Custom cartoon illustrations
• A client gets in touch with me. It's best through email, as it seems to be easier for people to be specific. For example, they need a drawing of a dog. Or two dogs. Or a dog and a cat dancing on a picket fence in the rain. You see what I mean. The more specific my clients can be, the better price I can give.
• A specific quote is written. Again, this is where email comes in so handy. In the bad old days I would have had to write a letter and mail it. The quote is a guarantee of price and a clarification of the work to be done. Whenever I hear of things going wrong between a client and an illustrator, it's always been about miscommunication. I won't start any drawing until both my client and I know exactly what I will be doing.
Speaking for myself, when I hire someone, for example to trim the trees in my yard, I want an exact quote. I don't want an estimate or a "it depends". And I don't them to just show up and start cutting. If they ask for a 50% deposit, that's even better. I know exactly what the final price will be. I may not be very good at math, but I know what 50% means - half! So when I write a quote, I do the same thing. A 50% deposit is required before I start drawing.
• A sketch is supplied. Once I receive the deposit, I get to work sketching. I pride myself on understanding what people want in a cartoon, and if I'm just a little bit off, that's no problem, I just modify the sketch. It's usually something small such as *make the dog's ears pointy, not floppy*. When the client is happy with the sketch, the second half of the payment is requested for the final art. This not only protects me as an illustrator, it sends a clear message to the client to be specific about what they want. Sure, I can change a color or something small like that later, but I want my client to make the important decisions while the project is still in sketch mode. Sketches are easy to modify, but final artwork isn't.
• The final artwork is supplied in any format, and at any size, that the client needs. Since I use Adobe Illustrator for the final artwork, which is a vector format, I can output to any file type, from jpeg to pdf, and at any size.
And there it is. I love drawing cartoons, and doing them *through cyberspace* like this is very pleasant, both for me and my clients. My speciality is custom cartoon illustration, and I have been doing it for over twenty years.
You can contact me directly here.
Posted by Brad Hall