The million dollar question: How much?
“It depends on what you want, and what you are going to use it for"
Trying to pin a rough quote from a freelancer can sometimes be like nailing jelly to a wall but projects do vary, depending on the level of detail & complexity of the art, as well as the extent of your usage and whether you would be using the art for commercial or personal use. I appreciate that in business, the bottom line when looking around can be to at least get a ballpark figure to work out your costs. If it helps even a little, I usually charge approx. £25 per hour including tax, but prices can vary a little, according to demand.
Each project is unique.My prices may vary according to demand and contract length but the range of work you see on my website ranges from approximately £350GBP for a simple bespoke vector mascot or logo, up to £1000's for say, an entire book publication or mural. If you're therefore looking for something (very) fast and (very) cheap, I'm probably not your girl!
With higher quality artists, you are not only paying for a more appealing image, but also for quality, experience and reputation, all of which I endeavour to deliver to the highest standard possible. However, If I can’t meet your budget or your deadline, we'll first look to compromise on what I CAN provide instead, or at least try to recommend someone else who I can personally recommend.
Finally, I advise that you contact me at least 2-3 weeks before your deadline. I can sometimes accommodate shorter turnarounds, but deadlines of less than two weeks from first point of contact may be subject to additional rush fees, 100% upfront payment and final delivery is subject to swift feedback and communication.
I pride myself on being and honest, fair person with your best interests at heart. It will probably never make me a millionaire but I love what I do and I also love providing people with something that they are also proud to sell. You will find that being able to work directly with an illustrator provides much better value in both personal service and cost than when working in agency fees. If there's anything more you wish to know, check out my FAQs or just drop me a line with your questions and I'd be happy to help.
Hidden Costs?Sometimes it's hard to turn back once a design has passed certain approval stages. If you change your mind after this happens, we may have to re-negotiate the contract but I’ll let you know immediately as to how it will affect your costs so there are no surprises in the final invoice.
Do you offer discounts?Smaller fees apply to individuals who require small, personal commissions, such as portraits gifts, and do not intent to financially profit from the illustration I provide. They are also much quicker to produce, as I do not need to check the artwork as strictly as I would if I were creating vector art that is infinitely re-scalable.
My prices are also fixed according to demand. If i have gaps in my schedule that you can accommodate, rather than the other way around, I may be able to offer a discounted rate as is the case that your budget is tight (but reasonable) and the deadline is not urgent.
Additionally, discounts can also be negotiated for long schedule commissions and/or upfront payments. It's best that you contact me or use the Request a Quote form so that we can discuss the particulars of your project.
Honesty is important to me too.No-one likes the money and legalities part, but we all know it's a vital part of business. I aim to ensure everything is done upfront in a transparent and open manner. After assessing your brief, I’ll give you a thorough cost estimate which will be the final amount that you pay. Depending on the size of the contract, payment terms can be agreed but most smaller commissions will simply need to pay 50% deposit upfront and the remaining fee before the final files are delivered.
Which methods of payment do you accept?The most common and quick payment would be an electronic direct bank transfer (Bacs) which requires no commission charges if transferring from inside the UK. For overseas payments, I also accept payment through PayPal, although there may be a small additional commission fee depending on location. Unfortunately, as I’ve been badly stung in the past by dishonest clients taking advantage of my trusting nature, I can no longer accept cheques have strict policy for new clients & larger commissions to pay 50% deposit upon acceptance of the project. This deposit will secure your booking slot, which we will agree prior to me starting, but please keep in mind that some bank transfers can take a few days, as can signing agreements (which can also be done electronically to save further time delays).
Please get in touch if you have any further questions and I'd be happy to help.