I know I’ve been very quiet on the Blogger front these last few months but on the design front I’ve been a busy little bee on Society 6 and…. thanks to family and friends have sold a few items.
The mugs below became teacher gifts bought by my Aussie friends Sam and Michelle living in Texas for the next 3 years. I miss them greatly and am counting the sleeps till they return. The mugs were very well received and a great gift idea (hint hint).
I love the challenge of coming up with a design that looks good on all products…some more successful than others. I normally start with the cushion version then adapt the image for each product if I can. I find the homewares are where my designs fit best but the T-shirts are really not my bag. It’s always good to know your strengths and be realistic about your weaknesses.
I created a little Thinking Of You card. Hopefully someone will order it and send it to someone they know, even if it’s for no special reason at all other than to say they care.
I really feel like I am one of the luckiest people around.
I am blessed with the most generous, kind and thoughtful family and friends.
If I sent them a card EVERY time they were so wonderful to my family and I, whole forests would be lost….Decimation by Hallmark!
I’ve decided to create 2 card designs to try to make my “Thank You” just a little more personal and that way I can email instead of post…maybe with a small tagline…”No trees were harmed in the sending of this Thank You“. .
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.
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?????