Generally I charge a flat fee per project instead of an hourly rate. Every project is unique and custom-designed to meet your specific needs. Costs will vary depending on several factors such as the complexity of the art, what rights are being purchased, and how the art will be used. Let’s talk! Tell me about your project and I’ll be happy to discuss options for meeting your needs and budget.
Frequently Asked Questions
Thanks, I’m glad you like my work!
All artwork on my website is protected by copyright. Some of it is owned by my clients which means I don’t have the power to grant permission for use. For the rest, since I’m a dad with kids to feed I generally have to charge a licensing fee for usage. Costs are negotiated depending on several factors:
- Usage (i.e. A small project vs. a large, high-profile campaign)
- Duration (How long do you want to use the art?)
- Exclusivity (If you want to be the only one who can use the art, the fee is higher.)
Tell me more about your project and I’ll be happy to give you some options. Let’s talk!
If you are self-publishing your first children’s book, unfortunately my answer is no. Illustrating a children’s book is a huge time commitment and therefore expensive. It’s also very hard to stand out and gain traction in an already-glutted market. Even the most wonderful, magical stories combined with the most incredible art will have trouble getting noticed among the tens of thousands of other titles out there. So my policy is to only work with publishers who I know have the machinery in place to market and sell the book widely, and who can absorb the costs if the book fails to find a footing.
In my opinion your best chance for success is to sell your manuscript to a reputable and established publisher. If they like your work they will usually want to pick their own illustrator for your story (you don’t have to find one ahead of time) and then they will take care of marketing your book for you. Here’s some good advice on how to get a publisher to notice you, and some more advice to consider.
Yes, if I can fit it into my schedule. If I can’t I will tell you up front and try to recommend another illustrator who may be available. Or, if you’d like I am sometimes able to subcontract some of the work (with your approval of course) to ensure your deadline is met.
It’s “Sed-Rick Hone-stat”, but I’ll accept anything this side of “Hey, you with the sketchbook!” When I got my first paper route the newspapers were delivered to “Sigfried Hoffenstatic”. If you can do better than that I’m happy.