For those of you new to commissioning an illustrator, I've found this to be one of the best resources on the subject: How to commission an Illustrator PDF
1. What do your illustration services cost?
It depends entirely on your needs - no client or illustration job is the same. For each illustration project I listen to the client's specifications and ask questions so I can make an unique proposal for them. A starter, for perspective: my prices start at a three figure sum.
Please note that if commissioning brand new work for your project is out of your budget, there is also the option of licensing an already made image as a more affordable option.
2. How long will the project take?
This, too, depends on the project. A detailed book cover illustration might take 2 or 3 weeks, but if needed can be done in just 1 week or less. A 32 page children's book might take 6 - 8 months. A part of the time depends on the client; they often look at sketches and concepts for approval before I continue to work.
3. What is the procedure for an illustration job?
There are variation and differences in the procedure depending on the job and the client, but for each job I make sure the terms are clear in the beginning: What the client pays and receives, how long the job takes, how many work-in-progress images the client receives for feedback, how many minor or major revisions included, what usage rights are granted, etc.
For smaller jobs, an email suffices as a contract, otherwise we agree upon a contract and sign through Hellosign. Once the contract is negotiated and agreed upon, a 50% deposit is required before I begin the project. Next, I send sketch(es) for approval, finalize artwork and send invoice for remaining 50%. Once payment is received, I send the high resolution file(s).
4. Can I put one or more of your images on my private website?
You may publish up to five of my images, in a non-altered state, on your personal, non-commercial website or blog. Please add my name and portfolio link:
Illustrations by Tiffany England | www.tiffanyengland.com
5. What does it cost to use your worked commercially / to license it?
It depends entirely on the size of your enterprise and number of images you want to license. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org - I look forward to learning more about your project and will send you an individual proposal.
6. Do you work for free?
Yes - for my own personal work. A love for painting and excitement about stories is what got me into illustration in the first place. It is very unlikely that your idea is going to be more attractive to me than my own. Precisely for that reason I understand fully how passionate you are about your project and recommend that you use crowdfunding such as Kickstarter to raise an illustration budget. If it's truly got potential and if you put your heart and work into it, you'll be rewarded!
7. Do you sell prints of your work?
Yes, you can buy prints of my work at: https://www.inprnt.com/gallery/tiffanyengland/
8. What tools do I use for making my paintings?
I use watercolor and gouache on Arches 300 lb. watercolor paper.
9. Would you give me personal feedback or advice?
With pleasure! Simply contact me at: email@example.com
Just make sure your questions are concise and to the point, not hidden in a wall of text. Keep in mind that the more specific it is, the more specific my answer will be.