Still Bumbling Along

I had coffee with my lovely friend Gillian this morning. She is off to live in Perth with her family in the next month, much to our little community’s dismay.

This got my brain ticking.

I decided to have a go at adding to my growing card collection and create a farewell card idea.

This is what I came up with.

How Much should I be charging?????


I recently had the opportunity to do some illustration work through a recommendation from an old friend. Always a great way to start!

The brief was to create a cute dental superhero based on a supplied photo and an excellent and very easy to follow brief.

Being new to the whole “paid to illustrate” situation I asked a friend who is already a well established designer to help me with the quoting process, as well and doing extensive research online about what to charge.

Before even sending off a quote I did some preliminary sketches and sent them to my prospective client just to make sure I was “a good fit” for the job. I didn’t want to waste their or my time. They replied with a very positive email saying how excited they were about doing this project together even narrowing down what they wanted from my “roughs” so I could get onto a second draft. They requested a quote for up to 10 various stances so that in the future the little fellow could be animated.

Now here is where it gets a bit sticky. The per hourly rate.

Previously I have re-blogged a post from the wonderful Heather Castles detailing how much to charge for illustrations. I read this, compared her (2007) pricing guide to the advice give from various other sources including my designer friend (who charges $85) and came up with the magic number of

Illustration @ $60 per hour, client amendments @ $30 per hour.

  • Initial sketches x 3hrs
  • Finalisation of sketch to final design x 2hrs
  • Redraw in Illustrator to final digital colour version x 3hrs

Create CMYK/RGB/B&W version for printer/web use x 1hr

I sent the client my quote and their response….nothing.

I have to admit I didn’t chase them…my self belief in my illustrated worth crumbled after day 3 of nothing. I know I should have chased but again…crumbled self belief!!!!

What I would like is some feedback from all other aspiring illustrators. Was I being unreasonable? How much do you charge? This seems a very taboo subject.

Uuuughh…money…I do it for the Loooove Man”  said all the REAL Arty Folk

You know what….That’s all well and good but a Girl’s gotta shout a round of drinks every now and again!!!!!

Finding a straight answer on the “interweb” is challenging without paying for it.
So I thought I’d just straight out ask and hope for the best. So…..

How Much should I be charging?????

Homewares a Go-Go

Been busy on Society6 this past 2 weeks.

I got my homewares head on and designed a few Mid-Century inspired products.
It’s been a LOT of fun and I have actually sold a couple of  items in the last 2 weeks. One of my designs was even added to the s6 own store after just 24hrs!!!!

I would really love it if you would click the link above to check out my latest designs…maybe even leave a bit of feedback and let me know your favourite option.

For Polly on her Birthday

Well today is my youngest daughter’s birthday. The household is very excited. Of course the birthday girl is happy but my other daughter is probably as equally beside herself. You see  to her…you could replace “Happy Birthday” with “Happy Cake Day” for Daisy. It’s ALL about the cake. Now I am sure she is not alone so this post is dedicated to not only Polly but to Daisy and all the cake lovers out there.

Early Gift Giving

My other Christmas Illustration. I’ll upload them to my Society 6 store for all those people who are more organized than me when it comes to buying greeting cards.

A Bit Late or Very, Very Early

With moving house over the holidays I wasn’t able to upload my Christmasy themed illustrations. Rather than see them go to waste, my next 2 posts will holiday themed and maybe we can just pretend that for once I am just really, really prepared….roll on Christmas. Only 310 days to go.

When Only Wine Will Do!

Well it’s Friday afternoon and as usual it’s a very slow, tired walk home from school after a busy week. I encounter many familiar and some unfamiliar faces on this journey but the universal expression I see is a one I recognize all too well. The “Is it Too Early?” look. Now some of you may be tutting and shaking your head in a superior “Of Course my child eats all 5 food groups” kind of way…but those who are nodding sagely…..I feel, share and acknowledge your pain….Cheers!