F.A.Qs

Frequently Asked Questions

My services include illustrations and graphic design work. Illustration work encompasses editorial illustrations for magazine and newspapers, packaging, character design, book cover, portrait, and children's books and products, this doesn't include self-publishing authors, I explained more in my "Do you illustrate children's books?" question below.

Graphic Design work includes logo/brand identity, collateral designs, flyer, poster, annual reports, UI/UX designs (apps, websites). Please note: at this time I'm transitioning from actual website coding and focusing more on the design aspects.

Yes and no. I personally do not illustrate children's books for those looking to self-publish. I've had an unpleasant experience with that and don't feel uncomfortable devoting myself to that route again.

Now that being said, if you are a writer seeking publication of a story you have written. It is best to send a package containing your proposal by mail, with return postage to an established publishing house be it a major house or smaller scale company. Your package should include a cover letter, entire text for short story, or a chapter/synopsis for longer book ideas. Need illustrations? Well, here’s where I come in! I can help with creating storyboards of rough sketches, based on the number of pages the book is likely to have, along with 1-2 two beautiful (color or black&white) pieces of finished artwork, to astound and give a publisher an idea of how your book concept will be rendered with artwork.

Illustration and Graphic Design rates depend on a number of factors such as the description of the project, the size, the client, the usage (where and how work is used), and the turnaround. Some of my services start at a base rate others are better gauged after detail information about the overall scope of the project. No two projects are alike, so the use of questionnaires and a free 30 min consultation will help in preparing an appropriate proposal for review.

No. I only accept payment upfront if you wish to work with me. As a creative professional, I'm bringing my talent and time to adding extra value to a project. A lot of research goes into creating ideas/concepts, sketching, revisions, creating the final piece, preparing files, etc. At the end of the day, my fellow creatives and I are providing a professional service.

Before any project work to begin I require a signed agreement and 50% deposit to schedule work. Once, work is complete the remaining 50% must be submitted before any files are delivered. I accept payments via check, bank transfer, or Stripe.

I currently do work a full daytime job. My timeframe ranges 3-8 wks depending on the project. To keep my sanity lol and to make sure I'm giving my best attention to the client and their project, I have a limit of 2 clients at a time.

I'm still in a transition stage to my overall workflow process. Once I'm fully in the position to take on additional projects I will open up my service request forms. In the meantime, I've provided an overview of how I plan to handle my business hours.

Please allow 2 – 3 business day for a follow-up response. Do to my outside FT work schedule, my response time is slightly less and my timeframe for freelance/contract hours varies. Best times, for responding are during the evening 6pm – 10pm, Monday-Friday. If I can I may respond to emails during select times during the day. Rest assured though, I will try my best to respond as soon as I can!

During the span of my art life, I've worked with a variety of mediums. During my art school days, my absolute favorite was watercolors. It wasn't until around 2005, that I became interested in digital art. I came across a photoshop brush and illustration tutorial and ever since then I've been working digitally.

My main software tools in the beginning and still to this day are Photoshop and Illustrator. Currently, my fav software to do full illustrations is either Photoshop and Procreate or a combination of both. For the longest time, I would do base color in Illustrator first the finish up details in Photoshop. I haven't worked in the Illustrator/Photoshop combo in a few years, but it may be something I revisit depending on the project. Other for logo designs, I work strictly in Illustrator.

All though at times I miss the traditional watercolor. I just love the flexibility and the endless possibilities that are possible with working digitally.

Other programs that I work in are InDesign and I've also experimented with Sketch as well.

For hardware, for years I've worked on my iMacs and used a basic Wacom Intuos tablet (the usb kind). I was finally able to upgrade to a MacBook because frankly, my iMac was crazy slow to work with. I've dreamed of owning a Cintiq, but the price point was to steep. After a lot of research into alternatives, I upgraded to an iPad Pro 12.9 and it really changed the game for me. I use software called YamPad Display available in the Apple Store to connect my iPad to my MacBook and it basically turns my iPad into a Cintiq at a fraction of the cost!

I utilize Google Drive to store and/or backup my files and if I need to take photos of paper sketches I just use my camera phone. If I do any digital sketches I just export the file to Google Drive.

I love Instagram's platform, its visually and easy to create and upload posts that doesn't require a lot of work. I can easily pull my artwork down from my Google Drive to my phone. For behind the scene shots I just use my phone, sometimes I might use my dlsr, but the phone is right there in my hand and its quick.

The best photo editing app that I use all the time is Snapseed. I use this app for all the editing that I need. Sometimes I will also use some of the Instagram filters.

Here are some more apps I recommend with it comes to social media posts.

  • Leetags
  • UNUM
  • Preview
  • Square Fit
  • Moldiv
  • VSCO
  • MoShow
  • InstaSplit
  • Layout
  • Pixlr

Other social media I use from time to time are Facebook and Pinterest. Not particularly a fav of the Facebook platform, but with the Instagram sync feature whenever I post on IG it gets published to my FB page. Pinterest is still a work in progress, I have to either use Photoshop or Canva to create specific posts for this platform.

For me, Instagram is king in my book so I naturally prefer that over the others.

During the span of my art life, I've worked with a variety of mediums. During my art school days, my absolute favorite was watercolors. It wasn't until around 2005, that I became interested in digital art. I came across a photoshop brush and illustration tutorial and ever since then I've been working digitally.

My main software tools in the beginning and still to this day are Photoshop and Illustrator. Currently, my fav software to do full illustrations is either Photoshop and Procreate or a combination of both. For the longest time, I would do base color in Illustrator first the finish up details in Photoshop. I haven't worked in the Illustrator/Photoshop combo in a few years, but it may be something I revisit depending on the project. Other for logo designs, I work strictly in Illustrator.

All though at times I miss the traditional watercolor. I just love the flexibility and the endless possibilities that are possible with working digitally.

Other programs that I work in are InDesign and I've also experimented with Sketch as well.

For hardware, for years I've worked on my iMacs and used a basic Wacom Intuos tablet (the usb kind). I was finally able to upgrade to a MacBook because frankly, my iMac was crazy slow to work with. I've dreamed of owning a Cintiq, but the price point was to steep. After a lot of research into alternatives, I upgraded to an iPad Pro 12.9 and it really changed the game for me. I use software called YamPad Display available in the Apple Store to connect my iPad to my MacBook and it basically turns my iPad into a Cintiq at a fraction of the cost!

I utilize Google Drive to store and/or backup my files and if I need to take photos of paper sketches I just use my camera phone. If I do any digital sketches I just export the file to Google Drive.