My pricing is extremely flexible based on what the client wants and what particular look they are hoping for; I scale according to the image's complexity and what degree of "finish" they're looking for. A rough sketch or simple pen drawing will be towards the lowest end of that scale, and a finished illustration with multiple elements that require additional research or studies will be towards the higher end of that scale. All commission prices include two stages of revisions- one during the sketch phase and one for small, digital tweaks at the end if need be. If they require more substantial changes past these revision points, I'm happy to do so for an additional fee. I'm also happy to ship the original if they like once I can calculate the price of shipping with the USPS.
Typically when a client reaches out to me, I will ask them for the building blocks of what they want their illustration to look like and what its purpose is. Is it a private portrait of a person, pet or place; a book cover; or another type of illustration? What or who is the subject? Do they have reference material? The more information they can provide, the better. Will they want the original? Is there one particular look, color palette, or style they enjoy? What attracts them the most? This greatly affects how I approach it and what media I use. What is the range of their budget? Do they have a timeline they need it by? Generally once I have this info and any reference imagery, I can proceed with conceptualizing and making a sketch/sketches. Once the sketch is complete it will be sent to the client for revisions and notes; I will tweak these to what the client's vision is, and from there I will usually go ahead with the process of completing the illustration. Once complete, they will receive a low-resolution version of the image, and if need be I can make some final, small revisions along the lines of adjusting hue, saturation, contrast etc with digital touch-ups. With any luck the piece will be completed at that time, and upon completion of payment they will receive the digital high-res final file and the original in the mail if they so desire (I always make sure to get its tracking number if they want it shipped).
I have a bachelor's degree in visual arts with a focus on illustration, and a lifetime of experience exploring and creating every type of art I could possibly find a way to make, from collage and printmaking to oils and sculpture to my personal favorites of gouache, colored pencil, pen, and marker.