Freelance art contracts are generally estimated on a $40/hr basis for
illustration and $20/hr basis for graphic design (What's The Difference?). Below, I've broken down some of the more common commissions I get. None of these rates are steadfast, but are general
Some additional fees may apply such as supplies, travel, copyrights, short deadlines, etc.
Want to know how the process works? Click here: How Does This Work?
Of course, the best way to get a precise estimate, is to call or email me.
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This service has a base rate of $85/hr +tax (2 hour minimum) on 9x12
or 11x14 heavy paper in non-smudging color (approximately 10 faces per hour. I usually fluxuate between the paper sizes, drawing
single heads on 9x12 and multiples on 11x14 for speed, unless the client states a preference, i.e. draw all of ours on big
Travel fee may apply to events outside the greater Austin area (click HERE to use the Online Service Agreement).
For a minimal additional fee caricatures can be drawn on pre-printed paper or with labels with your company logo or message
(allow 10 working days advance notice; Usually on $20-$50 extra).
Holiday rates go up to $90/hr +tax November 1 through January 1.
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This is a "single-shot" caricature, with an average turn-over rate of 3 to 7
These are produced from photos and can be done completely over the internet or through the mail.
*Background rates can vary depending on complexity.
|Pen and Ink||$35 ea.||$40
|Full Color||$50 ea.||$60 ea.||+$60*|
Caricatures can be colorized by prismacolor
pencil or by computer (Photoshop airbrush). The latter is FAR more popular for this style.
I have a standard "Couple"
package of 2 full color, full bodies for $100 (that's $20 off!) Background color added if requested.
Group caricature contracts receive a discount from these rates, sometimes as much as 50%!
Click the following links for samples:
These are realistic illustrations, usually performed from photos also.
Prismacolor pencil is the standard medium for these.
It should be noted, however, that I consider myself a digital artist. Even though Portraits in particular
are 90% rendered by hand, I still have need to scan the original to perform any color correction and details. The original
IS provided, but I myself do not consider that the "Finished Piece". Another advantage of this is that I can put filters
on the image to produce a more "painted" appearance (see "Full Color Couple" sample below). A print of the finished version
with digital touch-ups can be provided in 8"x10" for no additional charge. Larger prints require a small fee or for the client
to have the image printed themselves. A digital version is always provided as well via email or on CD.
I recommend to my clients to frame the digital printout and slip the actual original in the frame behind it (or store it in
a scrapbook or file).
Call for painted portrait rates.
|STYLE||HEAD (BUST)||HALF BODY||BACKGROUND|
|Pencil or Charcoal||$50 ea.||$70 ea.||+$80|
|Full Color||$80 ea.||$110 ea.||+$100|
As you can see, backgrounds are a flat rate regardless of style or number of subjects in the portrait. Another occasional
request is a border, such as a ribbon, calligraphy names, ivy, etc. This starts at approximately $30, also regardless of
number of subjects in the portrait.
This rate may fluctuate depending on the complexity of the background or border.
have a standard "Couple" package, 2 full color busts for $120 (That's $20 off!). No background (minimal color
I'll give discounts on half-bodies (waist-up).
Full bodies are pretty much unheard of for these,
but would be the same rate as the half-bodies, since the facial features would be smaller.
Rates do receive a discount for multiple subjects beyond two as well. This is usually because the faces are a little smaller
& less detailed.
Click these links for some samples:
"Fantasy Portraits", are a realistic portrait face, as above, but on a fantasy creature or in fantasy garb (such as faeries,
angels, knights, gargoyles, vampires, etc., but also sports uniforms, movie posters & characters, and lots more!). You may
notice these rates don't have a Head/Bust column, but start with the half-body (waist-up) pricing. One must have a little
body to show the "fantasy" angle, such as wings, swords, fins, costume, etc.
These are my speciality!
Only Prismacolor Pencil is used for these (in coloring), otherwise, they are Character Portraits
As in "regular" Portraits, the original is provided, but it's not considered the "finished piece".
|STYLE||HALF BODY||FULL BODY||BACKGROUND|
|Rough Sketch||$30 ea.||$40 ea.||+$30|
|Detailed Pencil or Charcoal||$75 ea.||$85 ea.||+$80|
|Pen and Ink||$75 ea.||$85 ea.||+$80|
|Full Color||$80 ea.||$100 ea.||+$100|
Nothing speaks better of these than the samples:
Also sometimes called "Hero Portraits", these are a "comic-book" style
of portrait. The face will still strongly resemble the person (if one is used), it will just be a little exagerated, although
not comically like a caricature, more in a "heroic" direction.
These are frequently used by role-playing gamers and writers
to acheive a visual reference of their characters, though the faces are often still based on a real person and taken from
photos. Sometimes this is just a preferred style, and many times clients want this clean, smooth style to use the portrait
for a business mascot or graphic.
If you want a realistic portrait of someone from a photo as a superhero or knight,
look at Fantasy Portraits (above) because these ARE STYLIZED and will look more like a comic-book.
These are almost never
head-only as the costume, outfit, wings, weapons, etc., often need to be visible.
|CHARACTER PORTRAIT RATES|
|Rough Sketch||$30 ea.||$40 ea.||+$35|
|Pen and Ink||$50 ea.||$60 ea.||+$75|
Color||$60 ea.||$65 ea.||+$80|
Minimal color background added if requested.
Computer color is mostly preferred
for this style. Prismacolor or detailed pencil creates a more "fine art" look and leans the image more towards a Fantasy Portrait.
are some samples of the different styles:
"Pet Portraits" don't need much explanation, but they're a great way to immortalize you furry loved ones, or to remember
those you've lost.
These are done strictly from photos (so far), as it is difficult to get an animal to pose! Only Prismacolor Pencil is used
for these (in coloring).
Although, animals can be rendered in the "comic-book" style of a Character Portrait (Here's a SAMPLE
), or even in the fun, cartoony style of a Caricature! (Here's a SAMPLE
). Use THOSE rates (above) for those styles.
|PET PORTRAIT RATES|
|STYLE||HEAD & NECK||FULL BODY||BACKGROUND|
|Rough Sketch||$35 ea.||$45 ea.||+$35|
|Detailed Pencil or Ink||$60 ea.||$80 ea.||+$80|
|Full Color||$80 ea.||$100 ea.||+$100|
Here are a few samples:
Logos can vary in complexity and therefore vary in price. All logos
are sold with a standard copyright fee of $50. This gives the contractor sole rights to the image, allowing me only to display
the image for samples purposes (in my portfolio and website). The most common rate for a standard logo is $200 (total).
and Layout services (including business cards, brochures, advertisements, invitations, etc.) are often included in logo contracts.
These also vary in complexity and price.
Here are some common rates for design projects:
- Business Card: $25
- Print ad, small (1/4 page): $50
- Print ad, large (full page): $75
- Mailer/Flyer: $45-$60
- Brochure (tri-fold): $75-$150
- Letterhead/Invoice: $25
- Book/CD/Album cover: $150-$300
- Invitation/Greeting card: $75-$150 (not including original illustration)
- Poster, large (i.e. 24" x 36"): $250-$500
- Catalog/Directory/Program (20+ pages): $400-$1500
Murals are a great way to dress up or advertise a business or home.
These vary greatly in difficulty, but are based on the same $40/hr system as most of my work.
Murals generally break
down into approximately $200 a day (4-6 hours) and can take anywhere from 8 to 30 total hours.
Murals can only be performed
locally unless a client really wants to pay a great deal.
Click here to look at photos of my mural work (I'm still trying
to get professional photos of all of them):
What's the Difference?:
...between illustration and design...
"Illustration" essentially means anything I have to physically draw. This includes paint (for murals), pencil, ink, and even
digital illustration (which usually includes my digital tablet & pen anyway). "Graphic Design" is defined by a lack of illustration.
These two things can go together (i.e. a brochure design with original illustrations), in which case the illustrations are
charged at the seperate rate. Design often involves clip art, graphic contents (such as shapes, lines, boxes, etc.) and mostly
making text look pretty!
I hope that helps clarify it!
How This Works:
I respond to emails & messages with 24 hours at least, usually within the hour. After clarifying
the project & gathering any necessary sources (photos, info, etc.), I provide a rough draft. Depending on the complexity
& deadline, usually within 1 to 3 days. With illustration, this would be a rough sketch that is scanned & emailed.
With design projects a first draft is sent. Initial contact can sometimes require (such as murals) or simply desire a face-to-face
meeting. Internet correspondence is NOT a requirement, it simply makes the rough draft/approval stage faster. Many projects
are done solely over the internet as well.
Most projects use the standard procedure of half payment down, and half on completion. Some smaller projects merely pay upon
This is where the client can really control the speed at which a project is completed. The faster I receive notifications
of alterations or approvals, the faster I can move forward. I am most always able to send changes on the same day.
Once approved, final versions are usually ready within 1 to 3 days, depending again on complexity & urgency. Murals are
a seperate issue here, usually takings days or weeks to complete. Delivery of final versions depends on the project. Most
design projects and caricatures are emailed to be printed by the client or sent to a print shop. I charge no extra fees for
communicating directly with printers. Portraits & finer art projects usually involve the original work, which is hand-delivered
or picked up by local clients or shipped to out-of-town clients.
Same day urgency projects can usually be fulfilled, with additional fees. Copyright fees apply to certain projects, especially
logos, and insure that the rights to the images belong solely to the client. I only retain the right to display the image
for sample purposes. If a copyright fee is not charged or paid, then I retain the rights to the image, including the right
to resell it. Copyright fees on logos also cover the cost of my time for initial sketches and perfecting of the image.
The most important thing for me is to have satisfied customers, and I am very dedicated to providing professional, friendly