you on a book cover or any art project these are the steps to follow:
the following very important factors for me to be able to quote your project:
largest size it will ever be printed at (bitmap images can’t be enlarged w/out
it’s black and white or color (or black and white with how many colors?)
description of your vision (for example, “I want it to be a red T-rex dinosaur
sitting in a tree overlooking the ocean with a fluffy blue cloud on his tail
and a little man playing flute standing on the cloud with little yellow music
notes coming out that go around the title”) please be as descriptive as
possible, vague descriptions (for example: “I don’t know what I want but I’m
pretty picky, use your imagination”) will be a cause for much higher price
want something clean and simple or complicated and full of detail or something
Title, Genre and a basic description of what it’s about.
do you like. (try to name at least 3 or if there is a specific font you want
please let me know so I can check the usage rights)
project deadline or approximation of and when would you like to start (please
be reasonable, sometimes I have several jobs in the works and I want to make
sure I have enough time to make them all look incredible).
your budget (if you have an offer please state)
questions or additional information (Style, composition…etc.)
your description and send you a free quote with some feedback for your project
as well as what date I will be able to start your project and direct you to
your payment options for us to proceed (Check, Money Order, Western Union, You
can even use a credit card thru my Paypal commissions button).
one the procedural one half money down in order to start the project. Other
than price negotiations (for example how much will it cost if it is 2 people
instead of 5 in the scene?) My consultancy rate is $50 per hour 2 hrs minimum
so unless this rate is factored in I will not begin drawing or answer further
design questions until the money is received (all checks cleared…etc). If you
would like to hire me for an hourly rate to illustrate and develop concepts
this can also be negotiated (name your price, we’ll talk, it’s often much
cheaper to do this than to make huge changes in direction further a long the
basic sketches of different compositions of your visions from your description.
The amount of these sketch I will provide depends on the clarity of or original
vision. If you are very clear in your initial project description about the
composition you want this really makes this step shorter, If you are unclear
it’s not a problem you will already have been given and accepted the price
this point ask you to give me as much feed back as you possibly can. Which
composition do you like? Is there anything we should add or take out?
that comes to mind that you wish to see please fill me in at this point.
consider if you have paid for little amount of elements and suddenly want to
add many more elements that will obviously take many more days to complete I
will send you an extra flat fee in order to proceed) Once I receive your
feedback depending on your feedback if needed I might send you one more
thumbnail before moving to the next step.
size and with the text (title, author…) placement and fonts we want and send
it to you. This drawing is the sketch we will use as the base for the final and
is where we can work out all the smaller details and make any final changes. I
will send one more draft based on those feedbacks. If the assignment is in
color I will then do a quick color version of the draft and send it to you so
that we can decide on those, if necessary I will send one more color draft
based on the feedback. After this point any further changes to the composition,
adding and taking out elements etc. will cost $25 per hour (half the current
market rate) added to the total of what’s due. Once the drafts are approved by
you we can move to your final piece.
The final will begin and is often a lengthy in
depth process where I end up observing every pixel in the document to ensure it
looks the best quality you can get. I know you will be excited to see how it’s
coming along so I will be sending you previews as we go a long and if there you
see some minor changes you think would really achieve your vision they can be
taken care of at no further cost. (Major changes at this point will cost an
additional $25 per hour and often will take long to do, highly not
recommended). Once you approve the final preview you will be directed toward
final payment. Once final payment is received I will send you the full resolution
image in the file format of your choice (if you don’t know it’s a good idea to
check your printer/publisher for what is preferred and let me know).
very excited to be back in touch with Mimi Barbour and collaborate the skills
we have developed independently over the years. Wishing you all many wonderful
inspirations as well as productive energies and prosperity for your works. 2012
has so far been a great exciting year so far for my art career, am looking
forward to having you as a part of it.
Great post. Thank you again for giving us so much information on the process.
Mimi Barbour says
Thank you (loveindanger) so much for you wonderful comments each day of Drea's visit. It's been a great experience for me also…to see just how hard an artist has to work to produce the best!