I’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about the custom illustration process below. If you don’t see your question answered here, feel free to contact me!
Not necessarily! Photos are always helpful because they give me a better idea of what you’re envisioning for your illustration. But as long as I have clear photos of the people and any pets, I can pretty much come up with the poses, clothing, accessories, background as long as you provide written direction for any necessary details.
Turn around time for personal illustrations is usually 2-3 weeks and business illustrations 3-4 weeks. During busy times (holiday rush), the actual turn around time may be longer but a timeline for each project will always be agreed upon and detailed out in the Artist’s Agreement.
Sometimes! Depending on my workload, I can sometimes accommodate rush orders for an additional fee.
At this time, the smallest size I offer is 8″x10″. I take pride in rendering all the little details and have found this to be the smallest size to suit my illustration style. I usually work in 9″x12″ but can also work as large as 11″x14″. If you have an even larger size in mind, make a note in the comments box when you fill out the Custom Illustration Questionnaire and I’ll see what I can do!
I use an acid free 100 lb. smooth surface bristol paper for all of my finished illustrations.
Yes! I will happily ship your custom illustration outside of the U.S. but take note that you’ll be responsible for any customs or duty fees.
Each illustration is backed with cardboard, secured in a cello sleeve and wrapped with a logo bow. I ship all custom illustrations in a box (no flat mailers) for extra protection and insure them for the full purchase amount. They ship via USPS Priority Mail but shipping upgrades are available upon request.
Yes! If you’d like to frame the artwork yourself, I suggest looking at Michaels, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Goods, and Amazon for frames. If you’re searching specifically for 9×12 frames, here are a couple options that should work:
Black or White Wood Frame from Bed, Bath & Beyond
Gold Metal Frame from Amazon
I have a partnership with Simply Framed and would be happy to custom frame your artwork. Frames are available in white or black wood and antique gold metal. You can view the pricing and frame options here. 9×12 size frames would fall under the 11×14 pricing.
In order to secure your spot in my project schedule, I require a 50% deposit up front along with the signed Artist’s Agreement before I can begin any job.
Yes. The Artist’s Agreement is a basic commission contract that details out all the elements of your custom illustration project. Things like the type of illustration, what size it is, when the rough draft and final drafts are due along with shipping method, and price are all included. If you’re commissioning a custom illustration for business use, the Artist’s Agreement will also include details about the usage rights transferred to you. This makes sure we’re both on the same page and everyone knows what to expect.