lundi 16 décembre 2013

Choosing A Professional Illustrator Portland Maine

By Jeannie Chapman

It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Others say that you cannot judge a book by its cover. In truth the right picture can make all the difference and this is why it is worth investing in the services of a professional illustrator Portland Maine in order to really make a project stand out.

The first thing to consider is what kind of style you want. The kind of picture you want for a science fiction novel will be different for the kind of picture that you want for a book for children about finding a lost teddy bear. The illustration you choose will set the tone for your reader so it is worth thinking carefully before you contact an illustrator.

Another way to narrow down the options is to do a bit of market research. At most points during a project you have to ask someone for feedback. Ask your potential reader what they imagine the cover would be. If a few people say a similar kind of image then the chances are this will be the best one to go for.

You also need to think about the amount of illustrations you need. If you have an artist that creates pictures that are hand drawn and need a lot of detail then it may be best to limit the amount of pictures they do. Alternatively someone with a simpler and more cartoon like style can probably produce a lot more pictures a lot more quickly. What you have to decide is what is appropriate.

Cost is also an issue. You ought to budget for the amount of illustrations you want. For example you may just want a cover or you may want an illustration depicting a key scene at the end of a chapter. A lot of artists will have commission details on their site or art site profile giving clear indication of what they charge for their work.

Try to give them as clear a brief as possible without going into excessive detail. A good way to minimise mistakes is to ask the artist if they understand the brief or if they have any questions before they start. Some artists may charge more for redoing pictures and it is best to ask whether they will charge for a redo.

You should also have a formal agreement. Some companies pay 50 per cent upfront for illustrations and then the other 50 per cent when the work has been completed in a way that they are happy with. This tends to be best for both the artist and the person commissioning the work. You should also give a clear deadline so they know how long they have to do it. Often it is easier for an artist to focus on a project if they know when it has to be in for!

It is also advisable when contacting a professional illustrator Portland Maine to come up with an agreement before work starts. A contract will give rights to both you and the artist. For example some people will agree to 50 per cent payment before work starts and the other 50 per cent when satisfied. The artist ought to be willing to work to your specifications. However it is equally important to show them respect and to give them a clear deadline and expectations. Look online to find the best artist to suit your needs as well as getting feedback on the quality of their services.

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