Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of Illustration do you do?

I’m a versatile illustrator who does various types of illustration. You can see the variety here.

Is any of your work available for licensing?

Almost all the illustration on my site was done originally as a licensed project. Which means I own the rights to it and can license it again. If there is anything you would like to use on your website, blog, news story or part of bigger project – just let me know and we can make arrangements for a limited license agreement.

You can also check out the stock shop. All the art you buy there you can use for anything you want.

Can I borrow your art to use on my blog/website/class project?

Sorry no. Some of the work is still under exclusive license by my clients. To protect them and myself I must ask you to not publish any work here with out permission.

I’ve never hired an illustrator before, what is the process?

It’s really easy. First call me, or use the contact page to tell me exactly what you are looking for. I will reply with my own set of questions to clarify and get insight into exactly what you are looking for. Once we are clear on the expectations I will send you a proposal with an estimate for the entire project. If you agree to the terms then I will require a 50% deposit. Once payment is made, I will get started right away.

Do you charge by the hour?

No. This causes too much risk for both parties. I charge by the project and will make all the adjustments in my estimates based on how difficult I expect the project to be. By charging a flat fee for each project, you know exactly the cost of your art.

How do I hire you for my custom project?

Either use the phone number at the top of the site or use this contact form.

Do you do other types of work?

I work as an illustrator for video games, editorial, publishing, and storyboards.

What are your credentials?

I’ve worked on worldwide franchises like Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve won multiple awards across a variety of media as well as worked as a full time or part time illustrator since 2000.

How much does it cost?

Depending on the complexity of the illustration it will range from $250 for one simple illustration to $2000 for something crazy that you thought couldn’t be done. Larger ongoing projects are negotiated on a case by case basis.

Note that printing and publishing of artwork is not included in any prices.

How long does it take to complete a project?

Again this is dependant on the complexity of the project, but most art is turned around in a week.

What types of payments do you accept?

I prefer bank transfers from agencies and more established media companies. If you are a startup or a fan then Paypal works great too.

How is the artwork created?

I pretty much work digitally. Here is a video example of my process.

What do I receive in the final package?

If you are looking for an illustration that you will print then I will send a High resolution Tiff file at the size that you have specified. If you are looking for a one of a kind giclee print then you receive it in the mail at the size and format agreed upon.

Who owns the final artwork?

Since I rarely do work for hire agreements, I own the copyright to the art. My base price gives publishers exclusive license for 1 type of usage for 1 year. Anything above and beyond must be negotiated on a case by case basis.

Illustrations not intended to be published i.e. prints of heroes, loved ones, or personal portraits have unlimited usage in the form of decoration but can not be published without consent.

Will you consider a percentage in my business venture?

No. I tried that a couple of times. It never worked out.

Will you do sample sketches so that I can be sure you will do a good job?

If at this point if I have not gained your trust, then you should find another illustrator to do the work for you. My portfolio, credentials, and experience should convince you that I am a professional with your interests at the heart of every illustration you commission.

What tools do you use to create your artwork?

I work in the Adobe suite. My favourite tool is Adobe Illustrator.

Why don’t you move away from Calgary Alberta Canada to somewhere it’s easier to get work?

I love my home and it’s becoming a great place for people who work in creative media. It’s also a wonderful  place to raise a family. Besides the internet makes is so easy to do work for clients located all over North America, Europe and Australia. Even timezones aren’t a big deal anymore.

It’s also got the best camping in the universe.