Natalie Brianne created a wonderful series of illustrations for Five Bugs in Meadow. She truly captured the essence of the characters envisioned by the story and was a pleasure to work with. The creativity process involves a lot of back and forth communication of ideas which Brianne made very simple and easy. I highly recommend Natalie Brianne for your children’s book or illustration project.
I was looking for an illustrator for my new novel, “On the Brink of Extinction,” and Natalie was recommended to me by my previous cover designer, Melissa Williams Design. I reached out to Natalie and after a few emails, she was able to design exactly what I was looking for: cute animals, not cartoonish, but more Disney-like. And I received the illustration within a very tight timeframe. It was a pleasure working with Natalie. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a very talented professional.
You want to hire me. Now what?
Stories are my life blood. I love bringing them to life through color, texture, and shape. If you trust me with your precious characters, I will do everything I can to do them justice.
What Styles/Mediums do you use?
While there are certain styles that I am more familiar with, I am open and willing to try to replicate the style that you are looking at for your work. I like to keep an open dialog with my clients during the illustration process to make sure that every detail is right.
Most of the work that I do is digital. I use my iPad Pro and Procreate to bring your work to life, meaning that I can make color changes, add details, move characters, and change entire backgrounds if necessary. I also am proficient in Adobe Indesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, so if we need additional tweaks that Procreate can’t handle, we have it covered.
I can also create your illustration traditionally if you prefer. The one downside with traditional mediums is that once something is in place, it is significantly harder to move and adjust. The mediums I am familiar with include:
What does the illustration process look like?
Once the quote is agreed upon, I’ll start making preliminary sketches and thumbnails for the illustrations/character design. If you have any references, aesthetic boards, or sketches of your own that you want me to go off of, this is the time to share them! We’ll go back and forth on the thumbnails, making sure that you like the trajectory of the design. This is also the point where we’ll talk about color theory and layout to try and find the most dynamic and visually pleasing composition.
Once we’ve agreed on the thumbnail, I’ll get to work on the main sketch. From here there are a few stages when I will ask you for your input and make sure it is going in the direction you want:
Initial character sketch
Lighting and finishing touches
Once you’ve approved the final version, I’ll send you an invoice through PayPal or Venmo, and send you the high quality files of your illustration.
What are your rates?
When I give you a quote, I take into account the following:
The amount of time I believe it will take me to complete it.
The number of character designs required/the number of figures in each illustration.
The complexity of the background elements, if a background is required.
Cost of materials if you choose to have the illustrations done traditionally instead of digitally.
For a single character design, no background, the cost would be between $50 and $100 depending on the complexity of the character.
For a full illustration the cost can range from $500-$1000+ depending on the number of characters, complexity of the background, and materials if you go with traditional methods. A full cover wraparound will usually be $1000+ depending on what is needed.
If you hire me for more than one illustration/project, I will bundle the price so that it is more affordable.
How long will it take you to finish my illustration?
When I give you a quote, that includes the timeframe for the project. Once again, this includes the number of characters, illustrations, and background complexity, as well as the number of changes you request/how quickly you approve designs. I also take into account the number of projects I am working on and my personal life. Despite this, I do generally have a quick turn around. For a highly detailed piece, expect 6+ weeks. If it is a simple project that requires few changes, it might be 2 weeks or less. It really depends on your individual project.
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