10 things to ask before you draw a Children's Book10 things to ask before you draw a Children's Book by *WilsonWJr
Artwork copyright © Wilson Williams, Jr.
With the growth in popularity of the e-book many authors are seeing a glimmer of hope and realizing that they can get their work out there without having to break into the velvet roped publishing house exclusive party. This means that you will begin to get even more solicitations from those authors looking for artists to bring visuals to their words.
If you have a website or have done any degree of online advertising of your artwork, you have probably gotten an e-mail with a similar message as the title. If not, you will at some point. It's best to be prepared now. For those who have gotten it, nine times out of ten you aren’t sure how to respond to it, what should you ask, how do you respond?
I was tired of retyping essentially the same letter over and over again. I finally saved a template of the letter I use in this situation
|My s. Full of win.|
|I am open for commissions!|
I hope the following info is useful. Feedback is always helpful, btw!
Types of commission I can offer include (but are not necessarily limited to)...
Orginal character art
Artwork of your original characters (or mine, if you like! )
Fan character art
Artwork of a character you have designed for an existing series, movie, game etc. - a character you have created specifically to fit into the Harry Potter universe, for example.
Artwork of an existing character from a series etc. - L from Death Note, for example.Please be aware that any artwork featuring existing characters will be posted on my old DA account - ~captain-farand
For non-professional purposes only please - characters for role play, D&D, larping, fan fiction etc.
Media and materials I use
I occasionally use other materials in making my plushies, but it is not always possible for me to get a specific type of fabric - please bear this in mind!
I will NOT...
No hardcore het, yaoi or yuri, hentai, full frontal or explicit nudity. Romantic or suggestive scenes (straight or gay pairings), and partial nudity will be considered.
...do anything that promotes hate, prejudice or violence.
...do anything excessively gory.
...do anything that falls outside of DA's guidelines of acceptability.
'Cos I don't want to get banned. Obviously.
Prices given here are mainly for guidance. If you would like to discuss the cost of a commission, just send me a note!
Prices listed are in British Pounds Stirling - you can convert them into your local currency here. If you have any problems, let me know and I'll see if I can help!
I accept payment via PayPal, but would consider cheques if necessary.
Pencil drawings (not coloured)
Simple line drawing, 1 character, no background - £8
Detailed drawing, 1 character, no background - £10
Shaded drawing, 1 character, no background (pencil) - £12
+1 character - £1
+ simple background - £3
+ complex background - £5
Simple line drawing, 1 character, no background = £8
Simple line drawing, 1 character (£8) + 1 character (+£1), + complex background (£5) = £8 + £1 + £5 = £14
Shaded drawing, 1 character, no background = £12
Prices listed are for paintings - I may reduce the cost for commissions done in coloured pencil.
Coloured character, no background - £15
+1 character - £2 - £5 depending on nature of commission
+ simple background - £5
+ intermediate background - £10
+ complex background - £15
Coloured character, no background - £15
Coloured character (£15)+ 1 character (£2), + simple background (£5) = £15 + £2 + £5 = £22
Coloured character (£15) + 1 character (£2), + intermediate background (£10) = £15 + £2 + £10 = £27
Coloured character (£15) + complex background (£15) = £15 + £15 = £30
I apologise if this seems complicated - I've tried to figure out a pricing system that would be okay for both me and potential clients, but I'm not sure if it'll work out yet! If you need any help or want to ask any questions, just ask and I'll discuss things with you!
I really do appreciate feedback of any kind - if you have any thoughts, comment please!