FAQs

I get a lot of inquires about my illustration process. 
I hope the information below will help you to get to know me and my work a bit better. 


Do you do all your illustrations by hand or use digital media? 
I prefer to do all my illustrations by hand.

Call me crazy but I love the feeling of paper and I love seeing an image emerge at my fingertips!

I start with an idea and some rough sketches on a pad of newsprint paper. I usually type up a simple story manuscript, too. Next, I fill-in thumbnail (small, simple) sketches on a pre-printed storyboard I've developed. Then, I measure out the size of the book I want to make (with extra space for margins, bleed, gutters...) and begin drawing the pictures lightly with a pencil on 300-pound hot press watercolor paper. 

Next, I start painting. I switch between Staedtler watercolor pencils and a stacking set of watercolors by Koh-I-Noor (l love these!). When I have all the illustrations done in color I start detailing with pen-and-ink. I use PaperMate InkJoy Gel pens - no, they're not art pens but they are quick-drying, smudge-resistant, and cheap!

When the pages are complete, I scan them into the computer (300 to 600 dpi) and add the text digitally. 


How much do you charge?
It really depends on the job. Each project is different and unique. There are many determining factors. I do not just pluck an arbitrary number from my head. 


Some of these factors are:
-the size of the job
-the client size (huge international corporation versus  small emerging author or business) 
-deadline (is it crunch time? Or do have time to develop the best ideas and images?)
-what the illustrations are going to be used for?  (again, big business or children's book?)

Will you illustrate my children's book? 
I receive a lot of inquiries from writers and emerging authors. 
I prefer to work directly with editors and publishing houses but am not against working for a self-publishing author offering an adequate budget. Please feel free to contact me to talk about your book project!

Truth in advertising:

Most publishers and editors prefer to choose the illustrator themselves.  If you are considering submitting your manuscript to 
a publisher, please be aware that you will need to get their approval first to use an outside illustrator. 

What are your favourite subjects to illustrate?
I like to illustrate whimsical animal characters and fantasy stories the best. 
I also enjoy doing highly-detailed work. 

Where do you prefer to work? 
I prefer to work at the dining room table in the winter and in my studio in the heat of summer (it's in the cool basement) but my favorite place is at the ocean...

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