Illustration:

“Illustration” is art that accompanies the written word or an implied concept. It can be for any type of media, and can often cross the line into fine art or collectibles. I begin a project by hand, with research, pens and pencils, then I move into 3D, photography, collage, and back to inks and sometimes paints, with the final step being digital. I have had paid projects creating artwork for:

Books – General, Total Book Design, Art & Packaging Services

I am capable of illustration, layout & design for an entire book, cover to cover. I have been hired for writing and first-pass editing. I am also sometimes hired to deliver a book all the way to press, or get a book to “proof stage” in tangible form. I also know the ins and outs of Print-On-Demand (P.O.D.) and can deliver a softcover or hardback P.O.D. book that the independent author can maintain once released. [Typical Pay Rate: Of course, varies wildly based on the time allotted, scope, the amount of pieces of art, the scope and type of writing assigned, etc. Please contact me and we’ll work on an estimate.]

Children’s Art

Children’s Picture Books
Baby Board Books
Children’s Educational Readers
Digital Children’s Books
Children’s Text Books & Digital Text Books
Accompanying Artwork for Children’s Poetry
Artwork for Puzzles, Posters & Prints for Kids
Cover & Art Spreads for Children’s Magazines / Periodicals
[Typical Pay Rate: Cover work is 1.5 x the rate of an interior piece of art. I write my estimates based on time allotted and “per element.” For example, if you want a character with no background, that is 1 element. If you want a character riding a specific bike, against a field a sunflowers, that’s 3 elements. The page/poster size of the piece is typically no longer a relevant pricing factor for a digital artist. Black-and-white is discounted by nearly 1/3 the cost of color work. Rush fees apply for less time than is typical. I can work in layers. Please contact me and we’ll work on an estimate.]

Fantasy Art

Fantasy Cover Art for varying ages
Fully-Illustrated Fairy Tales
Artwork for Puzzles, Posters & Prints
Artwork for RPG Tabletop Games and Card Games
[Typical Pay Rate: Cover work is 1.5 x the rate of an interior piece of art. I write my estimates based on time allotted and “per element.” For example, if you want a dragon with no background, that’s 1 element. If you want a dragon clutching a princess, with a castle in the background, that’s 3 elements. The page/poster size of the piece is typically no longer a relevant pricing factor for a digital artist. Black-and-white is discounted by nearly 1/3 the cost of color work. Rush fees apply for less time than is typical. I can work in layers. Please contact me and we’ll work on an estimate.]

Sci-Fi Art

Featured Illustrator for ODYSSEY Magazine on a near-monthly basis for many years
Featured artist for the ODYSSEY Magazine retrospective book of Science Fiction stories for YA
Cover Artist for several Sci-Fi Novels & Stories
[Typical Pay Rate: Cover work is 1.5 x the rate of an interior piece of art. I write my estimates based on time allotted and “per element.” For example, if you want a robot with no background, that is 1 element. If you want a robot driving a hover car, against an alien world, that’s 3 elements. The page/poster size of the piece is typically no longer a relevant pricing factor for a digital artist. Black-and-white is discounted by nearly 1/3 the cost of color work. Rush fees apply for less time than is typical. I can work in layers. Please contact me and we’ll work on an estimate.]

Horror Art

Featured artist in Dark Realms Magazine
Illustrated Numerous Halloween and Dark Fairy Tale type stories
[Typical Pay Rate: Cover work is 1.5 x the rate of an interior piece of art. I write my estimates based on time allotted and “per element.” For example, if you want a Cthulian monster with no background, that is 1 element. If you want a Cthulian monster running amok in a crowd, on the subway, that’s 2 elements + a crowd. Crowd scenes take much longer to realize. The page/poster size of the piece is typically no longer a relevant pricing factor for a digital artist. Black-and-white is discounted by nearly 1/3 the cost of color work. Rush fees apply for less time than is typical. I can work in layers. Please contact me and we’ll work on an estimate.]

3-D Art & Animation:

I was provided with a base, rigged 3D concept, then created 20+ reposed illustrated renders for a recurring mascot, in a major publisher’s children’s text book. In this way, I am capable of simple 2D or 3D animations. [Typical Pay Rate: Varies based on the scope of the 3D imagery supplied or that needs to be created. I can work in layers. Please contact me and we’ll work on an estimate.]

Layout & Design:

I am often hired for the layout of text, for the design of borders, title type for a cover and for fitting illustration to the page.
[Typical Pay Rate: Illustration vs. Design: Illustration is art from nothing–drawn and constructed from scratch to accompany the written word. It takes research, creativity and loads of time, to do it right. Design is typically the style and assemblage of parts to make a cohesive whole. It involves a different way of thinking, but when a client hires me to both illustrate and design, the freedom that affords me can lead to very distinct and artful, books and media. I can be hired to add decorative borders or extend artwork to better fit the page spread. The layout of type around the art is also part of designing a book. I typically handle design and layout under an hourly rate, as opposed to a flat fee. Clients often “cap” maximum hours so we can stop and check how things are progressing. Please contact me and we’ll work on an estimate.]

Art Buying & Project Coordination:

There have been occasions where I was asked to find teams of artists and designers for larger projects. I have several reliable contacts at the ready for larger scope projects or for added art styles that are vastly different from my own. [Typical Pay Rate: Of course, varies wildly based on time allotted, scope, the amount of pieces of art, the amount of copy, etc. Please contact me and we’ll work on an estimate.]

Writing & Editing:

I am a published author of Children’s Educational Readers (fiction and nonfiction). I have also been hired for flavor writing, to punch up fantasy manuscripts or add small sections. I have been utilized for first-pass editing skills as well. [Typical Pay Rate: Of course, varies wildly based on time alloted, scope, the amount of pieces of art, the amount of copy, etc. Please contact me and we’ll work on an estimate.]

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