Students in my 3rd grade class worked together to create a class story - a porquoi tale about why tadpoles wiggle. After much hard work, students wanted to see a published copy with more style than simply typing and adding online graphics. The illustrator; Tatiana Kochan is a friend and I sent her the class story. She agreed to create a layout for us with full color illustrations. The students were very excited about what she would draw. They thought about other picture books and stories they knew when they wondered what the final product would be…. But honestly we were all completely blown away but the finished work! I wish I could share photographs of the children’s faces when they first saw their work with these beautiful illustrations! Needless to say their passion for writing was huge after this project! Since I can’t show you their faces, I asked them to use their screen names and submit a review like they would on social media. Here you can see what they really think!
Third Grade Teacher
My first step is to learn about the story the client wants to create and whether I am a fitting illustrator for the project. Prior to signing the contract, the client will need to provide the layout of the book, the page size, the publisher template, and the desired style of the illustrations. When everything is clear, the contract is set and the client pays 50% of the commission up front.
Unless the client already has their own storyboards, I will create rough black and white sketches based on the book’s manuscript. The client and I will communicate often during this vital step to make sure that we are on the same page. Quality is a top priority for me!
It would be most efficient if the client already has a clear vision for what they want, as this will prevent changing directions in the middle of production.
Once the storyboards are set, I refine the sketches and start painting each scene one by one. Before I finalize and render the illustrations, I send them to the client for approval.
I strive for quality and detail in my paintings, so on average, each illustration will take around three days. This will vary based on the amount of characters, the background, and props in each scene.
All files are sent to the client after final approval. It includes the source files and the print-ready copies for the publisher. The client pays the second half of the commission price.
Since I usually create illustrations with lots of details, it takes 2-5 days on average.
Do you have a commission or collaboration in mind? I'd be happy to hear from you!
Please reach out and I will give you a quote.
After explaining the idea of your book, you can order an art test from me.
Let’s try it and and see if I fit your project as an illustrator