If you want to hire an illustrator, The Association of Illustrators have a great guide on commissioning an illustration, but I’ve set out in brief here what will happen once I’ve heard from you. If you’ve got any further questions, then please just email me.
How an illustration commission works
Once you’ve got in touch to outline your requirements, I prefer to set up an initial meeting so that I can make sure I understand exactly what you want for your project. This could be in person, over Skype, or by phone – whichever is easiest for you. Having a conversation about your project makes sure that I can get a picture of what you’ve got in mind. This is especially helpful if you’re not totally sure what you want the artwork to look like.
I will then confirm my understanding of the brief, relevant deadlines, and an agreed fee in writing, and when you’re happy that this will provide what you’re looking for, I’ll send over a contract.
I’ll then provide you with a set of options (standardly three routes) for your project, and based on your feedback I’ll prepare a revised sketch showing how the final piece will look. When you sign this off, I’ll provide the final image.
LICENSING AN IMAGE
Commissioning an illustration is different from buying an artwork; when you commission an illustration, what you are doing is paying for the right to use that image for certain purposes.
An illustration is therefore costed according to the way in which you want to use it – whether this is in print work or on certain digital channels, how dominant the illustration will be (for example a full page vs a spot illustration), whether the illustration will be used in one or several territories (for example UK-based vs also covering Asia and the USA), and whether the illustration will be used within a certain timeframe or in perpetuity, and so on.
If you’d like to work with me, then please just send me an email so that we can discuss your project.