Introduction

First, thank you for your interest in working with me. I look forward to discussing what you have in mind. Before we jump in and start throwing pixels and paint around, there are a few things that need to be established for our relationship to work. After having worked with several self publishing authors, I have found that there are some basic misconceptions many people have when it comes to working with an illustrator. Below is a summary of the most common things I have run into over the past few years. Hopefully, this will help you when working with illustrators, regardless of whether or not you choose to work with me.

What to expect in a nutshell

When you hire a professional illustrator, they will be doing their best to provide you with the best artwork that they can based on what you have given them. 

At a glance 

  • Choose someone who works for you! Select someone for the style they work in, not because they’re a warm body or because they’re the cheapest. Review their portfolios to find someone you like!
  • Trust your illustrator! This is important. you're hiring them for their vision and style. Trust that vision, and their skill, and don't try to dictate. please treat them with the same respect you would any other professional. 
  • Quick Turn Arounds equals bad work! Good artwork can take time - don't push them. There's a lot of planning, prep, and research that goes into an illustration that you don't ever see. 
  • Don't ask for samples. Asking for art samples, or art tests "to see if they can draw my character" is asking an illustrator to work for free. Reviewing their portfolio will tell you whether or not the illustrator has what you're looking for. This is why a portfolios exist!
  • Illustrators have bills too! You simply would not believe the number of people who ask us to draw for free. It's mind boggling. We have families, bills, car payments and mortgages just like anyone else. Oh, and we like to eat, too. Illustrators are professioinals, and this means professional pricing.  

 

 

 

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