How much will a project cost me?
It all depends on what you may need. The more detail and content the project involves, the more the project will cost. The amount of time I estimate is also a factor. A way to cut costs as a client is to be very involved in the process. The more information and details (for example, references, sketches, ideas, etc.) you provide for your project, the less work I have to put in to figure out exactly what you man need. Short version: More work, more expensive. Know exactly what you want, and you save a lot of money.
What's the preliminary sketch going to look like when its finished?
The sketch is mostly a template we agree upon, sort of map of what I'm going to put where. It's not always a great indicator of what the finished product will look like. Kind of like how a first draft of a book isn't meant for publishing.
How long does a project usually take to finish?
This depends on how much work is estimated and how complex/simple your project is. If your project is very simple or you have provided me with a lot of references, sketches and ideas, it can be a very quick process. However, projects where the client is unsure of what they want and have given me complete creative control, usually take longer and cost more to complete. My best advice would be to come with as clear an idea of what you want if you want your project faster and more affordable.
What is the best way to communicate?
Via text and email so there is an archive of text to go back to for reference. Of course verbal communication is necessary in most cases.
The best hours to reach me are between 10AM-7PM Central Time (USA), MON-SAT. You can definitely contact me outside these times, but you will more than likely than not, get a prompt response.
Where are you located?
I operate out of San Antonio, TX. A huge majority of my clients are from all over the country as well as a few from canada. However, I do get plenty of local clients. If you live in the San Antonio, or surrounding areas, I am available for meetings wherever you like. Local inquiries are always welcome as some (but very few) projects require face to face encounters.
How much do you charge per sketch?
The first 2 sketches or sketch and sketch revision are free before the beginning of a project. Afterward, if the project is big enough, I will ask for a deposit to begin the preliminary phase of the project. Once the preliminary phase is complete the unused remainder of the deposit will be subtracted from the total.
During the preliminary phase The first sketch and sketch revision is free per design/illustration. Any sketch after that is $20 and each sketch revision $5.
Also, any thumbnails (small sketches for logos and the like) are $40 per set of 6.
How do you take payments?
Invoices via Paypal and Square. But I accept Bitcoin, money transfers, money orders, checks, cash etc if you prefer that method. I generally split the total into two payments. First payment to begin the project and second so I can relinquish the files or pieces. As mentioned before, the first 2 sketches are free. I will begin once we can come to an agreement on placement and proportions of the illustration/s or design/s through the sketch or sketches.
What kind of art work do you create?
At the moment, most of my work is 2D. This includes logos, illustrations, children's books, album art, vector designs, graphic design, drawings, sketches, and even painting. Most of my clients ask for digital work, but I will often get requests for a physical drawings/paintings which will often involve mailing the client the finished product.
How much are revisions?
Revisions or changes to the artwork are free unless they are many or significant changes and not a result of my oversight. If the changes to the artwork are 20% or more I will need to add 20% or more to the total.
Will you manufacture my product?
I'm many cases I can assist in the physical production with my list of contacts but if not I can still assist in finding the best manufacturer suited to your needs.
Do you keep the rights to your artwork?
You will own the rights for current projects but since I'm occasionally in a transitionary period that is subject to change with future projects.