Commercial Illustration FAQ

How much do you charge for a commercial illustration?

My rates mainly depend on the complexity of the image.

There’s a major difference in work hours between illustrating a single character in front of a simple background vs. multiple figures on a complex background and everything in between.

The second biggest factor in determining the price are the usage rights the author wants to acquire. If you just want to use the image as a book cover, it’s cheaper than if you want to acquire additional rights for merchandise etc. Please see the question below for more information on usage rights.

Please keep in mind I put a lot of love, time, effort, research, and experience into each project. If you already have a strict budget in mind, let me know when you contact me and I can see if we can work something out.

For a very rough ballpark- a full colour bookcover, single character with a simple background, title text and layout included, with limited usage rights, would start at $750.

What kind of info do I need to include in my inquiry?

In order to be able to evaluate if the project is the right fit for me I will need from you: • a short description of what your novel is about • a general idea of what you’d want on the cover • a deadline for completion • how and for what you intend to use the illustration • optional: your budget

Do you work with a contract?

Yes! This makes the commissioning process as smooth as possible and it ensures that everybody is on the same page from the start.

What are usage rights?

When hiring an illustrator it is important to understand that the author does not buy the copyright of the work itself but a license to use the illustration, e.g. as cover art. That means that the author does not have unlimited rights to a cover art merely because he/she commissioned the piece. The license usually applies only for the specific project that the artwork is being created for and can come with restrictions like length of time, medium, size, format, location of use, and more. Big companies usually will want to buy and own all copyrights to the image created and they pay accordingly. For most projects you, as the author, don’t need anything like full ownership of copyrights and can save a lot of money by only buying the usage rights that you really need. Most authors only need the rights to use the image as a book cover for digital e-book publications, physically printed books and additional use for online promotion. If you need to acquire further rights, please tell me so I can accommodate this in my offer.

What does the process look like?

If we agree on content, budget and timeframe I send out my standard art agreement - a contract to keep both sides on the same page. I’ll ask for 50% of the money upfront. After we nail down the cover concept in written form I’ll create a colored sketch for your approval. After receiving the sketch you can then request revisions. These will be limited to minor changes that don’t contain new conceptual input. Please keep in mind that I’m an illustrator, not a visual development artist. I accept a flat fee for painting my take on your initial image description and that includes a little bit of creative freedom. If your project necessitates multiple or unlimited revisions I’m happy to offer you an hourly rate. After the sketch approval I’ll complete the painting and send a low resolution version to you. You can then request minor tweaks once again. Ideally, at this stage, no changes should be required. I try to stay as close to the sketch as possible while painting, so most issues should have been already resolved at the sketch stage. I’ll invoice the remaining 50% after your approval of the final painting. Once I can confirm payment I’ll send you the high resolution file.

Do you do layout as well?

Yes. I was a graphic designer for 10 years before switching to art full time, and I'd be happy to assist with layout and title text.

How long does it take you to complete an illustration?

Have more questions?

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How much does a tattoo cost?

After you submit a request form we'll be able to give an estimate quote. But a more exact budget you will discuss with your artist. There are lots of factors that go into pricing: artist rate, style of the tattoo, how much detail, size, placement, personal tolerance.

Which placement hurts the most?

We have created this illustration based of the feedback from our customers. But please remember each of us can experience pain differently. The answer can vary from client to client.

Do you do cover-ups of fix-ups of other artists' works?

Yes! We do. We welcome you to submit a request for the artist of your choice and we'll set up a consultation to discuss your options.

How old do I need to be to get a tattoo or piercing?

In order to get a tattoo you need to be at least 16 years old, have a parental consent signed and one of the parents present. With a piercing there is a variety of rules, depending on the type of piercing: ear lobes - 10+ (with parental consent), lips,nose,facial,naval - 16+ (with parental consent), body piercing, dermals -18+.