Illustration Commissions for Commercial Use

You say you’re in business, and you want some art for commercial use? I can help you there. I’ve been doing illustration work for my design clients for over 15 years now, in fact!

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What’s the difference between illustrations and normal commissions?

Licensing rights!

knitty tentacle skull for Diane HuffmanWith an illustration, you’re hiring me as a professional illustrator to make art you want to use for business, sell on t-shirts, or otherwise reproduce, to which you will have exclusive rights. I like to retain the right to use work I’ve done in my own portfolio, but no one else will get to use your illustrations for anything. They’re all yours!

With all my other art, commission or otherwise, the buyer gets the original physical work but has no rights to reproduce it. With illustrations, you usually won’t get an original.

This applies to paintings, drawings, digital art, or combinations of the same. Illustration is just the blanket term I use to describe this type of art for hire.

The Spectre of Professionalism for Jo VanEveryAll right, what are the fees?

For illustrations, usually I charge by the hour rather than per piece, so it’s more like work for hire. Illustrations cost $100 an hour for actual billable work, and have a one-hour minimum. That means it’s at least $100 per job, and goes up in half-hour (ie, $50) increments from there.

I’m happy to group small jobs together to save you money, and I’ll always quote you ahead of time on the cost. The only thing that can unexpectedly drive costs up is a really long revision process, so I try to make sure I know what you want before I even start drawing.

Logos are a separate kettle of fish and start at $399. A logo requires a lot of strategic thinking and revision, and would include versions suitable for both color and black & white printing, as well as various web uses.

Dance of Shiva positions for Frank MitchellWhat do you get for your money?

Electronic files!

I’ve got years of experience preparing files for print, so you’ll get print-ready files in high resolution, or possibly even vector graphics if that’s what the job warrants. I’ll also prepare at least one web-ready version of your final art to go in the zip file of deliverables.

If you need me to design things containing your illustration and get those ready for your printer, I’m happy to do so at the same hourly rate, and I’m always willing to talk to a vendor directly about getting them the file format they need.

How does billing work?

Baby Storks for StorkNet FamilyUsually I will estimate the work involved and get a deposit of half down before I begin, and I won’t deliver any high resolution or final files until you’ve paid your final bill. I’ll keep you posted as we work how your hours are stacking up so there are no big surprises. Delivery is all electronic, usually in the form of a download link to keep from choking your mail server on a big zip file.

You can pay with Paypal or by check, or credit card through the Paypal portal. I’ll send you pdf invoices for your records, and if it’s a larger job, I’ll give you a contract with all the legal hooha about rights in it. If you need one of those even for a small job, just let me know; I can easily make one for you.

What sort of things do I illustrate?

Crayon cars for Bay Cities Credit UnionAll kinds of things!

If you like my style, I’m happy to draw pretty much anything you’ve got the legal rights for me to draw for you. That means you won’t get a drawing of a Ford Taurus if you’re not from Ford, but I’m happy to doodle up a cute little cartoon car or paint you an abstract ideal of a car.

Most of my illustration clients are looking for a person or object that’s either a cartoon, a scribbled abstract expressionist drawing or painting, or a simple bit of vector art. I’ve done some really fun childlike crayon art, a few watercolors or oil paintings for book covers or website headers, and of course, a whole lot of logos.

Harvest Moon for StarcyclesHow do we get started?

Email me, of course!

I’ll send back some questions tailored to you that will tease out the little details I need to give you a quote and get your project underway with the best clarity of purpose (and least revisions necessary). If you’re in the Bay Area, we can even meet for coffee sometime to chat.

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