1. How much does it cost to work with you?
Contract work (1099) will be quoted as hourly rate for any first time client. Flat rate can be negotiated for further projects upon completion of the first. Retainer based contracts are preferred for any on-going projects that will stretch out for 3 months or longer, such as managing seasonal ad campaigns, developing brand materials and other in-house marketing materials. For my services on a fixed or flat rate budget, I base on the number of hours I will need to complete the project, which is based on previous projects with similar needs and what I know from experience working with other clients.
For commission artwork, the price will depend on the size and complexity of the piece. For example, an 8x10 pencil portrait sketch is about $150.00 - excluding shipping. Watercolor pet portraits of one animal at 11x17 is about $400.00, depending on the complexity of the image/background - excluding shipping.
2. How long does it take to complete a project?
Again, this depends on the needs of the project. A rough estimate of hours is evaluated upon consultation. Given the time, a project can take as long or as fast as you need it.
3. What is the process like if we decide to work together?
Consultation › Estimate › Contract › Approval › 50% deposit › Sketches & Inspiration › Rendering › Presentation › Tweaks & Revisions › Final Approval › Final 50% payment › Artwork delivery
4. What do I get?
After acceptance of the proposal and agreement of the contract terms, I will begin initial sketches or wireframes. One design has begun, a presentation of the project will be shown in a variety of contexts to visualize the design and how it adapts. Revision rounds and timelines will be specified in the contract. For hourly rates, you can go through as many rounds of revisions as needed. For flat rate projects, I only provide 3 rounds of revisions plus the initial version - additional rounds will be then charged with my hourly rate until completed.
5. What forms of payment do you accept?
I currently accept a company check by mail or payment via PayPal or Venmo.
6. What is your refund policy?
If you decide to change your mind, no hard feelings, I can refund your deposit if no design work has begun.* Once I have started working on a project after sketches have been seen, I cannot refund the deposit.
* deposit not necessary for smaller commission pencil portraits (8x10 or smaller) but may be required for larger pieces.
7. How many projects do you work on?
I do not take more than 2 projects (if extensive) at one time to ensure I am giving your project the right amount of time and effort. I want only the best from myself and therefore you will get only the best.
8. Do we have to live in the same area to work with each other?
Absolutely not! I can work with anyone around the world, as long as you have access to email or a online/cloud site to send and view work. I am willing to communicate via email, phone, or Skype, WhatsApp or Slack.
9. How do you ship commission artwork?
For original (not prints) artwork, I will flat ship it with cardboard for stability and extra protection. It will be sent either FedEx or USPS, depending on size and availability. Cost for shipping will depend on the size of the piece. If it will fit in the flat rate, flat USPS shipping box, that will be used first. I always insure the shipping for 1.5x cost of the final piece to cover loss of the artwork, time and any shipping costs.