ bring the pencil rendering to you for final approval/ changes. With approval, we go to ink, for another 2 to 3 hours: so the average cost is between $400.00 to $500.00 in total. Want cards? Callegraphy? extra hours = extra fees... but it's a lot less than you pay the dentist, huh?! I can usually estimate the costs closely, and I don't pad the hours. This is a collaborative effort between the artist and yourself -- the more concise you are, the quicker it goes. Unless I'm unusually swamped, with your help, a job can be done in a week!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I never fail to seek out the Masters of the field in galleries and publications, and have a large library of the works of those I most admire. Albrecht Durer began the style and became the bell-weather for all the masters who have taken up the challenge: Edwin Abbey, Howard Pyle, Will Crawford, Aubrey Beardsley, Charles Russell, Arthur Rackham, Charles Dana Gibson, Victor Ambrus, Lisbeth Zwerger, Alban Henning -- these just a few of the giants who have made the art form so exciting!

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    One draws because one can.

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