How I Operate



This page is just a brief outline of how I operate/produce a cartoon.

Please note: these are my standard operating procedures, and the process may differ slightly according to a client’s requirements. Basically, if you wish to hire me, or purchase my artwork, contact me, and we can talk.

I also suggest reading my terms and conditions to get more of an insight about what to expect.

Ok, now we have gotten the formalities out of the way, please read on;

So you have decided you want a cartoon or illustration. Excellent choice!

The next step is to decide upon someone to produce the work for you.

Hopefully this is where I come into consideration. Whether it’s a small one off job, or a large job requiring multiple artworks, I may be able to assist you. (check out my portfolio to see whether my style will be suitable).

I specialise in the custom creation of cartoons, based on your specific requirements. The only limitation, to producing a suitable cartoon, is your imagination. So if you have an idea for a cartoon you require, please contact me.

When you get in touch with me, I will be more than happy to discuss your ideas, and listen to your requirements, and hopefully, between the two of us, we can conjure up an idea of what kind of cartoon/illustration you need.

After gathering all the relevant information, and discussing your needs, I should be able to give you an idea if I can do the job.

Some clients have firm ideas of what they are looking for, while others prefer to leave it completely to the artist’s discretion. For this reason, communication is very important in getting the desired result. In other words, don’t be afraid to speak to me, and add input as you see fit.

Next, if you decide I am the right person for the job, we move on to the more formal side of freelance cartooning:

I provide you with a quote for the work you require, and if the quote is accepted by you, and you wish to hire me, I move on to the next stage, which is drawing up “roughs” for the artwork.

The roughs are usually done with pencil on paper, then scanned, and sent to you via e-mail for approval. In a nutshell, the roughs are done, to give you, and me, an idea of how the cartoon will take shape. If you require changes to the roughs, or need to talk to me about the illustrations at any stage, please drop me a line!

Once the roughs have been submitted, and approved by you, I move on to the refining and inking stage. This is normally done on a graphics tablet, to fine tune the artwork. If colour is required, the “inking” stage is also done here (technology means hand inking and colouring is almost obsolete!!)

After I perform the task of refining the artwork, and/or colouring it, I will once again e-mail you a copy for approval.

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Once again, your feedback is important to me, so if you need to discuss
anything concerning the artwork, please do so as soon as possible.

After you approve of the near-finished work, I do the last of the fine tuning and tweak the artwork, to get it looking as good as possible. Then, when the image is completed, it is again e-mailed to you, as the finished product. Finished artworks are generally sent to the client in high resolution format, but the option is up to you, depending on your requirements. You can also request an A4 size printed copy for the artwork, for a small additional fee.

Invoices can either be e-mailed or posted to you, once the work is complete.

So, to break it all down: You contact me

: We throw around ideas

: I create an illustration for you

: You pay me

: I thank you

: Everybody is happy

Hopefully this has given you a bit of an idea of how things work, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.